King James Onlyism Pt. 2
Posted by Travis Berry
We began this series yesterday with “King James Onlyism Pt. 1”. Before reading this post I would encourage you to read that one because it highlights the circular argumentation of the KJ onlyist and gives an example of a textual variation in the King James Version.
Like the last post, I am responding to the claims of pastor Hampton of Grace Bible Church. We only responded to his first point, which ended at about the 4 minute mark. So, in the video you can skip ahead to 4 minutes and that is where we will pick up.
Here pastor Hampton wants us to look at Mark 1:2. He points out that the KJV says, “As it is written in the prophets” and most of the modern translations have, “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet”.
He points out correctly that most modern translations do say that these passages are from Isaiah. So, I guess that means the modern translations had this all wrong, right?
Not at all.
It is common for New Testament writers to refer to Old Testament prophecies from different prophets and string them together. It is also common for the NT writer to only mention the major prophet when the quote comes from multiple prophets. This stringing together of multiple prophet’s writings and only mentioning one prophet occurs in the KJV along with the ESV as I will show you.
Matthew 27:9-10 in the ESV says:
“Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.’”
Matthew 27:9-10 in the KJV says:
“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.‘”
So, why did I quote this text? This New Testament text shines light on the inconsistency of pastor Hampton’s argumentation.
In all of Jeremiah’s writings, “thirty pieces of silver,” is nowhere to be found. Matthew is quoting from Jeremiah 19 and Zechariah 11.
Zechariah 11:12-13 says:
“Then I said to them, ‘If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.’ And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.”
Notice the bold-faced phrases?
“Thirty pieces of silver,” does not show up in Jeremiah but the KJV only mentions him in Matt. 27:9-10. It is common for the NT writers to string together OT prophets and only mention the major prophet. The KJV does it this. So, is it fair for pastor Hampton to condemn modern texts for only mentioning Isaiah in Mark 1:2 when his Bible only mentions Jeremiah in Matt. 27:9-10?
Allow me to answer that for you…NO!