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


The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. . . . Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah prophesied at a bleak period of Hebrew history. During his lifetime, the Assyrian Empire fell to Babylon, which then conquered Judah. Jerusalem was destroyed, and the Jewish elite of the city were exiled to Babylon.  

Though he was spared this deportation, Jeremiah suffered ridicule and persecution from his own people because of his unsparing censure of their idol worship. Yet he also offered messages of deep comfort. Here his encouragement is addressed in part to Jacob’s wife Rahel or Rachel (see v. 15), who represents Israel.

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Resources cited in this issue

Cit. 9: Alter, Robert. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 2, Prophets: A Translation with Commentary. New York and London. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.

Cit. 15: Wilkins, Michael J. NIV Application Commentary: From Biblical Text . . . to Contemporary Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004; Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

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