The mysteries of the universe are unknown to man. The smartest researchers cannot discover them. The best universities do not teach them. Computers cannot calculate them. The Creator God has reserved them for His children, and He reveals them to those who follow His rules for finding them. The Bible is God’s written revelation of truth, and it reveals the hidden secrets of wisdom to a few.
Is the Bible truly God’s words? Which Bible? Are they all the same? How should the Bible be studied to avoid all the confusion and differences in the religious world? Are there contradictions in the Bible, as some say? These and other questions should be answered, for your life in this world and the next depend on truth and wisdom, which this world proves on a daily basis that it does not have.
Walking through scriptures this week, I couldn’t but marvel at such omissions in some translations. Ask any little Sunday school child who killed Goliath and you will get the answer David. But wait a minute! Why do most Bible versions say Elhanan killed Goliath? Have you checked properly? What does your version of the Bible say? Which version of the Bible has it right?
The NIV says Elhanan killed Goliath.
“In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod” (II Sam 21:19).
The NASV says Elhanan killed Goliath.
“And there was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhananthe son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam” (II Sam 21:19).
The ESV says Elhanan killed Goliath.
“And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhananthe son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam” (II Sam 21:19).
Try other versions – Elhanan killed Goliath. Even try the Masoretic Hebrew text – Elhanan again. But they are wrong, for we know David killed Goliath, and Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother Lahmi (I Sam 17:50-51; I Chr 20:5).
Why do modern Bibles have such an obvious error? Translators love money more than God, so they copy each other’s errors to protect their jobs and keep new versions coming every year.
This verse was correctly translated 400 years ago in the King James Version, but today’s translators would have to get a real job, if they endorsed the KJV. Here is the King James Version:
“And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, whereElhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam” (II Sam 21:19).
The Lord blinded modern translators to expose their ignorance (I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20). And He providentially guided the KJV translators to give us this verse correctly, without errors or confusion. The KJV is consistent: David killed Goliath, and Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother Lahmi.
Peter said Scripture is “more sure” than God’s voice from heaven (II Pet 1:16-21), and this more sure Word of God is the King James Version. The versions with Elhanan killing Goliath in II Sam 21:19 are surely wrong!
So who killed Goliath in your Bible and do you still trust your copy?
Cutesy of rother Jonathan Crosby: http://www.letgodbetrue.com/bible/scripture/who-killed-goliath.php