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7 Whoppers in the NKJV by Colin Tyler - Number 5

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NKJV Whopper no. 5.

Philippians 2:8  

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Philippians 2:8 NKJV  

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross,”


Note the very serious alteration from ‘unto death’ to ‘to the point of death’.

What do we understand today by a statement like, ‘I was at the point of giving up’? We mean. ‘I nearly gave up, but didn’t!’ Or if a nurse told us that a sick relative was at the point of death?  We would understand that they were not dead yet; we might even still entertain hope of recovery.

The NKJV is joined in this pernicious alteration by the NASB and the ESV.

What do Muslims believe?

They believe that Jesus was crucified but that he did not die upon the cross. He only swooned but later revived. This is one of the most shocking and nasty whoppers that I have found yet in the NKJV. If Christ did not die, we have no gospel. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4.)

To borrow Burgon’s words, ‘Those must have been wondrous drowsy days’ among the NKJV translating committee.

Colin Tyler

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