Saturday, August 31, 2013

JOHN 17:3 NEW WORLD TRANSLATION - ALTERNATE READINGS

JOHN 17:3: “...According to Greek-language scholars, the Greek expression translated “TAKING IN KNOWLEDGE” can also be translated “SHOULD KEEP ON KNOWING” or “SHOULD CONTINUE KNOWING.” The two meanings are complementary, and both are important. The footnote to John 17:3 in the Reference Bible gives the alternative rendering “THEIR KNOWING YOU.” Thus, “taking in knowledge” refers to an ongoing process that results in the privileged state of “knowing” God. Knowing the greatest Person in the universe, however, involves much more than having a mental grasp of God’s qualities and purpose. Knowing Jehovah includes having a close bond of love with him and with fellow believers. “He that does not love,” explains the Bible, “has not come to know God.” (1 John 4:8) Thus, knowing God includes being obedient to him. (Read 1 John 2:3-5.) What a great privilege it is to be counted as one knowing Jehovah! But as in the case of Judas Iscariot, this precious relationship can be lost. Let us work hard to maintain it. Then we will eventually qualify for the undeserved gift of everlasting life.—Matt. 24:13...” - (Pages 27-28, Paragraph 7, “Act in Harmony With Jesus’ Loving Prayer”, DECEMBER 23-29, Study Article, OCTOBER 15, Study Edition, Vol. 134, No. 20 Semimonthly ENGLISH, 2013, “THE WATCHTOWER, ANOUNCING JEHOVAHS KINGDOM.”)
[FOOTNOTE]: Emphasis added.

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