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A World-wide Appeal

A World-wide Appeal

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By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D.



Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,

And the man that getteth understanding.

For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of

silver,
And the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies :
And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared

unto her.
Length of days is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.

— Prov. 3. 13-17.
By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D.



Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,

And the man that getteth understanding.

For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of

silver,
And the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies :
And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared

unto her.
Length of days is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.

— Prov. 3. 13-17.

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A WORLD-WIDE APPEAL By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, And the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies : And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.  — Prov. 3. 13-17. O God, whose Word lighteneth the eyes of the blind; Vouchsafe us, we beseech thee, the light of thy truth; that fashioning our lives with all meekness to the obedience of heavenly wisdom, we may by humility in things temporal attain to the glory of the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ainen.  — Book of Common Prayer. Thy thoughts are here, my God, Expressed in words divine, The utterance of sacred lips
 
In every sacred line. Across the ages they Have reached us from afar; Than the bright gold more golden they, Purer than purest star.  — Horatius Bonar. 14 CHAPTER I A WORLD-WIDE APPEAL The appeal which the Bible makes is not limited to any single generation or period in human history. It is a book for all time, and for all times, ancient, mediaeval, modern, and for the ages that are yet to come. The majestic declaration of the Master, spoken when he was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, a peasant without wealth or worldly power, still affords warrant of divine authority — "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words Matt. 24. 35 shall not pass away." The songs of praise that com- forted ancient Israel in their days of exile, for example, gave fortitude to the Huguenots when they were harassed and driven by their foes two thousand years after the Jewish captivity; and still later ministered cheer to the Pilgrim fathers of the American Republic in their forlornest days of toil and danger. The mes- sages of the Hebrew prophets, spoken to the kings of Judah and Israel, are found in our own time rich in admonitions, instructions, and warnings for civic
 
reformers, political rulers, and religious leaders in every land. The Decalogue, given to Moses, under- lies the structure of English and American law in the twentieth century, and we can hardly imagine a civil- ization in the ages to come which would undertake to dispense with its principles and sanctions. This ; 15 16 CHARMS OF THE BIBLE then, is one of the attractions of the Word — its uni- versal message, to all ages and generations. or is this Book confined in its ministries to any one race or language. Written entirely by Jewish authors, and originally in large part the possession of the Hebrew people alone, it foreshadowed from the very start its world-wide scope and purpose of grace, indicating that in the promise given to Abraham mercy and blessing were to be the inheritance in due Gen. 12. 3 time of "all the families of the earth." The language of the Old Testament is Semitic, and its imagery is cast in an Oriental mold; the verbiage and symbols are all taken from the habits and customs, the scenery and the life of Egypt, and Syria, and other regions of the East; and yet much of the message, apart from its transient and circumstantial wrappings, is for the world. This is one of the marvels of the Bible, taken as a whole, that its books — written chiefly in Eastern lands, by men of various vocations and en- vironments, and in different periods of time, running through more than a thousand years, and in ancient tongues, the Chaldee, the Hebrew, the Greek — should in later generations be translated into hundreds of versions, covering substantially all races and languages on the earth, with their diversities of tradition, tribal prejudices, hereditary traits, idolatries, super-

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