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


Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 

The Hebrew word rendered uphold (tāmak) ranges in meaning from grasp or hold fast to support, attain, or lay hold of. One scholar interprets “I will uphold thee” as “I will enable you to bear all your trials.” 

Upholding appears many other times in the Hebrew Bible to portray God’s care for His creation. A psalmist writes, for example, “Thou upholdest me in mine integrity” (Psalms 41:12). And Isaiah 42:1 announces, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth.”

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Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Barnes, Albert. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible. New York, 1834–85. Also available at

Cit. 1: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 4, Ezra, Nehemiah, Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Lamentations. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 3: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 1, Introduction to the Pentateuch. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 4: Ryken, Philip Graham. Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2015, quoted in Wilson, Neil S., and Nancy Ryken Taylor. The A to Z Guide to Bible Signs and Symbols: Understanding Their Meaning and Significance. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group, 2015.

Cit. 18: NLT Study Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2017.


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