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 April 18, 1943.]

"Tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope" (Rom. 5:3, 4)—The Greek word "dokime" (here rendered "experience") derives from the same root as the adjective "dokimos," which was regularly used in describing metals or coins that were "genuine or approved" as opposed to "alloyed or counterfeit." Souter reminds us that "dokime" thus means "approvedness; hence 'character.'" Weymouth (Fifth Editon) suggests: "Afflication produces endurance; endurance, ripeness of character; and ripeness of character, hope."

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