younger generation is so engrossed in other activities that it feels there is no time for searching in God’s Word. Few of them realize what precious treasure they thrust aside through their indifference.
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE BIBLE
Jehovah’s witnesses have always been very interested in the distribution of the Bible among all peoples of the earth, and everywhere they have worked with what means they had to accomplish this. They thereby made use of the various translations. Even in the field of Bible translation they have worked productively. In 1961 the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures was published in English in one volume, after various single volumes had been published in the preceding eleven years.
Plans were made to publish this distinguished translation in German, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish versions. Without delay the translators went to work, and already in 1963 the Christian Greek Scriptures could be published in these languages. There have already been 445,000 copies printed in German.
After you have read this article you will undoubtedly realize how much effort and work has been put forth over the centuries to acquaint people with the Book of Books, the Word of Jehovah. Innumerable people have devoted their entire lives to spreading God’s Word; many have sacrificed their lives for it. The Bible can also become a valuable treasure for you if you daily read it and search for its truths in fellowship with other faithful Christians.
Graduating Missionaries Counseled to Show Love
THE graduation of the fortieth class of the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead took place September 13, 1965. The class consisted of 108 students who had come from 31 countries and who were now being sent to 43 different lands. The program, which began at 3 p.m. with song and prayer, was presided over by N. H. Knorr, president of the Watchtower Society and the Gilead School.
Brother Knorr also gave the main talk on the subject of Christian love, after a number of others had spoken. He asked the students: “How far must your love reach? Even to your enemies, Jesus said. Now, just because you go peaceably from house to house, talking the Bible to people, some are going to be disturbed and will persecute you. Are you going to hate them for it? No, for Jesus said we must love our enemies. So at every opportunity you have you will talk to them about the hope of everlasting life. You don’t want them destroyed, even if they are your enemies. If you can straighten out their minds regarding Jehovah’s purposes, you will be glad to do that.”—Luke 6:27.
Developing the theme of love further, he quoted and applied Luke 6:31, about ‘doing to others as we would have them do to us.’ “As you go to a foreign assignment you will meet people that may seem peculiar to you, people whose standard of living may be far below that to which you are accustomed. Will you look down upon them for that? No, love will cause you to look upon them as God’s creatures, as fellow humans that have been hurt and oppressed; as people who really need your words of comfort.”
Then Brother Knorr read Philippians 1:9-11, where the apostle Paul prayed for his brothers, that “your love may abound yet more and more with accurate knowledge and full discernment.” “Yes,” he told the students, “you’ve worked with people, you’ve had experience with people. You should be able to show more love than the people whom you meet because of your having taken in this added knowledge.
“There is no law against love, which is one of the fruits of the spirit. A red traffic light tells you to stop your car, and a sign may limit your speed to fifty miles an hour; but there is no law limiting your love. You will never be taken to court because of love.”—Gal. 5:22, 23.