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(src)="1"> © 2016 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania
(trg)="1"> © 2016 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania

(src)="2"> 1 Jehovah Called Him “ My Friend ”
(trg)="2"> 3 Yehova ua mu Tumbuile Ngueni “ Kavusamba Kange ”

(src)="3"> 2 Imitate Jehovah’s Close Friends
(trg)="3"> 9 Tambuluisenu Vavusamba va Yehova va ha Mutima

(src)="4"> These articles will help us to build a stronger friendship with Jehovah God .
(trg)="4"> Evi vilongesa vi ka tu kuasa ku kaniamesa vusamba vuetu na Yehova Njambi .

(src)="5"> In the first article , we will focus on the example of Abraham .
(trg)="5"> Mu cilongesa ca katete , tu ka lilongesa via lungano lua Avilahama .

(src)="6"> In the second , we will discuss the examples of Ruth , Hezekiah , and Jesus ’ mother , Mary .
(trg)="6"> Mu cilongesa ca mu civali , tu ka lilongesa via lungano lua Lute , Hezekiya , na naye ya Yesu , Maliya .

(src)="7"> 3 Prove Yourself Loyal to Jehovah
(trg)="7"> 14 Puenu Vakua Vusunga Kuli Yehova

(src)="8"> 4 Learn From Jehovah’s Loyal Servants
(trg)="8"> 20 Lilongesenu ku Vangamba va Yehova va Vuoloke

(src)="9"> In these articles , we will examine Bible accounts of King David and his contemporaries .
(trg)="9"> Mu vilongesa evi tu ka lilongesa ha mizimbu ya mu Mbimbiliya ku tuala hali Muangana Ndaviti na vakuavo va yoyele ku ntsimbu yeni .

(src)="10"> These narratives illustrate principles that can help us to prove loyal to Jehovah in the face of challenging circumstances .
(trg)="10"> Lungano luavo lu ka tu kuasa ku tantekeya vati tu hasa ku pua vakua vuoloke kuli Yehova cipue mu vintsimbu via vikalu .

(src)="11"> 5 Highlights From the Book of Ezra
(trg)="12"> 30 Tualelelenuho ku Pangela Yehova na Ndzolela

(src)="12"> COVER IMAGE :
(trg)="13"> CIKUPULO CA HELU :

(src)="13"> In Hétin , a village in a marshy area , most houses are on stilts and pirogues are the main means of transportation .
(trg)="14"> Mu limbo lia Hetin cingi ca vantu va lema ku tunga vindzivo helu lia mema , kaha ve ku pangesa mavuato mu mangendzi avo .

(src)="14"> The 215 publishers and 28 pioneers in three congregations there were delighted that 1,600 attended the Memorial in 2014
(trg)="15"> Vakua ku ambulula 215 na vapioneiro 28 va kala mu vikungulukilo vitatu , va viukilile cikuma omo kua solokele vantu 1,600 ku Mulalelo ua 2014

(src)="15"> POPULATION
(trg)="16"> VANTU VA KALA MU CIFUTI

(src)="16"> PUBLISHERS
(trg)="17"> VAKUA KU AMBULULA

(src)="17"> REGULAR PIONEERS
(trg)="18"> VAPIONEIRO VA NTSIMBU YOSE

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(src)="2"> 41 : 8 .
(trg)="1"> “ Vunoni ove , Isaleli , ngamba yange , Yakomba i nji na hangula , mbuto ya Avilahama kavus mba kange . ” — ISAYA 41 : 8 .

(src)="3"> SONGS : 91 , 22
(trg)="2"> MIASO : 91 , 22

(src)="4"> How did knowledge and experience strengthen Abraham’s faith ?
(trg)="3"> Vati ku tantekeya na vimona via kaniamesele lutsilielo lua Avilahama ?

(src)="5"> What did Abraham do to strengthen his friendship with God ?
(trg)="4"> Vika ua lingile Avilahama mu ku kaniamesa vusamba vueni na Njambi ?

(src)="6"> How can you imitate Abraham in building a friendship with Jehovah ?
(trg)="5"> Vati mu hasa ku kaniamesa vusamba vuenu na Yehova ?

(src)="7"> 1 , 2 . ( a ) How do we know that humans can become God’s friends ?
(trg)="6"> 1 , 2 . ( a ) Vati tua tantekeya nguetu vantu va hasa ku pua vavusamba va Njambi ?

(src)="8"> ( b ) What will we consider in this article ?
(trg)="7"> ( b ) Vika tu lilongesa mu cilongesa cino ?

(src)="9"> FROM the cradle to the grave , our greatest need is love .
(trg)="8"> FUME ha ku semuka na ha ku tsa , tua tonda cilemo .

(src)="10"> Humans do need and crave love ​ — and not just the romantic kind .
(trg)="11"> Vantu va lema vavusamba ve ku va lema , kati ngue lika cilemo ca mu vulo .

(src)="11"> We hunger for friendship and connection with others .
(trg)="12"> Vunoni Despertai !
(trg)="13"> ya tumbula naua via cilemo ci tua tonda tu vose ku hiana viose , tua tonda Yehova a tu leme .

(src)="12"> But there is one kind of love that we need more than any other ​ — Jehovah’s love .
(trg)="14"> Cingi ca vantu va tsiliele nguavo ka va hasa ku pua va vusamba va Njambi , muomu ua hiana ngolo , kaha ka tu hasa ku mu mona .

(src)="13"> Many find it hard to imagine that humans could acquire a close , loving friendship with Almighty God , an invisible Spirit in heaven .
(trg)="15"> Vunoni etu tu tantekeya vusunga !
(trg)="16"> Mu Mbimbiliya mua kala mizimbu ya vantu va puile va vusamba va Njambi .
(trg)="17"> Tu lilongeselenu ku malungano avo .

(src)="14"> Do we share such skepticism ?
(trg)="18"> Omo lia vika ?

(src)="17"> Their examples are worth contemplating , for building such a friendship is the most worthwhile goal we could pursue in life .
(trg)="19"> Muomu ka kuesi cuma ca hiana seho ngeci mua ku likata vusamba na Njambi mu muono .

(src)="18"> An outstanding example of a man who cultivated such a friendship was Abraham .
(trg)="20"> Tu ci lilongesenu lungano lua Avilahama .

(src)="19"> ( Read James 2 : 23 . )
(trg)="21"> ( Tandenu Tiango 2 : 23 . )

(src)="20"> How did Abraham draw so close to Jehovah ?
(trg)="22"> Vati ua puile kavusamba ka Njambi ?

(src)="21"> A key ingredient in that friendship was faith .
(src)="22"> In fact , the Bible calls Abraham “ the father of all those having faith . ”
(trg)="23"> Vusamba vua Avilahama na Njambi vuemanene ha lutsilielo , ngeci va mu tantekeyele ku pua “ ise ya vose vakua ku tsiliela . ”

(src)="23"> So let us see how Abraham’s faith led him to a close friendship with God .
(src)="24"> And each of us may well ask , ‘ How can I imitate Abraham’s faith and strengthen my friendship with Jehovah ? ’
(trg)="24"> ( Loma 4 : 11 ) Omo tu lilongesa lungano lueni , lihulenu nguenu , ‘ Vati nji hasa ku tambuluisa lutsilielo lua Avilahama na ku kolesa vusamba vuange na Yehova ? ’

(src)="25"> 3 , 4 . ( a ) Describe what was likely Abraham’s greatest test of faith . ( b ) Why was Abraham willing to sacrifice Isaac ?
(src)="26"> Picture an elderly man trudging up a mountainside .
(trg)="25"> 3 , 4 . ( a ) Lombololenu via lihitile navio Avilahama . ( b ) Omo lia lutsilielo lueni , vati Avilahama ua vuile ku mutima ha ku ka kombeyela Isake ?

(src)="28"> It is not his age that makes this trek so daunting .
(src)="29"> Abraham may be about 125 years old , but he is still vigorous .
(trg)="26"> Aci singaniekenu , Avilahama ali na miaka 125 a londa muncinda oku enda kamandende kamandende .
(trg)="27"> ( Talenu mezi a kuintsi . )

(src)="30"> Following him is a younger man , perhaps 25 years of age .
(trg)="28"> Kaha Muaneni Isake ali na miaka 25 a mu kava mu nima .

(src)="31"> It is his son Isaac , who is carrying firewood .
(trg)="29"> Isake na ambata cisua ca vikuni , kaha Avilahama na ambata mpoko na viuma vikuavo vi tondeka mu ku ka suameka navio tuhia .

(src)="32"> Abraham has a knife and the means to start a fire .
(trg)="30"> Vungendzi vuaco vua puile vua vukalu kuli Avilahama , kati omo lia citso ceni .

(src)="33"> Jehovah has asked him to sacrifice his own son ! ​ — Gen .
(trg)="31"> Houe !
(trg)="32"> Muomu ua kele na ndzili ya ku puamo .

(src)="34"> 22 : 1 - 8 .
(trg)="33"> Vungendzi vuaco vua kaluuile , muomu Yehova ua mu tumine ku ka kombeleya muaneni ! — Njenisisi 22 : 1 - 8 .

(src)="35"> Abraham was facing what was likely the greatest test of his faith .
(trg)="34"> Avilahama kononokele lika ngoco kuli Njambi ca ku hona ku singanieka

(src)="36"> There are those who say that God was cruel for asking such a thing of Abraham , and some imply that Abraham’s obedience was blind and unfeeling .
(trg)="35"> Eci ca puile citanga ca kama ca lihitile naco Avilahama mu muono .
(trg)="36"> Vantu vamo ve ku handeka nguavo Njambi ua puile cikenia mu ku tuma Avilahama ku kombeyela muaneni .

(src)="37"> They take that position because they have neither the faith nor the understanding of how faith works .
(trg)="38"> Vantu ve ku handeka viuma evi ka va kele na lutsilielo , kaha ka va tantekeya vika lutsilielo lua vusunga na vati lue ku panga .

(src)="38"> Abraham did not obey God blindly .
(trg)="39"> ( 1 Kolintu 2 : 14 - 16 ) Vunoni Avilahama kononokele lika ngoco kuli Njambi , ca ku hona ku singanieka .

(src)="39"> Instead , he obeyed because he could see .
(trg)="40"> Uononokele muomu ua kele na lutsilielo lua vusunga .

(src)="40"> With eyes of genuine faith , he saw that his heavenly Father , Jehovah , never asks His faithful servants to do anything that will result in their lasting harm .
(trg)="41"> Ua kele na vusunga ngecize ka ci tava Yehova a tavese vuhenge ku tualelelaho .

(src)="41"> Abraham knew that if he obeyed Jehovah , his God would bless him and his beloved son .
(trg)="42"> Avilahama ua tantekeyele ngueni nga ononoka , Yehova a ka mu vezikisa hamo na muaneni .

(src)="42"> On what was that faith based ?
(trg)="43"> Vika via tondekele kuli Avilahama linga a kale na lutsilielo lua ku kola ?

(src)="43"> On knowledge and experience .
(trg)="44"> Ku tantekeya na vimona .

(src)="44"> How may Abraham have learned about Jehovah , and how did that knowledge make him feel ?
(trg)="45"> Vati Avilahama ua hasele ku lilongesa via Yehova , kaha ku tantekeya ca mu lingisile ku livua vati ?

(src)="45"> Knowledge .
(trg)="46"> Ku tantekeya .

(src)="46"> Though he grew up in Ur , a Chaldean city rife with idolatry , Abraham came to know about Jehovah .
(trg)="48"> Vantu va mu mbonge yaco va kele na ku lemesa vanjambi va makuli , na ise neni ua va lemesele .

(src)="47"> How did that happen , considering that his own father , Terah , was an idolater ?
(trg)="49"> ( Yehosua 24 : 2 ) Vati Avilahama ua lilongesele via Yehova ?

(src)="48"> The Bible does not say specifically , but it reveals that Abraham was of the ninth generation descended from Shem , one of Noah’s sons and a man of great faith .
(trg)="50"> Mbimbiliya ya muesa ngecize muana Noa Seme ua puile kavusoko ka Avilahama .

(src)="49"> Shem lived until Abraham was about 150 years old .
(trg)="51"> Kaha ua yoyele noho Avilahama tele a lingila ku puisa miaka 150 .

(src)="50"> We do not know for certain if Abraham learned about Jehovah from Shem .
(trg)="52"> Seme ua puile yala ua lutsilielo lua ku hia , mua vusunga ua longesele vavusoko vueni via Yehova .

(src)="51"> However , it seems safe to assume that Shem passed on to his family what he knew about Jehovah .
(src)="52"> Somehow that knowledge reached Abraham and touched his heart .
(trg)="53"> Ka tu tantekeya mpundu , vunoni citava ku keko kua lilongeselele Avilahama vusunga ku tuala hali Yehova .

(src)="53"> He came to love the God he learned about , and that knowledge helped him to build faith .
(trg)="54"> Via lilongesele Avilahama via mu lingisile ku lema Yehova , kaha ku tantekeya caco ca mu kuasele ku kala na lutsilielo .

(src)="54"> 6 , 7 .
(trg)="55"> 6 , 7 .

(src)="55"> How did Abraham’s experiences strengthen his faith ?
(trg)="56"> Viuma vika ua muene Avilahama via kaniamesele lutsilielo lueni ?

(src)="56"> Experience .
(trg)="57"> Vimona .

(src)="57"> How did Abraham acquire experience that strengthened his faith in Jehovah ?
(trg)="58"> Vati viuma via muene Avilahama via kolesele lutsilielo lueni muli Yehova ?

(src)="58"> It has been said that thoughts lead to feelings and feelings lead to actions .
(trg)="59"> Vamo ve ku handeka nguavo visinganieka vie ku koka vizango , kaha vizango vie ku koka vilinga .

(src)="59"> What Abraham learned about God produced in him a profound awe and heartfelt respect for “ Jehovah the Most High God , Maker of heaven and earth . ”
(trg)="60"> Mutima ua Avilahama ua mu tuamenene na viuma via lilongesele hali Njambi , kaha ca mu lingisile ku singimika “ Njambi Mukua ku Hiana viose , mukua ku fuka lilu na mavu . ”

(src)="60"> The Bible calls that feeling “ godly fear , ” and it is essential to building a close friendship with God .
(trg)="61"> ( Njenisisi 14 : 22 ) Mbimbiliya ya tumbula kasingimiko kaco “ vuoma kuli Njambi . ”

(src)="61"> Such godly fear moved Abraham to action .
(trg)="62"> ( VaHevelu 5 : 7 ) Tua pande ku vuila Njambi vuoma , linga tu kale na vusamba vua cili neni .

(src)="62"> God directed elderly Abraham and Sarah to leave Ur and move to a foreign land .
(trg)="63"> ( Visamo 25 : 14 ) Eci cikeco cifua ca lingisile Avilahama ku ononoka Yehova .

(src)="63"> They would live in tents for the rest of their days .
(trg)="64"> Njambi ua lekele Avilahama na Sala ku seza limbo liavo mu Ule na ku nungulukila ku cifuti ca vundzinda .

(src)="64"> By obeying , Abraham opened the way for Jehovah to bless and protect him .
(trg)="65"> Ku ntsimbu ize tele va na kolo mu citso , na ku ka yoyela mu vimbalaka muono uavo uose .

(src)="65"> For example , Abraham feared that his beautiful wife , Sarah , would be taken away from him and that he would be killed .
(trg)="66"> Ambe ngoco Avilahama ua tantekeyele ngecize ku ka kala vusonde vua vuingi , ua hanguile ku ononoka Yehova .

(src)="66"> His fears were well - founded , but Abraham did not let such concerns sidetrack him from obeying Jehovah .
(trg)="67"> Omo lia ku ononoka ceni , Njambi ua mu vezikisile na ku mu niunga .

(src)="67"> More than once , Jehovah stepped in and protected Abraham and Sarah , even doing so miraculously .
(trg)="68"> Ca ku muenako , Omo Avilahama va mu tambuile mpueyeni , Sala , ua kele mu vusonde vua ku mu tsiha .

(src)="68"> Those experiences strengthened Abraham’s faith .
(trg)="70"> ( Njenisisi 12 : 10 - 20 ; 20 : 2 - 7 , 10 - 12 , 17 , 18 ) Viuma via muene Avilahama via kolesele cikuma lutsilielo lueni .

(src)="69"> How can we gain knowledge and experience that will strengthen our friendship with Jehovah ?
(trg)="71"> Vati ku tantekeya na ku limuena viuma ci hasa ku kaniamesa vusamba vuetu na Yehova ?

(src)="70"> Can we build a friendship with Jehovah ?
(trg)="72"> Vuno tu hasa ku likuata vusamba na Yehova ni ?

(src)="71"> We can indeed !
(trg)="73"> Eyo , tu hasa mpundu !

(src)="72"> The needed knowledge and experience are readily available .
(trg)="74"> Ngeci mua Avilahama , tua pande ku lilongesa via Yehova .

(src)="73"> Abraham had only a fraction of the abundant riches of wisdom now contained in the Bible .
(trg)="75"> Lelo lino , vusunga vuose vu tu tonda tu vu uana mu Mbimbiliya .
(trg)="76"> Tuli na mizimbu ya ingi ku tuvakana ya kele nayo Avilahama .

(src)="74"> God’s Word is full of treasures that can deepen our knowledge about the “ Maker of heaven and earth ” and help us to build respect and love for him .
(trg)="77"> ( Ndaniele 12 : 4 ; Loma 11 : 33 ) Mbimbiliya ya sula na vusunga vua uze ua “ Tangele melu na mavu . ”
(trg)="78"> Mizimbu i tue ku lilongesa ye ku tu lingisa ku lema Yehova na ku tu kuasa ku muesa kasingimiko mpundu kuli ikeye .

(src)="75"> As such feelings move us to obey God , we gain experience because we see how obeying him works out .
(trg)="79"> Kaha cilemo na kasingimiko vi ka tu lingisa ku mu ononoka .

(src)="76"> We find that his counsel protects us and that he blesses and strengthens us .
(trg)="80"> Nga tu lingamo tu ka mona vati ue ku tu niunga na ku tu vezikisa , kaha evi vi ka pua vimona kuli etu .

(src)="77"> We learn that wholehearted service to God brings fulfillment , peace , and joy .
(trg)="81"> Nga tu pangela Yehova mu vutuntu , tu ka viukilila , tu ka kala mu ciyulo na ndzolela .

(src)="78"> As we grow in such knowledge and experience , our faith in Jehovah and our friendship with him grow as well .
(trg)="82"> ( Visamo 34 : 8 ; Visimo 10 : 22 ) Omo tu lilongesa via Yehova ntsimbu yose na ku mona vivezikiso vieni , vusamba vuetu vu ka pua vua ku kola cikuma .

(src)="79"> 9 , 10 . ( a ) What is needed for a friendship to become stronger ?
(trg)="83"> 9 , 10 . ( a ) Vika via tondekele linga vusamba vua Avilahama vu pue vua ku kola ?

(src)="80"> ( b ) What shows that Abraham cherished and strengthened his friendship with Jehovah ?
(trg)="84"> ( b ) Vika via muesa ngecize Avilahama ua niungile na ku kaniamesa vusamba vueni na Yehova ?

(src)="81"> A friendship can be a precious treasure .
(trg)="85"> Kavusamba ua ha mutima a hasa ku pua ngue vupite vua seho ya kama .

(src)="82"> ( Read Proverbs 17 : 17 . )
(trg)="86"> ( Tandenu Visimo 17 : 17 . )

(src)="83"> However , friendship is not like an inanimate thing that we might purchase and then store somewhere to gather dust .
(trg)="87"> Kati ngue cikuata ca ndando ya kama ci ve ku pangela ku vuahesa cuma linga ci fuile .