Does the Book of Mormon have the same errors as the King James Version of the Bible?

Anti-Mormons argue that the Book of Mormon couldn’t have been divinely translated because it makes the same grammatical mistakes as the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible.  They ask why a book written in the 19th century has the same type of language used in the 1700s.  Did Joseph Smith use a KJV Bible to write the Book of Mormon?

It is true that the BOM has many passages where the language mirrors that of the KJV.  This only can add to one’s testimony that the BOM must be holy scripture.  But why does it make the same mistakes?

If language is rendered a certain way in the KJV, we should assume that that was the correct way to render it.  The KJV is the greatest piece of literature in Jacobean English and perhaps in all of English.  Some contest that language is rendered a different way in other pieces of literature of the time.  None of these were as great as the KJV.

Critics admit that the introduction to the KJV contains no grammatical mistakes.  If you read that introduction, you’ll know that the KJV was composed under his majesty’s special command.  There is no room for errors in the KJV.  If something appears a certain way in the KJV, we should assume it was the authors’ intent and that it was the correct way to translate.

So why does the Book of Mormon language mirror KJV language?  Because God wanted us to see it as just as great a piece of literature as the KJV!  FairMormon defends the faith by saying, “…we do not claim to know why the Lord chose to reveal the Biblical passages in that manner.”  They claim that the BOM passages were revealed in the same manner so that both books would be heavenly sealed together.

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  1. #1 by Thomas on October 12, 2016 - 2:47 pm

    The KJV contains inserted words where the KJV translators ADDED words to the original text to try to make it understandable for the people of that time period. The words are not present in Hebrew and Greek manuscripts only in the later produced KJV.

    The BOM has the same words present – remember they were only added by the KJV translators and are italics in the KJV.

    What does that say? That it is very clear that original manuscripts were not the source of the BOM, they do not mirror the BOM, but obviously the KJV was as they are the same.

    Smith later changed his version of the Bible to try to resolve this problem but only highlights it.

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