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Keep Commandments Vs Wash Robes

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Finally finished reading part 1 of Elpis Israel and I noticed Bro. Thomas cites "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city".  I know in my own faith community the preferred bible version is NKJV since it preserves this rendering.

I know textual criticism favours wash their robes, so my question is was Bro. Thomas aware of the Diaglott rendering when he wrote Elpis Israel?

I'm also wondering if this has any impact on what one must do to "have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city".  I.e. are keeping commandments only a sign or our love for God/Christ or are they necessary for salvation?

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Considering Elpis Israel was written in 1848 and the Diaglott in 1864, I doubt it. However, JT did have some contact with Benjamin Wilson.

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I wonder which greek source text JT was using then?

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