The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Ps. 12:6-7)
If Ps 12:6,7 speaks of God’s words being kept without error, and kept pure, why was there ever a “Wicked” Bible?¹
You will remember that the “Wicked” Bible had a misprint. The misprint omitted the word “not” in the commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)
Thus, it read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.”
It certainly makes one wonder how the preserved Word of God was allowed by God to become so very corrupt.
The point of this article? If we were to speak of God’s preserving His Word, we should speak of His keeping His Word from becoming so adulterated as to become:
1. Lost and unrecoverable
2. So corrupt as to encourage immorality (By the way, that is precisely why this “Wicked” Bible is a collector’s piece. Only about eleven of one thousand copies survived. The rest were destroyed because of the error. One only wonders how the rest evaded destruction. They are known to be in error, thus there is no danger of their being a danger to morality.)
3. So corrupt as to teach anything that contradicts the essence of Christianity.
Let us honestly ask ourselves a question: Do the modern Bible versions that are produced by honest translators and publishing houses (Watchtower, Seventh Day Adventists, and other cults’ translations are excluded from this.) actually encourage immorality, or contradict the essence of Christianity? It is obvious that God has kept His Word. It has not become lost. Neither do I know of any honestly produced modern Bible translation that encourages immorality or promotes doctrines that are heterodox.
It seems that God has indeed preserved His Word, and that across a number of translations that attempt to be faithful to the original language texts.
¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_Bible Accessed 08/03/2009