Does the CNTR text of Matthew accurately represent the original writing?
In our opinion, yes, it does.
We have converted the CNTR text from cursive script to uppercase (which closely approximates the original form) and we have restored letters indicated by the iota subscript and apocopic forms (which letters were in the original writing). We have then applied Greek letter values and examined the results.
Word count and word positions are significant and, in our opinion, the results verify the CNTR text.
If the CNTR text in its current version varied by even one word then the results, from that point, would be very different across the board.
The CNTR text does omit four verses that are found in some English Bibles, and we agree that these particular verses should not be considered part of the canon of Scripture.
For examples of word positions that verify the CNTR text see below.
There are many words and passages in the Greek text of Matthew that feature numeric values that are prominent in the Old Testament.
There are 18,311 Greek words in the CNTR text of Matthew. 18,311 is the 2099th prime number. 2099 is the 317th prime number, and 317 is the 66th prime number.
There are 66 books in the Bible – the complete revelation of Jesus.
The second word in the New Testament in Matthew 1 is ΓΕΝΕΣΕΩΣ (meaning: generation). The numeric value of ΓΕΝΕΣΕΩΣ is 1268, which is 2 x 2 x 317, and 317 is the 66th prime number.
Genesis 1:31 says: “God saw all He had made and behold it was very good.” In Hebrew, “and behold” is והנה and it has a numeric value of 66. This highlights the marker word “behold”. We believe the word “behold” is in place in the Bible to get our attention, not just as a literary device but to alert us to the mathematical design feature.
In the Greek of the New Testament the main word for “behold” is ΙΔΟΥ. It has a numeric value of 484 which is 22 x 22, the same as the numeric value of ΘΕΟΥ (God) and ΑΓΙΟΥ (holy).
We use the word ΙΔΟΥ as a marker to assess word positions through the New Testament (see below).
Examples of numeric features
- Matthew 7:4 is the 176th verse in the New Testament. 176 can be expressed as 88 x 2 or 22 x 8.
Matthew 7:4 is the 86th verse in the Sermon on the Mount passage.
Matthew 7:4 is the verse where Jesus says not to seek to take the splinter from the eye of a brother, and then says:
“... behold, the beam in your own eye.”
There are seven words in the Greek text.
ΙΔΟΥ Η ΔΟΚΟΣ ΕΝ ΤΩΙ ΟΦΘΑΛΜΩΙ ΣΟΥ
There is a middle word of two letters, and three words on each side of the mid-word. There are 26 letters in the phrase, and the numeric value is 4151 which is 7 x 593, and 593 is the 108th prime number, which is 18 x 6.
The opening word ΙΔΟΥ (behold) is the 3182nd word in the New Testament text. 3182 is 37 x 86.
The word ΔΟΚΟΣ means “beam”, as in the “beam in your own eye”. ΔΟΚΟΣ has a numeric value of 364, which is 26 x 7 x 2.
The phrase ΕΝ ΤΩΙ ΟΦΘΑΛΜΩΙ ΣΟΥ (in your own eye) has a numeric value of 3295, which is 5 x 659 and 659 is the 120th prime number, and 120 is 40 x 3.
The phrase ΤΩΙ ΟΦΘΑΛΜΩΙ ΣΟΥ (your own eye) has a numeric value of 3240, which is 18 x 18 x 10 or can be expressed as 40 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3.
In the following verse (Matthew 7:5) Jesus goes on to say that we should first cast the beam out of our eye, and then we shall be able to “see clearly”. The Greek word is ΔΙΑΒΛΕΨΕΙΣ. The word is the 3200th word in the New Testament text, and 3200 is 40 x 40 x 2.
- In Matthew 6:6 Jesus says to give in secret “and your Father seeing in secret will reward you.” The phrase is the last eleven words of the verse in Greek. The numeric value is 6622 which is 86 x 77. The Greek word “Father” is the 2626th word in the New Testament text. 2626 is 26 x 101 and 101 is the 26th prime number.
- In Matthew 7:14 Jesus says that “small is the gate and narrow is the way leading into life.” There are 13 words with a total of 50 letters in the phrase in Greek. The numeric value of the phrase is 4551 which is 37 x 3 x 41.
The Greek word ΠΥΛΗ (gate) is value 518, which is 37 x 7 x 2, and it is in word position 3360, which is 40 x 3 x 7 x 2 x 2.
The word ΟΔΟΣ (way) is value 344, which is 86 x 2 x 2, and it is in word position 3364, which is 4 x 29 x 29, and 29 is the 10th prime number.
The word ΖΩΗΝ (life) is value 865, which is 5 x 173, and 173 is the 40th prime number.
- In Matthew 9:17 Jesus says to pour new wine into new wineskins so that both may be preserved. The verse has 32 words in Greek, which is 8 x 2 x 2, and 162 letters, which is 18 x 3 x 3, and the numeric value is 13,967, which is the 1650th prime number and 1650 is 66 x 5 x 5.
- In Matthew 10:38 Jesus says that those who don’t take up their cross and follow Him are not worthy of Him. The verse has 15 words, which is 5 x 3, and 66 letters. The numeric value is 7844, which is 37 x 53 x 2 x 2.
- Matthew 14:14 tells how Jesus had compassion on the people and healed the sick. There are 14 Greek words in the verse, and 81 letters, which is 3 x 3 x 3 x 3. The numeric value of the verse is 10,400, which is 26 x 8 x 50.
The word ΕΣΠΛΑΓΧΝΙΣΘΗ (compassion) is value 1196, which is 26 x 23 x 2.
The word ΕΘΕΡΑΠΕΥΣΕΝ (He healed) is value 860, which is 86 x 10.
- In Matthew 16:21 Jesus tells the disciples that He is going to Jerusalem “to be killed”. The word is ΑΠΟΚΤΑΝΘΗΝΑΙ which has a numeric value of 600, which is 50 x 12, and the word is in position 9570, which is 66 x 5 x 29, and 29 is the 10th prime number.
- Matthew 17:2 says that Jesus was “transfigured before them”. The phrase is ΜΕΤΕΜΟΡΦΩΘΗ ΕΜΠΡΟΣΘΕΝ ΑΥΤΩΝ.
ΜΕΤΕΜΟΡΦΩΘΗ has a value of 1877, which is the 288th prime number, and 288 is 18 x 8 x 2.
The complete phrase has a numeric value of 3987, which is 3 x 3 x 443 and 443 is the 86th prime number.
The verse goes on to say that “His clothes became as white as the light”. The first two words of the phrase ΙΜΑΤΙΑ ΑΥΤΟΥ (His clothes) has a numeric value of 1533, which is 3 x 7 x 73. The complete phrase has a numeric value of 5297, which is the 702nd prime number and 702 can be expressed as 26 x 27 or 18 x 39. It is worth noting that the number 26 is multiplied by 27, the number of books in the New Testament, and 18 is multiplied by 39, the number of books in the Old Testament.
- In Matthew 18:13 Jesus is telling the parable of the man who goes in search of his lost sheep and the man “rejoices” over finding it. The word is ΧΑΙΡΕΙ. The numeric value of the word is 726, which is 66 x 11. The word position is 10492, which is 86 x 2 x 61, and 61 is the 18th prime number.
- In Matthew 18:20 Jesus says that where two or three are gathered in His name there He is in the midst of them. The phrase “My name” is ΕΜΟΝ ΟΝΟΜΑ. It has a numeric value of 396, which is 18 x 22.
The word ΟΝΟΜΑ (name) has a value of 231, which is 3 x 77, and the word position is 10,648 which is 22 x 22 x 22.
- In Matthew 19:24 is the phrase “the Kingdom of God”. The word ΘΕΟΥ (God) is the 11,319th word in the Greek of the New Testament, and 11,319 is 3 x 3773.
Genesis 1:1 has a numeric value that is 37 x 73.
- In Matthew 19:27 Peter says to Jesus “behold, we left all things” and followed You. The phrase is ΙΔΟΥ ΗΜΕΙΣ ΑΦΗΚΑΜΕΝ ΠΑΝΤΑ. It has a numeric value of 1372, which is 7 x 7 x 7 x 2 x 2.
The word ΙΔΟΥ (behold) is the 11,353rd word in the New Testament and 11,353 is the 1372nd prime number – exactly the same as the numeric value of the phrase.
- In Matthew 21:18 we read about Jesus returning to Jerusalem after passing the night in Bethany. The phrase ΠΡΩΙ ΔΕ ΕΠΑΝΑΓΩΝ means “in the morning having come back”.
The first word ΠΡΩΙ (in the morning) has a numeric value of 990, which is 66 x 5 x 3. The third word ΕΠΑΝΑΓΩΝ (having come back) has the same numeric value – 990. That is very unusual.
The numerics seem to be drawing attention to the idea of Jesus’ return being linked to the start of a new day – surely a spiritual insight for the future.
The word position of ΕΠΑΝΑΓΩΝ (having come back) is 12,288 which is 8 x 8 x 8 x 8 x 3.
These few examples, out of the hundreds on view in the CNTR text of Matthew, are presented to illustrate the fact that numeric features are built in to the original Greek writing. They involve numbers that are also highlighted in the Hebrew Old Testament text and they occur in significant words, phrases and passages. They were written under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21)
2 Peter 1:20-21
... knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.×
Jesus said that “heaven and earth will pass away but My Word will never pass away.” (Mark 13:31). That’s how important the Word is.
Jesus also said that “not one iota and not one stroke of a letter will pass away ...” (Matthew 5:18). That tells us that every letter of every word in the original text has a precise place.
Word position markers
If a word or words are added to, or if words are omitted from, a text that should be precise then, from that point, word count will change and so will letter count and numeric value totals.
One way we can check the text is to identify key words and examine whether they are in key positions. That would tell us that up to that point the text has a good chance of being correct. That’s where “markers” come in.
That’s what we have with the word that we translate as “behold”.
Here is a list of the word position of every occurrence of ΙΔΟΥ (behold) in the Greek text of the gospel of Matthew.
The last occurrence in Matthew is in chapter 28 verse 20. It is the last phrase in Matthew. Jesus says, “... and behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
ΙΔΟΥ is in word position 18,300 and that is 50 x 6 x 61, and 61 is the 18th prime number.
The second to last occurrence is the 61st reference to ΙΔΟΥ in Matthew. It is in word position 18,162 and that is 18 x 1009 (and 1009 is the 169th prime number, and 169 is 13 x 13).
The reference before that is in position 18,122 and 18,122 is 26 x 17 x 41, and 41 is the 13th prime number.
The value of the Hebrew word יהוה is 26. יהוה appears thousands of times in the Old Testament. יהוה represents the name of the LORD. It is a hint of the name of Jesus, the LORD. יהוה is significant. The number 26 is significant.
The precise placement of these words persuades us that CNTR has the correct Greek text of Matthew.
We also include a list of every occurrence of the word “Jesus” in its main form ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (value 888, which is 37 x 3 x 8). There are 111 references in Matthew, and that is 37 x 3.
ΙΗΣΟΥΣ could also be used as a “marker”.
And finally we’d note the following:
- Jesus speaks of His Father in heaven in Matthew 26:53. In Matthew it is the last reference to the Father in this word form ΠΑΤΕΡΑ. It is in position 16,598 and that is 86 x 193.
- In the account of the crucifixion in Matthew 27 the centurion declares “truly this was the Son of God”. It is the last reference in Matthew to the Son in this word form ΥΙΟΣ. It is in word position 17,784 and that is 26 x 18 x 2 x 19.
- On the cross, Jesus cries out “My God, My God ...” (Matthew 27:46). It is the only time the word for “God” is in the form ΘΕΕ in Matthew. It is in word position 17,657 and 17,657 is the 2028th prime number, and 2028 is 26 x 26 x 3.
It is not possible that all these “markers” are in the positions they are in other than by design. They verify that everything that has gone before is in the correct place and that the correct number of words is in place.
That being so it is safe to assume that the CNTR text of Matthew is correct.