This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, and the ways of salvation for sinners and believers. 

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immitigable.

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 Christianís Charter.

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 the feet.

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 contents.