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 September 20, 1942.]

"What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" (II Cor. 6:16)—The Greek noun which is here translated "agreement" can also mean "compact" or "union." Thus Weymouth (Fifth Edition) suggests: "What compact has the Temple of God with idols?" Goodspeed prefers: "What bargain can a temple of God make with idols?"

"Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven" (Jer. 10:2)—Moffatt has the interesting translation: "Never learn to live like pagans, dismayed at portents in the sky;" and then goes on, "Pagans are dismayed at them, but their rites are inane," thus reading the first clause of verse 3 as forming a part of verse 2. In the Septuagint, verse 2 is rendered as follows: "Learn ye not the ways of the heathen, and be not alarmed at the signs of the sky."

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