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McGarvey compares the accuracy of the preserved Bible to that of a will:

The case is like that of a certain will.  A gentleman left a large estate entailed to his descendants of the third generation, and it was not to be divided until a majority of them should be of age.  During the interval many copies of the will were circulated among parties interested, many of these being copies of copies.  In the meantime the office of record in which the original was filed was burned with all its contents.  When the time for division drew near, a prying attorney gave out among the heirs the report that no two existing copies of the will were alike.  This alarmed them all and set them busily at work to ascertain the truth of the report.  On comparing copy with copy they found the report true, but on close inspection it was discovered that the differences consisted in error of spelling or grammatical construction; some mistakes in figures corrected by the written numbers; and some other differences not easily accounted for; but that in none of the copies did these mistakes affect the rights of the heirs.  In the essential matters for which the will was written the representations of all the copies were precisely the same.  The result was that they divided the estate with perfect satisfaction to all, and they were more certain that they had executed the will of their grandfather than if the original copy had been preserved; for it might have been tampered with in the interest of a single heir, but the copies, defective though they were could not have been.  So with the New Testament.  The discovery of errors in the copies excited alarm leading to inquiry, which developed the fact that he who has the most imperfect copy has in it all that the original contained of doctrine, duty and privilege. – Hugo McCord

Gospel Advocate, January 15, 1987, page 49

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