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

Adam and Fallen Man

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him.

—New King James Version®

With these words Elijah challenges Israelites who worship the pagan god Baal. Falter is translated from the Hebrew verb pāsah, signifying, in part, to limp or become lame. (The same term also describes the people’s leaping upon the altar of Baal; see v. 26.) Their wavering has been compared to the hopping of a bird from branch to branch, never settling on one.

Resources cited in this issue

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

RR: NLT Study Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2017; Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 10, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 9: Walton, John H., and Craig S. Keener. NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019.

Cit. 10: Clarke, Adam. Commentary on the Bible. New York, 1810–26. Also available at

Cit. 14: NLT Study Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2017.

Cit. 21: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

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