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John Darby Version Replaced "World" with "Age" (Dispensation)

According to the Scofield 1917 Reference Bible, "A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect to some specific revelation of the Will of God" [emphasis mine]

J. N. Darby (and Cyrus Scofield, via his marginal notes and footnotes) altered key New Testament prophetic passages by replacing the word, "world" with "age." In most of these instances, the substitution of the word, "age" for "world"  communicates the idea of the end of a dispensation (age) rather than the end of the world.

King James Bible

 

John Darby Version

Cyrus Scofield's Footnotes

Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Matthew 12:32

 And whosoever shall have spoken a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age nor in the coming one.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: "i.e. age"]

The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Matthew 13:39

and the enemy who has sowed it is the devil; and the harvest is the completion of the age, and the harvestmen are angels.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: "i.e. consummation of the age"] Consummation means completion. "Consummation of the age" is a theosophical term.

As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Matthew 13:40

As then the darnel is gathered and is burned in the fire, thus it shall be in the completion of the age.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. consummation of the age] Consummation means completion. "Consummation of the age" is a theosophical term.

So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

Matthew 13:49

Thus shall it be in the completion of the age: the angels shall go forth and sever the wicked from the midst of the just,

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. consummation of the age] Consummation means completion. "Consummation of the age" is a theosophical term.

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Matthew 24:3

And as he was sitting upon the mount of Olives the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming and [the] completion of the age?

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. consummation of the age] Consummation means completion. "Consummation of the age" is a theosophical term.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:20

teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have enjoined you. And behold, *I* am with you all the days, until the completion of the age.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. consummation of the age] Consummation means completion. "Consummation of the age" is a theosophical term.

But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Mark 10:30

that shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time: houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the coming age life eternal.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

Luke 18:30

who shall not receive manifold more at this time, and in the coming age life eternal.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Cor. 2:8

which none of the princes of this age knew, (for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;)

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1 Cor. 10:11

Now all these things happened to them as types, and have been written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal notes: as types; ages]

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Eph. 1:21

above every principality, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name named, not only in this age, but also in that to come;

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

1 Tim. 6:17

Enjoin on those rich in the present age not to be high-minded, nor to trust on the uncertainty of riches; but in the God who affords us all things richly for [our] enjoyment;

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

2 Tim. 4:10

for Demas has forsaken me, having loved the present age, and is gone to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

Heb. 6:5

and have tasted the good word of God, and [the] works of power of [the] age to come,

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: i.e. age]

return to: John Darby Version: Doctrinal Changes to the Bible

 

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