Ever since we wrote the KJV Only Deception article there have been many comments regarding Psalm 12:6-7. People rush to tell us that the Lord promised to preserve his word (the Bible) in this passage. They go on to express their belief that this promise is being fulfilled through the KJV. Some go as far as to announce that they know that the KJV is THE “perfect preserved Word of God” because of this passage – How they KNOW this I still have yet to find out.
As a result of this perpetual, errant belief, I’d like to set the record straight in the form of a post on the blog rather than just respond in the comments section.
Psalm 12:6-7 is about God’s promises not the Bible. We are being told that God keeps his promises (i.e., he will keep his word). This isn’t a passage about the preservation of the Bible (i.e., God’s Holy Word).
This passage is misunderstood because, in typical IFB fashion, it’s pulled out of context and twisted to form a meaning different from what it was intended.
This is David and the Lord having a conversation. David is crying out for help because the righteous people of his day were fleeting (see verses 1-4).
Then the Lord replies and reassures David telling him not to worry that he has seen the trouble and promises to rise up to rescue them (see verse 5).
Then in verse 6 he tells David that his promises are pure and perfect like refined silver.
Then in verses 7 & 8 the Lord summarizes and reminds David what he promised, to protect and preserve “them” (the oppressed believers) (verse 7) even though wickedness is pervasive throughout the earth (verse 8).
Again, to reiterate, the “them” that verse 7 mentions isn’t God’s words, but the object of the chapter, the oppressed, victimized Christians of that era.
This is a HUGE mistake in the KJV and might I add a sloppy and irresponsible one. And I can’t believe that preachers continue to perpetuate this obviously false teaching.
Let’s pretend for a moment that the “them” in verse 7 were about god’s word. From the context we can clearly see that it’s about the promises NOT the Bible. Plus, on top of all that, God said that HE would preserve “them”. As a result, logic would dictate that it’s not mankind’s responsibility to preserve “them”. “They” WILL be preserved whether they’re written in Hebrew, Greek, English, Spanish, Pig Latin, braille or Martianese. Nowhere in the bible is it written or even suggested that humans are supposed to be concerned with whether “they” (his promises or the Word of God) are being preserved or not.
Another aspect of this is what I alluded to in the beginning of the article and friend and colleague Greg so astutely points out each time someone raises this argument. Let’s stretch the pretending even further and let’s say that this passage in Psalm does reference God’s promise to “perfectly preserve His Word” (the Bible). One is hard pressed to find anywhere in that passage or elsewhere in the Bible where God promises to do so by way of the KJV.
Finally, most scholars generally agree that we don’t even have all the original manuscripts. The bible is recognized to have been pieced together from families of manuscripts that have been scattered in different parts of the world. As a result, logic dictates that if we don’t even have all the original Words of God how can we now have a perfectly preserved Word of God? It’s an impossibility. Even to this day, scholars disagree about whether the Apocrypha is the Word of God.
This idea that we have the perfectly preserved Word of God especially when the idea is from Psalm 12:6-7 is an asinine claim to knowledge on many fronts and I hope that you won’t fall prey to the lie and deception of it all.