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"Who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity" (Ps. 24:4)—The Hebrew word "shavé," here rendered "vanity," means more exactly "emptiness, nothingness, worthlessness" and is sometimes used in the sense of "lying" (Brown, Driver, Briggs: Hebrew Lexicon, p. 996). Moffatt suffests the rendering: "who never sets his mind on what is false;" and Smith: "who has no desire for falsehood."
"Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me" (Isa. 45:11)—The text of the original is uncertain, but several translators feel that a question is implied rather than a command. Hence Smith reads: "Will you question me concerning my children, or give me orders concerning the work of my hands?" and Moffatt: "Would you question me about the future? Would you dictate to me about my work?" while Kent offers a rendering similar to that of Moffatt.
"I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways" (Isa. 45:13)—The verb rendered "direct" (yashar) has the primary meaning of "to make smooth" or "straight," but is sometimes used in the sense of "to lead straight along" and so "to direct" (Brown, etc., op. cit., p. 448). The Revised Version renders: "make straight." Moffatt contends that the verse has reference to Cyrus, King of Persia (mentioned in Isa. 45:1), and translates: " 'Tis I who have raised Cyrus of set purpose, smoothing the path for him;" continuing, " 'Tis he who shall rebuild my city, and set free my exiles" (see Ezra 1:2f.).
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No Distressed Areas
C. LILIAS RAMSAY
The True Concept of Abundance
CAROLINE B. WINGERT
FREDERICK G. WHITE
The New Commandment
LAURA MC GEE POWELL
Love, or Fear?
BESSIE IRENE MILLER
MARY RUSSELL STETSON
All that We Need
In reply to your correspondent "Veritas" I would say it...
Mrs. Dorothy Hoskyn, former Committee on Publication for the South Island, New Zealand,
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Roy G. Watson, Committee on Publication for the State of Texas,
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John H. P. Berthon, Committee on Publication for Glamorganshire, Wales,
Awakening to the Goodness of God
Reputation and Character
George Shaw Cook
with contributions from Oella C. Webster, Rudolf Dobermann, Lady Armitage-Smith
I should like to take this opportunity to express my...
Alexander N. Slocum, Jr.
That "man's extremity is God's opportunity" was proved...
Katharine Christine Rathgeber
After more than twenty-two years of testing I have found...
George W. Perry
Thirty-two years ago Christian Science was presented to...
Cora Thomas, Kathryn Irene Larkins
The first words in Mrs. Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"...
William J. Watt
For the past seven years Christian Science has been the...
Gladys I. Hilton
It is with much gratitude that I testify to the healing...
Hannah Mary Maynard
Out of my deep gratitude for the great blessing of Christian Science,...
Bruce Logan Weaver
Signs of the Times
with contributions from George Richmond Grose, Allen Evans, Jr., Elleb Nielk