Jehovah`s Witness/John 14:14


Hi Derrick,

I am doing a study on John 14:14, and I would like your input in this matter.  I use the NASB which states, "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it."  Notice the key word "Me".  This very clearly shows acceptance of prayer to Jesus.  Most every translation has this word "Me", except for a few translations, namely the KJV (and related versions) and the NWT.

Now, here is what I find interesting.  Whether or not the word "Me" is included completely depends on whether the translation was made from the Textus Receptus or the Westcott and Hort.  The Greek word for "Me" is not included in the Textus Receptus, but it is included in the Westcott and Hort.  Since the KJV (and related versions) came from the Textus Receptus, one would expect "Me" not to be there.  However, the NWT was based on the Westcott and Hort which means it should be there.

Since you are a KJV fan, how do you feel about that particular verse?  And how do you feel about the NWT not staying true to it's base version?


Hello Richard, and thanks for writing.

To be honest, this is not a passage that I have ever researched in my verse-by-verse comparisons.  I have looked at literally hundreds of differences between the Westcott/Hort text, and the Textus Receptus.  But this verse has honestly never come up in that research.

It appears that the difference involves the word "ego" (Me, I), being used 3 times in the WH text, and once in the TR text.  I agree with you, that whether or not "Me" is included, depends on which text you use.  I have always felt the TR was superior, and the definitely less-tampered-with text.  Again, I have not actually looked at this particular passage in my comparisons, however.

As for how I feel about this particular verse, I don't believe the meaning is changed, whether "Me" appears or not, because it is certainly acceptable to ask Jesus for things, and offer prayer to Him.  Even the King James bears this out in certain passages...

1 Cor. 1:2-  "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:"

Notice that "call upon" is in the present tense, indicating that the prayers are ongoing, and not just some point in time where they "called upon" Him for salvation, which certainly would have been done.  But the present tense, indicates a continued and ongoing practice.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9-  "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Acts 7:59-  "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

Acts 9:6-  "And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."

Ananias oonversed with Jesus, in Acts 9:13-15...."Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:"

And the very last prayer/petition offered in the Scriptures....

Rev. 22:20-  "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

It is true that I have some issues with some renderings in Bibles from the Westcott/Hort text, however, this verse is not one of them.  I believe that the implication of John 14:14, in light of the comparative Scriptures above, is that petitioning Jesus IS acceptable, and Scriptural.

While I cannot give you the reason for the difference in the 2 texts on this particular passage, I can tell you that it is certainly Scriptural to pray to the Father, and to the Son, as we have seen several examples of such.

Now, you asked...."And how do you feel about the NWT not staying true to it's base version?"

I think its somewhat hypocritical, but expected.  Especially when done to prop up a teaching that they currently have.  Its one thing if an English translation doesn't read exactly identical to the Greek text for grammatical reasons, but not for doctrinal ones.

I have always said that the NWT used an inferior text (I realize some Christians disagree with that point), and then were not even faithful to the text they chose as their basis.  If its the chosen basis for their translation, then they should adhere to it, instead of changing it when it suits their doctrinal convenience.  I do believe, that other versions taken from the Westcott/Hort text, are better translations than the NWT.  I do want that to be clear, and I do not fall out with Christians who use another version.  I believe the NWT is one of the worst that comes from the WH text, and most scholars agree, notwithstanding the misused quote from Colwell that we see so often here.

I am not sure if this answers the question, but I hope so.  I believe John 14:14 does indicate prayer to Jesus, and is consistent with other passages that do the same.  I also believe the NWT is not faithful to the text that they use as the basis for their "translation".

Take care, and God bless.  

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I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.


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