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 17, 1943.]

"Good Master, what good thing shall I do ...? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God" (Matt. 19:16, 17)—The word rendered "Master" means literally "Teacher." Several important and early manuscripts omit the word "good" before "Master" and substitute for "Why callest thou me good?" etc., words which may be literally rendered: "Why do you ask me concerning the good? There is but One that is good." Goodspeed suggests: "Master, what good deed must I do? ... But he said to him, 'Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good.' "

January 2, 1943
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