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

God the Preserver of Man

The Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. . . . Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. . . . The Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. 

In Hebrew Scripture, inheritance commonly denotes people or land. With this promise, it is God’s children who will not be forsaken. One source explains, “God will not forget His people any more than He will forget or deny Himself. . . .”

Dûmâ, the Hebrew term rendered silence, refers to death. In its only other biblical use, Psalms 115:17 asserts, “The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence [dûmâ].”

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: The Amplified Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.

Cit. 4: Black, Matthew, H. H. Rowley, and Arthur S. Peake. Peake’s Commentary on the Bible. Wokingham, England: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982.

Cit. 18: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 21: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 25: Gill, John. Exposition of the Old and New Testaments. London, 1746–63. Also available at

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