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

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NKJV Whopper no. 7.

Hebrews 2:16.

“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”

Hebrews 2:16 NKJV

“For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham”


This verse as it stands in the A.V. is a simple and plain declaration of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ into the lineage of Abraham.

That this is the meaning of the verse is clear from the context. In the first chapter of Hebrews, the Lord Jesus is seen as God, higher than the angels. In the second chapter he is seen as man, ‘made a little lower than the angels’. We read in chapter 2:11,

“For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren…”

and at verse 14,

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same…”

We are reading about the Lord Jesus being born as a man; as a descendent of Abraham.

Verse 16 as it stands in the A.V. plainly states that the Lord Jesus “took on him” the nature of the seed of Abraham. The NKJV erases this truth altogether from verse 16.

We will no doubt be told that the context in the NKJV supports the truth of the incarnation as really as does the A.V.

The fact remains that it is erased from verse 16 and with the deity of Christ being negated in other places in the NKJV footnotes; we refuse to accept this error yet again in this verse.

Colin Tyler

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