Why the King James Bible is Right on Lucifer and All the Others are Wrong
TO THE READER – THE SOUNDING OF AN ALARM
O Lucifer, son of the morning” – The Sounding of an Alarm In Isaiah 14:12
By Floyd Nolen Jones.
In the King James Bible, Isaiah 14: 12, 15 reads:
How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
…Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell.
However, the New International Version pens:
How you have fallen from heaven O morning star, son of the dawn
…but you are brought down to the grave.
Indeed, the New American Standard and all the modern versions read almost exactly like the NIV (except the NKJV). Yet historically Isaiah 14 has been cited throughout the Church as the singular biography and identification of Lucifer. [G.A. Riplinger, New Age Bible Versions, (Munroe Falls, OH: A.V. Publications, 1993), pp 40-55] In verse twelve of the King James, Lucifer is in heaven; in verse fifteen Satan is in hell, and the continuing context establishes that Lucifer and Satan are one and the same being. The new versions have removed the name “Lucifer” thereby eliminating the only reference to his true identity in the entire Bible – yet the change in these versions is not the result of translation from the Hebrew language.