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7 Whoppers in the NKJV Bible by Colin Tyler - Number 3

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NKJV Whopper no 3.

1 Tim. 6:10

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

1 Tim 6:10 NKJV

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”


The change from ‘the root’ in the AV to ‘a root’ in the NKJV is a whopper.

The scriptures would have us aware of the singular and primary danger arising from the love of money.

It is not as the NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, Good News and NWT of the Jehovah Witnesses all translate; simply one root among other roots. It is the root. In my experience the modern translation has been defended by two arguments: the first, that the Greek word ‘root’ has no definite article ‘the’; and the second, that common sense dictates that the AV must be wrong.

It is claimed by modern translators that because the word ‘root’ does not have the definite article in the Greek text, that it must be translated as ‘a’ root. If this is so, why does the NKJV use the word ‘the’ twice in 1 Cor. 2:16, agreeing with the AV, when ‘the’ is not found in the Greek text?

Why does the NKJV use the word ‘the’ eight times in Luke 1:17, agreeing with the AV, when ‘the’ is not found in the Greek text?

Why does the NKJV use the word ‘the’ twice in Mark 10:6, agreeing with the AV, when ‘the’ is not found in the Greek text?

Furthermore, right in the very text of 1 Tim 6:10, ‘all evil’ has a definite article! Literally the Greek reads, ‘of all the evils’. So why does the NKJV leave it out?

Is it not obvious from these examples, that the presence or absence of the Greek article is not, taken alone, decisive when translated into English?

There are other considerations. Modern scholars think that they are smarter than the AV translators and want Christians to believe so. In the final analysis, it comes down to who you believe is the more able Greek scholar. And how will you know?

 Has God left us without a definitive voice?

The Lord Jesus came preaching the truth and the Pharisees called him a liar. The apostle Paul preached the gospel to the churches of Galatia and the false teachers who followed after him accused him of error. Everyday life is full of examples of men skilled in their particular field being contradicted by others who are comparatively ignorant.

“A little learning is a dangerous thing, Drink deep or touch not the Pierian spring, Shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, But drinking largely sobers us again.” Alexander Pope.

I believe that modern scholars have ‘a little learning’ compared with the AV translators who ‘drank largely’. It is true that I cannot prove it, but neither can those who disagree prove the opposite. The proof is in the pudding. The AV speaks for itself. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The second argument for substituting ‘a’ root for ‘the’ root is that modern translators, and those who follow them, do not believe that the love of money could possibly be the root of all evil. Such people should obtain and read The Fourth Reich of the Rich or Descent into Slavery by Des Griffin. What men, notably international bankers, will do for the love of money; beggars belief. I cite an example from Descent into Slavery,

“Early in 1945, as the war was fast drawing to a close, the population of Dresden, normally 600,000, had swollen to well over 1,000,000 as refugees, mostly women and children swarmed in from the east. ‘Every house in Dresden was filled with these unfortunates, every public building was crowded with them, many were camping in the streets. There were no air raid shelters. “On the morning of the fateful February 13th 1945, Allied reconnaissance planes were observed flying over the city… “At 9:30 that evening the first wave of Allied planes (Fortresses and ‘Liberators’) appeared over the Dresden area and began to rain down death and destruction… When the second wave of the two thousand, one hundred and fifty plane ‘demolition crew’ arrived shortly after midnight, they found the area still burning furiously. “When the three-stage assault on the defenseless and refugee-packed Dresden was completed, all the priceless buildings in the greater Altstadt area lay in ruins. Half the buildings in the greater Dresden area were demolished, and approximately 250,000 of the hapless inhabitants lay incinerated in the ruins. “Who was responsible for the barbaric Dresden Massacre which took place when Germany was clearly beaten and when no strategic purpose could be served by such wanton destruction and loss of life?

“I can only say,” states Air Marshall Sir Arthur Harris, the top man in the British Air Force, “that the attack on Dresden was at the time considered a military necessity by much more important people than myself.”

“In his book, Sir Arthur refrains from naming these “much more important people.” “Those “much more important people” were obviously the men who were running the European ‘theater of war’ for their own profit and for their own ends. They were clearly looking beyond the end of the war to vast fortunes that could be picked up in ‘redevelopment’ projects in such cities as Dresden. The fact that millions of ‘peasants’ were incinerated in such ‘urban renewal’ projects was of no import to them.” (6)

Sir Winston Churchill said,

“You know, an all-out battle on land, and heavy battles in the sea, and this total bombardment over Rotterdam and over London, the High Cabal is operating here.” (7)

Another example of the love of money being the root of all evil is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. G. Edward Griffin in his book, World Without Cancer exposes the pernicious suppression of a very effective cancer cure by organized medicine. Natural remedies cannot be patented: there is no money to be made from them. Surgery, on the other hand, and radiation therapy and chemotherapy generate revenue for the pharmaceutical industry coffers. Doctors who have far superior success rates with natural cures like Vitamin B17 are branded as quacks and persecuted by government medical bodies. For powerful detailed evidence see Laetrile Case Histories (8) in which the persecution of Dr. John Richardson and his very successful cancer treatment clinic is told. Further exemplification of the truth that the love of money is the root of all evil is given by Dr. P.S. Ruckman in his commentary on Timothy in loco.

“Every piece of communist literature on both sides of the Atlantic can be traced to that root. That is, the Bilderbergers, the international bankers, the Illuminati, the House of Rothschild, and the whole BANKING system – with all financed wars, financed crime (the Mafia, the Cosa Nostra, etc.), all financed communist cells, and all financed revolutions – were MONEY-MAKING jobs….

“Is there unemployment in your area?

Do teenagers roam the streets because they have nothing to do?

Are there riots and demonstrations because white people won’t hire black people?

“…THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL…”

Behind the unemployment lies FDR, the “New Deal,” President Wilson, the Federal Reserve Bank, Carter, Kennedy, and Eisenhower with the Federal takeover. Martin Luther King Jr. (9) was PAID to stir up a following to burn $40,000,000 worth of property….” (10)

Let us just suppose, naming no names, that modern bibles were produced for the purpose of making money. Let us just suppose that for some get-rich-quick bible publishers, sales were more important than souls. The truth to them would no longer be sacred. Corruption of the scriptures for the love of money would, without question, be the root of all evil. The consequences of repeated ‘up-datings’ of the word of God would be catastrophic.

Has it happened? I think so!

1 Tim. 6:10 in the NKJV is a whopper.

Colin Tyler

(6) Des Griffin, Descent into Slavery (Emissary Publications, Oregon. 1980) pp. 179,180. Mr Griffin includes quotes here from F.J.F. Veale, The Veale File, Vol. 1. p.189.

(7) William Stuart, The Invisible College (Bright Pen, 2010) Back Cover.

(8) Richardson & Griffin, Laetrile Case Histories (?????) 280pp.

(9) Martin Luther King Jr. was a media god. Anyone shocked at Dr. Ruckman's assertion should obtain the eponymous recording from James W. Knox of the Bible Baptist Church, Deland, Florida.

(10) P. S. Ruckman, The Pastoral Epistles 1 & 2 Timothy - Titus (Bible Baptist Bookstore, Florida, 1989) p. 133.

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