From a former thread, now closed: Matthew 8:29, KJV/TR/Byzantine text: And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? Variant reading found in MVs: omit “Jesus” Sorry to burst certain bubbles, but this omission or inclusion was *not* deliberate. Why so? Answer: the parallel passages Mk 5:7 and Lk 8:26 in *all* MSS of *all* texttypes retain the name “Jesus”, without variation. The *real* reason for omission or inclusion in Mt 8:29 appears to be a matter of copyist error. Sacred names like “Jesus” were abbreviated in Greek, using the first and last letters only. Thus, this portion of Mt 8:28 in ancient MSS (written in caps and without word division) would look like this: TIHMINKAISOIIUUIETOUQEOU. The key phrase here is “you (SOI) Jesus (IU), Son (UIE)”, which causes letter redundancy: SOIIUUIE. A scribe could easily skip over or deliberately eliminate that which appeared to be redundant, but since the parallel passages in Mk and Lk *retain* the word “Jesus”, accidental omission appears to be more likely. A similar scribal error of omission occurs in the parallel Lk 8:26; there *some* MSS omit the phrase “of God” following “Son”, where the text in caps would read: SOIIUUIETOUQUTOUUYISTOU. Here the scribe’s eye could easily skip from the first TOU to the second TOU in the phrase TOUQUTOU and thereby leave out “of God” (QU being normal abbreviation for “of God”, which in full form would be QEOU). There simply was *no* deliberate attempt to “eliminate” either the name of Jesus or the phrase “of God” in these passages, since exact parallel locations clearly *retain* the same words. Deliberate alteration would have been consistent throughout. For most people, such a concept should not be hard to grasp; unfortunately, some people think they have to argue a fictional “conspiracy theory” merely in order to defend the underlying text of the KJV. Now, would anyone care to discuss this variant *without* turning it into typical KJVO spin?