New World Translation: Genesis Chapter 4

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 4

1961 Edition

1 Now Adam had intercourse with Eve his wife and she became pregnant. In time she gave birth to Cain and said: “I have acquired a man with the aid of Jehovah.”

2 Later she again gave birth, to his brother Abel. And Abel came to be a shepherd, but Cain became a cultivator of the ground.

3 And it came about at the expiration of some time that Cain proceeded to bring some fruits of the ground as an offering to Jehovah.

4 But as for Abel, he, too, brought some firstlings of his flock, even their fatty pieces. Now while Jehovah was looking with favor upon Abel and his offering,

5 he did not look with any favor upon Cain and upon his offering. And Cain grew hot with great anger anger and his countenance began to fall.

6 At this Jehovah said to Cain: “Why are you hot with anger and why has your countenance fallen?

7 If you turn to doing good, will there not be an exaltation? But if you do not turn to doing good, there is sin crouching at the entrance and its longing is for you, and you ought to get the mastery over it.

8 After that Cain said to Abel his brother: [“Let us go over into the field.”] So it came about that while they were In the field Cain went to assaulting Abel his brother and striking him dead.

9 Later on Jehovah said to Cain: “Where is Abel your brother?”‘ and he said: “I do not know. Am I my brother’s guardian?”

10 At this he said: “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.”

11 And now you are cursed in banishment from the ground which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hand.”

12 When you cultivate the ground it will not give you back its produce. A wanderer and a fugitive you will become in the earth.”

13 At this Cain said to Jehovah: “My punishment for guilt is too great to carry.

14 Here you are actually driving me this day from off the surface of the ground, and from your face I shall be concealed and I must become a wanderer and fugitive on the earth, and it is certain that anyone finding me will strike me dead.”

15 At this Jehovah said to him: “For that reason anyone striking Cain dead must suffer vengeance seven times.” And so Jehovah set up a sign for Cain in order that no one finding him should strike him.

16 With that Cain went away from the face of Jehovah and took up residence in the land of Fugitiveness to the east of Eden.

17 Afterward Cain had intercourse with his wife and she became pregnant and gave birth to E’noch. Then he engaged in building a city and called the city’s name by the name of his son E’noch.

18 Later there was born to E’noch I’rad. And I’rad became father to Me.hu’ja.el, and Me-hu’ja.el became father to Me.thu’sha.el, and Me.thu’sha.el became father to La’mech.

19 And La’mech proceeded to take two wives for himself. The name of the first was A’dah and the name of the second was Zil’lah.

20 In time A’dah gave birth to Ja’bal. He proved to be the founder of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

21 And the name of his brother was Ju’bal. He proved to be the founder of all those who handle the harp and the pipe.

22 As for Zil’lah, she, too, gave birth to Tu’bal-cain, the forger o every sort of tool of copper and iron. And the sister of Tu’bal-cain was Na’a.mah.

23 Consequently La’mech composed these words for his wives A’dah and Zil’lah: “Hear my voice,· you wives of La’mech; “Give ear to my saying:  “A man will I strike dead for wounding me, “Yes, a young man for giving me a blow.

24 “If seven times Cain is to be avenged, “Then La’mech seventy times and seven.”

25 And Adam proceeded to have intercourse again with his wife and so she gave birth to a son and called his name Seth, because, as she said, “God has appointed another seed in place of Abel, because Cain struck him dead.”

26 And to Seth also there was born a son and he took to calling his name E’nosh. At that time a start was made of calling on the name of Jehovah.

1984 Edition

1 Now Adam had intercourse with Eve his wife and she became pregnant. In time she gave birth to Cain and said: “I have produced a man with the aid of Jehovah.”

Later she again gave birth, to his brother Abel. And Abel came to be a herder of sheep, but Cain became a cultivator of the ground.

 And it came about at the expiration of some time that Cain proceeded to bring some fruits of the ground as an offering to Jehovah.

But as for Abel, he too brought some firstlings of his flock, even their fatty piecesNow while Jehovah was looking with favor upon Abel and his offering,

he did not look with any favor upon Cain and upon his offering. And Cain grew hot with great anger, and his countenance began to fall.

At this Jehovah said to Cain: “Why are you hot with anger and why has your countenance fallen?

If you turn to doing good, will there not be an exaltation? But if you do not turn to doing good, there is sin crouching at the entrance, and for you is its cravingand will you, for your part, get the mastery over it?

After that Cain said to Abel his brother: [“Let us go over into the field.”] So it came about that while they were in the field Cain proceeded to assault Abel his brother and kill him.

Later on Jehovah said to Cain: “Where is Abel your brother?” and he said: “I do not know. Am I my brother’s guardian?”

10 At this he said: “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.

11 And now you are cursed in banishment from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hand.

12 When you cultivate the ground, it will not give you back its power. A wanderer and a fugitive you will become in the earth.”

13 At this Cain said to Jehovah: “My punishment for error is too great to carry.

14 Here you are actually driving me this day from off the surface of the ground, and from your face I shall be concealed; and I must become a wanderer and fugitive on the earth, and it is certain that anyone finding me will kill me.”

15 At this Jehovah said to him: “For that reason anyone killing Cain must suffer vengeance seven times.” And so Jehovah set up a sign for Cain in order that no one finding him should strike him.

16 With that Cain went away from the face of Jehovah and took up residence in the land of Fugitiveness to the east of Eden.

17 Afterward Cain had intercourse with his wife and she became pregnant and gave birth to E′noch. Then he engaged in building a city and called the city’s name by the name of his son E′noch.

18 Later there was born to E′noch I′rad. And I′rad became father to Me·hu′ja·el, and Me·hu′ja·el became father to Me·thu′sha·el, and Me·thu′sha·el became father to La′mech.

19 And La′mech proceeded to take two wives for himself. The name of the first was A′dah and the name of the second was Zil′lah.

20 In time A′dah gave birth to Ja′bal. He proved to be the founder of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

21 And the name of his brother was Ju′bal. He proved to be the founder of all those who handle the harp and the pipe.

22 As for Zil′lah, she too gave birth to Tu′bal-cain, the forger of every sort of tool of copper and iron. And the sister of Tu′bal-cain was Na′a·mah.

23 Consequently La′mech composed these words for his wives A′dah and Zil′lah: “Hear my voice, you wives of La′mech; Give ear to my saying: A man I have killed for wounding me, Yes, a young man for giving me a blow.

24 If seven times Cain is to be avenged, Then La′mech seventy times and seven.”

25 And Adam proceeded to have intercourse again with his wife and so she gave birth to a son and called his name Seth, because, as she said: “God has appointed another seed in place of Abel, because Cain killed him.”

26 And to Seth also there was born a son and he proceeded to call his name E′nosh. At that time a start was made of calling on the name of Jehovah.

2013 Edition

1 Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said: “I have produced a male child with the help of Jehovah.”

Later she again gave birth, to his brother Abel. Abel became a shepherd of the flock, but Cain became a cultivator of the ground.

After some time, Cain brought some fruits of the land as an offering to Jehovah.

But Abel brought some firstlings of his flock, including their fat. While Jehovah looked with favor on Abel and on his offering,

he did not look with any favor on Cain and on his offering. So Cain grew hot with anger and was dejected.

Then Jehovah said to Cain: “Why are you so angry and dejected?

If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?”

After that Cain said to his brother Abel: “Let us go over into the field.” So while they were in the field, Cain assaulted his brother Abel and killed him.

Later on, Jehovah said to Cain: “Where is your brother Abel?” and he said: “I do not know. Am I my brother’s guardian?”

10 At this He said: “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.

11 And now you are cursed in banishment from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.

12 When you cultivate the ground, it will not give you back its produceYou will become a wanderer and a fugitive in the earth.”

13 At this Cain said to Jehovah: “The punishment for my error is too great to bear.

14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your face; and I will become a wanderer and a fugitive on the earth, and anyone who finds me will certainly kill me.”

15 So Jehovah said to him: “For that reason, anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times.” So Jehovah set up a sign for Cain in order that no one finding him would strike him.

16 Then Cain went away from before Jehovah and took up residence in the land of Exile, to the east of E′den.

17 Afterward Cain had sexual relations with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to E′noch. Then he engaged in building a city and named the city after his son E′noch.

18 Later I′rad was born to E′noch. And I′rad became father to Me·hu′ja·el, and Me·hu′ja·el became father to Me·thu′sha·el, and Me·thu′sha·el became father to La′mech.

19 La′mech took two wives for himself. The name of the first was A′dah, and the name of the second was Zil′lah.

20 A′dah gave birth to Ja′bal. He was the founder of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

21 His brother’s name was Ju′bal. He was the founder of all those who play the harp and the pipe.

22 Also, Zil′lah gave birth to Tu′bal-cain, who forged every sort of tool of copper and iron. And the sister of Tu′bal-cain was Na′a·mah.

23 Then La′mech composed these words for his wives A′dah and Zil′lah: “Hear my voice, you wives of La′mech; Give ear to my saying: A man I have killed for wounding me, Yes, a young man for striking me.

24 If 7 times Cain is to be avenged, Then La′mech 77 times.”

25 Adam again had sexual relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth because, as she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring in place of Abel, because Cain killed him.”

26 There was also born to Seth a son, and he named him E′nosh. At that time people began calling on the name of Jehovah.