In Friday, February 12, 2021’s daily digest, JW talks about Armageddon involving good news and a reason for happiness. It quotes NWT Revelation 1:3 which reads:
“Happy is the one who reads aloud and those who hear the words of this prophesy and who observe the things written in it, for the appointed time is near.
In viewing the Kingdom Interlinear, it too confirms the NWT Scripture. However, as I then scrolled to the American Standard Version and the King James Version which is also quoted on the JW daily digest, the word used there is ‘blessed’.
This led me to search other versions of the Bible to ascertain what the Holy Scriptures stated in other bible versions. On reviewing these bibles, I discovered that except for Byington, NWT and the Kingdom Interlinear, all use ‘blessed’.
Thinking that maybe I was being too literal, I decided to explore whether or not the words‘ happy’ and ‘blessed’ give the same meaning.
I therefore researched both words and found that the simplest explanation is in WikiDiff.com which explains that “blessed is having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing”. “Happy is experiencing the effect of favourable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment……”
One of the most memorable sermons that Jesus gave was the Sermon on the Mount. The NWT uses the word ‘happy’ for the beatitudes, but on reviewing other bibles, I discovered that in every instance the word ‘blessed’ is used.
QUESTION: Why does the JW bible substitute such a powerful and meaningful adjective as ‘blessed’ with ‘happy’?