Westcott and Hort's
Magic Marker Binge
©2002 Brandon Staggs
Would you take a magic marker to your Bible
and cross out words from passages?
This chart illustrates what was
done when the text used by Christianity for 1800 years was replaced with a
text assembled by Westcott and Hort in the nineteenth century and used as the
basis for the English Revised Version, which nearly all modern translations
The text shown here is the King
James Version. Words, sentences, or entire verses in
illustrate portions that have been removed from the text underlying the KJV
New Testament. Not all modern versions are the same. Sometimes the NASB
will include a word the NIV doesn't, or the NRSV might omit a phrase the NIV
and NASB both retain, etc... but for the most part, the examples below
represent nearly all of the popular modern versions. (Psudeo-KJV versions such
as the NKJV are far more subtle and are a different case. See the articles
section for NKJV examinations.)
Compare your modern version and
see what the KJV has that yours doesn't. This list is not comprehensive, it
is just a sample! The modern critical text that forms the basis for
nearly all modern versions omits the equivalent of the entire books of 1st and
Critics commonly charge that the
traditional Bible text used by believers for 1800 years adds
material, and that we should be thankful for Westcott and Hort who
came along in the 19th century to restore the text of the New
Testament that had been corrupt for 1800 years and during the entire
reformation. This charge is of course made against evidence to the
contrary, as you will find if you research the text lines (read
other articles on this website). Further, it is interesting to note
that one of these verses is this:
Romans 13:9: For this, Thou
shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not
steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt
not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly
comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
The phrase "thou shalt not bear
false witness" is missing from the modern critical text (and
therefore most modern versions). Now I ask you: is it reasonable to
assume that a scribe added a self-incriminating phrase to the
passage? Isn't it more likely that "those who corrupt the word of
God" (2 Cor. 2:17, KJV) removed the phrase which indicted
Now on to Westcott and Hort's
Magic Marker Binge!
(Part 1: Matthew - John)
||And knew her not till she had brought
|firstborn son: and
he called his name JESUS.
||But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
|bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you;
||And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil:
|For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
||But seek ye first the kingdom
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you.
||And, behold, they cried out, saying,
What have we to do with thee,
thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
||But go ye and learn what that meaneth,
I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the
righteous, but sinners
||A good man out of the good treasure
the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out
of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things?
They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with
their lips; but their heart is far from me.
||And in the morning, It will be foul
weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.
ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but
can ye not discern the signs of the times?
||Then charged he his disciples that
they should tell no man that he was
kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
|For the Son of
man is come to save that which was lost.
||And I say unto you, Whosoever shall
put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry
another, committeth adultery:
marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
||And he said unto him, Why callest thou
me good? there is none good but one,
is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the
||They say unto him, Because no man hath
hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard;
whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
||So the last shall be first, and the
|for many be called, but few
||But Jesus answered and said, Ye know
not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of,
to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
They say unto him, We are able.
|Woe unto you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for
a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater
||Watch therefore, for ye know neither
the day nor the hour
|wherein the Son of man
||And they crucified him, and parted his
garments, casting lots:
|that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my
garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them,
saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped
||Now after that John was put in prison,
Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel
the kingdom of God,
||And he came and took her by the hand,
and lifted her up; and
the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
||When Jesus heard it, he saith unto
them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that
are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners
||And whosoever shall not receive you,
nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet
for a testimony against them.
|Verily I say
unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day
of judgment, than for that city.
||But when Herod heard thereof, he said,
It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen
||For laying aside the commandment of
God, ye hold the tradition of men,
washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things
|If any man have
ears to hear, let him hear.
||And straightway the father of the
child cried out, and said with tears,
I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
||And whosoever shall offend one of
these little ones that believe
it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he
were cast into the sea.
|Where their worm
dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
|Where their worm
dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
||For every one shall be salted with
|and every sacrifice shall be salted
||Then Jesus beholding him loved him,
and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever
thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
|take up the cross,
and follow me.
||Blessed be the kingdom of our father
David, that cometh
|in the name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.
||But when ye shall see the abomination
|spoken of by Daniel the
prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that
readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the
||Take ye heed, watch
pray: for ye know not when the time is.
||But he denied, saying, I know not,
neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch;
and the cock crew.
scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the
Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to
Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and
told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they,
when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her,
believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them,
as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it
unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto
the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief
and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him
after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out
devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall
lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord
had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the
right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the
Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.
Amen.(typically marginalized or
set in brackets. Footnotes in NIV are patently false.)
||And the angel came in unto her, and
said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:
art thou among women.
||And Jesus answered him, saying, It is
written, That man shall not live by bread alone,
by every word of God.
||And Jesus answered and said unto him,
thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
||And devils also came out of many,
crying out, and saying, Thou art
the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for
they knew that he was Christ.
Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this
generation? and to what are they like?
||And when his disciples James and John
saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down
from heaven, and consume them,
|even as Elias
did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye
know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.
And they went to another village.
||And he said unto them, When ye pray,
say, Our Father
|which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy
will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by
day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every
one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but
deliver us from evil.
||And when the people were gathered
thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a
sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas
|Two men shall be
in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
||For all these have of their abundance
in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath
cast in all the living that she had.
Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to
have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
||And when they had blindfolded him,
struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy,
who is it that smote thee?
necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
||And a superscription also was written
over him in
|letters of Greek, and Latin, and
Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
||And he said unto Jesus,
remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
|He is not
here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when
he was yet in Galilee,
|And when he had
thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
||And, behold, I send the promise of my
Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city
Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
||And it came to pass, while he blessed
them, he was parted from them,
up into heaven.
||And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt
among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only
of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
||He it is, who coming after me is
preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy
||And no man hath ascended up to heaven,
but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man
is in heaven.
||That whosoever believeth in him
not perish, but have eternal life.
||And said unto the woman, Now we
believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and
know that this is indeed
the Saviour of the world.
||In these lay a great multitude of
impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered,
for the moving of the water. For an
angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the
water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in
was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
||Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
|on me hath
||And we believe and are sure that thou
|that Christ, the Son of
the living God.
||Then they took away the stone from the
|where the dead was laid.
And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou
hast heard me.
||A little while, and ye shall not see
me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me,
I go to the Father.
||While I was with them
the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou
gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of
perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.