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Spurious text list in the new testament

On Authority of Professor C. Tischendorf’s notes on the readings of the two oldest Greek manuscripts: The Sinaitic and the Vatican #1209

The following words, found in our Common Version (King James Version) are not found in the Oldest Manuscripts, and are evidently no part of the Divine Word. Let each Berean go through his Bible, pencil in hand, and mark out these words: then read the passages affected and note the improvement. This list comprises all the important interpolations discovered to date.

The compiler has condensed this list. From the compiler’s point of view there exist very good reasons why everything in this list should be crossed out of our Bibles. Thus, when the interpolations are eliminated from Mark 14:30, 68, 72, the account agrees exactly with that given by the other evangelists. Or, take Luke 23:34: history shows that the Jews have been obliged as a race to expiate their crime. Or take John 4:9: it does not agree at all with Luke 9:52, which shows that even the Lord himself did have such dealings. Omitted from this list are the dozens of interpolations made by early copyists with the aim of making all the narratives uniform, and the hundreds of non-essential words, the addition of which does not affect the purity of the message. (Some of these passages have already been omitted by more modern translations such as the New American Standard or the New International Version, since they were translated from the more reliable, ancient manuscripts.)

Matt. 5:23

without a cause

Matt. 6:13

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matt. 6:25

or what ye shall drink*

Matt. 16:2

When it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

Matt. 16:3

This entire verse


and fasting


into the mountains

Matt. 2O:7

and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive

Matt. 22:13

and take him away

Matt. 23:35

son of Barachias*

Matt. 24:10

and shall hate one another*

Matt. 24:31

sound of a*

Matt. 24:41

women shall be

Matt. 25:6


Matt. 27:52

and the graves were opened*

Matt. 27: 53

and went*

Matt. 28:19


Mark 4:37

so that it was now full*

Mark 6:51

beyond measure and wondered

Mark 7:8

For as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things as ye do

Mark 7:14

unto me every one of you

Mark 9:24

with tears

Mark 9:29

and fasting

Mark 9:44

This entire verse

Mark 9:45

into the fire that shall never be quenched

Mark 9:46

This entire verse

Mark 9:47


Mark 9:49

and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt

Mark 10:24

for them that trust in riches

Mark 10:30

houses and brethren and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions*

Mark 14:30


Mark 14:68

and the cock crew

Mark 14:72

the second time*


Mark 16:9-20

All these verses

Luke 2: 40

in spirit

Luke 8:45

and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Luke 16:16

and every man presseth into it

Luke 17:12

which stood afar off*



Luke 18:11

with himself*

Luke 22:43

This entire verse

Luke 22:44

This entire verse

Luke 22:68

me, nor let me go

Luke 23:5


Luke 23:34

Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do

Luke 24:42

and of an honeycomb

John 1:25

asked him, and*

John 3:13

which is in heaven

John 4:9

for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans

John 5:3

waiting for the moving of the water

John 5:4

This entire verse

John 5:25

and now is*

John 8:1-11

all these verses

John 8:59

going through the midst of them and so passed by

John 16:16

because I go to the Father

John 19:23

and also his coat*

John 21:25

This entire verse

Acts 6:3

Holy Ghost and (should read "spirit of")

Acts 6:8

faith (should read "grace")

Acts 8:37

This entire verse

Acts 9:31

churches (should read "church")

were (should read "was")

Acts 15:32

and confirmed them*

Acts 18:5

pressed in the spirit (should read "earnestly occupied with the Word")

Acts 18:21

I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but

Rom. 3:22

and upon all

Rom. 6:12

it in

Rom. 7:6

that being dead (should read "being dead to that")

Rom. 8:26

for us

Rom. 11:6

But if it be of works, then it is no more grace; otherwise work is no more work

Rom. 14:6

and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it

1 Cor. 2:1

testimony (should read "mystery")

1 Cor. 6:20

and in your spirit, which are God's

1 Cor. 7:5

fasting and

1 Cor. 10:28

for the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof

1 Cor. 15:24


2 Cor. 4:14

by (should read "with")

Gal. 3:1

that ye should not obey the truth

Gal. 3:17

in Christ

Gal. 5:19


Gal. 5:21


Eph. 5:9

Spirit (should read "light")

Eph. 5:30

of his flesh, and of his bones

2 Thess. 2:9

Even him

1 Tim. 3:16

God (should read "who")*

1 Tim. 4:12

in spirit*

1 Tim. 6:5

from such withdraw thyself*

2 Tim. 3:3

without natural affection*

Heb. 12:18

mount that might be touched and that burned with fire (should read "fire that might be touched and burned")*

Heb. 12:20

or thrust through with a dart*

James 5:16

Confess your faults (should read "Therefore confess your sins")*

1 Pet. 2:5

spiritual (before the word "sacrifices")

1 Pet. 3:8

courteous (should read "humble")

2 Pet. 1:1

God and our (should read "our Lord and")*

1 John 3:16

of God

1 John 5:7

in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one

1 John 5:8

And there are three that bear witness in earth

1 John 5:13

and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God

Rev. 1:17

unto me, Fear not*

Rev. 2:22

their (should read "her")*

Rev. 5:3

neither under the earth*

Rev. 5:9

us (omitted by the Alexandrian Ms., one of the three oldest Mss. known)

Rev. 5:10

us (should read "them")

we (should read "they")

Rev. 5:13

and under the earth*

Rev. 6:2

to conquer (should read "he conquered")*

Rev. 9:4

neither any green thing*

Rev. 9:13

the four horns of*

Rev. 10:6

and the sea, and the things which are therein*

Rev. 11:17

and art to come*

Rev. 12:12

inhabiters of* of (before the words "the sea")

Rev. 14:5

before the throne of God*

Rev. 14:12

here are they*

Rev. 16:5

and shalt be (should read "the holy")*

Rev. 16:7

another out of*

Rev. 16:11

and their sores*

of their deeds*

Rev. 16:17

from the throne*

Rev. 18:22

of whatsoever craft he be*

and the stone of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee*

Rev. 20:5

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished*

Rev. 21:24

of them which are saved*

and honor*

Rev. 21:26

and honor*

Rev. 22:3


* Omitted by the Sinaitic Manuscript. These not thus marked are omitted by both the Sinaitic and Vatican Manuscripts. The Epistles to Timothy, the latter part of Hebrews, and all of Revelation, are missing from the Vatican Manuscript, No. 1209, having been lost during the fifteen or more centuries since it was written. The Sinaitic Manuscript is perfect and complete and is the oldest known copy of the Scriptures, having been written (it is believed) in the year 331 A.D. 


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