Words of Current Interest

Related to the Lesson-Sermon for February 20, 1977, in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY Subject: Mind

Call ye upon him while he is near (Isa. 55:6)

In the prophet's thought at the time—the period of the Exile in Babylon—is the concept of a day of salvation and justification very close at hand. This concept may have influenced the translator here to show the prophet pleading for repentance while there is still opportunity. Yet the Hebrew text permits another translation: "Call upon him in his nearness"—literally, "being near."

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