All the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction.—Rom. 15:4.
God did not restrict his communication with humans to Hebrew. After the Babylonian exile, Aramaic became the everyday language of some of God’s people. Perhaps to indicate what was to come, Jehovah inspired the prophets Daniel and Jeremiah and the priest Ezra to record portions of their Bible books in Aramaic. Alexander the Great later conquered much of the ancient world, and common, or Koine, Greek became an international language. Many Jews began to speak that language, leading to the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. This translation, thought to have been done by 72 translators, became known as the Septuagint. It was the first translation of the Bible and one of the most important. The work of so many translators resulted in varied translation styles, from literal to rather free. Nevertheless, the Septuagint was viewed as God’s Word by Greek-speaking Jews and later by Christians. w15 12/15 1:4-6
Song 47 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Are You Serving Jehovah Continually?”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Da 4:29-37
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) inv
Return Visit: (4 min. or less) inv
—The meeting invitation was placed on the preceding visit. Demonstrate a return visit.
Bible Study: (6 min. or less) bh 120 ¶16
—Encourage the student to demonstrate integrity despite opposition from a family member.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“Train Them to Serve Jehovah Continually”: (15 min.) Discussion. Afterward, play and discuss the video that shows an experienced publisher working in the ministry with a new publisher.
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 109 and Prayer