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. The Notes in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon designated to be read in Christian Science churches on May 4, 1941.]

"Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way" (Prov. 15:10)—Moffatt brings out a slightly different sense by rendering the Hebrew as follows: "There is stern punishment for him who breaks away;" while Smith suggests: "Stern discipline awaits the man who leaves the right way."

"The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain" (Prov. 15:19)—In the original, the word rendered "made plain" does not suggest clarification or manifestation, but refers rather to making "plain" in the sense of "smooth," the reference being, it would seem, to the way of the righteous as a "well-paved road." Thus Dr. Delitzsch translates: "The way of the slothful is as hedged with thorns; but the path of the righteous is paved."

"The way of life is above to the wise" (Prov. 15:24)—The Hebrew term which is here rendered "above" means more literally "upward." Hence one could translate, "To the wise, the way of life (leads) upward." A closely similar rendering is found in the Revised Version, while Moffatt has: "The wise man's road winds upward into life."

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