This Book contains the mind of God, the state of
man, and the ways of salvation for sinners and
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding,
its histories are true, and its decisions are
Read it to be wise, believe in it to be safe, and
practice it to be holy.
It is the travelerís Map, the pilgrimís Staff, the
pilotís Compass, the soldierís Sword, and the
Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the
gates of oblivion 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
Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully.
It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a
river of pleasure.
It is given you in life, will be opened in the
Kingdom, and be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the
greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its