Does Matthew 18-11 belong in the Bible or not?
Matthew 18-11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
This verse is missing from many modern Bible versions such as the NIV, ESV and the ERV. The verse is also missing from the NWT. The NASB puts the verse in brackets, bringing into doubt it’s authenticity.
The verse is found in the parable of the lost sheep
Matthew 18- 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
This parable is also found in the Gospel of Luke. It must be noted that the words are not found in Luke’s gospel.
Luke 15- 1Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
The sentiments of this verse however can also be found in Luke 9-56. Although these sentiments are also not found in many modern versions in this verse either.
Luke 9-56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. KJV
Luke 9-56 Then he and his disciples went to another village. NIV
Luke 9-56 And they went on to another village. ESV
So does the verse belong in Matthew or not?
The verse was not included in the Text of Westcott and Hort, the text that is the basis of the modern Nestle-Aland text on which most modern versions are based on, as the verse is not found in Sinaiticus, or Vaticanus. The “oldest” and “Best” manuscripts.
But it must be noted that the verse is found in the majority of all manuscripts containing this portion of text.
D, E, F, G, H, I, K, M, N, S, U, V, W, X,Y, Sigma, Phi and Omega.
It is the reading in the Old Latin copies a, aur, b, d, f, ff2, g1, l, n, q, r1 and r2.
It is also found in the Latin Vulgate, the Syriac Peshitta, Curetonian, Herclean, Coptic Bohairic, Armenian, Georgian and Ethiopian ancient versions.
The verse can also be found in the Greek Diatessaron dated 160-175 A.D. Around 200 years BEFORE the date of Vaticanus and Sinaiticus.
The modern versions of the Bible are omitting verses that are not found in the corrupt Alexandrian line of manuscripts but that belong in the Bible and that were included in the Bible long before they were omitted by the corrupt Alexandian line.