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Bands of Death

The Book of Mormon uses Correct Hebrew 'Bands of Death' where King James is Mis-Translated.

The King James Bible Book of Acts 2:24 states

Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

The Bible Scholar Charles Ellicott wrote the Greek word 'Pains' in this verse was MISTRANSLATED from the Hebrew to Greek to English and should be the word 'Bands' or 'Cords.'

According to Ellicott, The better translation into English would be 'having loosed the Bands of Death,' not 'pains of death. (Read Ellicott's summary of Acts 2:24 here at Bible Hub).


Unfortunately, many modern translations build off mistakes of earlier translations. Here are several that amplify and embelish the (incorrect) English word 'Pains.'

New International Version
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

New Living Translation
But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.

English Standard Version
God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

Berean Study Bible
But God raised Him from the dead, releasing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its clutches.

A Faithful Version
But God has raised Him up, having loosed the throes of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it;

While these translations seek simpler, clearer biblical text, augmenting incorrect words with new but stronger words simply obscures meaning. Acts 2:24 as a prime example. Pangs of death became grander Agony, Throes, and Horrors of death, yet all these 'better words' are also incorrect.

The correct phrase was 'Bands of Death'. Bands was an eternal force binding us, consigning our eternal seperation from God. This was a chain we could not break on our own.

This 'force' was the dictate of Justice, which demanded that sin be punished.

This is the force, i.e. the 'band of death' that was broken. The infinite God stepping out of Eternity into Time, becoming the Eternal payment for our sin.

Problem: not only was 'Bands of Death' incorrectly translated from Hebrew to Greek in Acts 2, the phrase 'Bands of Death' does not appear anywhere in the King James Bible.

Question: Where can the correct term "Bands of Death" be found?

Answer: It is used throughout the Book of Mormon.

Note: in some scripture 'pains of death' is an appropriate biblical term, but as more appropriate to physical anguish experienced during temporal (physical) death.

But 'bands of death' refers not to the physical, but the spiritual 'bands' (chains) of spiritual death, eternal death 'bound' to suffering.

The justice of God which will separate the sinner from God for eternity. Bands of Death refers to the 'Spirital' not the physical.

The Book of Mormon uses the term 'Bands of Death' many times. And this agress exactly with Ellicott's statement that 'pains of death' should be 'bands of death.'

If the Book of Mormon was a fabrication--i.e. not an authentic Translation of Hebrews--how would it be possible to make this up and be 100% correct?

The Book of Mormon not only uses 'bands of death, it applies it in the correct context of spiritual death in every instance.

The Book of Mormon contains several verses describing the spiritual death as 'bands of Death.' Pains of death ref

Here is one example (more examples below):

Mosiah 8:35 "And thus God breaketh the bands of death,
Having gained the victory over death,
giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men.

In context, Acts 2 describes the major triumph that eternal death was vanquished by the Sacrifice of Jesus--it could have no hold now. What was broken were the 'bands of death' now (not the pains of spiritual death), that through Jesus there was hope to return to the father, that Mercy could now meet the demands of Justice.

But the misinterpretted 'pains' of death reduces the powerful statement that the assurance of condemnation was now vanquished, to a weak (and inaccurate) statement that the pain of death was now removed.
Likely physical death might still hurt, but spiritual death can not hold us now..

(Search the King James Bible Here to see that 'bands of death' does not appear within its verses)

Many Book of Mormon Verses contain 'bands of death'

Many Book of Mormon Verses contain 'bands of death' describing the spiritual death (not temporal) broken by Jesus if we are repentant, or sealed by Satan if we are not.

Mosiah 8:35 "And thus God breaketh the bands of death, Having gained the victory over death, giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men,

Mosiah 8:37 standing betwixt them and justice, Having broken the bands of death, taken upon Himself their iniquity and their transgressions, Having redeemed them and satisfied the demands of justice.

Mosiah 8:54 "But behold, the bands of death shall be broken; And the Son reigneth and hath power over the dead; Therefore, He bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.

Mosiah 8:57 They are raised to dwell with God who hath redeemed them, Thus they have eternal life through Christ who hath broken the bands of death.

Mosiah 8:80 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.

Alma 2:21 Being filled with great joy because of the resurrection of the dead according to the will and power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the bands of death -

Alma 3:13 Yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell and an everlasting destruction did await them.

Alma 3:16 "And again I ask, were the bands of death broken? And the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed?

Alma 3:20 What is the cause of their being loosed from the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell?

Alma 5:21 And this that the word might be fulfilled which saith He will take upon Him the pains and the sicknesses of His people;
And He will take upon Him death,
that He may loose the bands of death which bind His people;

Alma 8:97 "Therefore, the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death.

Alma 13:47 And that He breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, And that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; And Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.

Notice, however, the Book of Mormon uses the term 'Pains of Death' correctly in context within the Book of Mormon as it describes the physical pain of temporal death (i.e. pain of the flesh while dying). While Acts incorrectly translated the spiritual bands of death as the temporal pains of death, the Book of Mormon uses it correctly, applying it to temporal death (only):

Mosiah 9:21 And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying: "Behold! Even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire, And this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.

Mosiah 9:24 And in that day, ye shall be hunted and ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies, And then ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire;

3 Nephi 13:19 And ye shall never endure the pains of death; But when I shall come in My glory, ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality; And then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of My Father.

Once again, the Book of Mormon uses not only the proper Hebrew word, but the Hebrew words translated in proper context, while the many modern translations do not.