The New International Version:
Is It a Good Version
of the Bible?
Rev. Ron Hanko
The New International Version (NIV) is one of the worst
of the modern Bible versions. We believe that it really does not even
qualify as a legitimate version of Holy Scripture.
Believing in the verbal inspiration of Scripture,
i.e., that the Bible is word-for-word the Word of God, we believe that
the Bible ought to be carefully translated as literally as possible. The
NIV is not a literal translation by its own admission. Rather than being
a word-for-word translation, it is a thought-for-thought rephrasing of
God's holy and inspired Word, a kind of compromise between paraphrase
Consider also the following:
The NIV omits no less than 15 NT verses that are
found in the King James or Authorized Version, as well as many other
words, phrases, and parts of verses. Thus it takes away from the Word of
It also adds to the Word of God. Hebrews 11:11 is a
blatant example. There the NIV adds a whole phrase about Abraham for no
other reason than the whim of the "translators."
The NIV, therefore, falls under the condemnation of
Revelation 22:18-19, which threatens those who add or take away from
Scripture with the severest penalties.
What is more:
It banishes from the English Scriptures many words
which are not only of long use, but have a very specific and important
meaning in the English Scriptures, words such as "Comforter" as a name
for the Holy Spirit, "Advocate" as a name for our Lord Jesus Christ, and
other words like "inspiration," "propitiation," and "imputation."
It removes all references to hell in the OT, a
concession to modern theology, which tends to deny the existence of such
a place of eternal punishment.
It seriously damages Scripture's testimony
concerning the names of God, eliminating the Name "Lord, of Hosts"
entirely and "retranslating" the Name "Lord GOD" as "Sovereign Lord."
Most important of all, it weakens Scripture’s
witness to the full divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ by its version of
such passages as Proverbs 8:22, Micah 5:1-2, Romans 14:10-12, I Timothy
3:16, and Hebrews 1:3.
These are just a few of the criticisms that can be
offered. They are sufficient, however, to reject the NIV as a legitimate
and useful version of the Holy Scriptures. And we urge all those who are
interested in reading and studying the Scriptures to avoid this version.
is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness; that the man
of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished unto all good works (II Tim. 3:16-17).