Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly® 


We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

No single English term is equivalent to hesed, the Hebrew word rendered lovingkindness in this verse. In the Bible it is most often translated as mercy—for instance, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy [hesed] endureth for ever” (Psalms 107:1).

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

Resources quoted in this issue

GT: Encyclopedia of The Bible—Bible Gateway. Bible. Accessed May 21, 2021. 

RR: Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012; The Message, copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Cit. 9: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 7, The Gospels and Narrative Literature, Jesus and the Gospels, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 13: Edwards, James R. New International Biblical Commentary—Romans. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1992.

Cit. 22: Contexticon of New Testament Language, copyright © 2009 by Contexticon Learning and Research, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. All rights reserved.

Cit. 26: Mays, James L., Joseph Blenkinsopp, et al., eds. Harper’s Bible Commentary. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

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