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 February 28, 1943.]

"The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:5)—The verb which is translated "comprehend" means more literally "to lay hold of so as to make one's own," "to appropriate, apprehend, or attain to," and so it was sometimes used to mean "overtake"; indeed it is so rendered in the Revised Version of John 12:35. In John 1:5 the Twentieth Century New Testament has: "And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness never overpowered it;" and Goodspeed: "The light is still shining in the darkness, for the darkness has never put it out."

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