The Censoring of Belial
The word, "Belial" appears 17 times in the King
James Bible. Lawless, rebellious people are referred to as "men of Belial," "son[s]
of Belial," "daughter of Belial,"
"children of Belial" and "man of Belial." Since the identity of Belial is revealed as
Satan in 2nd Corinthians 6:15, the removal of Belial from the New King James
Version is a theological change to the text. The new version translators are
perfectly aware of this and hope the reader will settle for a paraphrase such as
"rebels" (1) as a substitute for the true translation that
points out Satan and his
followers: "children of Belial."
The New King James translators, following the lead
of modern Bible versions such as the New International Version, the Amplified
Bible, the Message, the American Standard and the New American Standard,
virtually censored the proper name, "Belial" from the NKJV text. They
retained the proper name, "Belial" only once in the main body of the translation
and included footnotes that reveal they are aware that the removal of "Belial"
is not in keeping with a literal translation.
Below are the sixteen verses in the
King James Bible that contain phrases containing the word, "Belial." Notice that
New King James Version translators censored the word, "Belial" fifteen
times and inserted phrases that are clearly dynamic equivalents.
KJV: Deu 13:13 Certain men, the
children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have
withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve
other gods, which ye have not known;
NKJV: Deu 13:13 Corrupt men
have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of their
city, saying, “Let us go and serve other gods”’—which you have not
KJV: Jdg 19:22 Now as they were
making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain
sons of Belial, beset the house round about, [and] beat at the
door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying,
Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know
NKJV: Jdg 19:22 As they were
enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted
surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the
master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who
came to your house, that we may know him carnally!”
19:22 Literally sons of Belial
KJV: Jdg 20:13 Now therefore deliver
us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah,
that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But
the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their
brethren the children of Israel:
NKJV Jdg 20:13 Now therefore,
deliver up the men, the perverted men[a]
who are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove
the evil from Israel!” But the children of Benjamin would not listen
to the voice of their brethren, the children of Israel.
20:13 Literally sons of Belial
KJV: 1Sa 1:16 Count not thine handmaid
for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my
complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
NKJV: 1Sa 1:16 Do not consider your
maidservant a wicked woman,[a]
for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken
1:16 Literally daughter of Belial
KJV: 1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were
sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
NKJV: 1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli
they did not know the LORD.
2:12 Literally sons of Belial
KJV: 1Sa 10:27: But the children of
Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him,
and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
KJV: 1Sa 10:27: But some rebels
said, “How can this man save us?” So they despised him, and brought
him no presents. But he held his peace.
KJV: 1Sa 25:17 Now therefore know and
consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our
master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of
Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
NKJV: 1Sa 25:17 Now therefore, know
and consider what you will do, for harm is determined against our
master and against all his household. For he is such a scoundrel [a]
that one cannot speak to him.”
25:17 Literally son of Belial
KJV: 1Sa 25:25 Let not my lord, I pray
thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name
is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst
NKJV: 1Sa 25:25 Please, let not my
lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is,
so is he: Nabal [a] is
his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did
not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.
KJV: 1Sa 30:22 Then answered all the
wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David,
and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them
ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his
wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
NKJV: 1Sa 30:22Then all the wicked
and worthless men [a]
of those who went with David answered and said, “Because they did
not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that
we have recovered, except for every man’s wife and children, that
they may lead them away and depart.”
30:22 Literally men of Belial
KJV: 2Sa 16:7 And thus said Shimei when he
cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of
NKJV: 2Sa 16:7 Also Shimei said thus
when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you
KJV: 2Sa 20:1 And there happened to be
there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of
Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no
part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse:
every man to his tents, O Israel.
NKJV: 2Sa 20:1 And there happened
to be there a rebel,[a]
whose name was Sheba the son of Bichri, a Benjamite. And he
blew a trumpet, and said:
“We have no share in David,
Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse;
Every man to his tents, O Israel!”
20:1 Literally man of Belial
KJV: 2Sa 23:6 But the sons of
Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they
cannot be taken with hands:
NKJV: 2Sa 23:6 But the sons
of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with hands.
KJV: 1Ki 21:10 And set two men,
sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying,
Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And [then] carry him out, and
stone him, that he may die.
NKJV: 1Ki 21:10 and seat two men,
scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying,
“You have blasphemed God and the king.” Then take him out,
and stone him, that he may die.
KJV: 1Ki 21:13 And there came in two
men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men
of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the
presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the
king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him
with stones, that he died.
NKJV: 1Ki 21:13 And two men,
scoundrels, came in and sat before him; and the scoundrels
witnessed against him, against Naboth, in the presence of the
people, saying, “Naboth has blasphemed God and the king!” Then they
took him outside the city and stoned him with stones, so that he
KJV: 2Ch 13:7 And there are gathered
unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have
strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when
Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them.
NKJV: 2Ch 13:7
Then worthless rogues gathered
to him, and strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of
Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and inexperienced and could not
Below is the single instance in which
translators chose to include the word "Belial" in the text of their
transitional bible version.
KJV: 2Cr 6:15 And what concord hath
Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with
NKJV: 2Cr 6:15: And what accord has
Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an
You are bound to find modern commentaries
that contain clever arguments that supposedly substantiate the removal of the word,
well as other theological changes the NKJV translators made to the text but do not allow yourself to be swayed by men who will not
stand in the believer's judgment in your stead. (See 1 Cor 3:11-15) Let God be true but every man a
liar. (Romans 3:4)
(1) It is an
ominous "coincidence" that
the authors of the Left Behind Series
called Christians the same name the NKJV translators used as a synonym
for the "children of Belial": rebels.
While it is true the NWO regime regards true
Christians as rebels, it was grievously inappropriate for Jerry B.
Jenkins, who was supposedly writing from a Christian perspective, to refer to
saints of God as rebels
in the series and to have Christian characters
refer to each
other as rebels! Since God's people are not rebels, (The NKJV
translators refer to "children of Belial" as rebels) it
is all the more imperative to cling to the engrafted word which is able to
save our souls: the King James Bible.
The NKJV and the One World