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."

"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:13)—Modern translators have made various attempts to clarify the sense of this passage. Thus the Twentieth Century New Testament suggests: "Not to natural conception, nor to human instincts, nor to will of man did they owe the new Life, but to God;" and Weymouth (Fifth Edition): "who were begotten not by human descent, nor through an impulse of the flesh, nor through the will of a human father, but from God."

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