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.' "

"All these things have I kept from my youth up" (Matt. 19:20)—The words "from my youth up" are not represented in the most ancient and authoritative manuscripts of this passage now extant, and are therefore omitted by most modern translators. The American Standard Version has simply: "All these things have I observed;" and Weymouth (Fifth Edition): " 'All of these,' said the young man, 'I have carefully obeyed.' " In a footnote Weymouth reminds us that the verb rendered "kept" in this verse means literally "guarded," and is "a stronger word than in verse 17."

January 2, 1943

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