This book 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 travelers map, the pilgrims staff, the pilots compass,
the soldiers sword, and the Christians charter.
Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand object, our good is its 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 given you in life and will be opened in the judgement and will be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour,
and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
Why is the bible unique?
How do we know the bible is the inspired word of God?