NOTE: The PDF article has been updated with a revised version of this article. (July 4, 2010)
Which one should you use??
By Missionary Mike Wilps
There is a lot of confusion today about which Spanish bible should be used. Most bible believing churches have heard mainly about four different Spanish versions of the Reina-Valera the 1602, 1865, 1909 and 1960. Even though there are many other versions.
Which of these Spanish bibles are correct?
Which Spanish bible should all Spanish speaking people and ministries use?
Which Spanish bible is true to the textus receptus and mazoretic texts which our blessed
King James Bible came from?
As Barry Burton said “Let’s weigh the evidence”
I would like to show 5 reasons why my conscience could never allow me to use the 1602,1865,1909,1960 Spanish bibles.
1. In many places the 1602, 1865, 1909 uses the word “salud” Health instead of “Salvacion” Salvation.
For an example: Gen 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. (KJV) The Spanish versions say: I have waited for thy health, O Lord (1602, 1865, and 1909)
Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the health of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. (1602, 1865, 1909)
Titus 2:11 for the grace of God that bringeth health hath appeared to all men (1602, 1865, 1909)
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto health. (1602, 1865, 1909)H
There are more than 100 verses that says “Salud” Health instead of Salvation
Many will say “yes but salud “health” in the old Spanish tongue means spiritual health “Salvation”. It also means health physical for your body and well being. In the Spanish world when they hear the word Salud “health” they think of health for your body not Salvation for your soul.
There are no misunderstandings with the word SALVATION. Even the 1602, 1865, 1909 use the word Salvation “Salvacion” in other verses. The first def. for the word “salud” is physical health for your body in every Spanish dictionary.
Note: This is a very interesting verse Jer 30:13 No hay quien te ponga salud: no hay para tí cura ni medecinas.( 1602, 1865, 1909 ) Here the word “salud” Health means Health for your body because it needs to be cured with medicine. The word health here is not used for salvation but to cure the body! ANOTHER interesting thing is that most places in the (1602, 1865, 1909) they put the word Health in stead of Salvation and in other places use the word Salvation with the same Hebrew and Greek word!
So we see that the Spanish versions of the Bible know the differences between “Salud” for the body and “Salvation” for the Soul!
Act 4:12 Y en ningún otro hay salud; porque no hay otro nombre debajo del cielo, dado a los hombres, en que nos sea necesario ser salvos. (1602,1865, 1909)
It would read like this in ENGLISH:
Act 4:12 Neither is there Health in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
They use the word Health “salud” here instead of Salvation. The Greek word for Salvation in this verse σωτηρία sōtēria
Rev 7:10 Y clamaban a alta voz, diciendo: La salvación a nuestro Dios que está sentado sobre el trono, y al Cordero. But here in this verse they use Salvation instead of “Salud” Health. The Same Greek word in both verses σωτηρία sōtēria The same Greek word, same definition, same meaning but they used two different words. They could have used the word Salvation in every place where it needs to be!
How many times do the Spanish bibles have the word (SALVATION)
1. The 1602
2. The 1865 has the word in 17 verses
3. The 1909 has the word in 19 verses “ “ “
4. The 1960 has the word in 165 verses (the 1960 is better than the others with the word Salvation)
5.”RVG” has the word in 167 verses
Many will say to me after writing this “Bro Mike you don’t understand the word SALUD in the old Spanish meant Salvation too” Yes I do understand and the Issue is What Spanish Bible should we use!!
Note: The 1602, 1865 says in
Rom 1:16 Porque no me avergüenzo del evangelio de Cristo; porque es el poder de Dios para salvación a todo aquel que cree; al judío primeramente, y también al griego. Uses Salvation Here, again same Greek word σωτηρία sōtēria
But the 1909 a later Revision says in
Rom 1:16 Porque no me avergüenzo del evangelio: porque es potencia de Dios para salud á todo aquel que cree; al Judío Uses the Word Salud “Health”
Again same Greek word and later date.
The RVG says Salvation for all of theses verses!!
2. Have you ever heard a Spanish speaking person use the name Lucifer referring to Satan???
I have here in Paraguay But where did they learn that word? The Spanish bible?????
NO!! NOT ONE SPANISH BIBLE HAS THE WORD LUCIFER. (1602, 1865, 1909, 1960) Until Now the “RVG”
The King James Bible says in Isaiah 14:12
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!
The “RVG” SAYS Isa 14:12 ¡Cómo caíste del cielo, oh Lucifer, hijo de la mañana! Cortado fuiste por tierra, tú que debilitabas las naciones.
Because the (1602, 1865, 1909, 1960) have failed to read like the King James Bible they made a big mess.
Instead of calling Satan “Lucifer” they call Satan Lucero which Jesus Christ is called el Lucero in 2 peter 1:19. Jesus is called the devil. (All Spanish bibles)
Example: the 1865 says :
Isa 14:12 ¡Cómo caiste del cielo, o! Lucero, hijo de la mañana! ¡cortado fuiste por tierra, el que debilitabas las naciones!
In 2 peter 1:19 says:
Tenemos también la palabra profética más firme: a la cual hacéis bien de estar atentos como a una candela que alumbra en un lugar oscuro, hasta que el día esclareza, y el lucero de la mañana salga en vuestros corazones:
THE “RVG” IS THE ONLY SPANISH BIBLE THAT READS LIKE THE KING JAMES BIBLE IN ISAIAH 14:12
3. All Spanish Bibles (1602, 1865, 1909, 1960) Degrade marriage.
If I came to your church with my family and wanted to present the ministry to Paraguay and I presented my family to the church as follows: “I would like to introduce my children and my WOMAN” Honestly how would you feel? What would you say to me? WHAT WOULD MY WIFE SAY????
How would you like your bible to say in Eph 5:28 so ought men to love their women as their own bodies. He that loveth his woman loveth himself.
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his woman, and they two shall be one flesh.
A man could have a wife and a woman or women on the side at the same time! This is called ADULTRY!!
A man could leave his father and mother and be joined or living with his Women!
This is called FORNICATION!! This teaches a man can live with a woman and not get married. A man can live be joined with his WIFE.
The word in Spanish for woman is “mujer” The word in Spanish for wife is "ESPOSA”
OF COURSE THE RVG SAYS WIFE “ESPOSA” AMEN!!
Number of times the word Wife is used in the (1602.1865, 1909, 1960 and the “RVG”)
1602 uses the word Wife 20 times
1865 uses the word Wife 15 times
1909 uses the word Wife 20 times
1960 uses the word Wife 27 times
RVG uses the word Wife 361 times “WOW BIG DIFFRENCE”
Which Spanish bible would you want to use???
4. In all Spanish bibles (1602, 1865, 1909,) Say in Psalms 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great was the women evangelists that published it.
All Spanish bibles say “las evangelistas” which means women evangelists.
Nelson Giménez says: “There is a great difference between the languages, that many missionaries don’t understand, and what I’m referring to is THE GENDERS, and this bible verse is a very example. First of all, the Spanish language has definite genders, masculine and feminine. For example: John 1:1 The “Word” referring to Jesus could not literally be translated in Spanish, because it would be RENDERED AS LA PALABRA, Feminine gender, Calling the description of the deity of Christ as a woman. So verse two would be the world was made by HER.
This is a Jehovah’s witnesses Spanish translation, and the 1602-tr, Monterrey. The preserved word is El Verbo FOR THE Spanish language. El Verbo is the Word in action “Alive” Heb 4:12 and the masculine gender, because He is alive! La Palabra for John 1:1 in Spanish goes directly against the Spanish grammar. Because when you say La Palabra you’re referring to Ella which is a woman! So than every verse in chapter one would have to say she made, by her in every verse talking about JESUS. Having this example in mind let’s check the bible verse in question.
1. Las Evangelistas is in a feminine gender. (1602, 1865, 1909)
2. In Spanish, the context defines the gender.
3. But las evangelistas, plural, is referring specifically to WOMEN only, not men. “Women evangelist” (1602, 1865, 1909)
4. The 1960 bible has “Las que llevaban buenas nuevas” Again feminine Gender. Women only, not men. For it to be men, it has to be “Los que llevaban”
5. In this case “Los” includes Men. Men evangelists. So it should be, Los evangelistas
6. The RVG has it right, Psalms 68:11
“El Señor daba palabra: Grande era el ejército de aquellos que la publicaban.” RVG.
The words here in this verse “el ejército de aquellos” that means People. More specifically, EJERCITO, masculine gender. (MEN)
What bible would you use?? 1602? 1865? 1909? 1960? I use the “RVG” NOW YOU SEE WHY!!
5. The 1602, 1865, 1909, Especially the 1960 have problems with the word HELL “Infierno”
The 1960 removes the word hell in the entire old testament and replaces Hell with Sheol a Hebrew word. The 1960 also removes the word HELL many times in the New Testament with the Greek word Hades. Do you think I could use this bible with a good clean conscience??? NO I could not. Here in Paraguay South America the Jehovah witness love the 1960 Spanish bible because it removes the word Hell which they don’t believe. The original 1865 before they made their corrections to match with the 1602 and the 1909 revision uses the words “gehenna” and “tartaro”
The word “Tartaro” in 2pet 2:4 the original 1865 it is now corrected. Gehenna in James 3:6 in the original 1865 it is now corrected.
The 1909 has the word “Gehenna” instead of Infierno “Hell”
In Mark 9:43, 45, 47 and in Luke 12:5.
How many times is the word Hell used in the 1602, 1865, 1909, 1960 and the RVG.
1602 the word Hell used
1865 the word Hell used 40 times
1909 the word Hell used 30 times
1960 the word Hell used 13 times (Please if you’re using this bible; from my heart I tell you switch to the RVG)
RVG “Gomez” the word Hell used 54 times
KJB the word Hell used 54 times
The KJB Translators had access and consulted the 1602 Spanish Bible when they did their translation, they chose NOT TO FOLLOW they way the Spanish Translators translated the word Sheol and Hades!
Here are some definitions of the words Sheol and Hades are as follows:
Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Hades
That which is out of sight, a Greek word used to denote the state or place of the dead. All the dead alike go into this place. To be buried, to go down to the grave, to descend into Hades, are equivalent expressions. In the LXX. This word is the usual rendering of the Hebrew Sheol, the common receptacle of the departed
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia on the Word “Hades”
hā´dēz (Αἵδης, Haídēs, ᾅδης, haídēs, “not to be seen”): Hades, Greek originally Haidou, in genitive, “the house of Hades,” then, as nominative, designation of the abode of the dead itself. The word occurs in the New Testament in Mat_11:23 (parallel Luk_10:15); Mat_16:18; Luk_16:23; Act_2:27, Act_2:31; Rev_1:18; Rev_6:8; Rev_20:13 f. It is also found in Textus Receptus of the New Testament 1Co_15:55, but here the correct reading (Tischendorf, Westcott and Hort, The New Testament in Greek, the Revised Version (British and American)) is probably Thánate, “O Death,” instead of Háidē, “O Hades.” the King James Version renders “Hades” by “hell” in all instances except 1Co_15:55, where it puts “grave” (margin “hell”) in dependence on Hos_13:14. The Revised Version (British and American) everywhere has “Hades.”
1) Name Hades or Pluto, the god of the lower regions
2) Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead
3) Later use of this word: the grave, death, hell
Part of Speech: noun proper locative
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G1 (as negative particle) and G1492
Citing in TDNT: 1:146, 22
From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell.
Their are three main uses of Sheol and Hades 1. Grave 2. Death 3. Hell.
Note: This was intended to show you the confusion and the apostasy when you leave the blessed King James Bible. Sheol and Hades means a place of torment “Hell” or in Spanish “Infierno” a literal burning fire where the lost or “Un Saved” go when they die. Where the King James Bible Translators Translates the word Sheol for Hell it is correct when they translated the word Sheol as the grave it is correct. The same goes for Hades also.
The Jehova Witnesses and the 7th Day Adventist believe that Sheol and Hades do not mean a literal burning fire where lost souls will burn after they die than later cast into a burning lake of fire for eternity Rev 20:14, 15.
So leaving it up to the reader to decide what Sheol or Hades means is a big mistake!!
The 1865 Spanish Bible Vs. The RVG Spanish Bible
On Word Hell
Note: The word “sepulcro” means tomb
Note: The word “sima” means an empty space in the earth.
Note: The word “profundo” means deep or far into.
Note: The word “Infierno” means hell, where souls suffer in fire for eternity.
Note: The word “osario” means a cemetery or a place where bones dwell.
The 1865 Spanish Bible says in:
Deut 32:22 “profundo” The RVG 2004 says “Infierno” The King James B
2sam 22:6 “sepulcro” RVG says “Infierno” “Hell”
Psalms 18:5 “sepulcro” RVG says “Infierno” “Hell”
Psalms 16:10 “sepulcro” RVG says “Infierno” “Hell”
Proverbs 7:27 “sepulcro” “ “ “Infierno” “Hell”
9:18 “sepulcro” “ “ “Infierno” “Hell”
15:24 “sima” “ “ “Infierno” “Hell”
27:20 “sepulcro” “ “ “Infierno” “Hell”
Isaiah 28:15 “sepulcro” “ “ “Infierno” “Hell”
18 “sepulcro” “ “ “Infierno” “Hell”
Habakuk 2:5 “osario su alma” “ “ “Infierno su alma” “his desire as Hell”
WIEGHT THE EVEDENCE!!
Many bible believing independent Baptists really do not understand the issue. Most churches and ministries only listen to what a Spanish speaking preacher says who is trying to promote their bible and the church says ok, because they put their confidence in who they are listening to because they don’t know Spanish.
Now there is a lot of information and articles about the Spanish bible issue.
Most information that other bible believers have studied and put out are true concerning history of the Spanish bible, Reina-Valera and comparison charts about other versions etc.
Right now the Independent Baptists are divided on which bible to use in Spanish.
Most use the 1960 revision and the others use the 1602,1865,1909,1960 and now Praise God the “RVG” REINA-VALERA GOMEZ. Note: it is called Reina Valera Gomez because Dr Humberto Gomez is revising Reina Valera’s work to be in line with the King James Bible and the Textus Receptus, masoretic texts.
Most that use the 1602,1865,1909 Spanish bibles have in common is they all know with pure facts that the 1960 version has left the Textus Receptus and masoretic texts in many places. This is true the 1960 is the worst of the 1602, 1865, 1909 BUT the problem is also the 1602, 1865, 1909 left the Textus Receptus, Masorectic texts.
Rex Cobb “Bible Translators” made a chart of how many times these Spanish bibles left the Textus Receptus in 220 verses in the New Testament
1602 left the textus Receptus 57 times
1865 left “ “ 28 times
1909 left “ “ 122 times
1960 left “ “ 191 times
“RVG” left “ “ 0 times “zero”
You can see this chart more in detail by Rex Cobb at biblefortoday.org,
After studying this issue for 2 years I’m 100% convinced that the “RVG” GOMEZ is the Word of God for the Spanish speaking people.
I have personally used the 1960 and 1865 in the pulpit “NOT ANY LONGER”. I have read and studied the others.
Imagine telling people they are going to Hades or Sheol when they die. (1960 says Sheol and Hades instead of hell)
Imagine telling your church husbands love your women instead of Wives (all Spanish bibles say women instead of wife or wives 95% of the time 1602, 1865, 1909, 1960)
Imagine teaching you have to grow in your salvation “Works salvation” (1960 teaches this is 1Peter 2:2)
Imagine preaching Romans 10:10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and the mouth confession is made unto HEALTH. Not SALVATION. (1602, 1865, 1909)
Imagine a bible that makes Jesus Christ, The Savior of the World, GOD INCARNET a Sinner in danger of the judgment (1960 in mark 4:5 and matt 5:22)
Also Jesus needs to be purified with Mary (Luke 2:22) Making Jesus a sinner.
Imagine not one verse in the Old Testament “not one” that has the word hell “Infierno” (1960)
THE RVG HAS ALL OF THESE VERSES CORRECT
A note from Valera:
Valera said in his estimation, his revision is an “excellent translation” but he did not think it was perfect is clearly seen in his preface, when he says to other, more pious and learned men to revise his own work and correct it.
He says “Would to God that by his infinite mercy inspire the heart of the King to command pious men throughout his coasts, learned in Hebrew and Greek to look into and revise this translation of the bible, who excitedly with a pious and sincere desire to serve God and do well to their nation, would compare it and confront the Hebrew text, that God dictated to his holy prophets before the coming of Christ, and with the Greek text, that the same dictated to his holy apostles and evangelists after the coming of Christ in the flesh.”
Reina also recommended that his work be revised.
That is exactly what Dr. Humberto Gomes has done in the “RVG”
I believe the “RVG” is by far the best Spanish bible out there.
I would also say it is the Word of God for the Spanish speaking people
You have read only a little bit of why! “Weigh the Evidence” get a copy and study the “RVG” see for your self.
My intention is not to fight the brethren but to get the truth out. That is my purpose as a God called preacher get the truth out and win souls to Christ. Proverbs 29:18
The “RVG” IS TRUE TO THE KING JAMES BIBLE AND THE TEXUS RECEPTUS, MASORECTIS TEXT
Mike Wilps Missionary
To Paraguay South America
Email address [email protected]