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A Manifold Book

A Manifold Book

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Published by glennpease
By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D.


This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein :
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou
shalt have good success.
By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D.


This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein :
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou
shalt have good success.

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A MAIFOLD BOOK By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein : for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  —Josh. 1. 8. The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.  — Psa. 12. 6. I will also speak of thy testimonies before kings, And shall not be put to shame. I have seen an end of all perfection; But thy commandment is exceeding broad.  —Psa. 119. 46, 96. Lord, thy Word abideth, And our footsteps guideth; Who its truth believeth, Light and joy receiveth. When our foes are near us, Then thy Word doth cheer us; Word of consolation, Message of salvation. When the storms are o'er us, And dark clouds before us, Then its light directeth,
 
And our way protecteth. Word of mercy, giving Succor to the living; Word of life, supplying Comfort to the dying! Oh, that we, discerning Its most holy learning, Lord, may love and fear thee, Evermore be near thee!  —Sir H. W. Baker. CHAPTER IV A MAIFOLD BOOK He who reads the Scriptures as if they were all on the same plane of beauty, authority, importance, and edifying ministry thereby misses some of their chief charms. Even the laws of the Word are not all of the same quality, for we have the authority of the Mas- ter himself as to the first and greatest commandment, Matt. 22. 34- and the second which is like unto it ; and he condemns 39 severely those who have "left undone the weightier ***' n \ a ,_ * . ° Z lim. o.lb,17 matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith." Saint Paul indicates four functions of Scripture in- spired of God, but he surely did not mean that every verse, paragraph, or chapter of the whole volume is charged with all these properties. The good sense of most students of the Bible leads them in the exer- cise of a sober discriminating faculty to discern the fact that the Bible is a manifold book, that its con- tents are of various values, and that this manifold-
 
ness contributes greatly to its charms. The volume would lose some of its attractiveness, to say nothing of its edifying helpfulness, were it all on the same grade of quality. All kinds of fanaticism and folly have arisen from neglect of the truth that the Bible is a book of diversities, its different parts having different qualities and grades of importance. It has taken the world a long time to find out what should 47 48 CHARMS OF THE BIBLE have been perceived from the start — that the Bible does not run along on a dead level of monotonous utterance and teaching, all of them equally interesting, notable, and important. Once quotations were made almost at random from all parts of Scripture in ser- mons and in doctrinal discussions, and in the task of building up systems of theology — it being deemed sufficient for the purpose in hand to be able to cite the chapter and verse where "the Bible says so." That method of Bible study and Bible teaching, hap- pily for all of us, is coming to an end. Intelligent people have come to see that other phases of the case must be inquired into now in order to determine the meaning and validity of the sayings of the Word, such as: "Where does the Bible say this? Who is represented as saying it? Under what circumstances was it said, and for what intent? How was it at first understood? Is it plain prose or is it a figure of speech? Is it the moody, skeptical, pessimistic plaint of a man who finds, as does the writer of Ecclesiastes, nothing good or hopeful under the sun, or is it the outcry of a man, like Job, distracted and bewildered with his losses and sufferings, or is it clearly the ad- monition and command of a prophet or apostle sent

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