- God preserves the Scriptures from error.
We know that the Scriptures were perfect in the first manuscript. That inspiration was a supernatural event. But now, 25,000 manuscripts later, how do they hold up? Surely there are errors now, after all this time.
Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”
We don’t have those original manuscripts; we have copies. But the English Bible that you have on your table, your laptop, or phone is so reliable, so worthy of trust that you can be assured that you are reading God’s Word.
Any changes that might have been made in copying the originals were small—more issues of interpretation than anything. Scribes who copied the Scriptures by hand were meticulous; dare I say, obsessive in their commitment to the task.
For example, they often did tests for accuracy. Hebrew is read from right to left. There are no spaces between words, so it’s just row upon row of letters.
So the scribes would count the number of characters to find the middle character in the original that they’re copying from as well as in their copy. They would count from the front and the back. If, for example, the middle letter from the front is 14,812 and the same letter from the back is 14,812, they would know that at least they didn’t skip a letter. That kind of meticulousness boggles the mind.
The scribes treated God’s Word with the utmost respect. No doubt, they well knew the strong words in Revelation against changing Scripture. “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18).