Why is the New World Translation inaccurate/not reliable?

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  • XPeterX

    Have you noticed any errors when it comes to translation or something added arbitrarily by the Witnesses?If so,please post the related verses so we can see the differences.

  • unstopableravens

    col 1:15-18 the word other is added 4 times, heb 1:2 they change the word last days, heb 11:13-16 add the word belonging, compare rev 1:8 to phil 2:11 in rev to change the word lord to jehovah,its the same as in phil ,hiding the fact that jesus is jehovah. i can give you alot more,but heres a start

  • jgnat

    Well, the NT was translated from Greek so any use of Jehovah (Hebrew YHWH) is an insertion. Here's every reference to "Jehovah" in the NWT New Testament. You can compare yourself with an interlinear.

    Mat_1:20; Mat_1:22; Mat_1:24; Mat_2:13; Mat_2:15; Mat_2:19; Mat_3:3; Mat_4:4; Mat_4:7; Mat_4:10; Mat_5:33; Mat_21:9; Mat_21:42; Mat_22:37; Mat_22:44; Mat_23:39; Mat_27:10; Mat_28:2; Mar_1:3; Mar_5:19; Mar_11:9; Mar_12:11; Mar_12:29; Mar_12:30; Mar_12:36; Mar_13:20; Luk_1:6; Luk_1:9; Luk_1:11; Luk_1:15; Luk_1:16; Luk_1:17; Luk_1:25; Luk_1:28; Luk_1:32; Luk_1:38; Luk_1:45; Luk_1:46; Luk_1:58; Luk_1:66; Luk_1:68; Luk_1:76; Luk_2:9; Luk_2:15; Luk_2:22; Luk_2:23; Luk_2:24; Luk_2:26; Luk_2:39; Luk_3:4; Luk_4:8; Luk_4:12; Luk_4:18; Luk_4:19; Luk_5:17; Luk_10:27; Luk_13:35; Luk_19:38; Luk_20:37; Luk_20:42; Joh_1:23; Joh_6:45; Joh_12:13; Joh_12:38; Act_1:24; Act_2:20; Act_2:21; Act_2:25; Act_2:34; Act_2:39; Act_2:47; Act_3:19; Act_3:22; Act_4:26; Act_4:29; Act_5:9; Act_5:19; Act_7:31; Act_7:33; Act_7:49; Act_7:60; Act_8:22; Act_8:24; Act_8:25; Act_8:26; Act_8:39; Act_9:31; Act_10:33; Act_11:21; Act_12:7; Act_12:11; Act_12:17; Act_12:23; Act_12:24; Act_13:2; Act_13:10; Act_13:11; Act_13:12; Act_13:44; Act_13:47; Act_13:48; Act_13:49; Act_14:3; Act_14:23; Act_15:17; Act_15:35; Act_15:36; Act_15:40; Act_16:14; Act_16:15; Act_16:32; Act_18:21; Act_18:25; Act_19:20; Act_21:14; Rom_4:3; Rom_4:8; Rom_9:28; Rom_9:29; Rom_10:13; Rom_10:16; Rom_11:3; Rom_11:34; Rom_12:11; Rom_12:19; Rom_14:4; Rom_14:6; Rom_14:8; Rom_14:11; Rom_15:11; 1Co_1:31; 1Co_2:16; 1Co_3:20; 1Co_4:4; 1Co_4:19; 1Co_7:17; 1Co_10:9; 1Co_10:21; 1Co_10:22; 1Co_10:26; 1Co_11:32; 1Co_14:21; 1Co_16:7; 1Co_16:10; 2Co_3:16; 2Co_3:17; 2Co_3:18; 2Co_6:17; 2Co_6:18; 2Co_8:21; 2Co_10:17; 2Co_10:18; Gal_3:6; Eph_2:21; Eph_5:17; Eph_5:19; Eph_6:4; Eph_6:7; Eph_6:8; Col_1:10; Col_3:13; Col_3:16; Col_3:22; Col_3:23; Col_3:24; 1Th_1:8; 1Th_4:6; 1Th_4:15; 1Th_5:2; 2Th_2:2; 2Th_2:13; 2Th_3:1; 2Ti_1:18; 2Ti_2:19; 2Ti_4:14; Heb_2:13; Heb_7:21; Heb_8:2; Heb_8:8; Heb_8:9; Heb_8:10; Heb_8:11; Heb_10:16; Heb_10:30; Heb_12:5; Heb_12:6; Heb_13:6; Jas_1:7; Jas_1:12; Jas_2:23; Jas_3:9; Jas_4:10; Jas_4:15; Jas_5:4; Jas_5:10; Jas_5:11; Jas_5:14; Jas_5:15; 1Pe_1:25; 1Pe_3:12; 2Pe_2:9; 2Pe_2:11; 2Pe_3:8; 2Pe_3:9; 2Pe_3:10; 2Pe_3:12; Jud_1:5; Jud_1:9; Jud_1:14; Rev_1:8; Rev_4:8; Rev_4:11; Rev_11:17; Rev_15:3; Rev_15:4; Rev_16:7; Rev_18:8; Rev_19:6; Rev_21:22; Rev_22:5; Rev_22:6;

  • unstopableravens

    jgnat: good stuff, the two verse i used is the same greek word lord, and the interliner shows its the same, and easy to see that jesus is god almighty rev 1:8

  • jgnat

    There's also the doctrinal problem of whether Jesus is fully God. We are to worship God and no other. Problem is, there are plenty of NT verses where people worshipped Jesus. The NWT does an end-run around this problem by translating worship to "obiesance". Again, you can check an interlinear to compare.

    Mat_2:2 saying: "Where is the one born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when [we were] in the east, and we have come to do him obeisance."

    Mat_2:8 and, when sending them to Beth'le·hem, he said: "Go make a careful search for the young child, and when YOU have found it report back to me, that I too may go and do it obeisance."

    Mat_2:11 And when they went into the house they saw the young child with Mary its mother, and, falling down, they did obeisance to it. They also opened their treasures and presented it with gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

    Mat_8:2 And, look! a leprous man came up and began doing obeisance to him, saying: "Lord, if you just want to, you can make me clean."

    Mat_9:18 While he was telling them these things, look! a certain ruler who had approached began to do obeisance to him, saying: "By now my daughter must be dead; but come and lay your hand upon her and she will come to life."

    Mat_14:33 Then those in the boat did obeisance to him, saying: "You are really God's Son."

    Mat_15:25 When the woman came she began doing obeisance to him, saying: "Lord, help me!"

    Mat_18:26 Therefore the slave fell down and began to do obeisance to him, saying, 'Be patient with me and I will pay back everything to you.'

    Mat_20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zeb'e·dee approached him with her sons, doing obeisance and asking for something from him.

    Mat_28:9 And, look! Jesus met them and said: "Good day!" They approached and caught him by his feet and did obeisance to him.

    Mat_28:17 and when they saw him they did obeisance, but some doubted.

    Mar_5:6 But on catching sight of Jesus from a distance he ran and did obeisance to him,

    Mar_15:19 Also, they would hit him on the head with a reed and spit upon him and, bending their knees, they would do obeisance to him.

    Luk_24:52 And they did obeisance to him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

    Joh_9:38 Then he said: "I do put faith [in him], Lord." And he did obeisance to him.

    Act_10:25 As Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet and did obeisance to him.

    Heb_1:6 But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: "And let all God's angels do obeisance to him."

    Rev_3:9 Look! I will give those from the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews, and yet they are not but are lying-look! I will make them come and do obeisance before your feet and make them know I have loved you.

    Compare the translation of worship:

    Jesus said to her: "Believe me, woman, The hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will YOU people worship the Father. (Joh 4:21)

    YOU worship what YOU do not know; we worship what we know, because salvation originates with the Jews. (Joh 4:22)

    Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him. (Joh 4:23)

    God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth." (Joh 4:24)

    They simply had certain disputes with him concerning their own worship of the deity and concerning a certain Jesus who was dead but who Paul kept asserting was alive. (Act 25:19)

    that have been previously acquainted with me from the first know, if they but wish to bear witness, that according to the strictest sect of our form of worship I lived a Pharisee. (Act 26:5)

    the secrets of his heart become manifest, so that he will fall upon [his] face and worship God, declaring: "God is really among YOU." (1Co 14:25)

    Let no man deprive YOU of the prize who takes delight in a [mock] humility and a form of worship of the angels, "taking his stand on" the things he has seen, puffed up without proper cause by his fleshly frame of mind, (Col 2:18)

    Those very things are, indeed, possessed of an appearance of wisdom in a self-imposed form of worship and [mock] humility, a severe treatment of the body; but they are of no value in combating the satisfying of the flesh. (Col 2:23)

    If any man seems to himself to be a formal worshiper and yet does not bridle his tongue, but goes on deceiving his own heart, this man's form of worship is futile. (Jas 1:26)

    The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world. (Jas 1:27)

    the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated upon the throne and worship the One that lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying: (Rev 4:10)

    But the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands, so that they should not worship the demons and the idols of gold and silver and copper and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; (Rev 9:20)

    And all those who dwell on the earth will worship it; the name of not one of them stands written in the scroll of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered, from the founding of the world. (Rev 13:8)

    And it exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in its sight. And it makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first wild beast, whose death-stroke got healed. (Rev 13:12)

    And there was granted it to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who would not in any way worship the image of the wild beast. (Rev 13:15)

    saying in a loud voice: "FEAR God and give him glory, because the hour of the judgment by him has arrived, and so worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and sea and fountains of waters." (Rev 14:7)

    And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and day and night they have no rest, those who worship the wild beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name. (Rev 14:11)

    Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name, because you alone are loyal? For all the nations will come and worship before you, because your righteous decrees have been made manifest." (Rev 15:4)

    At that I fell down before his feet to worship him. But he tells me: "Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers who have the work of witnessing to Jesus. Worship God; for the bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying." (Rev 19:10)

    And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. (Rev 19:20)

    Well, I John was the one hearing and seeing these things. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel that had been showing me these things. (Rev 22:8)

    But he tells me: "Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers who are prophets and of those who are observing the words of this scroll. Worship God." (Rev 22:9)

  • unstopableravens

    what interesting why did the christains not except obiesence at acts 10 ? i think its 10 i dont have my bible with me

  • PSacramento

    THe NWT is OK when it comes to most of the OT but it is a mess in terms of the NT.

    Too much has been edited and translate to accomodate JW doctrine.

  • sir82

    ALL translations have some bias somewhere. It is inevitable in a book as big and all-over-the-map (theologically) as the Bible.

    The NWT has its bias too, in the areas where Freddy Franz wanted to make a distinction between JW doctrine vs. "Christendom's": the divine name, the trinity, the immortality of the soul, hellfire.

    In other areas, where he didn't care to make such a distinction, the NWT is probably half-decent.

  • PSacramento


    Many words in greek and hebrew can have more than one meaning so it is quite easy and even correct to choose which meaning a translator wants to convey based on his own "presuppositions" ie: His own Theology and doctrines.

    I have the NWT and the NASB and the NRSV and the Jerusalem and the NIV and the Message bible and the ESV.

    I used them all.

  • Pterist

    Look how they interpret Jeremiah 25:29......from this JW web site -------> http://www.jehovahsjudgment.co.uk/607/70yearsofservitude.html

    Yes, the nations certainly will drink Jehovah’s rage. They have no choice. After all, if his own people going to drink of it, the nations certainly will. However, when will he make his own people drink of this cup? Jehovah makes it quite clear when, saying:

    “For, look! it is upon the city upon which my name is called that I am starting off in bringing calamity, and should you yourselves in any way go free of punishment ? You will not go free of punishment, for there is a sword that I am calling against all the inhabitants of the earth,' is the utterance of Jehovah of armies.””

    The answer to our original question, 'Does the servitude begin when Jerusalem is destroyed?' has been right here all along – in the very same chapter where the 70 years of servitude is mentioned. After stating that Judah will become a devastated land, and that the nations will serve Babylon for 70 years, did you notice that the starting point of the 70 years is directly pinpointed?

    Jehovah is “starting off” with “the city [upon] which my name is called”, that city, of course, being Jerusalem. Only when that city meets calamity will the 70 years for all the nations begin. It does not say the calamity starts upon the countryside of Judah, as some claim. Nor does not say it begins with a mere exile. It starts off in the city of Jerusalem, and it is “a sword that I am sending among you.”

    The calamity of Jerusalem is the “starting” point, and from that point onward the nations will not remain “free of punishment”. For sure, “Jerusalem” will drink the cup first, but all the other nations must drink the cup and serve the King of Babylon too. Can it get any clearer than this?

    What does this mean? It means 587 cannot be the date of Jerusalem’s destruction. As you know, 587 to 537 is only 50 years. On the other hand, 607 to 537 is exactly 70 years.

    Lets look at the following translations of Jeremiah 25:29 that show how they twist scripture. Can anyone back up a comment from a Greek or Hebrew translation ??? ?

    New International Version (©1984)
    See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.'

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    I have begun to punish Jerusalem, the city that bears my name. Now should I let you go unpunished? No, you will not escape disaster. I will call for war against all the nations of the earth. I, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, have spoken!'

    English Standard Version (©2001)
    For behold, I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the LORD of hosts.’

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