The Bible

This Book contains the mind of God,
the condition of man, the way of salvation,
the judgement of sinners and the happiness of believers.

 Its teachings are Holy; its laws are binding,
its histories are true and its decisions are unchangeable.

 Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved,
and practise it to be holy.

 It contains light to direct you,
food to support you and comfort to cheer you.

 It is the traveller's map, the pilot's compass,
the soldier's sword and the Christian's charter.

 Here Paradise is restored,
Heaven opened and the gates of Hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good is its design
and the glory of God its end.

Read it slowly, often and prayerfully;
it is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

 It will reward the greatest of labour
and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

 It is the Book of books, God's Book.
It is this way God makes Himself known to man.

E. MacLelland