Monday, August 14, 2006

missing verse

I noticed when reading the Lectionary on Saturday that there is a verse missing from the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew 17 verse 21 doesn't exist. You've got verse 20 and verse 22 but no verse 21. So far I've looked it up in the NIV and the NRSV and it's not there in either. Go look it up for yourself! Maybe it could be the theme text for some church or other body - any suggestions as to who it should be the theme text for?!! Or, perhaps more constructively, does anyone know why there is no Matt 17:21?

6 comments:

LauraHD said...

Weird huh?? There is a reference to it here:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt%2017;&version=31;#fen-NIV-23721a

"21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

Mark Porter said...

Looks like it's because lots of manuscripts don't have it and it's not thought to be original

Chris said...

I think that's the verse where Jesus told the Americans to vote Democrat ;)

Mark Berry said...

It does sound a bit strange doesn't it... "Why couldn't we cast this demon out Lord?"... "Because you lack faith!... oh, and you also got the technique wrong."

Jim said...

Bible nurds!!! ;)

Sarcastic Lutheran said...

It was deleted for National Security reasons.