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1 Samuel 6:19 King James Bible he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked INTO the ark of the LORD, even he smote OF THE PEOPLE THOUSAND AND THREESCORE AND TEN MEN: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. Joseph New American bible 1970, Catholic New Jerusalem 1985) struck SEVENTY men of them, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great blow. spite of the lame and meaningless recent Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, they did get one thing right. It found in Article XII deny that Biblical infallibility and inerrancy are limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes, exclusive of in the fields of history science. the Bible is not 100% historically true, then at what point does God start to tell us the truth? we cannot trust God’s Book when it comes to specific numbers and names recorded as literal historical events, then how can we be sure He got the other parts right?
1 Samuel 6:19 presents us with a clear example of how many modern Bible translators presume to alter the Hebrew text and the King James Bible. And many tell us the Hebrew texts themselves are wrong or have been corrupted.
These godly, evangelical scholars reveal their unbelief, and their willingness to altar the inspired text.
How do we explain this large number 50,000 of the people AND 70 men slain by the Lord in the context of this event of the ark of the LORD having been taken captive and then recovered?
The first six chapters of 1 Samuel relate the events surrounding a series of battles between the children of Israel and the Philistines, the capture and subsequent return of the ark of the covenant, and the LORD slaying of a total of 50,070 people.
The King James Bible reads at 1 Samuel 6:19: he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the hermes replica ring
LORD, even he smote OF THE PEOPLE FIFTY THOUSAND AND THREESCORE AND TEN MEN: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.
This is best exemplified by Gleason Archer, one of the translators of both the NASB and the NIV.
In his book, Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, on page 169, Mr. Archers says: there is strong evidence to indicate that the original text of 1 Samuel 6:19 read a much lower number very justified suspicion that the text was inadvertently garbled in the course of transmission. Archer book is full of statements like this concerning many passages of Scripture. He says things like transmissional errors, as we believe them to be possible to commit an error in textual transmission undoubtedly undergone multiplication by ten because of an obscurity or misunderstanding and alleged desire to embellish the record and exaggerate the glory of the past must have been a very modest one on the Chronicler part.
This book by Gleason Archer, of the NIV, NASB translation committees, is a Trojan horse of faith destroying, scholar speak Baloney that is so highly recommended by Hank Hanegraff another professional bible agnostic. Just to give you a general idea of how a man’s mind can turn to mush when he doesn’t believe, here are just a few. But one of them is pretty close to what I think is the correct explanation. I will get to that in a moment. Bullinger Companion Bible Notes says: thousand and threescore and ten men = 50,070. This number being out of all proportion to the size of Beth shemesh, has led to various readings. Some codices omit 50,000. The Syriac and Arabic versions read instead of fifty.
The NIV 1978, 1984 and 2011 editions say: SEVENTY OF THEM to death because they looked into the ark of the LORD.
Then they tell us in a footnote that the reading of SEVENTY OF THEM comes from few Hebrew manuscripts; MOST HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS AND SEPTUAGINTS READ 50,070. This number is generally considered to be A SCRIBAL ERROR. Some discrepant statements concerning numbers are found in the extant Hebrew manuscripts. ERROR BY SCRIBES IN TRANSMISSION OF HEBREW NUMBERS WAS EASY, WHEREAS PRESERVATION OF NUMERICAL ACCURACY WAS DIFFICULT. INSPIRATION EXTENDS ONLY TO THE INERRANCY OF THE ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS.
AND Thus we have the Phantom so many of today’s Christians say they believe in. Something they have never seen. Something that never DID make up an entire Bible not even close. Something they couldn’t read if they had it. And something they KNOW DOES NOT EXIST. The Fairy Tale bible.
No wonder modern Christianity is such a mess.
In a note on 1 Chronicles 11:11 the NIV 1984 edition has this statement: disagreements between numbers in Samuel and Kings, and those in Chronicles, are alleged. Actually, out of the approximately 150 instances of parallel numbers in these books, FEWER THAN ONE SIXTH (Boy, that’s reassuring, isn’t it?) GAVE US A BIBLE FREE FROM ERROR IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. IN ITS PRESERVATION through many generations of recopying, HE PROVIDENTIALLY KEPT IT FROM SERIOUS ERROR, ALTHOUGH HE PERMITTED A FEW SCRIBAL MISTAKES. This is the view of all modern Bible translators. the originals were inspired, text garbled, error in transmission, desire to embellish the record, no serious error, a few scribal mistakes
Mr. Archer does not dispute the Hebrew reading of 50,070, but he says it is an error, and thus we have the reading of of them in the NIV.
struck SEVENTY MEN of them is the reading of the RSV, NRSV 1989, ESVs 2001, 2007, 2011 and 2016 editions, NEB 1970, Darby 1890, the Living Bible 1971, Amplified bible 1987, Easy To Read Version 2006 (Hey, it’s WRONG, but at least it’s to Read right?) Expanded Bible 2011 (Thomas Nelson), the 2011 Names of God Bible 2011, Common English Bible 2011, Lexham English Bible 2012, and the New Living Translation 2013.
The footnotes found in the RSV, NRSV and ESV all tell us: of the people seventy men, fifty thousand men They all admit that this is the number found in the Hebrew texts.
The absurd paraphrase called The Message says simply: died. (What does that even mean???)
The NKJV reads the same as the KJB in the text, but it has a ridiculous footnote that reads He struck SEVENTY men of the people AND FIFTY OXEN OF A MAN.