Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
Thes also a similar statement found in the book of revelations slightly altered, Here's the problem with this verse notice how the author let's use the name Yahweh for now, is commanding "Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it". This is telling us that Yahweh is not saying he will Protect or Guard the Scriptures rather he's commanding the Jews not to change the the text??
There is no absolute guarantee that this commandment can be truly fulfilled knowing this task has been given to mortals who are bound to make mistakes and turn their ways. Satan can easily corrupt man and changes have been made to the text and as we will see. Either Yahweh did not want his Scriptures to be preserved or he simply was not able to just like he couldn't stop iron chariots!
If Yahweh thought mortals can preserve his words and scriptures then how does one explain Moses addressing his people telling them they will turn to corruption!.
For I know your rebellion and your stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the LORD; how much more, then, after my death? Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to testify against them For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corrupt and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD and arouse his anger by what your hands have made (Deuteronomy 31:27-29)
Notice how Moses knew the attitudes of there rebellious people and predicted they will turn to corruption so he asked the leaders to place the Torah in the ark of Covenent for it will always be safe there, but even that has been gone the ark of the covenant it missing which means the original Torah is no longer with us.. So how does one verify what the Torah said during the time of Moses? The Jews are not trust worthy according to Moses, even Yahweh confess the Torah has been changed :
How can you say we are wise and have the Torah with us when the pen of the false scribes have changed it! (Jeremiah 8:8)
(A sample to this can be traced through different versions of Torah e.g )
And Nahor lived nine and seventy years, and begat Terah:
(Genesis 11:24 Samaritan Torah)
And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
(Genesis 11:24 Masoretic Torah)
And Nachor lived a hundred and seventy-nine years, and begot Tharrha.
(Genesis 11:24 Septuagint Torah)
And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster.
(Deuteronomy 27:4 Masoretic text)
And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on MOUNT GERIZIM, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster.
(Deuteronomy 27:4 Samaritan text)
He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."
(Genesis 16:12 Masoretic text)
He will be a FRUITFUL MAN; his hand will be with everyone and everyone's hand will be with him, and he will live among all his brothers."
(Genesis 16:12 Samaritan text)
But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.
(Exodus 4:25 Masoretic Torah )
But seeboorah took a flint, and she CIRCUMCISED HER BLOCKED HEART and she brought herself to his feet and she said you are a bridegroom of blood to me,"
(Exodus 4:25 Samaritan Torah )
Below we see Direct commandments have been added and subtracted
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."( Exodus 20:17 Masoretic Torah)
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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, and not thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his field, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's. And when it so happens that LORD God brings you to the land of Caanan, which you are coming to posses, you shall set-up there for you great stones and plaster them with plaster and you write on the stones all words of this law. And it becomes for you that across the Jordan you shall raise these stones, which I command you today, in mountain Grizim. And you build there the altar to the LORD God of you. Altar of stones. Not you shall wave on them iron. With whole stones you shall build the altar to LORD God of you. And you bring on it ascend offerings to LORD God of you, and you sacrifice peace offerings, and you eat there and you rejoice before the face of the LORD God of you. The mountain this is across the Jordan behind the way of the rising of the sun, in the land of Caanan who is dwelling in the desert before the Galgal, beside Alvin-Mara, before Sechem (Exodus 20:17 Samaritan Torah)
We can see from all those above versions that Yahweh could not preserve his words or scriptures and thought mortal mens can do a good job? Now if Christians believe all scriptures are God breathed and inspired then was Moses speaking the truth about Jews turning to Corruption! How about the Torah being distorted by false scribes.. I'll leave that to you