THE BIBLE contains the mind
of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of
sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are
holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and
its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it
to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to
direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you
It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's
compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter.
Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of
CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design and the
glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the
feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a
mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of
pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the
judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest
responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will
condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.