"Jehovah Knows Those Who Belong To Him"

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    The Watchtower (Study Edition) July 15, 2014.
    Page 7


    Last weekend at the Watchtower study, I spent most of the time working on the figures for my tax return. I did occasionally remember to tune in for some paragraphs. :p

    I'm not sure if it's the way I'm looking at the material, but I just had this impression that paragraph 15 was thrown in as an after-thought.

    Paragraphs 1 and 2 describe how Korah and 250 rebels offered incense to Jehovah at the temple, along with the High Priest Aaron. "A fire from Jehovah" consumed Korah and the 250 men. Aaron was not killed.

    Paragraphs 3 and 4 describe the situation in the first century. Paul speaks of the counterfeit Christians as "being wolves in sheep's clothing, who would subvert the faith of some."

    Paragraph 13, line 3, makes the point: "First of all, it is reassuring to know that Jehovah is well-aware* of our loyalty to him. This is not a passive awareness. Rather, Jehovah is intensely interested in those who belong to him."

    Paragraph 14, line 10, states: "Although a devious person may skillfully deceive other humans for a while, Jehovah's almightiness and righteousness guarantee that "the one covering over his transgressions will not succeed."

    So it looked to me as if a couple of examples were used to illustrate the point that there may be "wolves among the sheep." The point was driven home that Jehovah can read hearts and is able to differentiate between the two groups.

    Now along comes paragraph 15: "The overwhelming majority of Jehovah's people are sincere in their devotion. It would be highly unusual for someone in the congregation to adopt a deceitful form of worship deliberately. Still, if it happened in Moses' day and in the time of the early Christian congregation, it can also happen today. Should we, however, be suspicious of our fellow Christians, second-guessing the genuineness of their loyalty to Jehovah? Absolutely not! It would be wrong to entertain baseless suspicions about our brothers and sisters. What is more, having a tendency to distrust the integrity of others in the congregation would be harmful to our own spirituality."


    If so-called "apostasy" is so dangerous, then the Governing Body would give specific examples of how to identify it. For example, "apostastes have been saying such-and-such. This information is incorrect because etc, etc, etc." If apostates speak "half-truths and lies" then it should be easy to disprove it. That should be a "piece of cake."


    * As a sidepoint, I've never seen "well-aware" spelt with a hyphen connecting the two words. Can someone enlighten me here? Is that American English?

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    Hi,
    In The Bible the word apostasy appears a few times and it is translated from a Greek word. Here is what insight says:
    This term in Greek (a·po·sta·si′a) comes from the verb a·phi′ste·mi, literally meaning “stand away from.â€￾

    So apostasy is standing away from. But away from what? WT of course say you are evil if you apostatize from WT org. But remember always that WT org is not God nor Jesus nor apostles. If you stick to Jehovah God, Jesus and the teachings of the apostles you have not apostatized. They are the authority which WT ORG and we all should stick too.

    But of course it is easy to misunderstand sayings in the scriptures.
     
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    Easy and too often, convenient... The WT is well-aware of this...
     
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    Usually, the WT articles are very well written and don't have spelling or grammar mistakes. There seems to be a mistake here though.

    Here is what I could get online about it :

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    Well is used for making many compound adjectives (=formed from two or more words). In this dictionary, these adjectives appear with a hyphen and this is how you will normally see them when they are not
    used before a noun: a well-known actor

    When these compound adjectives are used after a noun, however, they are usually written without a hyphen: She is well known for her work in TV.

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    The other time we must use hyphenation is to join a word to a past participle to create a single adjective preceding the noun it modifies: "a well-intentioned plan," for example, or "a horseshoe-shaped bar." Be aware, however, that we do not hyphenate these same phrases when they FOLLOW the nouns they modify:

    --This is a government-mandated program.
    --The program is government mandated.

    --She is a well-respected student.
    --She is well respected as a teacher.

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    I saw what you did here..... (Giggle!)
     
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    Oops ! My bad !!! :p

    During the meeting this week-end, the elder who gave the talk quoted Ps 23:5....:

    "You prepare a table for me before my enemies. You refresh my head with oil; My cup is well-filled." - New Version of the NWT

    Former version of the NWT :

    You arrange before me a table in front of those showing hostility to me.
    With oil you have greased my head;
    My cup is well filled.

    I guess that if they wrote it this way, they must have good reasons but I ignore them.
     
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    Other links to sites wherein they say that hyphens can be used when the compound adjective is used after a noun. The WT might not be so wrong, after all ! but my knowledge of the English language stops here.... I can't disagree with what I read here or there. The only thing I can do is to compare sites...

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    A modifier normally hyphenated before a word (a part-time job, a well-liked man) generally keeps the hyphen after a linking verb as a predicate adjective (the job is part-time, he is well-liked). But remember that some of these can be an adverbs, too, as in "she works part time."

    But we often see the hyphen dropped in the "well" compounds, against AP's advice, especially if more modifying words follow (the man is well liked around his neighborhood).

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    According to AP, we must hyphenate well when it is part of a compound modifier: well-dressed, well-informed, well-known. AP also advises that a compound that’s hyphenated before a noun is also hyphenated following a form of the verb to be: The man is well-known. The woman is quick-witted. The children are soft-spoken. The play is second-rate.
    The University of Iowa writing site concurs:

    Compound adjectives beginning with “wellâ€￾ are hyphenated no matter where they are in the sentence.

    When a modifier that would be hyphenated before a noun comes after a form of the verb “to be,â€￾ you usually keep the hyphen to avoid confusion.

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    Conclusion as a quotation in accordance with the site above :

    When the experts contradict themselves and each other, what’s an ordinary Froggy to do ? :p
     

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