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 July 13, 1969.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16)

The phrase translated "availeth much" can also be rendered "has great power"; while the Greek participle energoumene, rendered "effectual," is derived from a verb meaning "to be made to produce a successful result" or "to be made to work." Compare Goodspeed's translation, "An upright man can do a great deal by prayer when he tries." The Twentieth Century New Testament has, "Great is the power of a good man's fervent prayer."

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