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[The words in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly designated to be read in Christian Science churches on March 20, 1966.]

Profane and vain babblings (II Tim. 2:16)

The advice to Timothy seems to be that he avoid indulging in empty and worldly talk. The late Reformation translators, from Tyndale on struggled with Paul's expression of the idea in Hellenistic Greek. The King James translators settled the question by relying on the Latin Bible's profana et vaniloquia. Moffatt: also follows the Latin, giving us the phrase, "That profane jargon."

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