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 August 3, 1969.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal (I Cor. 13:1)

"Charity" here represents the Greek agape, which most modern translators now render in its original meaning of "love." In place of the phrase "sounding brass" the Revised Standard Version suggests, "a noisy gong." The word rendered "brass" means more strictly "copper" or "bronze." Here it may apply to some kind of musical instrument. Weymouth prefers, "I am a blaring trumpet," going on to refer to "a clanging cymbal."

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