The false notion is that the New King James Version is an update of the King James Bible. That is not true. It is a modern Bible that is heresy. Like other modern Bibles, essential verses have been changed and/or removed due to the influence of evil tainting the translation of these Bibles. This particular translation is even more troubling because of the deception behind the name. The modern Bible translators would have you believe that this modern translation holds to the same integrity and standards of the original, but this is not the case. They have manipulated the name of God’s perfect Word to deceive people into believing it is merely an updated version of the correct Bible.
Let’s look at some verses that the NKJV messed up to show why the NKJV is merely another heretical modern translation.
Hebrews 3:16: “For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.”
The NKJV insists that all the Jews survived and went to the promised land! That’s not what the Bible says. In the original King James Bible, we see that not all Jews made it out of Egypt alive. How can the NKJV be an “updated” version of the KJV when it so strongly contradicts it like this?
2 Kings 23:29: “In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.“
2 Chronicles 35:20: “After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.“
The NKJV says that the king of Egypt went to the aid of the king of Assyria in 2 Kings 23, and then against king of Assyria in 2 Chronicles 35.
Zechariah 9:16-17: “And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.”
The NKJV version changes this, saying how great is “their” greatness and “their” beauty. Instead of bragging about the goodness of God, they brag about the goodness of humanity! How can such a twisted and deceitful “correction” possibly be an “update” of the King James Bible?
Proverbs 11:16: “A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.”
NKJV says ruthless men retain riches! They changed the context. Why would they change “strong” to “ruthless?” There is a big difference between those words! Ruthless paints the men spoken about in a very negative light, while strong retains a positive outlook at these men. Godly men are strong. Wicked men are ruthless. These change to the verse ruins the context and message it’s trying to convey.
Jesus humbled Himself to become one of us. This is a profound and unbelievable truth of the Gospel. In the book of Hebrews, God beautifully expresses this truth.
Hebrews 2:16: “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”
The message of this verse is obvious. But it is almost unrecognizable in the NIV! It there reads, “For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.” This verse was not speaking about who it is that Jesus helps: it spoke about the nature that Jesus took on during His earthly ministry.