For those who are looking to truly study God’s word without mistranslations, misconceptions, misperceptions, and faulty traditional teaching, I have two remedies. One is to learn Hebrew and Greek and then get a Hebrew OT and a Greek NT. Those books were originally written in those two languages afterall. The King James Version is a translation of those books from those languages. If you don’t have the time to learn Hebrew and Greek, then I have another option. Buy yourself a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
I said in this title that it’s the second most important book you could read, and I meant it. I’ve been using one for over ten years, and I suggest it to anyone who wants to go further than just reading the Bible and being fine with that. For true students of the word of God, in my opinion one must get a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and use it with their KJV. I mean the original KJV. Not some horrible new version of it.
The Strong’s doesn’t preach doctrine. It has no affiliation with any denomination. All it is is a reference book in the most detailed way imaginable. Dr. James Strong was on a mission from God. Being on one, I know one when I see it. For thirty years Dr. James Strong and his colleagues took every single word written in the KJV and documented each time each word showed up. Then they listed those words in his book, which was published in 1890. The real common words were listed after most of the words and don’t have the surrounding text, but list each time each word shows up and tells you where. The rest of the words have the surrounding text, each time each word shows up, and also has a reference number to the right of them. If the word you are looking up in a particular verse is from the OT, then the number goes to the Hebrew dictionary in the back after the listing of the real common words. It shows you what the word originally was before the translation of the KJV. It’s not the Hebrew version of the English word, it’s the original Hebrew word. It also has the Hebrew writing, pronunciation, and meanings. Likewise if the word you are looking up is from the NT, the number refers to the Greek dictionary in the back which also has the Greek writing, pronunciation, and meanings. If you have a Hebrew OT and Greek NT, those words in the Strong’s dictionaries would match identically. No more mistranslations. You have with a Strong’s the true, pure word of God.
As good as the KJV is, there are mistakes. The KJV is the translation of God’s word by sinful, incompetent, and conceited men twice over. The Vulgate was the first translation, which was done in Latin, and the KJV is the English version of it. There’s going to be mistakes.
In a debate with some pastors a while back, one said to me that I put more stock in the Strong’s Concordance than I do the Bible. Pastors have their flocks, and I find it saddening. The Strong’s IS the Bible. The Bible in its purest form. Of course these pastors didn’t even know the Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek. Such a sad statement about those who are supposed to be teachers. How do Christian teachers not know what the original languages are in the book of God?
I implore all to get a Strong’s just to have. If you know Greek and have a Greek NT, then great. Problem is I have no idea how good a Greek version of the OT is, so the Strong’s can still come in handy. This book will open your eyes, and without what it tells you no one can make sense out of Revelation 20. Without the knowledge of what the word “world” in Matthew 24:3 actually says in the original Greek, Rev. 20 is beyond comprehension. Without knowing what really happens when Jesus returns you cannot make sense about what is ahead for Jesus, the saints, the dead who will not live until the thousand years are done, or Satan. Those things have not happened, so don’t let your traditional teachers who refuse to trace things back to the original languages confound you with lies and flawed explanations. Do yourselves a favor and get a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. If you use it, you’ll be amazed. Dr. James Strong, I tip my hat to you. God bless you in heaven.
I have come to know the Gideon’s Bible here recently. I have to say I was very pleased with it. Not only is the language updated, but many of the mistranslations are corrected. I haven’t looked into it enough to see if all of the mistranslations are corrected, but the ones I’ve seen so far have been corrected very well. I’d still get a Strong’s and use it with a KJV just in case. I’m sure there are errors in it. God bless.,