Does The N.T. Quote The The Septuagint?
These are all the places where Jesus said, “it is written”, where the words are not quite the same. We did not find any contradiction there. We think that would be kind of hard because Jesus can say,“it is written” and be talking about three Bible verses at the same time. We ourselves are two things at the same time, not contradictory though (and or not under more then one interpretation if you will). When God grafted us into His tree, although we were wild olives (Rom 11:17) we demonstrated domesticated olives didn’t we? You may perhaps believe that God chose you before you chose Him thus being both chosen and the chosen. When God said “Out of Egypt I will call my son” referring to the Christ He was also referring to the Israelites at the same time, Matt. 2:15 & Hosea 11:1. One would never assume Hosea was talking about the Christ there, so maybe that was added by men too? Or maybe God has deep meanings wrapped up in His words that we really will never fully know unless He explains them to us. Perhaps this is why the Lord quotes two verses at the same time, to show us some deeper meanings behind His words. If the Septuagint agrees or disagrees however we really don’t think that has as much significance. We do not need to believe there are contradictions or mistakes in our translation below. How can we? God promised His church that they would have pure words. Should we waver in unbelief and change the accepted word by different manuscripts not recognized by the early church fathers or any other church before 1881? There were 5560 manuscripts and Hort picked ones that contradicted all the rest of them, and said this is the original we have found the word of God missing for ages. Although he believed there were mistakes made by the original authors as well.
God promised to preserve His word. We believe He has, and that settles it for me. Possibly these supposed contradictions are one of God’s way of giving insights into His word to apostates who might be looking for contradictions, to give them a messages to ponder in their occupation as they accuse God of fault, 2 Thess 2. Since God promised Bible preservation we don’t have a choice in believing there are mistakes in His word, unless we exalt myself above God. But really we have not found any contradictions to be honest. The KJV texts are the ones found in His churches handed down though the ages. We know those two texts are true because he promised that we would have His word. How could we chose a text that comes from a hole in the ground chopped at by the Catholic church, mad men, unbelievers and demon possessed Hort! ReadLife and Letters of Fenton John Anothony J. Hort if you think that’s an over statement. There’s plenty of shocking blasphemy in it.
The definition of God’s word is that they are alive unbound and pure words of God. Jesus Himself is called the word of God so as long as we have an unaltered word is it a representation of Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 30:4b-6 What is his name, and what is His son’s name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Hebrews 6:5-6 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
1 Timothy 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
2 Timothy 2:15-17 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. or the manuscripts But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2 Peter 1:17ff. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Not the other way around.
John 12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
Luke 16:29-17:2 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
God promised we would have his word always
Psalms 12:6-8 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Matthew 5:18-19 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Psalm 119:8 The word He commanded to a thousand generations.
1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
2 Corinthians 4:2-6 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:5-7 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly. If the word is gone so will we be gone.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. We are preserved by His word.
Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God,
Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
If we do not regard Gods word as inherent we are usurping Gods power.
If God is presently holding all things together by the “word of His power” He can certainly keep His word pure, can’t He? Jesus said in Rev 14:12 “keep the commandments” we no longer need to, or can keep God’s word if it’s up to us to decide what His commandments are the word of God. If God is not going to honor His promise to preserve His word and 35,000 words are going to disappear every 200 years how can we fear His word? How can you say that? If God has allowed His words to become full of error how can we trust them, or Him? Has he broken His promise if this is the case, how can one argue otherwise? Although we believe God has kept His word intact and that any discrepancies that we may have are due to our weakness, not God’s. Who are we to find fault with God’s word after He has promised it would remain pure? Why should we
hold our understanding of God as being a liar? This rings with the reverberations of Genesis 3:1 “Yea, hath God said?” What will we say when we meet Him if wehave judged His word as weak and His power as nonexistent? Can we say “I had no fear of your word and I thought you could not keep your promises. I didn’t want to put you on the spot and believe you had the power to keep your word. Or I found more truth in the unbelievers that disbelieved your word, those who ripped out 35,000 words through a supposedly new translation in 1881.”What kind of children would we raise with such an attitude? Not ones that tremble at God’s word, that’s for sure! No, in coming generations they would all become apostate liberals, like Hort, and God would have none to blame but me. You however have a greater responsibility since your hand is on the spigot and wish to bar me from distributing this and other like information.
The following is the way we explain these differences between Christ’s quotes and what it says in the OT. By and large we believe God can expound His word wherever He likes. He knows more about what’s behind it then we do. If the ideas behind His words are deeper then what’s already there, why cant He take the authority to explain a verse or give insight to verses by saying “it is written”? Since some verses are connected to each other, though they are in different books, there should be no problem for a believer to except this idea. There are four Gospel accounts that look at Jesus in four different ways. They are not identical, so why should Jesus not also give us a different shade of insight behind His meanings of His words? We are not going to assume like Hort that there were errors in the original writings of the NT, or that in the beginning all four Gospels agreed! We think God’s word is full of life that sparkles with new insights of truth with every turn like a diamond in the sun that shows so many colors that it blinds our imagination with the Glory of God.
The verses in question with their explanation.
Matthew 4:10 For it is written Thou shalt * worship (3372) the Lord thy God, and him # only shalt thou serve.
Deut 6:13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and swear by his name.
Deut 10:20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and % to Him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
* Jesus lets us know here that fear of God is the beginning of truly is worshipping God. You might say what about 1 John perfect love casts out fear? We think this applies to the judgment but still in general we must fear God. Paul said knowing the fear of the lord we persuade men. Proverbs 1 also says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” It is interesting that these first two quotes involve man making his promise trust worthy ones. We think that the first thing God wants to teach us here is before worshiping God [3rd entry] we need to perform the word “that which is gone out of thy lips” and not foreswear ourselves because God performs his word, His name being, Rev 19:13 the word of God, a name mentioned 46 times.
Although the NASV changes worship for serve in Deut 6:13. Worship never is used for 5647 (in Strongs Dictionary) in the KJV, but six times the NASV it is changed to worship.
# “only” is implied in “serve Him”
% “only” is implied in “to Him shalt thou cleave”
Matthew 5:33 it hath been said by them of old time thou shalt not forswear thyself but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
Leviticus 19:12 ye shalt not swear by name falsely, * neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
Deut 23:21-23 that which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform …..according as thou hast vowed
Numbers 30:2 he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to #all that precedes out of his mouth.
* One of the things the Lord is pointing to here is that profaning the name of God comes when we break our word, because we are to be like Him as witnesses to the world. Paul was alluding to this in Romans 2:23,24 where he says that “through breaking the law dishonest thou God? for the name of God is blasphemed through you among the Gentiles through you.”
# Oaths included
Matthew 11:10 of whom it is written. Behold, I send my messenger * before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare thy way before me.
* The words “before thy face” is implied in the previous verse where “the way” has become full of briers and thorns. However “the way” is thought to be “good in the sight of the Lord” by treacherous men.
Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.
Hos 6:6 For * I desired mercy, and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more then burnt offering.
* This means that what God desires God will have, make no mistake about it, even a people who seek the knowledge of Him, and not an excuse for their sin.
In the NASV Matt 12:7 “I will have” is changed to “I desired”. The words “not sacrifice” is changed to “not a sacrifice” In Hos 6:6 “desire” is changed to “delight”.
Matthew 13:14,15 Which sayeth, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
The difference between Jesus and Isaiah is that Jesus tells the Pharisees that they are in the state they are in because their wills are hardened against God. Therefore God has no choice but to harden them in their sins like Pharaoh who only cooperated when he was under the wrath of God. Like Chuck Smith says in his tape on Pharaoh in Romans 9:17. If we keep turning our ear from the truth God will at some point hold us responsible so that we cannot escape. Therefore when Isaiah says “Make” it must be understood that “this people’s heart is waxed gross” is part of that word “Make”.
Matthew 13:35 which was spoken by the prophet saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret * from the foundation of the world.
Psalms 78:2-3 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
* Although Jesus would teach hidden truths form the foundation of the world, they were actually first being brought to light to a generation who proved they would only neglect and abandoned them. The following verses found in Psalm 78 are also worth reading just for the truth therein. “We will not hide them from their children, showing to the following generations to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, [this ties in with Matt 21:16]and his wonderful works that he hath done. …. And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had showed them”
Matthew|15:8-9 well did Esaias prophesy of you saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men
Mark 7:6-8 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines, the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their * fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
* Here the Lord exchanges worship for fear a second time in an Old Testament verse. Our worship is vain if we suppose we can serve God not trembling before His word.
The NASV changes “fear” to “reverence”, it does not mean the same thing. These are some Bible verses that demonstrate Christian fear in the word“tremble”. Fear of God is a Godly attribute. Ezra 10:3 says “tremble at the commandment” Job 26:11 Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Psalm 8:2 … ordained strength?
* If we bring up our children in the fear of God to praise Him they will be our strength putting to shame our enemies (Psalm 127:5) even as the Pharisees were put to shame before and after Christ’s crucifixion. Little unlearned children, unlike the Pharisees, did not need to work at perfection because they were already perfect in God’s sight. The Pharisees would need to follow their example if they would enter heaven.
The NASV changes “perfected” to “prepared”which means the same as ordained.
Luke 4:18-19 * “and recovering of sight to the blind, … # to set at liberty them that are bruised”
Isaiah 61:1 “… and the opening of the prison … to them that are bound”
* This means that we are in prison if we are blind to the power of God’s word.
# Satin has taken us captive to bruise us, when he has blinded us to the authority and power of the word of God.
Luke 20:43 [for thy feet NASB only]
Psalms 110:1 omit