During an interview with NTV Sunday night, Vice President William Ruto boldly quoted a nonexistent Bible verse.
Ruto referenced scripture while telling the story of Jesus’ disciples asking him what he had in store for them now that they had left their lives behind and followed him.
“Let me tell you Joe, even Jesus Christ, I know you are a good Christian, in Matthew I think 17:29 his disciples when they were following him asked him that we had left our families and business since we We were business people and come to follow you. What does it get us? Ruto said.
There are only 27 verses in Matthew chapter 17, which raised the question of what scripture DP Ruto intended to quote.
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It became clear there was a bit of a misunderstanding when the second in command attempted to refer to Matthew 19:27, which reads: “Peter answered him, ‘We left everything to follow you! So what will there be for us?
The non-existent verse sparked reactions on social media, with Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu mocking the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate.
“Matthew chapter 17 ends at verse 27. Praise the Lord,” she tweeted.
Matthew Chapter 17 ends in verse 27. Praise the Lord. pic.twitter.com/NKmZj0l1oP
— Charity Ngilu (@mamangilu) June 12, 2022
Raila Odinga Junior also delved into the matter and wondered where one can find the verse quoted by the presidential hopeful.
“Matthew 17 ends at verse 27, where is 29 or am I wrong?” he posed.
Matthew 17 ends at verse 27, where is 29 or am I wrong? pic.twitter.com/2PKRIIlsAd
— Raila Odinga Junior (@Railajunior) June 13, 2022
Here are some of the reactions:
The DP Ruto Bible must have been written in six months because Matthew chapter 17 in other Bibles ends at verse 27. Matthew 17:29 does not exist. pic.twitter.com/UQvmRl9OUu
— Polycarp Hinga® 🇰🇪 (@PolycarpHinga) June 12, 2022
William Samoei Ruto has a penchant for quoting bad Bible verses.
Someone says to him, if lazima.
— Phannie A. Kwegah 🇰🇪 (@MissKwegah1) June 13, 2022
Joe Ageyo stop count brother Pause I mean hold on man Kamagut DP Ruto again quoted bible verse that doesn’t exist Matthew 17:29 Bwana the holy spirit of Kenya kwisha roam everywhere , you can buy a Bible but you can’t buy holiness, it’s over it’s done 😂🔥🔨
— Frank Mtetezi (ʙᴀꜰ)🗨️🇰🇪 (@FrankMtetezi) June 12, 2022
William Ruto once again referenced a nonexistent Bible verse on NTV with Joe Ageyo
Oh, @WilliamsRuto what bible do you use? That one with extra verses?
— Jame (@Cjamehk) June 12, 2022
In 2019, while hitting trade unionist Francis Atwoli, the DP quoted Matthew 6:35, which is not in the Bible.
He was referring to Matthew 6:33, which states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you in addition.
Again, at the National Prayer Breakfast held at the Safari Park Hotel in May, the presidential hopeful misquoted Isaiah 1:18.
The verse in question was actually from the book of Romans, chapter 3 verse 23.
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“I may not have lived up to the expectations of my boss and my good friend. I beg your pardon…Many people have hurt me too, I forgive them…We are all human beings and the Bible says in Isaiah 1:18: We have failed…” Ruto said.
Last year, the DP expressed his desire to become an evangelist once he is done with politics.
“A lot of politicians don’t know how to behave in church because they’re not Christians,” he said.
“I will later ask that I speak to the man in charge of the mission of this church so that I can support the work of God.”
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