Why is Matthew 17:21 left out of a lot of Bibles?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Speaker 1

So Dan is asking, why is Matthew 1721 left out of a lot of Bibles? I’ve only found it in the NASB and KGV. Thanks.

Speaker 2

All right, so, great question, Dan. And if you keep digging, you’re going to find that there’s lots of verses like this, or even parts of verses where it’s in one version of the Bible or like the King James Versions, but not in later ones. So what’s going on? So if we look at Matthew 17, verse 21, we’re going to pull up the NKJV. That’s a version we usually use here. It says, however, this kind, referring to demons being cast out, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. So that is what the King James line of Books say.

Speaker 3

If you read.

Speaker 2

Some of the other ones. Yeah, that verse is not there at all. Now, the NKJV has a footnote. It says the Nu text. So this is one of the manuscripts that newer versions of the Bible are based on. It says, this one omits this verse. So what happens is, how do we know what is the. It’s. We know it’s written in Greek, but we don’t have the original letters written by any of the Greek authors. We don’t have, like, here’s the original letter penned by Paul or the original book of Revelation penned by John. We don’t have those.

Speaker 3

What we do is we have copies of copies of copies of copies that.

Speaker 2

Have come through the generations. So how do you know which one is better? Because at times there might be little inconsistencies. And this is one of those where some lineages, some lines of these copies of the New Testament have some language, others might not. So the New Testament that the NKJV and the original KJV are based on, that one is called the Textus Receptus, the received text, or the majority text. And there’s lots and lots of different copies of these manuscripts. And then I think it was Eusebius or I always get them mixed up. One of them went through and sort of combined and put them together, and he came up with his own version of the original Greek and says, okay, so based on my compilations, this is.

Speaker 3

What the Greek is.

Speaker 2

And then that was then going to be influential on the new King James version, the Nutext, the one that the modern verses, books, the modern Bibles, like the NIV, are based on. They are using Nutex. That one is based on the Codex Synaticus, which was found in the Vatican. And then the Codex Synacuse, that was found in a monastery in Mount Sinai. And then you have the Codex Vaticanus, which is found in the Vatican.

Speaker 3

They are believed to be the oldest.

Speaker 2

Texts, the oldest copies we have. And the belief is the further back you go, the more original you have, the more reliable it is. But there are many people who question the authenticity and the accuracy of the Codexanaticus and the Codex Vaticanus.

Speaker 3

It’s also logical fallacy to say older is better, or that these also are older.

Speaker 2

So it’s one of these things like.

Speaker 3

Okay, what do you go with?

Speaker 2

More often than not, it’s not making a gigantic deal. It’s not going to be something that just sends your faith one way or the other, fortunately. So, for example, these books that leave out Matthew 1721, the part about you need prayer and fasting to remove the spirit, we can go to mark nine, verse 29.

Speaker 3

It says.

Speaker 2

So he said to them, this kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. Now, the nutext versions will leave out and fasting, but they at least have prayer there. So even Nav and the newer versions will still have the part that you need prayer. So what about the fasting? It absolutely makes sense that you might need fasting. We might not even need these verses to realize that there’s times where we need to be able to fast, to be in the right spiritual state, the right heart space, to be able to properly pray for spirits to be removed. And we could go to Isaiah 58, where God’s talking about the real fast and what that really looks like. It is not just starving yourself, but it’s really about humbling yourself and putting others first in your life and caring to help people who are burdened and imprisoned. Even this language could apply to people who are in the bondage of. So I think it’s quite clear that the King JameS version, Bibles, those are accurate. It is what God would have us say, but we don’t have to rely on that text. And if you want to look at what happens when we rely on ourselves for trying to cast out demons, we don’t have to look any further than Acts 19.

Speaker 2

Sorry, verse 13, where it’s talking about, for example, the sons of Skiva, who.

Speaker 3

Got bit proud, thought they could just.

Speaker 2

Casually throw the name of Jesus around and Paul, and they get attacked by the evil spirits. So it’s very fascinating.

Speaker 3

But there’s a lot of differences.

Speaker 2

There are these minor differences between Bible verses, but if you really dig through, look at the parallel verses, at times you realize that they’re not really changing things that dramatically. Usually. So Tina, what are your thoughts?

Speaker 4

Yeah, I know that it’s an interesting. Always. I’m personally a big fan of the King James Version. I’m not somebody who says you have to only read the King James Version. I think you can definitely get a lot of things out of other versions. And I think what speaks where you hear God speaking to you, that’s the Bible you should be reading. And it’s good to check across different texts to learn different things and just get a different perspective on things. I’ve heard different theories about this. I’m just saying just from my own personal walk with God. I started reading the King James as a young child and that’s what I grew up reading and it makes sense to me. And I’m not thrown off by the Old English because I grew up with it, reading it since a young age. But I know other people, they like the newer versions because they understand it better. And it’s more clear, this version having the verse left out, will that keep you out of the kingdom? Probably not. But again, it’s up to you as to your decision what you think will bless you and be the most effective for your walk with God as far as how you feel you are connecting with the Lord and understanding Scripture.

Speaker 4

So again, I think it’s a matter of how is God speaking to you in the Bible that you’re reading. But again, nothing wrong with old King James Version, but other versions, they’re okay too. What was I going to say? But yeah, I like that too. That I like this verse, though. I guess I would be sad if my Bible didn’t have that specific verse in it. Just because I specifically like that verse in Matthew because I’m like, oh, that’s a really interesting concept. But yeah. Can you find know basic same concept in other parts of the NIV and stuff? Yeah, I don’t think that those versions would disagree with that verse. I think you’re still okay, if that makes sense.

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