The Hebrew here is helel, ben shachar, which translates “Lucifer, son of the morning” (as is found in all the old English translations written before 1611 when the KJB was published). The NIV, NASB et al. read as though the Hebrew was kokab shachar, ben shachar or “morning star, son of the dawn” (or “son of the morning”). But not only is the Hebrew word for star (kokab) nowhere to be found in the text, “morning” appears only once as given in the KJB – not twice as the modern versions indicate. Moreover, the word kokab is translated as “star” dozens of other times by the translators of these new “bibles”. Their editors also know that kokab boqer is “morning star” for it appears in plural form in Job 38:7 (i.e., morning stars). Had the Lord intended “morning star” in Isaiah 14, He could have eliminated any confusion by repeating kokab boqer there. God’s selection of helel (Hebrew for Lucifer) is unique as it appears nowhere else in the Old Testament.
Moreover, Revelation 22:16 (also Revelation 2:28 and 2 Peter 1:19) declares unequivocally that Jesus Christ is the “morning star” or “day star” (2 Peter 1:19, cp. Luke 1:78; Malachi 4:2), meaning the sun – not the planet Venus.
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Thus it must be understood that the identification of Lucifer as being the morning star does not find its roots in the Hebrew O.T., but from classical mythology and witchcraft where he is connected with the planet Venus (the morning “star”).
The wording in the modern versions reads such that it appears the fall recorded in Isaiah 14 is speaking of Jesus rather than Lucifer the Devil! The rendering of “morning star” in place of “Lucifer” in this passage must be seen by the Church as nothing less than the ultimate blasphemy. The NASV compounds its role as malefactor by placing 2 Peter 1:19 in the reference next to Isaiah 14 thereby solidifying the impression that the passage refers to Christ Jesus rather than Satan. But Lucifer (helel) does not mean “morning star”. It is Latin (from
lux or lucis = light, plus fero = to bring) meaning “bright one”, “light bearer” or “light bringer”. Due to the brightness of the planet Venus, from ancient times the word “Lucifer” (helel) has been associated in secular and/or pagan works with that heavenly body.
Among the modern versions, only the King James (and NKJV) gives proof that Lucifer is Satan. Without its testimony this central vital truth would soon be lost. This fact alone sets the King James Bible apart from and far above all modern would-be rivals. Truly, it is an achievement sui generis. Indeed, the older English versions (the 1560 Geneva etc.) also read “Lucifer”.
The clarion has been faithfully and clearly sounded (1 Corinthians 14:8). If the reader is not greatly alarmed by the above, it is pointless for him to continue reading. However, if concern has been aroused as to how this deception has been foisted not only upon the Christian Church, but on the general public as well – read on. The story lies before you.
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Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Revelation 22:16 (KJV) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
2 Peter 1:19 (KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
The following are what the new versions do to Isaiah 14:12.
(Isaiah 14:12 NIV) How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
The NIV changes O Lucifer, son of the morning!” in the King James Bible to “O morning star, son of the dawn!”.
(Isaiah 14:12 NASV) “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
The NASV changes “O Lucifer, son of the morning!” in the King James Bible to “O star of morning, son of the dawn!”.
(Isaiah 14:12 ESV) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
The ESV changes O Lucifer, son of the morning!” in the King James Bible to “O Day Star, son of the Dawn!”.
(Isaiah 14:12 RSV) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
The RSV changes O Lucifer, son of the morning!” in the King James Bible to “O Day Star, son of Dawn!”.
(Isaiah 14:12 NKJV) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
a. Isaiah 14:12 Lit. Day Star
The New King James Version has a footnote that changes Lucifer to Day Star.
Job 38:7 (KJV) When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Luke 1:78 (KJV) Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Malachi 4:2 (KJV) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.