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Everlasting Punishment

The redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

The book of Isaiah repeatedly describes God’s redeeming action. In a majority of cases, the Hebrew verb rendered redeemed is gā’al, a legal term for the redemption of someone from servitude or debt by a kinsman. Here, however, the term is pādâ, signifying to ransom, release, or rescue. A nearly identical verse in Isaiah 35:10  has, “The ransomed of the Lord shall return.”

The Bible Lessons serve as weekly study guides as well as the sermon in every Christian Science Sunday church service. Learn more at BibleLesson.com

Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 9, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001; The Living Bible, copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Cit. 5: Dummelow, John Roberts, ed. A Commentary on the Holy Bible by Various Writers. New York: MacMillan, 1936.

Cit. 17: Peterson, Eugene H. Conversations: The Message with Its Translator. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress Publishing Group, 2007.

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