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What Dr. Miles Smith Said

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by Rippon, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2005
    These are a just a few snips of what the author of the KJV Preface said.

    [Regarding the Septuagint] It is certain that that Translation was not so sound and so perfect, but that it needed in many places correction; and who had been so sufficient for this work as the Apostles or Apostle-like men?

    The Translation of the Seventy dissents from the Original in many places, neither does it come near it, for perspicuity, gravity, majesty; yet which of the Apostles did condemn it?


    No cause therefore why the word translated should be denied to be the word, or forbidden to be current, notwithstanding that some imperfections and blemishes may be noted in the setting forth of it.


    Some peradventure would have no variety of senses to be set in the margin, lest the authority of the Scriptures for deciding of controversies by that show of uncertainty, should somewhat be shaken. But we hold their judgment not to be so sound on this point... it hath pleased God in his divine providence, here and there to scatter words and sentences of that difficulties doubtfulness, not in doctrinal points that concern salvation, but in matters of less moment... doth not a margin do well to admonish the Reader to seek further, and not to conclude or dogmatize upon this or that peremptorily?
  2. robycop3

    robycop3 Active Member

    Jul 31, 2000
    God gave His word in Hebrew and Koine Greek, both of which have many words/phrases with multiple correct meanings in modern languages, for a purpose.
  3. Harold Garvey

    Harold Garvey New Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Thge idea Smith encouraged was to search the Scriptures for clarity upon any passage before reaching a conclusion. Jesus told the scribes and pharisees the same thing.

    He pointed out the problems with it but never did he say there were any "problems" with the Byzantine MSS purporting what we have known as the KJV.:thumbsup::godisgood: