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Scripture proof texts are an important concern in this document; the WCF is, after all, only a summary of teachings from the Word of God. Portions of the WCF are typically followed by superscripted letters that correspond to the same superscripted letter preceding one or more Scripture references. These superscripted letters mirror the WCF/Scripture proof text linkage of the original WCF. These letters are omitted when all references pertain to the whole paragraph. Also, in certain cases, the letters may not exactly mirror the original linkage due to rearrangement of the text for readability.
Scripture references are followed by four hyperlinks: ESV, KJ3, NASB, and WEB,
standing for the English Standard Version, the King James 3 Bible, the New
American Standard Bible, and the World English Bible respectively. Some
comments on these four versions and their differences are in order. These four
are the only faithful, reliable, and contemporary Bible versions for which the
editor was able to obtain permission to quote extensively. At the time of the
writing of the
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Daniel 10:4 (ESV) Back
4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris)
Daniel 10:4 (KJ3) Back
4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the hand of the great river,
Daniel 10:4 (NASB95) Back
4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris,
Daniel 10:4 (WEB) Back
4 In the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel,
Proverbs 11:14 (ESV) Back
14Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14 (KJ3) Back
14¶ In the absence of wise counsels the people fall, but safety is in a great counselor.
Proverbs 11:14 (NASB95) Back
14Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 11:14 (WEB) Back
14 Where there is no wise guidance, the nation falls,
 The two primary source texts were those found in the Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, A-5, http://reformedpresbyterian.org/downloads/constitution2010.pdf (accessed September 30, 2014) and Schaff, Philip, ed., The Creeds of Christendom, With a History and Critical Notes, vol. 3, Revised by David Schaff (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1990), 598. See Appendix B for more information.
 The editor is well aware of the “KJV Only,” Westcott-Hort, Majority Text, and other schools of thought and the attending, often uncharitable, controversies concerning them. He does not apologize for the simplifications presented here, since these topics are outside of the scope of this document.