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Mistranslations to Help Paul or Paulinism

True translations often damage Paul or Pauline doctrine, if given proper consideration.


John 1:12

The KJV reads:


As many has received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe unto His name. (John 1:12.)


As an introduction to the correct translation, please be aware that in Exodus 20:6 KJV Yahweh says: "I show mercy to those who love me and obey my commandments."

So it comes as no surprise that this passage of John 1:11-12 should read:

For all that received Him, He gave them the RIGHT (exousian) to become sons of God -- to the ones OBEYING UNTO (pisteuosin eis) His name.  

This would precisely parallel Revelation 22:14 written by the same human hand as wrote John 1:12: 

Happy [are] the ones doing His commandments, so that their right (exousia) will be to the tree of life, and they shall enter by the gates into the city. (Rev 22:14)(ALT)

This Revelation passage uses a synonym for obedience -- "doing his commandments," and then links those so characterized as enjoying their "right" to the tree of life. Salvation. This exactly parallels what John 1:12 properly translated as to PISTEUOSIN EIS would read in relation to the same word as in Rev. 22:14 - exousia.

This also allows Revelation 22:14 to help prove the correct verb meaning of PISTEOUSIN EIS. For Revelation 22:14 clearly says "doing his commandments" and then links "exousia" to salvation, and thus one can see even more strongly why "obey unto" is the correct translation in John 1:12 of pisteuosin + eis. You can have a "right" to salvation based upon obedience in Revelation 22:14 as well as in John 1:12. 


Instead, this typically is rendered so a believer has a right to become a son of God by mere belief, with no other conditions necessary. See ASV, NASB, NIV, and God’s Word Bibles.

However, pisteuosin eis truly means obey unto, not the shallower concept of "believe in." 

How so?

In brief, EIS means unto in Greek. When directed at a person, and it follows the verb pisteuo it means Obey or Comply UNTO that person. It does not mean "believe" in facts about that person, or to simply have a "confidence" / faith in that person. See this link on John 3:16 in which these same root words appea, and are similarly mistranslated. See our YouTube video demonstrating this from famous dictionaries, including the NIV Theological Dictionary at this link

In fact, the famous evangelical specialist in Greek, Marvin Vincent wrote about John 1:12 in particular: 

“‘believe on’ (pisteuosin eis) is more than mere acceptance of a statement. It is so to accept them practically....Hence, to believe on the Lord Jesus is not merely to believe the facts of His historic life or His saving energy as facts, but to accept Him as Savior, Teacher, Sympathizer, Judge; to rest the soul upon Him for present and future salvation; and to accept and adopt His precepts and example as binding upon the life.” (Marvin R. Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament (C. Scribner’s: 1905) Vol. 2 at 49-50.)

Vincent is beating about the bush. He at least clearly says pisteuosin eis does not mean "belief in facts" about someone. What readily comes to mind is 1 Cor. 15:1-4 -- you "shall" be saved if you "keep in mind" three facts: Jesus died for sins, was buried, and rose from the dead. Instead, Vincent says that pisteusin eis means to "accept and adopt His precepts and example" as "binding upon life." Vincent, had he not feared the establishment, could have bluntly said piseuosin eis means OBEY rather than FAITH ALONE. This then would support exousin means RIGHT. He got as close as he could to saying it. Only the NIV Theological Dictionary took that braver step as we explain in the YouTube video.


Thus, one can see John 1:12 is mistranslated to help Paul's doctrine of faith alone, and presents a mismatch to Jesus' doctrine elsewhere.

The verse actually means in its fullest most accurate sense, as Vincent pointed out long ago, obedience is what grants the right to become sons -- exactly as Revelation 22:14 reads. This was wholly adverse to Paul. Despite scholarship proving the meaning, the translators will not budge. Due to clear scholarly support, this is simply a continuing mistranslation to protect Paul.


Romans 3:7 - Does Paul Admit He is A Liar, But Claims An Excuse? Or Is Paul Quoting Someone Else's Argument?


It is the NIV's turn to make up words and add them to this verse without any manuscript support of even a variant. Otherwise, this passage is highly embarassing to Paul.


Paul in Romans 3:7 is other than in the NIV translated correctly speaking about "my lie." And because it was to advance the gospel, Paul asks: "then why I am still regarded as a sinner?" Paul clearly says that his lying for the gospel was excused by the end achieved - the advancing of the gospel.

Is it debatable whether any gospel built on lies is any gospel at all? I hope not. But I digress.

Rather than accept the verse as it exists in Greek, the NIV changes this and unjustifiably ADDS "some might argue" without any Greek manuscript variant to support the idea. The NIV reads: 

Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner? (Romans 3:7 NIV.)

You cannot find a variant tor the red words in the comprehensive listing of the Greek words from various Greek manuscripts. See Biblehub.com list.

As evangelical Christian Ray Stedman says in Reason to Rejoice: Love, Grace, and Forgiveness in Paul's Letter to the Romans (Discovery House, 2016) at thislink:

"Translators of the New International Version erred by adding the phrase that is not in the original Greek text "Someone might argue...." The New King James renders it more accurately:

For if the truth of God has increased through my lie

unto his glory; why am I also judged as a sinner?"


Ray Stedman on his website likewise states:


"the text [of the NIV] adds 'some may argue, and that does not belong here. If your text does not add this, it is more accurate." (Link.)


Stedman tries to put a good spin on it, but it is weak.

Others make a better effort that Paul is citing an "objector" in verse 5, and then supposedly intends that continues in verse 7. See ibiblio. (In verse 5, Paul comments "I am using a human argument" to state a proposition. See Romans 3:5 NIV.)

But the problem with this view is that Paul is responding to the human argument of verse 5 with verse 7, and insists lying is justified by the end in view, i.e., the advance of the gospel is the end which justifies the means.

Moreover, if what the NIV is doing -- extrapolating words not presented in verse 7, it must footnote this. However, you find no footnote to explain such a radical shift. See NIV version of 3:7 at this link. If this is the NIV's supposition, it is not being honest with its reader that the words are not in verse 7 at all. And thereby the NIV must allow its reader to know material words not present are being added to change Paul from the speaker to some anonymous objector.


The NIV must also advise its readers that Paul elsewhere clearly justifies dishonest behavior to advance the gospel when he twice in 1 Cor. 8 and 10 says it is his goal to please all men in all things, and thus he acts like a Jew around Jews, and he acts like a Gentile around Gentile, conforming to each of their behaviors, so he may advance his gospel. See Guile & Paul. Thus, the NIV 


Again, to verify these words added by the NIV are not present, and thereby recognize what the NIV did is improper, please look at the Bible.hub "Greek" tab, and you will see there is no such language "Someone might argue."  See



What is ironic is that the NIV's justification for adding deceptively to the text can only be to protect Paul. Obviously the NIV thinks protecting Paul's reputation advances the gospel. Thus, the NIV obviously believes lying that advances the gospel as it understands the gospel is no sin. Hence, the transparently very deceptive action of the NIV can only be defended by the way the verse actually reads. This proves the NIV knows what Romans 3:7 actually says, and relies upon that principle to justify deceiving us. This is the only way the NIV can defend altering the verse to disarm detractors from the "gospel" who cite Romans 3:7 to discredit Paul. The NIV must think that its deceptive addition to Romans 3:7 to advance the so-called Pauline gospel (truly simply insulate Paul from a criticism) is justified and not condemnable. No doubt the NIV knows what Paul says; and the NIV is relying upon it; and the NIV thereby changes the verse so we don't think we have the same liberty to deceive for Christ that the NIV chose to perform on the text.


The NIV is wrong that we are ever free to add to the text this radically. The Bible is clear, you cannot "add" or "subtract" from a passage you recognize as God's word. (Deut 4:2.) If the NIV truly thought Paul was inspired, they cannot add to Paul's words in this verse. By making this change, the NIV gained an advantage for why its volume correctly includes Paul. It need not explain why Paul is in the Bible when he defends lying to advance the Bible, saying it is no sin at all.

But the Christian community has a right to know the true verse. We have a right to weigh whether Paul's admission into canon was right or wrong. What we see truly present in Romans 3:7 is evidence we all made a mistake somewhere back in time adding Paul.


Incidentally, the New Living Translation followed the NIV's lead, and engaged in the same additions in this verse to deflect criticism of Paul.


2 Corinthians 12:16


Similar to the NIV in Romans 3:7, the ESV tampers with this passage by making it appear Paul is not owning being deceptive.  Here Paul says truly:


"But be it so,  I myself did not burden you, but being crafty, I caught you with guile." ASV.


But the English Standard. Version (ESV) reads: 


"But be it so,  I myself did not burden you, but being crafty, you say, I caught you with guile." ESV.

But what I bolded -- you say -- is a deliberately false insert, as there is no "you say" in the Greek text underlying this passage. You can see for yourself looking at the Greek tab from Biblehub.com for this verse at this link. The NIV which was willing to falsify Romans 3:7 with such a similar deflection was not willing to do so here likewise. Instead the NIV correctly translates


"Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery."  NIV.

You can see nothing like "you say" appears in the NIV although the NIV falsified in the same way Romans 3:7. The NIV has Paul own his deceit in 2 Cor. 12:16.

The ESV version is therefore an obvious fraud here. Its purpose can only be to help Paul not look bad, i.e., not appear to be a self-professed deceiver.


John 13:16 - An Apostle Is Not Greater than His Master

There is nothing remarkable about the correct translation of this verse. Jesus begins by saying in John 13:16 that a "servant is not greater than his master," and then adds "an apostle is not greater than the one who sent him."

The word "apostle" is unavoidable as the Greek word is "apostolos." 

Why is it omitted, rendered as "one who is sent" except in the Young's Literal, the Aramaic NT,  Doay-Rheims, and Jerome's Vulgate?  All the latter versions have "apostle." Why do these texts render the noun apostolos in Greek as apostle in English?

First, it is the only possible honest translation.

Second, in context, Jesus contrasted the noun of "servant" with the noun of "apostle" in the same sentence. Neither a servant nor apostle has a status greater than their master.  Hence, Jesus was telling the apostles, and not just servants in general, that they are not greater than the one who sent them: Jesus himself.

Thus, Jesus is nicely saying he is superior to the apostles, and not merely his general servants. The apostles therefore cannot contradict him, claim any superior message to his own, or compete for attention with Jesus, etc.

But we all know there is a person who does this with the support of the clergy -- Paul. For we cannot forget that Luther began the Reformation believing Paul was "in advance" of Jesus, and wiser than him, and thus we are free to dismiss Jesus' teachings based strictly on listening to Paul as superior ("in advance" as Luther put it) of Jesus. See Luther Construes Moses and Jesus Subject to Higher Authority of Paul.


Thus, a Paulinist believer who shares the young Luther's understanding will have a hard problem translating correctly this passage. It might trigger internal concern of the translator himself / herself about why the translator personally elevates Paul over Jesus. Thus, the standard translation, with the few exceptions listed above, renders the word "apostolos" not even by a noun, but by a verb phrase -- "he that is sent"  (KJV-- making it much harder for the reader to realize Jesus is saying that He is more important than Paul or anyone else who claims the title of apostle.

By contrast, see other versions which merely downplay "apostolos" by rendering it as "messenger," e.g., NIV,  DLNT, etc. 


Could the English-translators be self-aware that "he that is sent" is a wrong and misleading translation?

Could they know they are indulging in such falsehood because they otherwise might have to be ashamed they have made Paul of much greater importance than Jesus?

I have mentioned multiple times that if you sat in attendance in any denomination of Protestantism, and record on paper -- a left column for Paul  and a right column for Jesus -- how many times Jesus is quoted compared to Paul, the ratio rarely varies. It is 13 x for Paul and 1 x for Jesus. I kept logs for five years, in varying denominations. This ratio often did not even improve when Jesus' parables were the topic of a sermon.

Test me on this!

First, verify the Greek "apostolos" in John 13:16 by going to the Bible.hub link.

Second, keep a log in your favorite church of how many times Jesus is quoted compared to Paul. Then you will see we all have been living in a Pauline Bubble designed so we are not permitted to see outside the Bubble. Translations of Bibles were chosen by a denomination's founders to keep you (and even pastors) in the dark. 

Now consider looking outside the Pauline Bubble. What if we all knew this verse said "an apostle is not greater than the one who sent him," wouldn't we all be a bit more circumspect in our focus upon Paul's teachings over those of Jesus?

Of course.

Thus, the obvious purpose of the mistranslation is to help Paul.

But some would say it is an accidental assistance to Paul. However, that could be true only if the substitute translation for "apostle" is plausible. However, the common substitute is not plausible by any reasonable technique of translation. For you will never find anywhere in Greek to English translation that a noun like "apostolos" would be translated solely by a verb clause. But that is what we find in John 13:16. In the KJV, NAS and ASV it has instead of "apostle" the following: "one that is sent" (KJV, NAS, ASV). See Biblehub.com. These earliest translations post-Reformation omit any mention of the word "apostle" or even a plausible noun translation as "messenger."

If it said "one that is sent as a messenger" or "as apostle," you could not prove bias is involved. But omitting any noun -- whether "apostle" or "messenger" -- shows an intent to conceal the noun. Had the KJV said "messenger," those literate in classical Greek (as myself) would readily know "apostolos" is the underlying word. We could then assess whether Jesus meant he was greater than any "apostle" or did Jesus mean any "messenger," including an apostle.

But translating it as "he that is sent" with no mention of "apostle" or "messenger" clearly and deliberately obscures any presence of a noun. It cuts off any guessing by educated readers who know Greek about what lies underneath the translation. The result is everyone continues to have their guard down that Jesus would be displeased by our quoting Paul so much more frequently than Jesus, and on points that contradict Jesus, e.g., Mark 9:42-47 versus Eph. 2:8-9.

Hence, the biased intention in translating this verse is transparent when you peak under the covers.


2 Peter 1:10 Good Works Make Sure One's Salvation


The oldest Codex at the time of the King James was the Codex Bezae dating to circa 400 AD. The Codex Bezae versions -- two of them -- included in the Textus Receptus have 2 Peter 1:10 say that "good works" make sure your salvation. Despite this being available to the King James translators, they ignored it. (They ignored other verses like Luke 3:22 for obviously biased reasons as well. See Baptismal Account of Jesus.)  Despite this fact, only one translation in English preserves this original Textus Receptus: the Douay-Rheims. 

Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your calling and election. For doing these things, you shall not sin at any time. (Douay-Rheims.)  

The Sinaiticus -- now the oldest extent New Testament  discovered in the 1880s which dates to about 340 AD (60 years earlier than the Codex Bezae) -- likewise has "good works." So too the Latin Vulgate from 405 AD. Also the Alexandrinus of the 400s that is the source of the Byzantine strain of manuscripts. 

Two ancient manuscripts, the Alexandrine and the Sinaitic, insert here, "Through your good works." (Pulpit Commentary.)

"by good works", as the Vulgate Latin version and two copies of Beza’s read; or "by your good works" (Gill’s Exposition)

Despite this overwhelming manuscript evidence, every English version but Douay-Rheims reads otherwise. The American Standard Version is typical:

Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble: (2 Peter 1:10 ASV.)

Why isn't the fact every oldest text to support the Greek Textus Receptus, Sinaiticus, Vulgate, Alexandrinus version has "good works" not enough to compel correction?  Those who recompiled the Textus Receptus on best sources had "good works" as well. See Textus Receptus of Stephanus (1550), and of Scrivener (1894). These were each top scholarly assessments on what was the original.


Why is it also not enough that the Critical Text of 1896 by Walcott Hort -- the inspiration for the text behind the NIV-- has"good works" not enough? Yet, the NIV will not budge and put in "good works."


As mentioned, in our modern editions, we see the words "good works' ommited, leaving "these things" later in the sentence left unexplained, such as in the NIV.


The Latin Vulgate of 405 AD also has "good works" (bona opera) but silence everywhere else other than the Douay-Rheims.


Can doctrine dictate this?


What other than doctrine explains why  the King James have "these things" although the KJV is based upon the Codex Bezae within the Textus Receptus editions which both say "good works"? It had no alternative that was younger? Or if it turned to Latin, there again was "good works."


More oddly, no one even claims later Greek manuscripts are missing "good works." It appears simply a deletion to something that offends ones "reformation" ears - to the blunt goal of a blatant dishonesty


Regardless, we are no longer censors, are we?


Why is the Sinaiticus discovery in the 1800s of a text from about 340 AD not enough to compound the proof that the earliest text read "good works?" 



Oh yes, doctrine would be impinged. It is best to keep this secret.  Perhaps this article will finally cause reconsideration. For more in depth discussion, see Misleading Assurance of Salvation


How do we know it is bias to protect Paul that explains this? Because  Daniel Whitby who died in 1726 -- a well-respected scholar whose research was impeccable -- exposed this almost 300 years ago. The evidence has only gotten stronger since then in light of the find of the Sinaiticus Bible in 1898 -- the oldest Christian New Testament from about 340 AD.  


Daniel Whitby (1638-1726) explained in his work Election and Reprobation, Discourse I 3:1 (1801) at page 43 that there are words in 2 Peter 1:10 that we do not see in the KJV (and now the NIV and all other texts but the Catholic Douay Rheims) but are supported by every ancient source imaginable, including the context:

“[Our final election] is to be made sure unto us, ‘by good works,’ according to that exhortation of St. Peter, (2 Pet. 1:10) ‘give diligence to make your calling and election sure, BY GOOD WORKS,’ as both the Fathers, the Syriac, the Vulgar [i.e., Vulgate], the Ethiopic, and many ancient copies read, and as the text requires, as the words following, being these, 'for if you do these things you shall never fall....”

Thus, Whitby is saying the Syriac and Ethiopic Greek manuscripts and the Latin Vulgate all have by good works in the sentence. And 2 Peter 1:10 was quoted by the earliest Patristic writings of the so-called Fathers to include the phrase by good works. So what it actually says is “give diligence to make your calling and election sure by good works.” Now you can see why the KJV and NIV simply refuse to honor the text. It runs afoul of Paul's words that security comes by a one-time faith, and not by good works. 


Matthew 7:13-14 - Easy vs Difficult -- A Non-Pauline Truth


The ESV has the correct translation -- not friendly to Paul: 


Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.


The NIV translates the word for "easy" as broad. And changes in the second verse "narrow" into "small" and renders "hard" to mean "narrow. See NIV.  This eviscerates the problem for Paul who depicts it as a virtue that the way he offers is much easier and not difficult at all to find life. Simply hold "steadfastly in mind" that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again. (1 Cor. 15:1-4.)


However, Mounce's Literal Translation at biblegateway.com is invaluable. See link.

First to understand the first word that ESV and Mounce renders as "easy," we must see the contrasting word that the ESV and Mounce renders as "hard." It is THLIBO.  It means "squeezed, pressed upon," or "afflicted," "distressed" besides "narrow." The meaning in context is this is a "difficult way" that requires squeezing through, facing afflictions and stress to make it through the gate. The word "narrow" could convey it is just one singular decision in time, as Charles Stanley preaches. But it means "hard," as Mounce says. Then because use of contrasts is typical of Jesus, the word that Mounce and the ESV renders as "easy" rather than "broad" is to convey the opposing or contrasting meaning to "difficult" -- and that meaning is "easy."


Hence, sometimes the translators try to use the least helpful translation so we do not comprehend fully Jesus' point. Here an easy vs difficult way to eternal life is never how the gospel is presented. It is always presented as easy as putting up your hand, and saying some words -- almost like an incantation -- repeating 1 Cor. 15:1-4 - and "you shall be saved." Hence, it should not surprise us that translations that convey a hyper literal meaning -- "narrow" vs "broad" -- do not help us to see the metaphorical meaning that Jesus intended to convey.  So to translate into another language "he let the cat out of the bag" literally does not work to one unfamiliar with the use of the phrase.  Preferably you render it "he let the secret get loose." The same applies in this passage. The contrasts prove the point. 


Acts 20:22, Paul's Spirit or the Holy Spirit Bound Paul?


As another example, as I point out elsewhere, faithful Christian scholars concur that Paul disobeyed the messages given to a Prophet and to others by the Holy Spirit that Paul should not go to Jerusalem but Paul went anyway. On that trip, Paul's traveling companion entered the temple in an uncircumcised state, thereby defiling the Temple in violation of Ezekiel 44. See our link.

But one mistranslation creates conflict so that, if you wish, you will ignore that Paul did not follow prophetic and Holy Spirit messages that Luke says took place. 

One of the supporters of the Jesus' Words Only principle sent me an email explaining how the Amplified Bible translates the passages at issue 180 degrees opposite of all standard translations. This Amplified version just happens to thereby make it appear Paul was not disobedient to the Holy Spirit's message to a prophet and other believers. Here is what Rod explains:

Wanna see how they even modify the Scriptures to save Paul from being exposed as disobedient???

Check this from the Amplified Bible:

And now, you see, I am going to Jerusalem, bound by the [Holy] Spirit and obligated and compelled by the [convictions of my own] spirit, not knowing what will befall me there. (Acts 20:22).

Most versions simply say "bound by the Spirit." One other version says "bound by my spirit." See Biblos on Acts 20:22: "And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there." (Holman),

They added "Holy" to justify his trip as an act of obedience to the Holy Spirit.- But now check THIS:

And having looked up the disciples there, we remained with them for seven days. Prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, they kept telling Paul not to set foot in Jerusalem. (Acts 21:4.)

-How could THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT bind Paul TO GO and at the same time tell Paul NOT TO SET FOOT THERE through the disciples??? Doesn´t fit, does it???

Thus, be wary of efforts to protect Paul by mistranslation.  


Acts 21:21, "Myriads" -- Is it "Thousands," or "Tens of Thousands." 


In Greek, the number for 10,000 is myriad. It is the "highest Greek numeral." ("Parable of the Unforgiving Servant," Wikipedia.) 


Hence, there is no way one can mistranslate this as 1,000 or "thousands," right? I mean in the parable of 10,000 talents, Jesus' use of the word myriad is correctly rendered by its unquestionable singular meaning: 10,000.  But in Acts 21:20-21, when James confronts Paul about rumours Paul is guilty of "aspostasia" (apostasy) from the Law, James in verse 20 begins by saying to Paul the he can see "many myrias of believers are among the Jews." (See Mounce Interlinear Acts 21:20-21.)  The King James, NIV and all the rest except a rare few have "thousands." See Biblehub for Acts 21:20.


The only ones among 30 versions of this verse on Bible Hub which use "ten thousand" is ISV, Aramaic Bible, Weymouth, and Contemporary English. All the rest play the game, and translate it as "thousands." (See Bible Hub Acts 21:20.


The Young's Literal is less at fault for simply borrowing "myriads" as the word to render myriad in Greek, but today when literacy in Greek terms is low, this is inadequate to use. . See Acts 21:20.


Why has this obscuring of 10,000 as the true word use been done?

Because in Luke's account, it is the home church that is the greatest  evangelist movement if we knew James' language here. By contrast, Paul is barely mentioned in Acts converting any one, totalling perhaps under 100 if you add up the names, and treat "few" as more than three and "many" as at least 10.  See our article on Who was the Greatest Evangelist in the Early Church? 


So the only way to shorten the distance to make Paul appear a mighty evangelist by comparison is to knock down James' statement to "thousands" instead of "many tens of thousands." There is not a sliver of justification for doing so. None. 


John 10:27-28 - Does Listening & Following One Single Moment Secure Salvation? or Continuing to Do So?


Paul is construed to teach eternal security, and any other view is a supposedly heretical works-based salvation.

However, the correct translation of John 10:27-28 reflects the continuous tense used for "listening" and "following." But you cannot find that suggested in any mainstream Bible; it only appears in literal translations. See Misleading Asssurance of Salvation in John 10:27-28


Mistranslation of Matthew 5:28 By Making It About Lust for Any Woman Rather than a Wife. 


To see how and why Matthew 5:28 was translated in the KJV as lust for a "woman" (rather than a wife) to insulate Paul's error in 1 Cor. 7:29 by justifying it with this mistranslation, see our article at this link.

Mistranslations of Original Testament Passages

You cannot find faith-alone doctrine in the Law or Prophets unless you use mistranslation, and often wilfully so.

One verse that contradicts faith alone is Isaiah 26:2, saying the "faithful" (obedient) enter the New Jerusalem. The Jewish Publication Society's Tanakh 1917 has the right translation of a passage on those entitled to enter the New Jerusalem:

26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation that keepeth faithfulness may enter in.

The key Hebrew word is emunah. It means obedient, faithful or trustworthy. There is nothing about "faith" in the sense of belief about facts (such as Paul explains saves you in 1 Cor. 15:1-4) implied in emunah. There is nothing about "truth." So as Strong's Concordance at this link shows, this word is properly translated by the KJV in Proverbs 13:17, 14:5, and 20:26 as "faithful" (a synonymn for obedient). 

Now watch how this is translated differently by the same KJV when it is used in a verse like Isaiah 26:2 where those who have the right to salvation are discussed. Here is the KJV of Isaiah 26:2 

Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

So those who "keep faithfulness" (obedience) is changed in the KJV to be those who "keep truth"-- a synonym for  "faith in facts." The mistranslation thereby allows Paul's view in 1 Cor. 15:1-5 -- belief in facts that Jesus paid for sin and resurrected saves you -- to appear tenable.

Due to the KJV taking such liberty, the NIV follows suit, and similarly mistranslates Isaiah 26:2 as:

Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.

This is how the Bible is re-translated to have a Paul-endorsing stamp when otherwise Paul would be contradicting Holy Scripture.


One can see how this switch is exploited to confirm Paul in Gill's Commentary:

that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in; not all the world, for there is none righteous, not one of them naturally, or of themselves; nor the Jewish nation, for though they sought after righteousness, did not attain it, unless when they will be converted in the latter day, and then they, and all the Lord's people, will be righteous, and appear to be a holy nation, and a peculiar people,Isaiah 60:21 and being made righteous by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, and sanctified by the Spirit, will be fit persons to be admitted through the gates into the city


So instead of a nation being deemed righteous by "faithfulness" (obedience), they are deemed righteous supposedly by "keepeth the truth" -- who know a truth about Jesus as being our Savior who died for sin, etc., such as Paul says "shall" save us in 1 Cor. 15:1-4.

But in the original of Isaiah, it says this is not about merely knowing a truth, but about faithfulness -- a synonymn for loyal obedience.


Study Note: Septuagint Mistranslation of Isaiah 26:2

As is typical, the Septuagint mistranslated Isaiah 26:1 & 2 but in doing so, it preserved the concept that salvation was contingent on doing righteousness. Verse 2 speaks of a people who are allowed to enter because it "keeps righteousness, truth, and peace." See Wilson de Angelo Cunha, LXX Isaiah 24: 1-26:6 as Interpretation and Translation: A Methodological Discussion (Society of Biblical Literature, 2014) at page 186.

Werner's translation of the Septuagint is shorter:


"Open the gates. Let enter a people keeping righteousness and keeping truth." See link

It is significant that Cunha recognizes regardless that in full context even with the word "truth" used in the Septuagint, it was distinct from keeping "righteousness," and hence the Septuagint preserved that requirement. This was evident from other contrasting and parallel verses even in the Septuagint. So he comments:

This passage refers to the way of the godly which is to be taken sapientially as an indication of a people that morally keeps the "law." The people in Isaiah 26:2-3 contrasts with the "ungodly" who do not learn "righteousness," or practice the "truth" (Isaiah 26:10.) They further stand in opposition to the "breakers of the law." (Isaiah 24:14.) ...[O]nly godly people can enter the city of Jerusalem / Zion, while the "breakers of the law" need to be kept out.... (Cunha, LXX Isaiah (2014) at 186-187.)

Werner too recognizes that in the Septuagint that righteousness is not imputed by simply knowing the truth -  a Pauline explanation. But rather, the saving righteousness is true actual loyal obedience of a righteous people (distinct from just keeping the truth) that allows entry into the New Jerusalem:

The gates were not to be opened to just anyone, the imperative to open them being for the purpose of granting a righteous nation or people to enter the city. These righteous ones would be living in harmony with God’s law. Their keeping “faithfulness” would mean remaining loyal to YHWH, not deviating from attachment to him and his requirements for those whom he approves. The Septuagint rendering indicates that they would keep, guard, or cherish righteousness or uprightness, and truth, trustworthiness, or faithfulness. They would demonstrate themselves to be upright and faithful in the life they lived. The Targum of Isaiah speaks of them as a righteous people who keep the “law with a complete heart.” Idem.

This excursion lets one recreate why the KJV took the liberty it did. Often when it wanted a verse to mean something else, if it could borrow from a Septuagint error, it could defend that it was a possible alternative meaning of the Hebrew word. But one can see,  there was no meaning of 'truth' in the original Hebrew word, proven by the contrasting and parallel verses in the same context. Hence, the KJV translators took an unjustified liberty to use an obvious partial mistranslation in the Septuagint of emunah as "truth" in place of the well-known meaning of emunah. The KJV at the same time left out the correcting feature of the Septuagint that kept the total meaning of emunah by translating it also as "keeping righteousness," and not merely as "keeping truth."


Why do you think the KJV did not borrow the Septuagint rendering of the first part -- "keeps righteousness"?

Because obviously the "keeping the truth" matched Pauline doctrine, but "keeps righteousness" did not. Thus, the KJV borrowed only the meaning in the Septuagint that it liked, and rejected the equally present and more accurate meaning of "keeping righteousness." For clearly, in the Septuagint rendering of emunah in 26:1, it includes "keeps righteousness" as a distinct additional quality of these people entitled to enter the New Jerusalem. It was not simply based upon "keeping truth." Salvation in the New Jerusalem is based upon actual activity of mind and heart, and not just a belief.

So the KJV kept the error in the Septuagint - using 'truth' for emunah's meaning - and not faithfulness, but did not use the accurate "keeps righteousness" to aid in the meaning lost by just using "truth." Hence, the KJV version was wholly an unjustified lifting of "truth" out of the Septuagint of Isaiah 26:2 and implanting it into the KJV Bible to give a Pauline spin to the sentence.


Forgeries in Roman Catholicism to Help Paul

Paul was a support to Roman Catholicism's effort to abolish Sabbath, and move our day of rest to Sun-Day. To help accomplish this, Acts 15:24 was deliberately full-blown modified radically in the 10th Century, each time at total odds with the original early version of Acts 15:24. Each time it promoted Paul's view that the Law no longer applied to Christians. See Deliberate Fabrication in Acts 15:24.