I'm starting this new thread to lay out some thoughts, sparked by the following comment which Tiffy made in another thread. No, I wouldn't use the NWT, either! I do have a copy on my shelf for research/witnessing purposes, though. Let me start by saying that we will never find total perfection, this side of heaven, in anything in which man has had his fingers. That said, I do have a strong preference for Bible versions that descend from the Byzantine texts, and an aversion toward versions (no pun intended) that spring from the more modern work of Westcott, Hort, Nestle, and Aland. I would not characterize these latter individuals as having an agenda of their own, necessarily. But we know that Satan and his fallen angels have a broad agenda to kill, steal, and destroy. This includes destroying people's chances of salvation if possible, as well as stealing the truth. While the adversary cannot totally eliminate the Bible, he certainly is capable of working through the minds of weaker-in-faith Christians (who sometimes happen to be erudite and scholarly in the fields of manuscripts and languages) to make small, incremental changes in the word of God. These changes might seem insignificant when taken one at a time, but in the aggregate they can begin to affect some people's doctrinal beliefs. And that suits the enemy. Some examples could prove instructive. 1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (KJV) 1Co 6:20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV) The underlined portion is not present in ESV, NASB, NWT, AMP, and a slew of other 'modern' versions. Act 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (KJV) Act 8:36-37 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (ESV) Again, the underlined portion is not present in ESV, NASB, NWT, AMP, etc, etc. The same applies to all the rest of the examples I'll present here. Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (KJV) Col 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV) Rom 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (KJV) Rom 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (ESV) Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (KJV) Mat 9:13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (ESV) Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV) Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV) Mat 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. (KJV) Mat 18:11 -no such verse- (ESV, AMP, GNB, JB, NASB, MOF, NWT, RSV, etc.) This is but a small sampling. Have you ever heard the term, "death by a thousand cuts"? I think the devil would like to do that to the written word of God. Bits and pieces of the Bible, as the church has known it for centuries, have been removed in the past couple hundred years in the name of "new scholarship." When we start 'second-guessing' what the church has held all along to be canonical scripture, and when that 'second-guessing' results in the deletion of thousands of words, the possibility exists that the adversary has been working behind the scenes to adversely affect the Bible.