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


How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.—New King James Version®

Precious is translated from the Hebrew adjective yāqār. Sometimes rendered excellent or priceless, yāqār appears in accounts of the costly gemstones that adorned the Temple (see II Chronicles 3:6) and in Isaiah’s portrayal of Zion’s cornerstone (see Isaiah 28:16). God’s lovingkindness is more highly treasured than the most valuable material possessions. 

Resources quoted in this issue

GT: New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 3, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Tobit, Judith. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.

Cit. 1: White, R. E. O. Christian Ethics (rev. ed.; Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1994), as quoted in Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection. Vol. 32, 1, 2 & 3 John. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2000–2016.

Cit. 5: Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971.

Cit. 11: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 8, General and New Testament Articles, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.

Cit. 14: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit 18: Weiser, Artur. The Psalms. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1962.

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