Words of Current Interest

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 October 22, 1967.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life (James 1:12)

The Greek word peirasmos (here rendered "temptation") can indeed mean temptation in the sense of enticement toward evil, but its primary sense is "trial, probation, testing." However, the Greek dokimos (translated "tried" in this context) means more strictly "approved." It was originally used with reference to metals or coins which had been assayed and satisfactorily passed the test. Phillips well suggests the variant senses of peirasmos by translating: "The man who patiently endures the temptations and trials that come to him is the truly happy man. For once his testing is complete he will receive the crown of life."

Signs of the Times
October 14, 1967

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