The Bible, by Franklin Camp

The Bible is every man’s book. To know the Bible and to handle it aright is the greatest accomplishment within the reach of any person. One may know English, astronomy, literature, music, sociology, and philosophy; but if one does not know the Bible, one has failed in the only subject that brings all things into their proper relationship and that enables one to know life at its best.

It is not intended for some special group. But not only is the Bible every man’s book, it is written for the average person. Scholars may study it, but it is not written necessarily with scholars in mind. No one ever outgrows the Scriptures. The more one studies them, the wider and deeper they become. The Bible is a book which enables one to look into eternity. The best evidence of the inspiration of the Bible is to be found between its covers.

No one will ever be a useful Christian unless one is a student of the Bible. Matthew Henry said, “The Scriptures were not written to make us astronomers, but to make us saints.” It is no wonder that Paul urged Timothy to study the Scriptures, “rightly dividing (handling aright) the word of truth, that he might be an approved workman before God” (2 Timothy 2:15).

The Bible acknowledges man’s faults; it is patient with man’s weaknesses; and it is honest with his virtues and his hopes.

To own the Bible is to be rich. To study, to know, and to trust the Bible is to find life. To study the Bible is to be wise; to obey it, to be strong.

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