As many may remember, the YORWW Congregation recommends that we, as teachers and "Public Instructors" of God's Word, God's Name People, should all READ THE BIBLE FROM COVER-TO-COVER annually, yes, once each year. (Matthew 13:52) To that end, we have constructed a daily bible reading program, that helps an individual systematically cover the entire bible, in one year. Happily, we recently completed a full yearly cycle itself, to make for a complete reading of the bible for the YORWW Congregation, as some of you may have already noted. However, this year, we have added a new feature to the LWF Discussion Board, to help us in our bible reading itself, and make it even more interesting to us, as we read the bible daily. -- See Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2, 3
To that end it has been observed, one of the things that has been missing from the library of ardent students of scripture, from among the international family of Jehovah's Witnesses, is a good bible commentary -- A chapter-by-chapter scholarly consideration of the entire bible itself. True, Jehovah's Witnesses have many tools provided them by the Watchtower Society over the years. They have a bible dictionary Insight on the Scriptures, an interlinear translation of the bible (New World Translation Kingdom Interlinear) and they have been provided a large print cross-reference bible New World Translation Reference Bible, in which we refer to often on the LWF Discussion Board and in The "Report" Document itself.
However as you know, we have noted that many nominal religions of our time, actually use bible commentaries also, to purposely enhance their understanding of the Holy Scriptures. In the past, Jehovah's Witnesses, thru the Watchtower and Awake! Journals and other publications, only had spotted coverage of bible verses, as well as topical discussions covering certain bible passages. In other words, the Watchtower Society, to this day, still has not made specific comments on the true meaning of certain verses and key bible passages. Again, the publications over the years, have only given spotted coverage of the bible itself. And sadly this remains true, even up to the writing of this particular article.
For example, if you check in the Watchtower Society Publication Indexes, you will notice many, many bible verses have not received adequate attention or received even a simple comment by the Watchtower Society at all. And this becomes a startling and glaring inconsistency when we consider such important prophetic books as say, the book of Ezekiel thus, have not been given sufficient coverage to round-out the bible students scope and knowledge of important events ahead for us, as teachers and "Public Instructors" of God's Word to the nations or masses of people around us. (See The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah publication, where chapters 12-20, 25-32, and 40-46 have been given no coverage to speak of. See The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah, published by the Watchtower Society 1971; See Matthew 13:51, 52; Matthew 24:14.)
Therefore, it is with great pleasure, the YORWW Congregation announces, the release of a Full Bible Commentary uniquely from a Jehovah's Witness perspective, yes covering the entire bible itself -- chapter by chapter, being made available on the LWF Discussion Board! Praise Jah!
As you may have already noticed, we have been working on this project since the spring of the year 2005. In putting this bible commentary together, the YORWW Congregation carefully strives to follow the counsel of James 1:25 where it states:
"But he who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and who persists in it, this man [or woman], because he has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, will be happy in his doing it." -- James 1:25
The Greek word used in this verse for "peers" [Greek: parakupto] in James 1:25, as shown in the footnote of the New World Translation Large Print Ref. Bible shows it to mean:
"...having stooped beside."
This means, the ardent student of scripture must "peer" closely or "stoop beside" or "bend forward" [Vines Expository of New Testament Words] to observe something up close. Therefore the bible reader and investigator of scripture then, must better position themselves as if "stooping beside" down at the ground when they would spot something on the ground to get a much better view of it. Yes, the investigator of scripture must be alert and even astutely use some other helpful devices, something like a magnifying glass (tools like bible concordances, bible dictionaries, bible commentaries, etc...), to enlarge upon the verse in question or word, so that they can actually see the item ever so closely, so that they can fully understand actually what the item is...or shall we say, what the verse in question is really saying -- A mark of a true priest before God in itself. (Malachi 2:5-7; Acts 17:11)
So, we know a lot of hard work will have to go into the making of a complete Hebrew and Greek Bible Commentary for God's Name People. We estimate, it will take approximately one year for this project to be completed, under the direction of the Modern Day "Servant" and "Chieftain" of the Temple. Therefore, we expect it to become completed in its initial stage, around the Spring of 2006. After that date, if any new research should become revealed to the YORWW Congregation, these particular insights could be very easily interjected into the Bible Commentary, as we progress in knowledge and understanding of God's Word throughout the years ahead. -- Isaiah 49:1-7; Ezekiel 44:3; Colossians 1:9, 10.
To be sure, we feel this particular bible project, the chapter-by-chapter commentary of the bible itself, thus will prove to be an absolute must for all members of the YORWW Congregation, right up to the coming of the 200 Million Gentiles for God's Name, in whom this particular project, will quickly and greatly enhance their bible understanding giving them a genuine panoramic overview of the bible, at a glance, using the internet...the superhighway of information for our modern world today. (Acts 15:14, 17; Revelation 9:16-19) Remember, this commentary, will be made available for all who wish to learn from it, offered completely FREE to those who are seeking, yes yearning for Divine Bible Truth worldwide ... Praise Jah!
Donald C. Burney
Spokesperson For The YORWW Congregation
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