How long is “forever” in our King James version of the Bible? How long is its synonyms “always, eternal, everlasting, continual, perpetual, ever and ever, forever more”? When believers answer, “endless!” They are wrong in many instances. In our familiar version of the Scriptures, these apparently permanent words refer to differing time periods. This is because these English words were translated in most cases from the Hebrew word “olam” which is akin to our word “age.” And age has differing time periods, just as “olam” did. Many believers don’t realize this, so they are faced with direct contradictions as they read their bibles.

How long is “forever” (or its synonyms) then? Surprisingly, this is much like the old question, “How long is a piece of string?” No one could know the answer generally, for each piece of string has to be measured. Just so, each “forever” (or its synonyms) has to be measured before knowing the answer. Some of these texts seem to refer to that which is endless, but there are at least 100 texts, which could not be possibly endless! The translators knew “olam” could not always mean “endless”, so they translated 37 texts in the Old Testament alone to other wording, to indicate temporary time periods! We have to research outside our King James Version to determine which texts these are, so we could term these “hidden texts” to the average reader. The translators had an obvious dilemma, for some of the forever” texts which are temporary periods, the translators did not change.


1. Jonah said of his three days and nights in the Whale “The earth with her bars was about me forever.” Jonah 2: 6. This is the shortest “forever” text in the bible.


2.The slave was to serve his master “forever.” Ex. 21: 6.3. The bondman was to serve “forever.” Lev. 25:46.


Many of the “forever” texts in the K.J. version are “forever,” “until.”

4. The lamp in the tabernacle was to “burn always.” Ex. 27:20. To “burn continually. Lev. 24:2, It shall be a statute forever.” Lev. 24:3.

5. “The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” Lev. 6:13.

6. The heave offering was a “statute forever.” Lev. 10:15, Ex. 29: 27, 28.

7. “So shall they was their hands and their feet”, “a statute forever.” Ex. 30:20, 21.

8. The “piece offerings”, were “a statute forever.” Lev. 7:34, 35.

9. They were to bake and burn incense “continually.” Lev. 24: 8.

The O. T. scriptures gave no hint that these ordinances were only until another time, but the New Testament tells us they were only “until the reformation.” Heb. 9:8-10


10. Aaron and his seed were to serve in the Tabernacle “forever.” Ex. 27:21, 28:43, 29:28, Num. 18:23, Deut. 18:5, 1 Chron. 15:2, 23:13.

11. The priests were to wear “linen breeches” a “statute forever.” Ex. 28:43.

12. They were to sacrifice “forever.” Lev. 6:22, 7:34, 10:15. To offer, “an ordinance forever.” Num. 18:8, 11, 19, To offer “burnt sacrifices continually.” 1 Chron. 23:31.

13. They were to dress in “girdles” and “bonnets” “for a perpetual statute.’ Ex. 29:9.

14. In the Tabernacle were not to “drink wine nor strong drink-a statute forever.” Lev. 10:8, 9. Since the O. T. teaches that only Aaron and his seed were to be priests “forever” we would naturally expect that the New Testament High Priest would be a descendant of Aaron; but no, He “sprang out of Judah,” of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.” Heb. 7:14-24. Aaron’s “forever” then was “until” Jesus death, resurrection and ascension.


15. The Passover “shall be unto you for a memorial ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.” Ex. 12: 14, 17, 24.

16. The feast of unleavened Bread, to be observed “forever.” Ex. 12:17.

17. The Day of Weeks (Pentecost), “do no servile work, “forever.” Lev. 23:21.

18. The Day of Atonement was to be a day of fasting, “once a year,” an “everlasting statute.” Lev. 16:34.

19. The Feast of Tabernacles, “to dwell in booths,” “forever.” Lev. 23:41.

20: The New Moons and solemn feasts “an ordinance “forever to Israel.” 11 Chron. 2:4. What is going to be the believers answer who maintains that the feast days are done away with, if “forever means through all “eternity?”


These foregoing are some of the direct contradictions in our King James Bible. These contradictions have caused untold confusion. We believers know that scriptures were inspired of God, but the translators were not. They tried to make the Hebrew word “olam” mean throughout eternity, so wrong doctrines arose. They usually translated “olam” into the “forever” concept, but other texts had to be changed, or the translation would have sounded ridiculous. Let’s examine just three of their changed texts putting them in their “forever” and see how they sound. (I will quote their change in brackets after each sentence.):

21. “Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood “forever.” (in old time) Joshua 24:2.

22. “Behold, these are the unrighteous, who prosper “forever.” (in the world) Ps. 73:12.

23. “For since “forever men have not heard…” (beginning of the world) Isaiah 64:4.

Believers know how wrong it is to add or take away from the Word, but here the translators changed one Hebrew word “olam” into as many as four English words! Did the translators have any right to add to or take away from the Word than we as believers do? We don’t, and they certainly did not! When they did, they violated a sacred trust, complicating bible study, making the bible contradict itself, and resulting in contradictory doctrines being considered scriptural opposing groups!

Strong’s exhaustive concordance lists “olam” as # 5769 in the Hebrew Lexicon. We counted 19 different ways that “olam” was translated into English! The non-permanent temporary ways “olam” was translated were: “ancient” five times. “Old” 25 times. “Long” 3 times. “In old time” 1 time.”World” 2 times. “In the world” 1 time.

Then they translated it 12 other ways, into permanent sounding words: “Everlasting” 57 times. “For ever more” 13 times. “Lasting 1 time. “Perpetual” 22 times.”World without end” 1 time. “Alway” 1 time. “Always” 3 times.”Continuance” 1 time.”Eternal” 1 time.”For ever” 232 times.”Ever 8 times. And “Never” or “never any more” altogether 12 times.

Is this consistent translation? No. Here, we are referring just to the Old Testament, but when we get to the New, we realize the translators bogged down! The Greek word “eon” or “aionios” is roughly the same as our English word “age.” We get our word “eon” from this Greek word, and it means “age.”

Again the translators thought “eon” meant “forever” and they translated it that way 51 times, but there were 40 other texts where “forever” could not possibly have fit in, so they translated it “world” 40 times! We list a few of these texts, so that you can see for yourself how ridiculous “forever” would have sounded Rom. 16:25, 11 Tim. 1:9, Titus 1:2, Rom. 12:2, Mark 4:19.


If “forever” is endless (as most bible readers think) could it be “until”? Isaiah 32:10-15 presents to us the paradox in the King James version:

24. God told Israel, “Many days and years shall ye be troubled, – for the vintage shall fail-upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briars; yea, upon all the houses of joy-the forts and towers shall be dens forever – until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field.” Isaiah 32:10-15.


25. Babylon is to be “desolate “forever.” Jer. 51:26, 62, “It shall never be inhabited “forever.” Isaiah 13:19, “Be no more inhabited “forever.” Jer. 50:39. The Lord will make “perpetual desolation’s.” Jer. 25:12.

26. Mount Seir will become “perpetual desolation’s, and the cities shall not return.” Ezek. 35:9.

27. Hazor will be “a desolation forever: and there shall no man abide there, nor any son of man dwell in it.” Jer. 49: 33.

28. Idumea will be desolate with streams turned into pitch “It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: – shall lie in waste; none shall pass through it forever and ever.” Isaiah 34:9, 10

29. Edom “shall be cut of forever.” Obadiah 10

30. Moab will become “a perpetual desolation.” Zeph. 2:9.


31. “I – will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: and I will bring and everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame.” Jer. 34:39, 40. What a cause for rejoicing is ours when we realize that His forgetting, His forsaking, and His “everlasting” reproach are only “until” “spirit be poured upon us from on high!” Isaiah 32:10-15. Of course, the earth will not have desolate places for ever.


Is the present earth to stand forever? Or is it to be destroyed? Bible students have and still line up against each other, quoting forever texts.

32. “- the earth abideth forever.” Ecc. 1:4

33. The foundations of the earth were laid so “that it should not be removed forever.” Ps. 104:5.

Is there a contradiction? “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed out of her place.” Isaiah 13:13. There will be a “New heavens and a new earth. Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, Rev. 21:2


34. The Lord said to Abraham – “Look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which you see, to you I will give it, and to your seed forever.”

Gen. 13:14, 15. Abraham’s seed possessed it until they became disobedient. Note the “forever” promised to those for their disobedience:

35. If they were not obedient, they would “Be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.” Deut. 28:25 So they were scattered. This is a “sign and a wonder, and upon thy seed forever.” Deut. 28:46


David was faithful, but his seed after him was not:

36. David “shall build me an house, and I will establish his throne forever.” 1 Chron. 17:12

37. “David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of Israel.” Jer. 33:17


Here are some texts which teach an unloving concept of God, that He is unforgiving and will always be angry. Contrast them with the texts, which show that He is forgiving and will not always be angry:

38. “For you have kindled a fire in my anger, which shall burn forever.” Jer. 14:4

39. The Lord is angry against Edom, and His “indignation forever.” Mal. 1:4. Is that a contradiction??

40. “He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger forever.” Ps. 103:9

41. For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.” Isaiah 57:16

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