usual sense. It is not an exegetical study of theScriptures that is proposed. o textual criticismis given. There is no discussion of questions of dates, of localities, of authorships, or archaeolog-ical researches. Its single aim is to suggest someof the spiritual and practical lessons which maybe gathered from great passages.vi PREFACEThe book does not attempt to cover everychapter; to do this would make it altogether toolong— it deals only with what appear to he lead-ing and representative portions of the Bible.It is a book for nse in the inner chamber,where life receives its impulses for conduct, forduty, for service, and for devotion. The Bible isa very ancient book, but it is also a book for to-day. It brings us face to face with God, and itsteachings are meant to guide us in all our ways.J. E. M.PREFACE TO THIS VOLUMEIn the limited number of volumes planned for inthis Devotional Series, it is not possible to givemore than a very few Scripture passages, withthe readings upon them. The present volumecovers a great scope of history, from the time of Solomon to the close of the Old Testament era.From some of the books not any selections havebeen made, from others only one or two havebeen chosen.