Jehovah’s Witnesses New World Translation Bible Versus the Christian Bibles
Many biblical scholars have uncovered several differences and translation errors in the New World Translation Bible published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. The textual differences may be subtle in some cases, but in other cases they change the entire meaning of the verse. For instance, a comma changing position in a sentence can alter the context. Likewise, a “soul” turns into an “inspired statement” in the NWT Bible, eliminating the option for Jehovah’s Witnesses to believe in “souls”. The well meaning JW student may even say that souls don’t appear in the Word of God, based only on knowledge obtained in their own Bible. If another Christian speaks about the “soul” mentioned in scripture, he or she may be called “a liar” who is not educated or equipped with Bible knowledge.
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List of Changed New Testament Bible Verses in New World Translation
To provide the simplest way to see the variations of scripture passages side by side, you will see the raw text of the New World Translation Bible of Jehovah’s Witnesses (without footnotes). Click the red scripture and view a pop-up of the English Standard Version bible.
New World Translation vs (red) English Standard Version (ESV)
Mark 1:4 John the Baptizer was in the wilderness, preaching baptism in symbol of repentance for forgiveness of sins.
Luke 23:43 And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.”
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was a god
Acts 2:17 ‘“And in the last days,” God says, “I will pour out some of my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams,
Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to have a meal, Paul began addressing them, as he was going to depart the next day; and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
Gal 5:15 If, though, you keep on biting and devouring one another, look out that you do not get annihilated by one another.
Gal 6:18 The undeserved kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with the spirit you show, brothers. Amen.
Phil 2:5 Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus,
Col 1:15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him. 17 Also, he is before all other things, and by means of him all other things were made to exist, 18 and he is the head of the body, the congregation. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might become the one who is first in all things;
Col 2:12 For you were buried with him in his baptism, and by your relationship with him you were also raised up together through your faith in the powerful work of God, who raised him up from the dead.
1 Cor 11:30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and quite a few are sleeping in death.
1 Cor 14:14 For if I am praying in a tongue, it is my gift of the spirit that is praying, but my mind is unproductive.
2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, should be torn down, we are to have a building from God, a house not made with hands, everlasting in the heavens.
Heb 1:8 But about the Son, he says: “God is your throne forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness.
Heb 10:39 Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.
Heb 12:9 Furthermore, our human fathers used to discipline us, and we gave them respect. Should we not more readily submit ourselves to the Father of our spiritual life and live?
Heb 12:28 Therefore, seeing that we are to receive a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us continue to receive undeserved kindness, through which we may acceptably offer God sacred service with godly fear and awe.
1 Peter 3:18-19 For Christ died once for all time for sins, a righteous person for unrighteous ones, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 19 And in this state he went and preached to the spirits in prison,
1 John 4:1-6 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you know that the inspired statement is from God: Every inspired statement that acknowledges Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God. 3 But every inspired statement that does not acknowledge Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the antichrist’s inspired statement that you have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You originate with God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in union with you is greater than the one who is in union with the world. 5 They originate with the world; that is why they speak what originates with the world and the world listens to them. 6 We originate with God. Whoever comes to know God listens to us; whoever does not originate with God does not listen to us. By this we distinguish the inspired statement of truth from the inspired statement of error.
1 John 5:20 But we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us insight so that we may gain the knowledge of the one who is true. And we are in union with the one who is true, by means of his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and life everlasting.
Titus 2:13 while we wait for the happy hope and glorious manifestation of the great God and of our Savior, Jesus Christ
Jude 1:19 These are the ones who cause divisions, animalistic men, not having spirituality.
Rev 5:10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”
Rev 8:9 and a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were wrecked.