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’?

Elpida

Elpida

I am not a Jehovah's Witness, but I studied and have attended the Wednesday and Sunday's meetings and the Memorials since about 2008. I wanted to understand the Bible better after reading it many times from cover to cover. However, like the Beroeans, I check my facts and the more I understood, the more I realized that not only did I not feel comfortable at the meetings but some things just didn't make sense to me. I used to raise my hand to comment until one Sunday, the Elder corrected me publicly that I should not be using my own words but those written in the article. I couldn't do it as I don't think like the Witnesses. I don't accept things as fact without checking them out. What really bothered me were the Memorials as I believe that, according to Jesus, we should partake anytime we want to, not just once a year; otherwise, he would have been specific and said on the anniversary of my death, etc. I find Jesus spoke personally and passionately to people of all races and colour, whether they were educated or not. Once I saw the changes made to God's and Jesus' words, it really upset me as God told us not to add or alter His Word. To correct God, and to correct Jesus, the Anointed, is devastating to me. God's Word should only be translated, not interpreted.
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