New World Translation: Genesis Chapter 3

Since, the publication of their first bible in 1950, Jehovah’s Witnesses have made three major changes to their bibles. After the release of their first fully bound bible entitled New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures in 1961, they revised this edition in 1984 and then again in 2013.

There are major differences in content between their three bible editions. But what are they? it’s very difficult to know because the Watchtower Society, the organization behind Jehovah’s Witnesses, has not included a change log detailing the differences. Therefore, AvoidJW.org is pleased to provide you with a chapter by chapter comparison of the differences between these editions of their bible.

Text in BLUE is what is different between the 1961 Edition and the 1984 Edition

Text in RED is what has been deleted from the 1984 Edition when compared with the 2013 Edition.

Text in PURPLE is where the text has been completely revised.

Text in GREEN is what has been added to the 2013 Edition when compared with the 1984 Edition.

Genesis

Chapter 3

1961 Edition

1 Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said YOU must not eat from every tree of the garden?”

2 At this the woman said to the serpent: “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat,

3 But as for eating of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘YOU must not eat from it, no, YOU must not touch it for fear YOU may die.’ “

4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “YOU positively will not die.

5 For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God KNOWING good and bad.”

6 Consequently the woman saw that the tree’s fruit was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward she gave some also to her husband when with her and he began eating it.

7 Then the eyes of both of them became opened and they began to realize that they were naked. Hence they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.

8 Later they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden about the breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife went into hiding from the face of Jehovah God in between the trees of the garden.

9 And Jehovah God kept calling to the man and saying to him: “Where are you?”

10 Finally he said: I heard your voice in the garden, but I was afraid because I was naked and so I hid myself.”

11 At that he said: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”

12 And the man went on to say: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and so I ate it.

13 With that Jehovah God said to the woman: “What is this you have done?” To this the woman replied: “The serpent deceived me and so I ate.”

14 And Jehovah God proceeded to say to the serpent: “Because you have done this thing, you are the cursed one out of all the domestic animals and out of all the wild beasts of the field. Upon your belly you will go and dust is what YOU will eat all the days of your life.

15 And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel.”’

16 To the woman he said: “I shall greatly increase the pain of your pregnancy; in birth pangs you will bring forth children, and your longing will be for your husband, and he will dominate you.”’

17 And to Adam he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and took to eating from the tree concerning which I gave you this command: ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce in the days of your life.”

18 And thorns and thistles it will grow for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field.

19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

20 After this Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she had to become the mother of everyone living.

21 And Jehovah God proceeded to make long garments of skin for Adam and for his wife and to clothe them.

22 And Jehovah God went on to say: ”Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad, and now in order that he may not put his hand out and actually take fruit also of the tree of life and eat and live forever,-“

23 With that Jehovah God put him out of the garden of Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.

24 And so he drove the man out and posted at the east of the garden of Eden the cherubs and the flaming blade of a sword that was turning itself continually to guard the way to the tree of life.

1984 Edition

1 Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said YOU must not eat from every tree of the garden?”

At this the woman said to the serpent: “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat.

 But as for [eating] of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘YOU must not eat from it, no, YOU must not touch it that YOU do not die.’”

At this the serpent said to the woman: “YOU positively will not die.

For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God, KNOWING good and bad.”

Consequently the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward she gave some also to her husband when with her and he began eating it.

Then the eyes of both of them became opened and they began to realize that they were naked. Hence they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.

Later they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden about the breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife went into hiding from the face of Jehovah God in between the trees of the garden.

And Jehovah God kept calling to the man and saying to him: “Where are you?”

10 Finally he said: “Your voice I heard in the garden, but I was afraid because I was naked and so I hid myself.”

11 At that he said: “Who told you that you were naked? From the tree from which I commanded you not to eat have you eaten?”

12 And the man went on to say: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me [fruit] from the tree and so I ate.”

13 With that Jehovah God said to the woman: “What is this you have done?” To this the woman replied: “The serpent—it deceived me and so I ate.”

14 And Jehovah God proceeded to say to the serpent: “Because you have done this thing, you are the cursed one out of all the domestic animals and out of all the wild beasts of the field. Upon your belly you will go and dust is what you will eat all the days of your life.

15 And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel.”

16 To the woman he said: “I shall greatly increase the pain of your pregnancy; in birth pangs you will bring forth children, and your craving will be for your husband, and he will dominate you.”

17 And to Adam he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and took to eating from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life.

18 And thorns and thistles it will grow for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field.

19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

20 After this Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she had to become the mother of everyone living.

21 And Jehovah God proceeded to make long garments of skin for Adam and for his wife and to clothe them.

22 And Jehovah God went on to say: “Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad, and now in order that he may not put his hand out and actually take [fruit] also from the tree of life and eat and live to time indefinite,—”

23 With that Jehovah God put him out of the garden of E′den to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.

24 And so he drove the man out and posted at the east of the garden of E′den the cherubs and the flaming blade of a sword that was turning itself continually to guard the way to the tree of life.

2013 Edition

1 Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?”

At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden.

But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’”

At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die.

For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.”

Consequently, the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something desirable to the eyes, yes, the tree was pleasing to look at. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward, she also gave some to her husband when he was with her, and he began eating it.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.

Later they heard the voice of Jehovah God as he was walking in the garden about the breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the face of Jehovah God among the trees of the garden.

And Jehovah God kept calling to the man and saying to him: “Where are you?”

10 Finally he said: “I heard your voice in the garden, but I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”

11 At that he said: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man said: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate.”

13 Jehovah God then said to the woman: “What is this you have done?” The woman replied: “The serpent deceived me, so I ate.”

14 Then Jehovah God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are the cursed one out of all the domestic animals and out of all the wild animals of the field. On your belly you will go, and you will eat dust all the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”

16 To the woman he said: “I will greatly increase the pain of your pregnancy; in pain you will give birth to children, and your longing will be for your husband, and he will dominate you.”

17 And to Adam he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life.

18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field.

19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

20 After this Adam named his wife Eve, because she was to become the mother of everyone living.

21 And Jehovah God made long garments from skins for Adam and for his wife, to clothe them.

22 Jehovah God then said: “Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad. Now in order that he may not put his hand out and take fruit also from the tree of life and eat and live forever,—”

23 With that Jehovah God expelled him from the garden of E′den to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.

24 So he drove the man out, and he posted at the east of the garden of E′den the cherubs and the flaming blade of a sword that was turning continuously to guard the way to the tree of life.