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  1. This is an excellent review of Peter. I am truly blessed by the entire group and their insights. My only question or concern is about the various versions of the Bible being used. KJV is the only authorized version and as Believers let us be vigilant and wise. The enemy has inspired the interpretation of these versions which waters down or takes away from the spirit of the text. Please research this as we have come to learn about the fact that non believers own the copy rights to these various versions.

    The bible says, Luke 22:32 "when you are converted" not "when you return to me" as seen in the NIV . Conversion is a complete transformation...this is what satan does not want - a heart that is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Keep up the good work as God is using Hope Sabbath School to win souls for His kingdom

    But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren KJV

    But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. NIV

    • Josh,
      It may be worth considering that The Greek word "epistrepsas" or "epistrephó" occurs 36 times in the New Testament Greek (which predates the KJV) and is mostly translated as "turn" or "return" becasue that is the literal meaning. It is translated as "convert" or "converted" seven times in the KJV.

      Here are the references for epistrepsas:

      Luke 22: 32 converted
      Acts 9:40 turning
      Acts 16:8 turned
      James 5: 20 converteth
      2 Peter 2:22 turned..again
      Rev 1:12 and being turned

      And if you would like to study it further here is the complete Strong's reference:

      There are two points to consider:

      1) The ideas of "conversion" and "turning" are associative in the Christian context. We often talk of conversion as turning our lives around to face Jesus so the meaning is not lost by using either translation.

      2) The KJV is not a literal translation. While many of us love and appreciate the KJV, there is no claim that it is a literal translation. Translators face the task of translating words not just literally but meaningfully in the context of the original writing and current useage. That process occurred in the translation of the KJV as you can see.

      On a personal note. I find that the differences in translation, rather than being evidence of evil interference, add to our understanding and appreciation of the Word of God. I resonate with the idea of "conversion" meaning "turning around".


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