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The Bracket Game

Col. 1:16,17 and Uninspired Word Insertions

One feature of the NWT is the usage of brackets:

BRACKETS: In the English readings (interlinear and main) brackets occur. These denote that the word or words enclosed have been inserted by the translator to make some application that is shown by the Greek word or to show something that is understood along with the Greek word because of its grammatical form.(8)

Their use of brackets is especially apparent at Col. 1:16,17 where the word other is inserted into those two verses four times. The NWT renders those verses as follows:

Because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all [other] things and by means of him all [other] things were made to exist.

The reader should be aware that neither of the reasons cited why the NWT translating committee used brackets are applicable in Col. 1:16,17! Those two reasons, as previously stated are: (1) to make some application that is shown by the Greek word or (2) to show something that is understood along with the Greek word because of its grammatical form.

The truth is by inserting the word other in that passage, the NWT has distorted its meaning. Since they teach that Jesus is a created being and Col. 1:16 opposes this by stating that Jesus created all things, then basic logic would declare that Jesus canít be part of his own creation. By inserting the non-inspired word other, which does not appear in the Greek in verses 16 and 17, the meaning is changed, allowing for their erroneous interpretation. Again, the reader should note: The word other does not appear in the Greek text in those two verses! If the Holy Spirit had wanted the inspired writer of that Scripture to use the word other, he easily could have done so as in Gal 1:8,9,19; 2:13; 4:22; 5:17; etc. To insert this word other in Col. 1:16,17 doesnít clarify Scripture, but instead changes the meaning to a distortion that God never intended.

Phil. 2:9 and No Brackets!

When we come to Phil. 2:9, the NWT does not have brackets around the inserted word other, in violation to their own guidelines, even though it is clearly not in the Greek text and was added by the translators. That verse as rendered in the NWT as found in the KIT (1969 edition) is:

For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name.

In contrast, the Greek in the KIT says:

... the name the over every name.

Why did the Watchtower Society unjustly insert the word other in that verse? For anyone who knows the doctrines of the Jehovahís Witnesses, the answer is obvious. In their minds, apart from Scripture to back it up, they think Jesus is Michael the archangel and not deity. Hence, a created being could never have a name above the eternal God, especially when Psa. 83:18 and 148:13 declare:

That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth (NWT).

Let them praise the name of Jehovah, for his name alone is unreachably high (NWT).

Consequently, the word other is inserted in Phil. 2:9, which distorts the meaning of that verse, taking glory away from the Lord Jesus, as was done in Col. 1:16,17.


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