Any person who will take the trouble to look up the...

The Christian Science Monitor

Any person who will take the trouble to look up the ninety-first psalm in a modern commentary will make some quite immaterial discoveries. First, it will be learned that it was not written by David, which most people rather more than suspected; and, last, that verses four, eight, and ten are glosses—which does not seem to help much. It may be recorded in addition, that the word dwelling, in verse ten, should be tent, which, if the whole verse is a gloss, does not matter in the least, and, if it is not, is quite immaterial. On the whole, therefore, the contribution of modern theological scholarship to the world's interest in or understanding of the poem, does not appear excessive. Indeed, it is not an altogether far-fetched deduction that the King James translators did as much to assist humanity, in their ignorance, as the higher critics with all their scholarship.

Now the ninety-first psalm has been for centuries one of the great solaces of the English speaking world, but this has certainly not been for any of the reasons suggested by the latter-day commentators. Many and many a reader has found marvelous peace in the past, and many another will find the same marvelous peace in the future, over the offending verse, "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." But for centuries, all the same, the text has been robbed of its real significance for mankind, because mankind has failed to realize that there was something more than a mere figurative interpretation to be applied to the words of the preceding verse, "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation? How can mankind make God its habitation? Mrs. Eddy has answered this question in showing that good is simply an attribute of God and of God's synonyms, Spirit, Principle, and Mind. Therefore the moment a man claims divine Mind as his habitation, he is, indeed, safe. "The exterminator of error," Mrs. Eddy wrote on page 469 of Science and Health, "is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind—called devil or evil—is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality."

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