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.
It's where paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good 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 a mine of wealth, a paradise of
glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given to you in life, will be open at
judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility,
rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy
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