I found it Interesting that our Modern version only has 12 chapters to Ecclesiastes
but the Original 1611 KJV & the Catholic Bibles BOTH have this chapter & verse….
“The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth:
and he that is wise shall not reject them.” Ecclesiasticus 38:4
Ecclesiasticus is one of the Apocrypha Books..
What is the Apocrypha?
The Apocrypha is a selection of books which were published in the original 1611 King James Bible.
These apocryphal books were positioned between the Old and New Testament (it also contained maps and genealogies).
The Apocrypha was a part of the KJV for 274 years until being removed in 1885 A.D.
A portion of these books were called deuterocanonical books by some entities, such as the Catholic church.
Many claim the Apocrypha should never have been included in the first place, raising doubt about its validity and believing it was not God-inspired
(for instance, a reference about magic seems inconsistent with the rest of the Bible: Tobit chapter 6, verses 5-8).
Others believe it is valid and that it should never have been removed-
that it was considered part of the Bible for nearly 2,000 years before it was recently removed a little more than 100 years ago.
Some say it was removed because of not finding the books in the original Hebrew manuscripts.
Others claim it wasn’t removed by the church, but by printers to cut costs in distributing Bibles in the United States.
Both sides tend to cite the same verses that warn against adding or subtracting from the Bible: Revelation 22:18.
The word ‘Apocrypha’ literally means ‘hidden.’
**Note that it says ‘Apocrypha’ literally means ‘hidden.’ .. as does the word ‘occult’…
AND that there is “”a reference about magic seems inconsistent with the rest of the Bible: Tobit chapter 6, verses 5-8).**
Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls dating back to before 70 A.D. contained parts of the Apocrypha books in Hebrew, including Sirach and Tobit.
Keep this in mind when reading the following apocryphal books:
Martin Luther said, “Apocrypha–that is, books which are not regarded as equal to the holy Scriptures, and yet are profitable and good to read.” (King James Version Defended page 98.)
Here are the other books of the Apocrypha
Additional information supplied below by Cody Haskew:
The Apocrypha was in the original KJV 1611 translations.
The Apocrypha is scripture and tells the history and captivity of the Greeks over the children of Israel.
Wicked men have taken these books out of the Word of the Most High.
Which already fits the prophecies in the Bible of people taking from the Word.
Genesis to Malachi is not the end of the Old Covenant.
It went from the people in captivity and skipped over the Greek captivity strait to the Roman captivity.
They left out these books for a reason. PLUS Jesus quoted from one of the books of the Apocrypha!
- Darrell Goodwin Matt. 6:19-20 – Jesus’ statement about laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven follows Sirach 29:11 – lay up your treasure.
- Matt.. 7:12 – Jesus’ golden rule “do unto others” is the converse of Tobit 4:15 – what you hate, do not do to others.
- Matt. 7:16,20 – Jesus’ statement “you will know them by their fruits” follows Sirach 27:6 – the fruit discloses the cultivation.
- Matt. 9:36 – the people were “like sheep without a shepherd” is same as Judith 11:19 – sheep without a shepherd.
- Matt. 11:25 – Jesus’ description “Lord of heaven and earth” is the same as Tobit 7:18 – Lord of heaven and earth.
- Matt. 12:42 – Jesus refers to the wisdom of Solomon which was recorded and made part of the deuterocanonical books.
- Matt. 16:18 – Jesus’ reference to the “power of death” and “gates of Hades” references Wisdom 16:13.
- Matt. 22:25; Mark 12:20; Luke 20:29 – Gospel writers refer to the canonicity of Tobit 3:8 and 7:11 regarding the seven brothers.
- Matt. 24:15 – the “desolating sacrilege” Jesus refers to is also taken from 1 Macc. 1:54 and 2 Macc. 8:17.
- Matt. 24:16 – let those “flee to the mountains” is taken from 1 Macc. 2:28.
- Matt. 27:43 – if He is God’s Son, let God deliver him from His adversaries follows Wisdom 2:18.
- Mark 4:5,16-17 – Jesus’ description of seeds falling on rocky ground and having no root follows Sirach 40:15.
- Mark 9:48 – description of hell where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched references Judith 16:17.