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God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

With this simple but comprehensive statement, the book of Genesis summarizes its grand distinction from the ancient view of creation. Multiple deities, believed to capriciously wield forces of both evil and good, are not to be seen as powers to fear or appease. A Bible authority concludes, “The concept of a single directing Mind . . . emancipated Israel from thraldom to the vicious cycle of time. . . . History has become purposeful and society has achieved direction.”

Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. . . . Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. . . . Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment. . . . Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. . . . Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments. . . . Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness. . . . Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. . . . Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight. 

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Resources cited in this issue

GT: Sarna, Nahum. Understanding Genesis: The World of the Bible in the Light of History. New York: Schocken Books, Inc., 1966.

RR: Harrelson, Walter J., ed. The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.

Cit. 5: Pfeiffer, Charles F., and Everett Falconer Harrison. Wycliffe Bible Commentary. Chicago: Moody P., 1962.

Cit. 15: Osborne, Grant R., et al., eds. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series. 20 vols. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic, 1990–. Also available at

Cit. 16: Barclay, William. New Testament Words. London: SCM Press LTD, 1974.

Cit. 22: Albright, William Foxwell, David Noel Freedman, et al., eds. The Anchor Bible. Vol. 20, Second Isaiah. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964–2006.

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