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 April 26, 1942.]

"The paradise of God" (Rev. 2:7)—The Greek word "paradeisos" (paradise) is thought to be of Persian origin, and was originally used in the sense of a large, shady, and well-watered garden, grove, or park; and it may be noted that in the Septuagint Version of Genesis 2:8 this is the word used to translate the Hebrew "gan," which is rendered "garden" by our King James translators.

"Be thou faithful unto death" (Rev. 2:10)—Though this represents a literal rendering of the Greek, the thought of the original appears to be well suggested by Moffatt, who renders: "Be faithful, though you have to die for it;" while Weymouth (Fifth Edition) offers a similar rendering.

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