The one indispensable book!

(Daniel March, 1870)

The Bible is the oldest — and the newest of books.

The Bible surveys the whole field of time — and it looks farthest into the infinite depths of eternity.

The Bible lends the most vivid and absorbing interest to the scenes and events of the past — and it keeps us in the most active sympathy with the time in which we live.

The Bible gives us the most reliable record of what has been — and it affords us our only means of knowing what is yet to be.

The Bible is holy enough to denounce the very shadow and semblance of sin — and it is merciful enough to save the chief of sinners.

The Bible is full of God — and must therefore be read with a pure heart, or its true glory will not be seen.
The Bible is full of man — and must therefore always be interesting and instructive to all who would know themselves.

The Bible is the plainest of books — and yet it has depths of wisdom which no created mind can fathom.

The Bible is set up as a beacon to show all wanderers the safe way — and yet its light shines forth from thick clouds of mystery, and from abysses of infinite darkness.

The Bible describes all conditions of life — and it gives utterance to all desires and emotions of the soul.

The Bible has a song of triumph for the overcomer — and a wail of defeat for the overcome.

The Bible . . .
  sparkles with the fervor and gladness of youth,
  celebrates the strength and glory of manhood,
  bewails the sorrows and infirmities of old age.

The Bible . . .
  exults in the mighty deeds of kings and conquerors,
  sympathizes with the poor and lowly,
  lifts up the fallen,
  delivers the oppressed, and
  breathes the blessing of peace upon the quiet homes of domestic life.

The Bible describes with startling clearness . . .
  the seductions of temptation,
  the conflicts of doubt and
  the miseries of skepticism.

The Bible . . .
  searches the secret chambers of the heart,
  brings to light its purest love and its darkest hate,
  reveals its highest joy and its deepest grief.

The Bible compasses the utmost range of thought and feeling and desire — and it sounds the utmost depth of motive and character and passion.

Thus in the Bible,
  God and man,
  earth and heaven,
  time and eternity —
speak with one voice and teach the same truth.

The Bible sets forth the most spiritual and heavenly truths — in the lights and shadows of earthly scenes and human characters.

Thus the Bible is the one indispensable book . . .
  for all ages — and all nations,
  for all classes of men — and all states of society,
  for all capacities of intellect — and all necessities of the soul!