The Watchtower Society and the mistranslation of Worship

Posted: December 10, 2011 in End times, false teachers, Watchtower Society
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We are going to look at how the Watchtower Society, also known as Jehovah Witnesses have deliberately played fast and loose with Scripture.  In what will become apparent as a deliberate attempt to denigrate Jesus.

     John 5: 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

    John 5: 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another   shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.


  1. New American Standard Bible (1995) :  And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”
  2. King James Bible Cambridge:  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.
  3. International Standard Version (2008)   And again, when he brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “LET ALL GOD’S ANGELS WORSHIP HIM.”

 For a full list of Bible versions and how they translate this verse Click.

 They all ASCRIBE worship to Jesus that is until you come to the New World Version.

Then we see some of the most unscholarly methods being used.

Worship or Obeisance?

Hebrews 1:1-14 (NWT)

1God, who long ago spoke on many occasions and in many ways to our forefathers by means of the prophets, 2has at the end of these days spoken to us by means of a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the systems of things. 3He is the reflection of [his] glory and the exact representation of his very being, and he sustains all things by the word of his power; and after he had made a purification for our sins he sat down on the right hand of the Majesty in lofty places. 4So he has become better than the angels, to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.

5For example, to which one of the angels did he ever say: “You are my son; I, today, I have become your father”? And again: “I myself shall become his father, and he himself will become my son”? 6But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all God’s angels do OBEISANCE to him.”

7Also, with reference to the angels he says: “And he makes his angels spirits, and his public servants a flame of fire.” 8But with reference to the Son: “God is your throne forever and ever, and [the] scepter of your kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. 9You loved righteousness, and you hated lawlessness. That is why God, your God, anointed you with [the] oil of exultation more than your partners.” 10And: “You at [the] beginning, O Lord, laid the foundations of the earth itself, and the heavens are [the] works of your hands. 11They themselves will perish, but you yourself are to remain continually; and just like an outer garment they will all grow old, 12and you will wrap them up just as a cloak, as an outer garment; and they will be changed, but you are the same, and your years will never run out.”

G4352 προσκυνέω   proskuneō   pros-koo-neh’-o

From G4314 and probably a derivative of G2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to, that is, (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): – worship.

 Heb 1:6  And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  (KJ)

Hebrews 1: 6 But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all Gods angels do obeisance to him.” (NWT)

However in one older version of the NWT,  Dated 1961 they correctly translate proskuneō in Hebrews 1:6 as WORSHIP.  A slip up that was later changed.  However it showed clearly that the Watchtower desire to denigrate Jesus.

Click on link to compare the two versions.

In each of the following the word proskuneō is used.  Yet in each case when Jesus is mentioned they denigrate the word to OBEISANCE.  However when God is mentioned they translated the word back to WORSHIP.  But it is still the same word being used.  They have deliberately altered the fact that Jesus was to be worshipped.

 New World Translation:

 Math 2: 2  Saying: “Where is the one born king of the Jews? For we saw his star [when we were] in the east, and we have come to do him OBEISANCE.

Luke 4: 8 In reply Jesus said to him: “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must WORSHIP, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”

Luke 24: 52  And they did OBEISANCE to him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

John 12: 20 Now there were some Greeks among those that came up to WORSHIP at the festival.

John 9: 38   Then he said: “I do put faith [in him], Lord.” And he did OBEISANCE to him

John 4: 21-22  Jesus said to her: “Believe me, woman, The hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will YOU people WORSHIP the Father. YOU WORSHIP what YOU do not know; we worship what we know, because salvation originates with the Jews.

John 4: 23- 24   23  Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true WORSHIPERS will WORSHIP the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him God is a Spirit, and those WORSHIPING him must WORSHIP with spirit and truth.”

 The same Greek word is used in all cases,

 Notice that the word “Only Begotten” has been changed to “First Born”,  In Greek it is the word Monogenes. It means ONE OF A KIND.  Unique because there is nothing  or no one else like him.  However by changing it to First Born, That uniqueness is suddenly lost.  Are the Watchtower that afraid of Jesus that they have to denigrate even his origins?

 John 5: 23 That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

 Only by giving full honour to the son will one give full honour to the father, anything else is denying honour to the father.

 John 5: 23   in order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him (NWT)

1Jn 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.


1 John 4: 3 3  but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the antichrists [inspired expression] which YOU have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world. (NWT)

The New World Translation has deliberately changed the fact that Jesus has come in the flesh.  God was manifested among us, But the Watchtower hatred for the divinity of Jesus is all too clear.  Having denigrated Jesus they have exalted the Watchtower itself into a position of divinity next to Jehovah.  Therefore no questioning of Watchtower teaching will be tolerated.  To question one is to question God.  Such is the status it has given to itself.

Look at how they will ascribe the same word for worship elsewhere, Even of pagan deities.  But of Jesus that’s another matter altogether.

Acts 17: 24 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly WORSHIP, him declare I unto you (KJ)

23For instance, while passing along and carefully observing YOUR OBJECTS OF VENERATION I also found an altar on which had been inscribed ‘To an Unknown God.’ Therefore what YOU are unknowingly giving godly devotion to, this I am publishing to YOU (NWT)

Acts 18: 13 Saying, This [fellow] persuadeth men to WORSHIP GOD contrary to the law (KJ)

13 saying: “Contrary to the law this person leads men to another persuasion in WORSHIPING God.”(NWT)

Rev 13: 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not WORSHIP THE IMAGE of the beast should be killed.

15And there was granted it to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who would not in any way WORSHIP THE IMAGE of the wild beast (NWT)

Luk 4: 7 If thou therefore wilt worship  me, all shall be thine (KJ)

You, therefore, if you do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours (NWT)

It would seem that whilst they will allow the use of the term Worship to describe image of the beast.  Or the demands of Satan to be worshipped   But when that same word is used to describe how Jesus was worshipped they changed it.

 Mat 2: 2   Saying , Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to WORSHIP him (KJ)

Mat 14: 13 Then they that were in the ship came and WORSHIPPED him, saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God. (KJ)

Basic principles dictates that the same meaning you give to one word should also be rendered the same elsewhere.  The fact that they deliberately changed its meaning only when it comes to Jesus shows clearly they are dishonouring the son and belittling him to a minor role.  It also reveals that without a shadow of doubt that in so doing they are not honouring the father.  Therefore should not and cannot be trusted.

John 14: 23-24 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

2 Cor 4: 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.


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