Who Did Jesus tell us to worship?

Who did Jesus tell us to worship?

Talking to a Jehovah Witness the other day, and he quoted Matthew 4:10 as proof Jesus is not God. So lets compare the scripture

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10  (KJV)

Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship,j and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’ Matthew 4:10 (NWT)

When we compare this scripture between the New Word Translation vs other English translations, theres a big difference. Notice in the NWT it seems pretty clear to worship Jehovah only, but is that what the original Greek text says?

The original Greek word is Kyrion which in English always translates to Lord. Jehovah would not be a correct translation here. His response was “Well what scripture is Jesus quoting”? Ok fair enough, as we see Jesus is actually quoting Deuteronomy 6:13 lets compare this scripture

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.  Deuteronomy 6:13 (KJV)

13  Jehovah your God you should fear,m and him you should serve,n and by his name you should swear. Deuteronomy 6:13 (NWT)

So when we look at the original Hebrew , it is Yahweh here so it can be correctly translated as Jehovah. However if we agree that Jesus is quoting this scripture in Matthew 4:10, think about what Jesus is revealing.

Jesus didn’t use the word Yahweh when rebuking Satan, he used Lord. I think we can all agree Jesus is the Lord. So Jesus essentially is mentioning himself where in Deuteronomy Yahweh is. Therefor I actually think by the Jehovah Witnesses exploiting this scripture, there actually proving that Jesus declared himself God

The New Word Translation incorrectly translates Kyrion as Jehovah in Matthew. You don’t have to be a Greek scholar to know that’s an incorrect translation.

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