Bible Notes

[The Biblical citations given in the Christian Science Quarterly are from the Authorized King James Version. The Bible Notes in this column can be used, if deemed necessary, to elucidate some of the words or passages contained in the Bible Lessons.]

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world" (Col. 2:8)— The Greek verb here rendered "spoil" means "carry off" or "plunder" rather than "spoil" in the sense of "injure"; while the noun translated "rudiments" also means "elements," and was often used with reference to the supposed "material causes of the universe." Goodspeed suggests: "Take care that nobody exploits you through the pretensions of philosophy, guided by human tradition, following material ways of looking at things."

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