Is Jesus Jehovah? Ask the New World “Translation” (part one)

The one true God tells us His name is “Jehovah,” a name He often uses to emphasise His faithfulness to His covenants / promises.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the great Three-in-One, unite in carrying out all His promises.

The “Jehovah’s Witnesses” cult teaches many errors, but the worst is to not worship Jesus, claiming He is not the true God, Jehovah.  Their Bible mis-translation, the New World “Translation,” changes many verses which show Jesus is Jehovah and one with the Father.  Yet, even their “Bible” teaches that Jesus is Jehovah.  I’ll take a few posts to show this.

The Problem of the Translation

Let’s look at John 1:1 to show what they’ve done with this mis-translation.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Now, the New World “version”:

In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.

“Word” is a title for Jesus, and John 1:1 says He “was God.”  They changed it to say he was “a god,” and teach that He is lesser, not truly God.    But there is no Greek word for “a” in this verse, nor does Greek grammar permit inserting it.

But note the start of the verse.  “The” is bracketed to show it is implied (not directly stated) in Greek.  Yet, “a” is not bracketed, though it is not stated or implied by the grammar.  If you mark supplied words with brackets, you HAVE to with this.  Their whole doctrinal position relies on supplying this word, but they don’t even acknowledge they have done so.  This shows it is not just a mistake, this is a lying cult.

But a “Jehovah’s Witness” who doesn’t know Greek will not believe you if you talk about John 1:1, no matter what.  He will check verses you cite in his “Bible” and trust it.  Thus these posts, with several Scriptures you can use showing that even his “version” reveals Jesus as Jehovah, the one true God, truly One with the Father and the Spirit.

The Shepherd of the Sheep

John 10:14 (New World “Translation”)

I am the fine shepherd, and I know my sheep and my sheep know me,

John 10:27-28 (New World “Translation”)

My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
And I give them everlasting life, and they will by no means ever be destroyed, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

“Good” is changed to “fine” in verse 14, but for speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness, we can ignore that — the idea of “good” here is His excellence as a Shepherd.  (It is like saying someone is a “good” or “excellent” football player.)  He is the One caring for the sheep, and does so supremely well.  “Fine” doesn’t catch the full impact of the verse, but it does communicate that Jesus is an excellent Shepherd.

The key point for this discussion is that Jesus does not say He is A good/fine Shepherd — He is THE good/fine Shepherd of the sheep (this is correct in the NW “version”, the Greek has emphatic “the” in v. 14).  He calls them “MY sheep,” belonging to Him and under His care.  By saying He is “the good” (or “the fine”) Shepherd, Jesus says He is such a wonderful Shepherd / carer of the sheep that none other is needed.

Whose sheep am I?  Jesus’ sheep.  John 10 says so.  I follow Him, I hear His voice, and He knows me as His sheep.  I am in His hand, and He is my Shepherd.  If I have or need another shepherd, I am not following Jesus, not hearing Jesus’ voice, not in Jesus’ hand — and Jesus was not telling the truth.  He isn’t such an excellent Shepherd after all.

But Jesus does not lie.  He does not make false claims.  Jesus really is the good/”fine” Shepherd, the only real One, my Shepherd.  Even the New World “Translation” says so.

Psalm 23:1-3 (New World “Translation”)

Jehovah is my Shepherd.  I shall lack nothing.
In grassy pastures he makes me lie down;
By well‐watered resting‐places he conducts me.
My soul he refreshes.
He leads me in the tracks of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Jehovah is my Shepherd.  He is the One I follow.  Jehovah my Shepherd leads me — the New World “translation” says so.

  • Jesus is my Shepherd, the One I follow.  I belong to Him.  John 10.
  • Jehovah is my Shepherd, the One who leads me.  I belong to Him.  Psalm 23.

Neither passage leaves room for another Shepherd.  There are under-shepherds who aid the Chief Shepherd (I Peter 5:1-4), but the sheep belong to only one Shepherd.

Jesus is Jehovah, the One who is my Shepherd, the One who leads, the One I follow, the One to whom I belong.  Even the New World “Translation” shows this.

The question for the “Jehovah’s Witness” who denies that Jesus is Jehovah:  Whose sheep are you?  Who is your Shepherd?  To whom do you belong, to Jesus, or to Jehovah?

Part Two:  At the Right Hand

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14 Responses to Is Jesus Jehovah? Ask the New World “Translation” (part one)

  1. Christadelphians says:

    Probably it are others who are not really good reading the original texts or the good translations which are around in the world, where clearly can be seen that יהושע Messiah, the Son of Elohim is somebody else than the divine Creator, whose Name is יהוהJehovah, the Only One God, to whom there is non equal. Jesus is not god the son but the son of God, a big difference.

  2. Christadelphians says:

    Jeshua and Jehovah both may be shepherds, like there are still other shepherds in the many churches, but those shepherds, pastors, ministers, priests are not Jesus, nor God. we should follow Christ Jesus as our shepherd but have God who leads Jesus and who leads us.

    • Jon Gleason says:

      I’ve cleared these two comments from moderation, but removed the link in the name, since it linked to a heretical website.

      Christadelphians deny the deity of Christ, as can be seen in these comments. II John says, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

      Pastors are beneath the one Chief Shepherd. The sheep are His, not theirs. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. So is God. Only God is to be worshipped (Deuteronomy 6:13, Matthew 4:10), and Hebrews 1:6 says of Jesus that God commanded the angels to worship Him.

      Jesus most certainly is the divine Creator, as seen in John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, I Corinthians 8:6, Hebrews 1:2, and other passages. Even the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” have to acknowledge Jesus as Creator, though they twist it….

      • Chris says:

        Jesus is not the creator. Jehovah used him to create everything. Sort of like if I go and have a construction crew built my house im still the creator of those plans. It’s not attributed to them. God made all things by Christ.

      • Jon Gleason says:

        Isaiah 44:24 “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”

        Jehovah said He did it “alone” and “by myself.”

        Chris says He did it by using Jesus, yet denies Jesus is Jehovah.

        If we believe Chris, Jehovah lied. If we believe Jehovah, Chris either lied or is confused.

        Jehovah could only do it “using Jesus” if Jesus is Jehovah, part of the Three in One whose name is Jehovah.

        The concept of a Three-in-One is hard to understand. It is beyond our comprehension. But the alternatives are even worse.

      • Col. 1:16 says that “all things were created by him [Jesus],” and not that God used him to create.

  3. I like to give JWs a copy of this article I wrote:

    I ask them to review what I wrote and then get back to me. They never come back.

    • Jon Gleason says:

      That’s quite good, Glenn. Of course, they will deny many of the verses you’ve cited because they say something different in their “Bible” — but not all of them.

      Unfortunately, few will ever go through all those verses. They’ll take it to their handlers, and their handlers will tell them it is heretical, pick and choose the ones they want to answer from their mistranslation, and then tell them the rest are wrong, too.

      But sometimes the Lord does begin to work on someone’s heart to the point that he will study out something like that, and the sheer weight of evidence you’ve cited is compelling.

  4. I also like to ask them why the word “Jehovah” is in the N.T., since that is a transliteration of a Hebrew word and no Hebrew was used for the N.T. With John 1:1-3, I point out that they are polygamists because they have two gods!

    Cult members are really difficult to work with sometimes, and it is so very sad because they have given their minds away to others to control

    • Jon Gleason says:

      As with anyone else, we have to remind ourselves that Satan has blinded their eyes, and it is going to take a work of God.

      Almost every account I’ve ever heard of a Jehovah’s Witness being saved told how they were asked a simple question using one or two verses that they couldn’t answer. They walked away from it but they couldn’t put it out of their minds, and eventually they began to really look for answers.

      They probably have been given some kind of answer on John 1:1-3 that immediately plugs in. It’s the questions like yours about Jehovah in the NT, and “who is your Shepherd,” and a few others, that tend to bother them.

    • Nicole says:

      I don’t understand what you mean about why Jehovah is in NT? I looked at their NWT “bible” and it says God. Maybe I am misunderstanding what you are saying. Can you clarify for me? Thanks

      • Jon Gleason says:

        Hello, Nicole. There are places in the NWT mistranslation of the NT that do use “Jehovah”. If you check Matthew 1, it is there in several places. I haven’t checked further to see where else it is. Hope that helps.

  5. Alex Mackay says:

    Today I lost a friend to the JW’s, or maybe I just closed a door to the JW’s? Either way I will no longer have this person, whom I have known for some 28 years, try to evangelise to me on the virtues of being a JW. This person has been involved with the cult for about 12 years and it has become quite apparent that she is fully entrenched in this cult. We debated somewhat on the subject of the deity of Christ, after a while, I think that she began to realise that every question posed to me I answered with scripture. The subject finally came up about the actual name Jehovah’s Witnesses, she made some reference about a text from Isaiah 43 or 44 or even both, I responded by saying I could find no reference to JW’s in the new testament but that there was reference to Christians in Acts 11:26. Christian being the operative word. I think it was about this time that she started to get angry. Because she stated that Jesus prayed to the Father so how could He be God, and proceeded to call me a fool among other things. So I replied and said look at John 10:30 I and my Father are one. The next message from her wasn’t very Christian and therefore not suitable for publication here.

    • Jon Gleason says:

      Hello, Alex. As you’ve told me about your conversations with her, the Scripture that came to mind was II Corinthians 4:3-4.

      3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
      4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

      These kinds of debates rarely turn out to be profitable. But I’ve heard several accounts of JWs who “went away mad” because they couldn’t answer someone, but later were saved. So pray that she will reflect.

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