The New International Version (NIV) translation of the Holy Bible is apparently compiled and edited by a group of theological liberals who seek to tickle the ears of heretics and atheists seeing that the translation takes liberty with the Hebrew and the Greek and says something that the Scriptures simply do NOT say (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB)
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The NIV incorrectly translates “commands” which should be “testimonies.”
“Of old I have known from Your testimonies
That You have founded them forever.” (Psalm 119:152 NASB)
“Concerning Your testimonies,
I have known of old that You have founded them forever.” (Psalm 119:152 NKJV)
“Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have founded them forever.” (Psalm 119:152 ESV)
“Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever.” (Psalm 119:152 NIV)
See Hebrew translation of Psalm 119:152 at https://biblehub.com/text/psalms/119-152.htm
“concerning your testimonies” = Heb: mê-‘ê-ḏō-ṯe-ḵā; Strongs #5713 [e] > your testimonies (occurrences 1 of 1)
What are the “testimonies” of our LORD referenced by Psalm 119:152?
Let us mark this eternal basis of “the testimonies of God.” The whole plan of redemption was emphatically “founded for ever”: the Saviour was “foreordained before the foundation of the world.” The people of God were “chosen in Christ before the world began.” The great Author “declares the end from the beginning,” and thus clears his dispensations from any charge of mutability or contingency. Every event in the church is fixed, permitted, and provided for — not in the passing moment of time; but in the counsels of eternity. When, therefore, the testimonies set forth God’s faithful engagements with his people of old, the recollection that they are “founded for ever” gives us a present and unchangeable interest in them. And when we see that they are grounded upon the oath and promise of God — the two “immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie” — we may truly “have strong consolation” in venturing every hope for eternity upon this rock; nor need we be dismayed to see all our earthly dependencies — “the world, and the lust, and the fashion of it — passing away” before us. – -Charles Bridges. See: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-119-152.html
Numbers 5:11-31 (Test for Unfaithful Wife)
Numbers 5 is far too often used by pro-choice advocates in their efforts to prove the Bible supports abortion. The atheist/pro-abortion advocate will cite Numbers 5 in the NIV which incorrectly translates the Hebrew.
Numbers 5:21, 22, 27, 28 (NIV)
21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.” “‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”
27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.
Numbers 5:21, 22, 27, 28 (NASB)
21 (then the priest shall have the woman swear with the oath of the curse, and the priest shall say to the woman), “the Lord make you a curse and an oath among your people by the Lord’s making your thigh [m]waste away and your abdomen swell; 22 and this water that brings a curse shall go into your [n]stomach, and make your abdomen swell and your thigh [o]waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amen. Amen.”
27 When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her [r]and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will [s]waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive [t]children.
Note: In the Hebrew, this test does NOT involve a child, a pregnant woman, but is simply a test of faithfulness/unfaithfulness. If the Woman is guilty, her uterus will be made sterile. If the Woman is not guilty of adultery, she will be able to bear children…there is no mention of a miscarriage or abortion in the Hebrew…it’s simply the difference between sterility and fertility, but no child is mentioned in the text other than in v. 28 stating that the innocent Wife would be able to bear children.
v. 21 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-21.htm
v. 22 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-22.htm
v. 27 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-27.htm
Note: The NIV is the ONLY version that uses “miscarriage” in v. 21 and 22, see: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/17009/does-numbers-511-22-describe-sanctioned-abortion
The Hebrew for miscarriage is Strongs #5309 (miscarriage or abortion) but v. 21-22 and 27 use Strongs #5307 (to fall, lie). There is no mention of “miscarry” or a child in the Hebrew relevant to Numbers 5:21-22, 27.
“Got Questions” agrees that Numbers 5 is not discussing an abortion and notes that the NIV mistakenly translates “miscarriage.” See: https://www.gotquestions.org/Numbers-abortion.html