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Q&A #129 - Why do NASB & other modern versions not include some wording found in KJV?

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Why do some modern versions of the Bible such as the NASV leave out passages such as Acts 9:5-6 ("kicking against the pricks") without footnoting and saying: some later manuscripts include it? Are there that few manuscripts, or that much doubt?.



The NASB and most modern translations are based upon Hebrew and Greek texts that are older and more reliable than the KJV texts. Generally if wording is in the KJV but not in the NASB, it is because the Hebrew or Greek texts from which the KJV was translated had additions made to them over the centuries. The NASB better reflects the original texts than does the KJV.

For more details about the KJV, see

For some details on Acts 9:5-6, see


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