Rom. 4 - JST - Compared

Theo1689

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Rom. 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by the law of works, he hath to glory in himself; but not of God. (JST)Rom. 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. (KJV)

Of course, there are ZERO manuscripts in support of Smith's bastardization. But his intent seems to be to try to claim that "works" are required for salvation, and so dismiss any instances of "works" mentioned in the Bible as referring specifically to the (Mosaic) "Law".

Rom. 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (JST)3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (KJV)

No change here.
But the fact that Smith retained the same wording only goes against Smith's changing of the Scripture, since Abraham's righteousness came solely by "believing", without any "works" (of the Law or otherwise).

Rom. 4:4 Now to him who is justified by the law of works, is the reward reckoned, not of grace, but of debt. (JST)Rom. 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (KJV)

Again, Smith changed "worth" to "justified by the law of works". He seems to like the phrase, "law of works". But the only time the phrase, "law of works" is found in Scripture is in Rom. 3:27, where it is CONTRASTED with "the law [principle] of faith".

So if you read Rom. 3:27 just before Rom. 4:4 (as most people would), the denial of "the law of works" would mean the "law of faith" instead. And this was precisely Paul's point.

It's interesting that Smith changed:
"the reward not reckoned of grace", to
"the reward reckoned, not of grace".

It means the same thing regardless of the word order.
And since the KJV order matches the order of the Greek, why change it?

Rom. 4:5 But to him that seeketh not to be justified by the law of works, but believeth on him who justifieth not the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (JST)Rom. 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (KJV)

Here Smith changed "wortketh not" to "seeketh not to be justified by the law of works".
Again, they mean completely DIFFERENT things, and there is ZERO manuscript evidence for Smith's change.

Further, Smith changed "justifieth the ungodly", to "justifieth NOT the ungodly", making it say the exact OPPOSITE of what Paul originally wrote.

Rom. 4:16 Therefore ye are justified of faith and works, through grace, to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to them only who are of the law, but to them also who are of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (JST)Rom. 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)

Again, Smith adds "and works", to make a false gospel by works.
 
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