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12 Contradictions Found in the KJV


I recently had a discussion with someone about the perfection and preservation of the KJV. In our discussion I pointed out several contradictions found in the KJV proving it wasn’t perfect. As you could probably guess it was simply ignored. I decided to list them here:

1. Mark 15:25 says “And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.” – John 19:14-16 says “…about the sixth hour…they cried out…crucify him….Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.”

2. 2 Kings 24:8 says “Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.” – 2 Chronicles 36:9 says “Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem…”

3. 2 Kings 8:26 says “Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign…” – 2 Chronicles 22:2 says “Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign…”

4. 2 Samuel 6:23 says “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death” – 2 Samuel 21:8 says “But the king took…the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul”

5. 2 Samuel 8:3-4 says “David smote also Hadadezer…and took from him…seven hundred horsemen…” – 1 Chronicles 18:3-4 says “David smote Hadarezer…and took from him…seven thousand horsemen…”

6. Gen 32:30 states “…for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” – John 1:18 states, “No man hath seen God at any time…”

7. James 1:13 says “..for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” – Gen 22:1 says “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham…”

8. Matt 1:16 says, “And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus…” – Luke 3:23 says “And Jesus…the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli”

9. Gen 2:17 says “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thou eastest thereof thou shalt surely die – Gen 5:5 says “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.”

10. 1 Samuel 31:4-6 says “…Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his armour bearer saw that Saul was dead and…died with him. So Saul died…” – 2 Samuel 21:12 says “…the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa.”

11. 2 Kings 25:8 says “And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month…Nebuzaradan…came…unto Jerusalem” – Jeremiah 52:12 says “…in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month…came Nebuzaradan…into Jerusalem”

12. 1 Kings 4:26 says “And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots…” – 2 Chronicles 9:25 says “And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots…”

So much for a “perfectly preserved and inspired” KJV!

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  1. These apparent ‘contradictions’ are not exclusive to KJV, but in many versions including NIV and Living Translation. Most be be easily explained by looking at the text and by reading the context. Remember we are not to look at the Word of God to find contradictions or problems with it but rather allow God to use the Bible to communicate with us and help us grow spiritually. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

    1. You have to look in the context of time used in the Bible. If you did, you would notice the New Testament hardly mention any hour besides the third hour, the sixth hour and the ninth hour. This is because back in Jesus’ time, they didn’t have watches or easy access to the time. The day is usually separated into four periods like the night periods were designated as four watches. So when Mark say the third hour, he could mean any time between 9am-12pm while John was it was ‘about the sixth hour’ meaning it would have been closer to noon. No Contradiction there.

    7. This is easily explained, the extract of the verse here is shown out of context (I suppose to fulfil an intended purpose). Read James 1:1-18 before making a conclusion. Temptations are trails given in our lives by God to strengthen us and help us to spiritually mature (be perfect and entire). Temptations are not desires to sin giving to us by God, for it is explained that he doesn’t tempt with evil (sin) and if a man is tempted to sin, it’s because of his selfish desire. The first part explain that we should rejoice in temptations and we are blessed if we endure it (v2 and 12) and then informs what type of temptations doesn’t come form God so we don’t make that mistake (v13 and v16)

    Paul also explains the use of temptations in 2 Corinthians 12:5-10 (please read). Even though it is used to weaken us physically, it puts us in our place, in the sense that all our good works only exist because God uses us and doesn’t give us the chance to exalt ourselves. And since it puts us in our place, as a servant of God, then we are can be used. ‘…when I am weak, then am I strong.’

    Temptations also means to test, read Genesis 15:5 (God’s promise), Genesis 22:1-2 (The Test), and Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-10 (Faith). God tested Abraham’s faith and trust in his promises, by asking him to sacrifice his son. Abraham was promised, by God, to have number of descendants equal to the number of stars. God declare that this will be done through Isaac, so he was the only son of Abraham who could fulfil the promise. But God also had a greater purpose, Abraham’s faith was an encouragement and example to us. ‘Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.’

    In conclusion, there is no contradiction, God tempts (test) his children to make us stronger and mature and reminds us that we are his servants. But God doesn’t gives us the desire to sin in order to test us.

    12. Quite simple really.
    1 Kings says the Solomon had 40,000 stalls for his horses and 2 Chronicles says that he had 4,000 stalls for his horses and chariots. So in each of the 4,000 stalls for his horses and chariots, he had 10 stalls just for his horses. No contradiction here.

    What’s funny is that none of these ‘contradictory’ verse aren’t essential to the Gospel or the major teachings of the Bible. Instead of worrying that a prophecy is off by three days (11. 2 Kings 25:8) be amazed by its and many other fulfillments (Isaiah 53) some dating 700 years before it happened.

    So they might be 18 verses that may not be perfect out of the 31,102 verses that are in the Bible (thats just 0.0006% of supposed error). There’s hardly anything to argue against the accuracy of the KJV.

    I just covered a few, otherwise this comment will be too long . In conclusion, each of these ‘contradictions’ can be explained if you looked in the context and not having the motive to try to ‘prove’ it wrong. Most of these are not exclusive to the KJV but can also be found in all the other versions, so you are just questioning the Bible not KJV.

    1. Thanks for your contributions to the discussion Jonathan. I believe you missed the point of the article though. The point I’m making is that KJV only advocates claim that the KJV is the “perfect preserved Word of God”. There is obvious content within the KJV that show it isn’t perfect. This article is being used, in part, to debunk the myth that the KJV is perfect.

  2. Beyond just those 12 contradictions: we have 2 different Creation accounts (the Priestly in Genesis 1:1-2:3, and the Yahwist in 2:4-3:24).

    There are two Flood accounts that are mixed together. In one, Noah is instructed to take into the Ark two of each kind of living creature (Genesis 6:19), but then just a few verses later, he is instructed to take seven of every clean animal and two of every unclean animal (Genesis 7:2), as well as seven of every kind of bird (Genesis 7:3).

    Abraham deceived Pharaoh regarding Sarah (Genesis 12:10-20), and repeated this deception with Abimelech (Genesis 20:1-18). Then Isaac also deceived Abimelech regarding Rebekah (Genesis 26:1-16). Does anyone see any problems here?

    The Bible says that Abimelech was “king of the Philistines” (Genesis 26:1). In the time that the Patriarchs Abraham and Isaac were alive (c. 2000 BC), the Philistines had not yet arrived in Canaan; they did not arrive until c. 1200 BC. So Isaac and Abimelech must have lived about 800 years!

    Moreover, “Abimelech” is a HEBREW name meaning “my father is king.” The Philistines were not Semites, but Indo-Europeans. What we do know of them from the rest of the Old Testament is that they occupied five city-states along the Coastal Plain.

    In 1 Corinthians 10:8, Paul says that 23,000 Israelites died in one day. Numbers 25:9 gives the number as 24,000. Which is it? Probably Paul was quoting from memory, and the contradiction doesn’t affect anything material. But if you’re looking for a “perfect” Bible, sorry — you don’t have one.

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