Bible Notes

[The Biblical citations given in the Christian Science Quarterly are from the Authorized King James Version. The Bible Notes in these columns 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 January 3, 1943.]

"The only wise God" (I Tim. 1:17)—In a number of the earliest and most important manuscripts of the New Testament, including the Sinaitic, Alexandrian, and Bezan Codices, the term here rendered "wise" is omitted from this verse. Its inclusion in some manuscripts has been explained as an effort to bring this passage into conformity with Paul's reference in Romans 16:27 (Revised Version) to "the only wise God." Weymouth (Fifth Edition) has: "who alone is God;" and Moffatt simple: "the only God."

"Put on strength, O arm of the Lord" (Isa. 51:9)—It would appear that here, as so often in the Old Testament, the word "arm" is used as symbolic of power or strength; while Whitehouse reminds us that "'put on' is in the original literally 'clothe thee with,'" while he adds that "this is a frequently recurring metaphor in the Old Testament, qualities being materialized asapparel or armour" (Commentary on Isaiah, Vol. II, p. 178).

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