Where does God say the book of Esther is perfect Scripture?

Not to spoil the ending too badly for you, but: nowhere.

Let me back up a bit.

There are a class of questions one hears when discussing the Bible version issue that I call “stumpers.” I use the word derisively, because of course, none of these questions are really stumpers at all. These are questions usually asked as if they end the debate and are rarely posed by someone interested in an honest answer or examination of the question.

Here is a good one:

Where in the Bible does God say the KJV is perfect?

To the uninitiated, maybe this seems like a logical question that any King James Bible proponent must be expected to answer and defend, right? If somebody is telling you the King James Bible is pure, you can just ask this simple question, to which he has no answer, so you can just mosey right along and give the issue of Bible versions nary another thought.

I was informed a moment ago, by someone refusing to answer the very real problems that deleting verses from the Bible represent, that this is “the most important question.”

For a moment, let’s focus on two things we can all agree came long before the King James Bible was translated, or before even Tyndale set out to make ploughboys know more of the Scriptures than the Pope. Before we got there:

  • 66 books were written and eventually were adopted as the standard Christian scriptural canon.
  • Perfect divine authorship of these books was assumed — we have the general ideas of infallibility and inerrancy because of this.
    • Yet, few if any of these books have clear claims of perfection, and some of these books even include claims of personal opinion, like 2Co 8:8 could imply.

So, in the spirit of the question “Where does God say the KJV is perfect:”

  • Can somebody show me which verse in the Bible says the book of Jude is Scripture? Or the other 65 books?
  • Can somebody show me where these books are each called out as “perfect?”
  • Try to do so without begging the question. Citing a verse that says God’s word is pure (Ps 119:140; Pr 30:5) only returns us to the first question.

Don’t misunderstand me. I believe the 66 book canon is correct. I believe all of the text from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 are God’s pure, perfect word. I even take the “extreme” position that God’s hand was in the division of that text into its 31,102 verses of 1,189 chapters, but I digress.

Here is what I am getting at: Can the same guy who demands a Bible verse to state that the King James Bible is perfect show a Bible verse that says the 66 book canon is correct?

No, of course, he cannot. There are no such verses. Period. They do not exist.

But here’s where it gets fun: the same guy will not ask (or answer) these questions:

What verse of the Bible says only the originals are inspired, infallible, and inerrant?

Where does God say that he permits competing, conflicting “versions” in English that are all to be considered equally “the Bible” and chosen based on personal preference?

Where does God say that his word can only be perfect in Greek or Hebrew? Or that it is only to be preserved in those two languages?

Nowhere, of course.

You see, the minister of questions who asks “where does God say the KJV is perfect?” is not consistent in his own thoughts. He is double minded, and we know what that means (well, Bible readers do. James 1:8). He doesn’t care to find a Biblical basis for his ideas that “only the originals are inspired.” He isn’t interested too much in finding a “God-breathed” list of the contents of the Bible so he can know for sure that 2nd Sam 1:18 is supposed to be in the Bible but the book of Jasher that it mentions is not. He doesn’t much care that there are no verses that say God doesn’t involve himself in translations of his word, even though he strongly believes that any translation of the Bible is merely the work of sinful man.

There are, in fact, many verses and precepts in the Bible that address all these issues, and all quite to the contrary of the opinions of the modern versionist. This website is full of such discussions and answers, of course.

Now here is the crux of the matter:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Start with faith, because without it, your questions are pointless.

And then go here:

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Once you come to the point of faith where you recognize that the book you hold really is God’s word, and therefor must be pure, you don’t need much help “making the leap” calling your Bible perfect. And if you can’t muster the faith to call your Bible PERFECT, maybe you have the wrong one. Nobody calls the ESV or NIV perfect, and for good reason!

Now I already know what many of the “no perfect Bible” proponents will say: “King James Onlysim is man-made doctrine,” or “you aren’t answering the question,” etc., etc. All of the things I point out in this post go right over the heads of people who adamantly refuse to begin from a position of faith on the topic.

You aren’t going to find “a verse” that says “the King James Bible is the Bible in English” because it’s right next to the verse that says which 66 books are supposed to be in the Bible.

And Esther. Where does God say the book of Esther is perfect, let alone part of the Bible? It doesn’t even directly mention God anywhere.

Once you can honestly answer that question, maybe you will be able to handle the really hard ones.

23 thoughts on “Where does God say the book of Esther is perfect Scripture?”

    1. There still are those who follow the KJV, but the “church” is the people not a building. The ministers go out exactly like Jesus sent them out; without home or natural possessions. If you are interested I can direct you to someone no matter where you are. We are a “family” and therefore know people in every part of the USA as well as other countries.

      1. I have long since ‘come out of her’ … I am interested in the ‘family’ you speak of.. would appreciate any info you have.. thank you.

    2. What then? Well.. we were NEVER commanded or even SUGGESTED to ‘Go” to a church.. What we WERE and ARE commanded is to BE the church.. we are also COMMANDED to “COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”… Time to WAKE UP and BE the church.. SEVEN days a week.. God does not need OR want your false temple with the billboard out front and the collection plate inside.. Yes I know the verses about ‘assembling’ together.. and we SHOULD and are COMMANDED to do so.. just not in any false shrine that costs millions and sits empty 6 days per week…

  1. Thank you so much for this article. I spent this past summer trying to figure out where God’s perfect word is, and on 9/4/2017 I finally concluded that it is the King James Bible. The timing of this article’s release date is no coincidence; I first read it two days after I was convinced. This website helped me tremendously, so thank you. God bless!

  2. You might consider the book of Isaiah and its 66 chapters where chapter 40 corresponding to the book of Matt has the prophesy of John the Baptist and the beginning of the proclamation of the NT. This illustrates that the Bible has 66 books, 39 OT 27 New. So called “scholars” find that there is such a difference in style between the first 39 and the next 27 that they claim two different authors. You might also consider the length God chose to complete the OT compared to the the Length of time to the KJV. 1600 years falls within the margin of error. I have faith, but it is faith in the evidence God gave us and there is enough of that so my faith is not blind faith.

  3. Right on. I have since jion the so-called King James Onlysm after looking at all this argument and see what really make sense. After looking at this argument from all the angles i have made my choice to cling to one bible, the King James.

  4. MY pastor and his wife use all these other versions with the idea of “if its easy to ready then its easy to understand”. I humbly seat there with my King James without rebellion but in my heart i know My King James is my Bible forever.

  5. There are a very many verses that show the King James Bible is correct and pure. Of course, if your looking for the words “King James Bible” that is what you won’t find. The truth is you have to accept that the authority of God is in the last king to authorize a translation, that being King James the First. Many more issues can be found in scripture to prove this is the only True word of God, etc.

  6. Hey, could you maybe do an article about the chapter and verse divisions being put there by God? I think I almost agree, but I’m still not sure (Genesis 23:17-18 confuses me). Thanks! Great post though, I 100% wholeheartedly agree. =)

  7. I love the KJV and use it exclusively. But it would be nice for more KJV churches actually preached it LINE BY LINE VERSE BY VERSE BOOK BY BOOK instead of letting non-KJV churches and preachers like John MacArthur do it! Enough with these endless topical messages. Preach the whole counsel of God!

      1. That’s DeLand, Florida brother. I’m a member of THE BIBLE Baptist Church of DeLand. Our Bro. James is a staunch advocate of the Authorized Version. One of the courses he teaches at our DeLand School of the Bible is titled: History and Preservation of the Holy Bible (With Emphasis on KJV Issues). It is one of two courses required for graduation (the other being The Gospel of John).

  8. Yes, I agree with everyone else who uses the kjv bible. My Pastor uses it also so do I in my teaching and preaching it’s a blessing to hear about others who feels the same kjv bible all the way

  9. I read the NASB for 20 years, having been influenced by the “oldest besticus” arguments of the scholars union. For the past 5 years I’ve exclusively read the KJB and consider myself a KJB Bible Believer. While we don’t see God named in Esther, we do see evidence of His inspiration. As my 12 year old daughter pointed out, after reading Esther on her own, that the private thoughts of Haman’s heart are revealed in EST 6:6-

    “ So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?”

    1. EXCELLENT point brother! Ha! Your daughter is sharp as a tack. I have taught Esther verse by verse 3-4 times to my adult S.S. class. I have never caught that!
      I’m going to use that next time I go through Esther. It is an AWESOME book, and one of my favorites. Better plot, and irony, and twists in the story than Hollywood can come up with without ripping off ideas from the bible.
      Love it!

  10. The attack on the KJV are proof that it is the Truth.. the Psalm 12:6 perfectly promised and fulfilled ‘version’ of God’s word..

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