JOHN 17:3 “THIS MEANS EVERLASTING LIFE, THEIR TAKING IN KNOWLEDGE OF YOU …”

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The Watchtower 12/15/2002 p. 8 par. 5 “Draw Close to God”

Many translations of this verse differ slightly from the New World Translation. Instead of saying “taking in knowledge” of God, they simply render the verb “to know” God or “knowing” God. However, a number of scholars note that the sense of the word used in the original Greek involves something more—a continuous process, one that may even lead to intimate acquaintance with another.

Oct 2013 Revised NWT released:

John 17:3 – “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you…”

The Watchtower 4/15/2015 p.21 par.7

John 17:3 says: “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” Thus, our objective should be not merely to take in knowledge but to come to “know” Jehovah better as a Person.

Note: So the 2002 Watchtower says “taking in knowledge” is better than “coming to know” God, but the 2015 Watchtower says the total opposite! Why did false religions’ “many translations” have this right all along while the New World Translation had it wrong?

DID THE EDENIC SERPENT HAVE LEGS?

What have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically believed regarding the serpent in Eden mentioned in Genesis chapter 3?

YES – The Watchtower, June 1, 1964 p. 352 – Questions From Readers

It, therefore, is reasonable to conclude that before God cursed it the serpent possessed legs that elevated it above the ground.

NO – po (1974) chap. 5 p. 59 pars. 15-16 God’s “Eternal Purpose” in His Anointed One Is Formed

“Upon your belly you will go and dust is what you will eat.” This was not a curse upon the whole serpent family. Seemingly God’s words were addressed to that one literal serpent.

NO – The Watchtower, June 15, 2007 p. 31 – Questions From Readers

The Bible does not specifically state that the animal used in tempting Eve had previously had legs but lost them. While the wording of Genesis 3:14 might lead some to think so, we need not necessarily conclude that prior to this curse, serpents had legs.