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The vast number of languages that we have literature published in is a marvel and something to be proud of. However, we, as Witnesses, really should not be using these figures as a measure of God’s blessing, and especially not as a way of singling ourselves out as uniquely God’s people. The reason for this should be obvious: since parts of Christendom – the whore of Babylon – publishes the Bible and associated material in more languages than we do, then it follows that these ones also would have God’s blessing, which would likewise abolish any one particular group as being uniquely God’s people (see the works of bible.is, faithcomesbyhearing.com or the Wycliffe Alliance)...

Yes, having 880 languages does count for something. But these notches won’t be found on the yardstick that measures the temple, so to speak.

Take care,


Tom Harley

It's a good point. Are there churches that have published the Bible in more languages than jw.org? Or merely commercial publishers? I haven't looked at that.

If you carry on about the 880 languages just to boast, I agree, it is inappropriate. But if you point to them as evidence that yours is an organization that takes Matt 24:14 seriously, I think there's nothing wrong with that.

Besides the '880 languages' stand for more than the languages themselves, in my book. They stand for all the Witness organization has done to promote and advance true Christianity.

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