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O Sinner, Lift the Eye of Faith

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified to piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. (Luke 23:32-34)

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12)

Words: Author unknown (Atolle paula lumina); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale in Medieval Hymns, 1851. Lyrics modified by Paul W. Davis, 2005
Music: “Nyberg,” Mikael Nyberg. Music modified by Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2013.
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O sinner, lift the eye of faith,
To true repentance turning;
Bethink thee of the curse of sin,
Its awful guilt discerning;
Upon the Lord Jesus look,
And thou shalt read, as in a book,
What well is worthy thy learning.

Look on His head, that bleeding head,
With crown of thorns surrounded;
Look on His hands and feet
Which piercing nails have wounded;
See every limb with scourges rent:
On Christ, the Just, the Innocent,
What malice hath abounded!

‘Tis alone those limbs are racked,
Yes, friends too have forsaken Him;
And, more than all, for thankless man
That tender heart is aching;
Oh, fearful was the pain and scorn,
By Jesus, Son of God, borne,
The peace for sinners making.

None ever knew such pain before,
Such infinite affliction,
None ever felt a grief like His
Alone in that dread sacrifice;
For us He bare those bitter throes,
For us those agonizing woes,
In once suffered infliction.

O sinner, mark, and ponder well
Sin’s awful condemnation;
Think what a sacrifice it cost
To purchase Thy salvation;
Had Jesus never bled and died,
Then what could thee and all betide
But everlasting damnation?

Lord, grant us strength to flee from sin,
And Satan’s wiles ensnaring,
Saved from those everlasting flames
For unrepentant ones prepared.
Jesus, we thank Thee, and desire
To rest forever at Thy feet,
Thy heavenly glory sharing.

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Ere the Blue Heav’ns Were Stretched Abroad

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated from Anvil Studio 2012, and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:1-4)

Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. (Isaiah 48:16-17)

Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spir­i­tu­al Songs, Book I, 1707, num­ber 2. Modified by Cynthia M. Droddy, 2012.
Music:Tru­ro“, from Psalm­o­dia Evan­gel­i­ca, by Thom­as Will­iams, 1789. (midi, mp3)
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Ere the blue heav’ns were stretched abroad,
From everlasting is the Word:
With God He was; the Word is God,
And must divinely be adored.

By His own power were all things made;
By Him supported all remain;
He is the whole creation’s Head,
And angels fly at His command.

Ere sin was born, or Satan fell,
He led the host of morning stars:
Thy generation who can tell,
Or count the numbers of Thy years?

Mortals with joy beheld His face,
The Father’s own Begotten Son;
How full of truth! how full of grace!
God is with us, Immanuel.

The Lamb from the foundation slain,
For all His children, ransom paid;
And now in Heav’n exalted high,
Our Lord, our Savior and our King.

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Redeemed, and With the Price of Blood

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated from Music Publisher 8 and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in The Wells of Sal­va­tion.
Music:Austin-M,” Clara H. Fiske Scott, 1896. Modified by Cynthia M. Droddy, 2012. (midi, mp3)
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Redeemed, and with the price of blood,
Which Thou hast shed for me,
I stand, a monument of grace,
A witness, Lord, for Thee.

Redeemed, and made by simple faith
An heir of heaven above!
Oh, love surpassing human thought!
Oh, vast, unmeasured love!

Redeemed, no longer dead in sin,
But raised by pow’r divine,
My tongue, rejoicing, cries aloud,
All glory, Lord, be Thine.

Redeemed, and made by simple faith
An heir of heaven above!
Oh, love surpassing human thought!
Oh, vast, unmeasured love!

Redeemed, my heart is filled with praise,
My soul true comfort knows,
And daily feels the calm of peace
That like a river flows.

Redeemed, and made by simple faith
An heir of heaven above!
Oh, love surpassing human thought!
Oh, vast, unmeasured love!

Redeemed, I’ll tell it o’er and o’er;
Redeemed my song shall be,
My watchword through the vale of death,
My passport home to Thee.

Redeemed, and made by simple faith
An heir of heaven above!
Oh, love surpassing human thought!
Oh, vast, unmeasured love!

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O My Blessed Jesus

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Citation and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated from Music Publisher 6 and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. (Psalm 142:4-7)

Words: Unknown.
Music:Here is Love,” Robert Lowry, 1876. (midi, mp3)
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O my blessed, blessed Jesus,
Lone companion of my soul,
In all worries, tribulations,
Give my spirit thy support;
While I’m cast upon life’s ocean,
On the sea’s unstable waves,
Steadfastly, O hold and keep me
In thine all embracing arms.

Let me tread where’er I wander
On this ever moving earth,
All the land beneath me trembles,
Dust and ruins all around;
If I could but keep my foothold
Despite tempest, despite storm,
On the eternal Rock of Ages:
This the ground that never quakes.

Oft times leaning on my dear ones,
Then I lose them one by one;
Lean again on friends, companions,
Very soon they’re also gone:
Lean on pleasure-none is stable,
All my word, it changes so,
Lean on Jesus – here is true strength
Which will hold the world’s whole weight.

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All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated with Music Publisher 8, and is modified using Anvil Studio 2013, and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Words: Edward Perronet. The first stanza appeared anonymously in The Gospel Magazine, November 1779. Music:Coronation,” Oliver Holden ; first appeared in his Universal Collection of Sacred Music, 1793.
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All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Let highborn seraphs tune the lyre,
and as they tune it, fall
Before His face Who tunes their choir,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Before His face Who tunes their choir,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye morning stars of light,
Who launched this floating ball;
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God,
who from His altar call;
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line,
Whom David Lord did call,
The God incarnate, Man divine,
and crown Him Lord of all,
The God incarnate, Man divine,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
the wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball
To Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.
To Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng
we at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all.

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Look Ye Saints!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified using Anvil Studio 2012 and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (Revelation 1:12-16)

Words: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture, third edition, 1809.
Music:Coronae,” , William H. Monk, 1871. (midi, mp3)
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Look, ye saints! the sight is glorious:
See the Man of Sorrows now;
From the fight returned victorious,
Every knee to Him shall bow;
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crowns become the Victor’s brow,
Crowns become the Victor’s brow.

Crown the Savior! angels, crown Him;
Rich the trophies Jesus brings;
In the seat of power enthrone Him,
While the vault of heaven rings;
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown the Savior King of kings,
Crown the Savior King of kings.

Sinners in derision scorned Him,
Mocking thus the Savior’s claim;
Saints and angels crowd around Him,
Own His title, praise His name;
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
Spread abroad the Victor’s fame,
Spread abroad the Victor’s fame.

Hark, those bursts of acclamation!
Hark, those loud triumphant chords!
Jesus takes the highest station;
O what joy the sight affords!
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
King of kings and Lord of lords!
King of kings and Lord of lords!

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All Glory, Laud and Honor

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated with Music Publisher 8, and is modified using Anvil Studio 2013, and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. (Matthew 21:1-9)

Words: The­o­dulph of Or­le­ans, cir­ca 820 (Glor­ia, laus, et hon­or); trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, 1851.
Music:St. The­o­dulph“, Mel­chi­or Tesch­ner, in Ein an­däch­tig­es Ge­bet (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1615)
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All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the king of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present.

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

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Hark! The Voice of Love and Mercy

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified to piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. (Mark 15:33-38) 
 
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:28-30)

Words: Attributed variously to Jonathan Evans, 1784, and Benjamin Francis, 1787.
Music:Bryn Calfaria“, William Owen, 1852. (midi, mp3)
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Hark! the voice of love and mercy
Sounds aloud from Calvary;
See, it rends the rocks asunder,
Shakes the earth, and veils the sky:
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
“It is finished!” Hear the dying Savior cry;
Hear the dying Savior cry.

“It is finished!” O what pleasure
Do these precious words afford;
Heav’nly blessings, without measure,
Flow to us from Christ the Lord:
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
“It is finished!” Saints the dying words record;
Saints the dying words record.

Finished all the types and shadows
Of the ceremonial law;
Finished all that God had promised;
Death and hell no more shall awe:
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
“It is finished!” Saints, from hence your comfort draw;
Saints, from hence your comfort draw.

Tune your harps anew, ye seraphs,
Join to sing the glorious theme;
All in earth, and all in heaven,
Join to praise Emmanuel’s Name;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Glory to the bleeding Lamb!
Glory to the bleeding Lamb!

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At the Name of Jesus

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified to piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Words: Caroline M. Noel, The Name of Jesus, and Other Verses for the Sick and Lonely, 1870. Music:Urswicke“, George J. Elvey, 1881.
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At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him King of glory now;
’Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

Mighty and mysterious in the highest height,
God from everlasting, very light of light:
In the Father’s bosom with the spirit blest,
Love, in love eternal, rest, in perfect rest.

At His voice creation sprang at once to sight,
All the angel faces, all the hosts of light,
Thrones and dominations, stars upon their way,
All the heavenly orders, in their great array.

Humbled for a season, to receive a name
From the lips of sinners unto whom He came,
Faithfully He bore it, spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious when from death He passed.

Bore it up triumphant with its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures, to the central height,
To the throne of Godhead, to the Father’s breast;
Filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.

Name Him, brothers, name Him, with love strong as death
But with awe and wonder, and with bated breath!
He is God the Savior, He is Christ the Lord,
Ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.

In your hearts enthrone Him; there let Him subdue
All that is not holy, all that is not true;
Crown Him as your Captain in temptation’s hour;
Let His will enfold you in its light and power.

Brothers, this Lord Jesus shall return again,
With His Father’s glory, with His angel train;
For all wreaths of empire meet upon His brow,
And our hearts confess Him King of glory now.

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Verse Comparison – John 1:18

Monday, July 11th, 2011

King James Version No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. William Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament (Modern Spelling Edition) No man hath seen God at any time.  The only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.


New American Bible (the Catholic bible) No one has ever seen God.  The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him. Revised Standard Version No one has ever seen God:  the only Son,b who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known. New Revised Standard Version No one has ever seen God.  It is God the only Son,e who is close to the Father’s heart,f who has made him known. New International Version No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,a,b who is at the Father’s side has made him known The Amplified New Testament No man has ever seen God at any time; the only eunique Son, fthe only-begotten God, Who is in the bosom [that is, in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him—He has revealed Him, brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him, and He has made Him known. [Prov. 8:30.] The Adventures in Odyssey Bible (From the International Children’s Bible, New Century Version Distributed by Focus on the Family) No man has ever seen God.  But God the only Son is very close to the Father.n  And the Son has shown us what God is like.

Margin Notes New American Bible 1, 18: The only Son, God: while the vast majority of later textual witnesses have another reading, “the son, the only one” or “the Only Son,” the translation above follows the best and earliest manuscripts, monogenes theos, but takes the first term to mean not just “Only One” but to include a filial relationship with the Father, as at Lk 9, 38 (“only child”) or Heb 11, 17 (“only son”) and as translated at Jn 1, 14. The Logos is thus “only Son” and God but not Father/God.

Margin Notes Revised Standard Version b Other ancient authorities read God

Margin Notes New Revised Standard Version e Other ancient authorities read It is an only Son, God, or It is the only Son f Greek bosom

Margin Notes New International Version a18 or the Only Begotten b18 some manuscripts but the only (or only begotten) Son

Margin Notes The Amplified New Testament e) Moulton and Milligan’s “Vocabulary of the Greek Testament” f) Supported by “a great mass of ancient evidence” (Vincent)

Margin Notes The Adventures in Odyssey Bible n But. . . Father This could be translated, “But the only God is very close to the Father.”  Also, some Greek copies say, “But the only Son is very close to the Father.

Amplified New Testament Preface Notes BRACKETS [ ]: contain justified clarifying words or comments, whether implied or not, which are not actually expressed in the immediate original text.  However, when the identification of a person or thing represented by a pronoun is certain, the noun may be substituted for the pronoun without brackets. ITALICS:  point out certain familiar passages now recognized as not adequately supported by the original manuscripts, or italics may be substituted for brackets.  Also “and,” “or” and other connectives in italics indicate that the portions so connected are to be found in the same original word or expression.

Commentary It is likely that this verse provides one greatest contrasts in verses between the modern versions and the KJV.  If we were to examine the bibles that existed between the Tyndale’s and the King James 1611 we would find that all, including the Douay-Rheims (the Catholic translated version of 1590 designed to compete with the Received Text bibles) read the same: The Douay-Rheims Bible No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. The reason for this is the fact that the Douay-Rheims, for all its corruption (it is Jerome’s Latin Vulgate), was taken from the same source text as William Tyndale’s New Testament, and the King James Version and not from the corrupted Gnostic texts. Thus, it is very interesting as to where the modern versions get their reading of this verse.  The modern version’s new readings did not appear in English until after the Hort-Wescott Greek New Testament and the subsequent translation which is the Revised Standard Version.  In the Revised Standard version several changes are evident.  They are: “no man” to “no one”, “only begotten Son” to “the only Son”, and “declared him” to “revealed him”.  In the New Revised Standard Version they went one step further and changed the spiritual context of “who is in the bosom of the Father” to the strictly physical context of “who is close to the Father’s heart,”. All these changes are at a minimum, quite dangerous, but more correctly, for the context of the verse, they are blasphemous.  Let us consider: when the term “no man” is used the context it is clearly referring to mankind.  To now change this to make it “no one” means that the verse becomes all-inclusive.  The use of the word “one” means anyone period, not just man, as there are no qualifiers put on the term.  Fully considered, this must necessarily mean everyone, which creates a contradiction.  By saying “no man” this means those that are only of the race of man, are included.  The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man.  He is both the Son of God, and the Son of man.  Therefore, he is necessarily excluded from this statement.  By stating “no one,” potentially this means that not even the Son has seen God.  This may not be what they meant, but it can easily be construed from what they wrote.  If someone understands that there is a spiritual world, and that beings live in it as well, those beings would necessarily be included in the description of “one” as well. Additionally, it is evident that there is error in the modern versions in the statement “the only Son.” In the proper text this is “the only begotten Son”, which in the underlying Received Text Greek is “monogenes huios”.  In the underlying Hort-Westcott text of the modern versions it is “monogenes theos” which the translation committees render “the only Son”.  If we read the New American Bible (which is also translated from the Hort-Westcott (now Nestle-Aland text)) margin notes above, it is apparent that they mistranslate in an effort to maintain the principles that are plainly stated in the Scripture: God is not begotten.  The Son is begotten, but not God.  God has always existed and will always exist.  This, of course, matches what is written in Hebrews 1:5, 10:5 and in Philippians 2:7-8.  It is clear that some of the new translations do translate this passage exactly as written.  Most notably the Jehovah’s Witness translation, which is the New World Translation.  This corrupted  text and translation (with additions) can also be seen in the Lockman Foundation’s Amplified Bible as quoted above.  It should be quite clear that translating this passage as “the only begotten God” is blatant blasphemy as it states that God did not exist from the beginning.  This would be consistent with the Gnostic understanding of the scriptures.  The Gnostics held (and hold today) the view that the Son of God had to be the firstborn (the first created creature) because there could be no equality in trinity. It was impossible for the Gnostics to understand how it is possible for three distinct persons could be totally and completely equal. Hence, they altered the Greek text to reflect a purely carnal (and blasphemous) point of view. It is unfortunate that Bible Scholars cannot discern a corrupted text and reject it out of hand. Instead, what we see is a wholesale rush to accept the most corrupted of texts, texts which would have been quickly rejected by virtually everyone 400 years ago – even by the Catholics, as their Douay-Rheims Bible demonstrates.

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