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(src)="2"> October 1 , 2012
(trg)="1"> Table of Contents

(src)="3"> © 2012 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania .
(trg)="2"> © 2012 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania .

(src)="4"> Wɔ Pɛ Nɛ Wa Ngɛ He Blɔ .
(trg)="3"> All rights reserved .

(src)="5"> E MI MUNYUHI NƐ SƐ HLAMI
(trg)="4"> FROM OUR COVER

(src)="6"> 3 Haomihi Nɛ Yihi Kɛ Kpeɔ
(trg)="5"> 3 The Odds Against Women

(src)="7"> 4 Anɛ Mawu Susuɔ Yihi A He Niinɛ Lo ?
(trg)="6"> 4 Does God Really Care About Women ?

(src)="8"> 8 Mawu Buɔ Yihi
(trg)="7"> 8 Respect and Dignity Under God’s Care

(src)="9"> MUNYU KPAHI HU NƐ NGƐ MI
(trg)="8"> REGULAR FEATURES

(src)="10"> 16 Kase Ní Kɛ Je Mawu Munyu ɔ Mi — Mɛni Maa Ba Ngɛ Kojomi Ligbi ɔ Nɔ ?
(trg)="9"> 16 Learn From God’s Word ​ — What Will Happen on Judgment Day ?

(src)="13"> O Kɛ Kã Nɛ Da Haomihi Nɛ O Kɛ Kpeɔ Mwɔnɛ ɔ A Nya
(src)="14"> BAFA 11 • LAHI : 54 , 33
(trg)="10"> 21 Draw Close to God ​ — “ The Nations Will Have to Know That I Am Jehovah ”

(src)="16"> Mɛni Su Kpo O Jeɔ ?
(trg)="11"> 22 Did You Know ?

(src)="20"> BAFA 23 • LAHI : 54 , 1
(trg)="12"> 23 Our Readers Ask . . .

(src)="21"> DECEMBER 17 - 23 , 2012
(src)="22"> Mo Ha Nɛ O Ee Nɛ Pee Ee
(trg)="13"> Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Women Ministers ?

(src)="23"> BAFA 28 • LAHI : 18 , 43
(trg)="14"> 24 A Letter From Greece

(src)="24"> YI MI TOMI NƐ MUNYUHI NƐ A MAA KASE Ɔ HƐƐ
(trg)="15"> 30 Teach Your Children ​ — Gehazi Was Ruined by Greed

(src)="25"> MUNYU NƐ A MAA KASE 1 BAFA 11 - 15
(trg)="16"> ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

(src)="26"> Waa kɛ haomi nguahi kpeɔ ngɛ wa be nɛ ɔ mi .
(trg)="17"> 12 Now I Know the God I Worship

(src)="30"> MUNYU NƐ A MAA KASE 2 BAFA 18 - 22
(trg)="18"> 18 Kindness ​ — Essential in the Sight of God

(src)="33"> MUNYUHI NƐ A MAA KASE 3 , 4 BAFA 23 - 32
(trg)="19"> 26 God’s Name Made Known in Swahili

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(src)="2"> “ Ke i na bɔnɛ a peeɔ yihi ha a , e dɔɔ mi kaa imi hu ma wa ba pee yo nɔkɔtɔma . ” — ZAHRA , E YE JEHA 15 , a je e munyu ɔ kɛ je French GEO womi tɛtlɛɛ ɔ mi .
(trg)="1"> “ When I see how women are treated , I really don’t want to become one . ” ​ — ZAHRA , 15 YEARS OLD , quoted in the magazine GEO , French edition .

(src)="3"> MUNYU nɛ Zahra tu nɛ ngɛ hiɔ nɔ ɔ ngɛ mi nitsɛnitsɛ .
(src)="4"> Ngɛ je ɔ mi tsuo ɔ , a peeɔ yihi basabasa nɛ a bui mɛ .
(trg)="2"> THE words of the young girl , shown above , reveal a grim reality ​ — worldwide , violence and discrimination affect girls and women throughout their lives .

(src)="5"> Mo susu anɔkuale munyuhi nɛ nyɛɛ se nɛ ɔ a he nɛ o hyɛ .
(trg)="3"> Consider these facts .

(src)="6"> ● Bumi nɛ a be ha yihi .
(trg)="4"> Gender discrimination .

(src)="7"> Ngɛ Asia a , fɔli fuu suɔ kaa a fɔ binyumuwi pe biyiwi .
(trg)="5"> In Asia , most parents prefer boys to girls .

(src)="8"> Amaniɛ bɔmi nɛ́ Je Ma Amɛ A Kake Peemi blɔ nya tomi ɔ kɛ ha ngɛ jeha 2011 ɔ tsɔɔ kaa ngɛ Asia a , akɛnɛ ke yihɔyihi na kaa a ma fɔ biyo nɛ́ a jeɔ hɔ ɔ , aloo ke a fɔ biyo ɔ a gbeɔ bimwɔyo ɔ , aloo a kuaa lɛ heje ɔ , yihi a yibɔ ngɛ Asia a nɔ gbɔ maa pee ayɔ 134 .
(trg)="6"> A 2011 UN report estimates that in that part of the world , nearly 134 million women are missing from the population as a result of abortion , infanticide , and neglect .

(src)="9"> ● Sukuu yami .
(trg)="7"> Education .

(src)="10"> Ngɛ je ɔ mi tsuo ɔ , ke a hla nihi etɛ nɛ a yɛ sukuu kɛ sui jeha eywiɛ ɔ , a kpɛti nihi enyɔ ji yihi .
(trg)="8"> Worldwide , women and girls make up two thirds of those who had less than four years of schooling .

(src)="11"> ● Bɔmi nami sane nɛ a kɛ haoɔ nɔ .
(trg)="9"> Sexual harassment .

(src)="12"> Loloolo ɔ , ngɛ ma komɛ a nɔ ɔ , ke nɔ ko kɛ e yo ná bɔmi pani nya a , nihi nɛ tɔmi ko ngɛ he .
(trg)="10"> Over 2.6 billion women live in countries where marital rape is still not considered a crime .

(src)="14"> ● Nɔmlɔtso mi he wami nami .
(trg)="11"> Health .

(src)="15"> Ngɛ mahi nɛ a be sika tsɔ a mi ɔ , hɛngmɛfia enyɔ tsuaa hɛngmɛfia enyɔ mi ɔ , yohɔyo ko gboɔ ngɛ hɔ ngɔmi kɛ bi fɔmi sanehi a mi ngɛ hyɛmi kpakpa nɛ a hyɛ we mɛ ɔ heje .
(trg)="12"> In developing countries , about every two minutes , a woman dies from pregnancy or childbirth complications as a result of the lack of basic medical care .

(src)="16"> ● Weto ní .
(trg)="13"> Property rights .

(src)="17"> E ngɛ mi kaa yihi ji nihi nɛ a kɛ ngmɔ ní nɛ ngɛ je ɔ mi ɔ mi nɔ́ nɛ hiɛ pe fã baa mohu lɛɛ , se ngɛ mahi fuu a nɔ ɔ , yihi be he blɔ nɛ a náa mɛ nitsɛmɛ a weto ní loo zugba .
(trg)="14"> Although women cultivate more than half the world’s crops , in many countries they have no legal right to own property or inherit land .

(src)="18"> Mɛni heje nɛ a ngmɛ́ yihi blɔ nɛ mɛ hu a ná níhi nɛ sa kaa nɔ tsuaa nɔ nɛ ná a eko ɔ ?
(trg)="15"> Why have women been deprived of such basic rights ?

(src)="19"> Ni komɛ kaseɔ jami mi hemi kɛ yemi kɛ ní peepeehi nɛ haa nɛ nihi peeɔ yihi basabasa nɛ a waa mɛ yi mi ɔ .
(trg)="16"> Some cultures follow religious beliefs and practices that foster or even justify abuse of women and violence against them .

(src)="20"> French adafi fiami womi ko tsɛ India mlaa lelɔ ko nɛ a tsɛɛ lɛ Chandra Rami Chopra a munyu se .
(src)="21"> Adafi fiami womi ɔ tsɔɔ kaa mlaa lelɔ ɔ de ke : “ Mlaahi nɛ a wo ngɛ jamihi tsuo a mi ɔ kplɛɛ nɔ́ kake ko nɔ : A fi se kaa nihi nɛ a ko bu yihi . ”
(trg)="17"> A French daily quoted Indian lawyer Chandra Rami Chopra , who noted : “ All religious laws have something in common : They support discrimination against women . ”

(src)="22"> Anɛ mo hu o hɛɛ susumi nɛ ɔ lo ?
(trg)="18"> Do you share this view ?

(src)="23"> Anɛ o susu kaa Baiblo ɔ tsɔɔ kaa yihi a he hia we kaa bɔnɛ jami mi womi kpahi fuu tsɔɔ ɔ lo ?
(trg)="19"> Do you think that the Bible belittles women , as many other religious books do ?

(src)="24"> Ngɛ ni komɛ a blɔ fa mi ɔ , a susu kaa jã ji bɔnɛ Baiblo mi ngmami komɛ tsɔɔ .
(trg)="20"> To some , certain Bible verses seem to give that impression .

(src)="25"> Se kɛ Mawu nɛ e ha nɛ a ngma Baiblo ɔ buu yihi ha kɛɛ ?
(trg)="21"> But how does the God of the Bible really view women ?

(src)="26"> E ngɛ mi kaa munyu nɛ ɔ yeɔ nihi a tsui mohu lɛɛ , se ke wa ná tsui nɛ waa kɛ anɔkuale yemi susu nɔ́ nɛ Baiblo ɔ de ɔ he saminya a , e maa ye bua wɔ nɛ wa maa na heto ɔ .
(src)="27"> [ He Nɛ Foni ngɛ bafa 3 ]
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(trg)="22"> Though this can be an emotional issue , careful and honest analysis of what the Bible says will help us find the answer .

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(src)="2"> “ Yo lɛ e kɛ yayami ba , nɛ yo lɛ ma ha nɛ wɔ tsuo wa ma gbo . ” ​ — ECCLESIASTICUS , A NGMA JEHA LAFA ENYƆ LOKO A FƆ YESU .
(trg)="1"> “ Sin began with a woman , and thanks to her we must all die . ” ​ — ECCLESIASTICUS , SECOND CENTURY B.C.E .

(src)="3"> “ O nɔ nɛ Abosiami gu kɛ tsu ní : mo nɛ o ye tso yiblii nɛ a ke a ko ye ɔ kekleekle : mo ji nɔ kekleekle nɛ kua Mawu mlaa a . . .
(trg)="2"> “ You are the devil’s gateway : you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree : you are the first deserter of the divine law . . .

(src)="4"> O puɛ nyumu nɛ Mawu bɔ ngɛ e subai nɔ ɔ ngɛ blɔ nɛ yi nɔ . ” ​ — TERTULLIAN , ON THE APPAREL OF WOMEN , A NGMA JEHA LAFA ENYƆ BENƐ A FƆ YESU SE .
(trg)="3"> You destroyed so easily God’s image , man . ” ​ — TERTULLIAN , ON THE APPAREL OF WOMEN , SECOND CENTURY C.E .

(src)="5"> BLEMA munyu nɛ ɔmɛ be Baiblo ɔ mi .
(trg)="4"> THOSE ancient verses are not from the Bible .

(src)="6"> A kɛ munyu nɛ ɔmɛ tsu ní jeha lafahi abɔ kɛ tsɔɔ kaa tɔmi ko be he kaa nihi bui yihi .
(trg)="5"> For centuries , they have been used to justify discrimination against women .

(src)="7"> Mwɔnɛ ɔ po ɔ , nihi nɛ a sane he wa a tsɛɔ jami mi munyuhi a se kɛ tsɔɔ kaa tɔmi ko be he kaa nihi yeɔ yihi a nɔ , nɛ a tsɔɔ kaa e sa nɛ a pia yihi ngɛ haomihi nɛ adesahi kɛ ngɛ kpee ɔ a he .
(trg)="6"> Even today , some extremists still cite religious texts to legitimize the domination of women , claiming that women are to blame for mankind’s ills .

(src)="8"> Anɛ Mawu suɔmi nya ji kaa nyumuhi nɛ́ a ko bu yihi , nɛ a pee mɛ níhi nɛ sɛ lo ?
(trg)="7"> Did God really purpose for women to be scorned and abused by men ?

(src)="9"> Mɛni ji nɔ́ nɛ Baiblo ɔ de ?
(trg)="8"> What does the Bible say ?

(src)="10"> Ha nɛ waa hyɛ .
(trg)="9"> Let us see .

(src)="12"> Dɛbi .
(trg)="10"> No .

(src)="13"> Mohu ɔ , “ blema sinɔ nguaa a nɛ a tsɛɛ lɛ ke Abosiami ” ɔ ji nɔ nɛ Mawu “ gbiɛ . ”
(trg)="11"> Instead , it is “ the original serpent , the one called Devil , ” who has been “ cursed ” by God .

(src)="14"> Benɛ Mawu de ke Adam ‘ maa ye e yo ɔ nɔ ’ ɔ , Mawu tsɔɔ we kaa e kplɛɛ nɔ kaa nyumu nɛ e ye yo nɔ .
(trg)="12"> When God said that Adam would “ dominate ” his wife , God was not indicating his approval of the subjugation of woman by man .

(src)="15"> ( 1 Mose 3 : 16 ) Mohu ɔ , e ngɛ haomi nɛ maa je yayami nɛ kekleekle nyumu ɔ kɛ e yo ɔ pee ɔ mi kɛ ba a he munyu tue kɛkɛ .
(trg)="13"> He was simply foretelling the sad consequences of sin on the first couple .

(src)="16"> Lɔɔ he ɔ , yayami nɛ ngɛ adesahi a he ɔ heje nɛ nihi peeɔ yihi basabasa a nɛ , se pi Mawu suɔmi nya ji kaa a pee mɛ jã .
(trg)="14"> Thus , the abuse of women is a direct outcome of the sinful nature of humans , not of God’s will .

(src)="17"> Baiblo ɔ fi we se kaa a ye yihi a nɔ konɛ a kɛ gbla a tue ngɛ sisije yayami nɛ a pee ɔ he . — Romabi 5 : 12 .
(src)="18"> ▪ Anɛ Mawu bɔ nyumu nɛ e nɔ kuɔ pe yo lo ?
(trg)="15"> The Bible does not support the idea that women must be subjugated to men in order to atone for the original sin . ​ — Romans 5 : 12 .

(src)="19"> Dɛbi .
(trg)="16"> No .

(src)="20"> A de ngɛ 1 Mose 1 : 27 ɔ ke : “ Kɛkɛ nɛ Mawu bɔ nɔmlɔ , nɛ e pee lɛ kaa bɔnɛ lɛ nitsɛ e ngɛ ɔ ; e bɔ nyumu kɛ yo . ”
(trg)="17"> Genesis 1 : 27 states : “ God proceeded to create the man in his image , in God’s image he created him ; male and female he created them . ”

(src)="21"> Enɛ ɔ tsɔɔ kaa kɛ je sisije tɔɔ nɛ Mawu bɔ nyumu kɛ yo konɛ a nyɛ nɛ a je e su ɔmɛ kpo .
(trg)="18"> So from the very beginning , humans ​ — both male and female — ​ were created with the ability to reflect God’s qualities .

(src)="22"> E ngɛ mi kaa e slo bɔnɛ Adam kɛ Hawa a ti nɔ tsuaa nɔ ngɛ kɛ bɔnɛ a nuɔ níhi a he ha mohu lɛɛ , se a kɛ fami kake ha mɛ tsuo , nɛ a Bɔlɔ ɔ nɛ a ti nɔ ko kaa e nɔ kuɔ pe e nyɛmi . — 1 Mose 1 : 28 - 31 .
(trg)="19"> Although Adam and Eve had their own unique emotional and physical makeup , they both received the same commission and enjoyed the same rights before their Maker . ​ — Genesis 1 : 28 - 31 .

(src)="23"> Loko Mawu maa bɔ Hawa a , e de ke : ‘ Ma ha Adam he piɛɛlɔ nɛ sa lɛ . ’
(trg)="20"> Prior to Eve’s creation , God declared : “ I am going to make a helper for him [ Adam ] , as a complement of him . ”

(src)="24"> ( 1 Mose 2 : 18 ) Anɛ munyu nɛ ji “ he piɛɛlɔ nɛ sa lɛ ” ɔ tsɔɔ kaa nyumu ɔ nɔ kuɔ pe yo ɔ lo ?
(trg)="21"> Does the word “ complement ” imply that the woman was inferior to the man ?

(src)="25"> Dɛbi , ejakaa a ma nyɛ maa tsɔɔ Hebri munyungu ɔ sisi hu kaa nyumu ɔ “ yemi kɛ bualɔ nɛ sa . ”
(trg)="22"> No , because this Hebrew word can also be rendered “ counterpart ” or “ a help corresponding to ” man .

(src)="26"> Kaa nɔ hyɛmi nɔ́ ɔ , wa ngɛ dɔkita nɛ e gbaa nɔ , kɛ dɔkita nɛ e peeɔ tsopa kɛ haa nɔ loko a gbaa lɛ konɛ e ko ye lɛ .
(trg)="23"> Think of the complementary roles played by a surgeon and an anesthetist during surgery .

(src)="27"> Anɛ a ti nɔ ko ma nyɛ ma tsu ní nɛ e nyɛmi yemi kɛ buami he be lɛ hiae lo ?
(trg)="24"> Can one manage without the other ?

(src)="28"> Dɛbi !
(trg)="25"> Hardly !

(src)="29"> E ngɛ mi kaa dɔkita nɛ gbaa nɔ ɔ ji nɔ nɛ gbaa hiɔtsɛ mohu lɛɛ , se anɛ lɔɔ tsɔɔ kaa jamɛ a dɔkita a he hia pe dɔkita nɛ peeɔ tsopa kɛ haa nɔ loko a gbaa lɛ ɔ lo ?
(trg)="26"> Though the surgeon performs the actual operation , is he more important ?

(src)="30"> Dɛbi .
(trg)="27"> It is hard to say .

(src)="31"> Jã nɔuu kɛ̃ nɛ Mawu hu bɔɛ nyumu ɔ kɛ e yo ɔ kaa a kɛ a sibi nɛ si koli , mohu ɔ , e bɔ mɛ kaa a pee kake kɛ ye bua a sibi . — 1 Mose 2 : 24 .
(trg)="28"> Likewise , God created the man and the woman to cooperate closely , not to compete with each other . ​ — Genesis 2 : 24 .

(src)="33"> Akɛnɛ Mawu le kaa adesahi ji yayami peeli nɛ nyumuhi ma nyɛ maa pee yihi basabasa heje ɔ , e sɛ hlami wo mlaa nɛ maa po yihi a he piɛ .
(trg)="29"> Foreseeing what fallen , sinful men would do , God early on expressed his intention to protect women .

(src)="34"> Benɛ womi ngmalɔ ko nɛ a tsɛɛ lɛ ke Laure Aynard ngɛ Mose Mlaa nɛ a kɛ ha maa pee jeha 1,500 loko a fɔ Yesu ɔ he munyu tue ɔ , e ngma ngɛ e womi nɛ ji La Bible au féminin ( Nɔ́ Nɛ Baiblo ɔ De Ngɛ Yihi A He ) ɔ mi ke : “ Behi fuu ɔ , ke Mlaa somi ɔ wo yihi a ta a , e peeɔ jã konɛ e kɛ fã a he . ”
(trg)="30"> Speaking of the Mosaic Law , instituted in the 16th century B.C.E . , author Laure Aynard , in her book La Bible au féminin ( The Bible in the Feminine Gender ) , notes : “ For the most part , when the Law covenant speaks of the woman , it is to defend her . ”

(src)="35"> Kaa nɔ hyɛmi nɔ́ ɔ , Mlaa a biɔ nɛ bimɛ nɛ a bu a tsɛmɛ kɛ a nyɛmɛ nɛ́ a wo a hɛ mi nyami .
(trg)="31"> For instance , the Law commanded honor and respect for both father and mother .

(src)="36"> ( 2 Mose 20 : 12 ; 21 : 15 , 17 ) Mlaa a biɔ hu nɛ a susu yihɔyihi a he wawɛɛ .
(trg)="32"> It also required that due consideration be shown to pregnant women .

(src)="37"> ( 2 Mose 21 : 22 ) Mwɔnɛ ɔ po ɔ , he bumi nɛ mlaa nɛ ɔmɛ nɛ Mawu wo ɔ kɛ haa a , ngɛ slɔɔto kulaa ngɛ mlaa nya he blɔhi nɛ a ha we yihi ɔ ngɛ mahi fuu a nɔ ɔ he .
(src)="38"> Se níhi fuu ngɛ Mlaa a mi nɛ tsɔɔ kaa Mawu susuɔ yihi a he .
(src)="39"> Mlaa Nɛ Tsɔɔ Bɔnɛ Mawu Buu Yihi Ha
(trg)="33"> Even today , the protection provided by those laws of God stands in sharp contrast with the lack of legal rights that some women experience in many parts of the world .

(src)="40"> Nyumuhi kɛ yihi tsuo ná Mlaa nɛ Yehowa Mawu kɛ ha Israel ma a he se .
(trg)="34"> But there is more .

(src)="41"> Mlaa a ha nɛ a he tsɔ ngɛ nɔmlɔtso mi , kɛ je mi bami mi , nɛ e ha nɛ huɛ bɔmi kpakpa hu hi a kɛ Yehowa a kpɛti .
(trg)="35"> The Law that Jehovah God gave the nation of Israel provided the people ​ — men and women — ​ with boundless physical , moral , and spiritual benefits .

(src)="42"> Benɛ Israelbi ɔmɛ bu Yehowa tue nɛ a ye e Mlaa a nɔ ɔ , Yehowa wo a “ nɔ gojoo pe je ma amɛ tsuo . ”
(trg)="36"> As long as they listened and obeyed , the nation was “ high above all other nations of the earth . ”

(src)="43"> ( 5 Mose 28 : 1 , 2 ) Mɛni he blɔ Mlaa a ha yo ?
(trg)="37"> What was the woman’s place under the Law ?

(src)="44"> Mo susu níhi nɛ nyɛɛ se nɛ ɔ a he nɛ o hyɛ .
(trg)="38"> Consider the following .

(src)="45"> He yemi .
(trg)="39"> Individual freedom .