“. . . MY WORD . . . . SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME VOID . . . "  Isaiah 55:11 

     The Holy Bible, composed of 66 books was written over a period of 1500 years, by about 40 different people. It is composed of historical, poetical, prophetical and the epistles. The authors were kings, farmers, mechanics, scientists, lawyers, generals, fishermen, ministers, priests, a tax collector and a doctor. Though most of the writers did not know all the others, the accuracy is as though the pen of inspiration was passed, as it were, from writer to writer; i.e., from Moses on to each writer, until reaching John. 

     The Holy Bible holds the distinction of being the first printed book. From its first printing by Johannes Guttenberg, October 1460 a. d, it has consistently out sold all other books. Though there are now numerous versions of the Holy Bible available, the King James version, itself, or Authorized Version of the Holy Bible, is still the best-selling book in the world. No matter how one looks at the facts, the Holy Bible is the world’s bestselling book of all time, from the first Gutenberg Bible to now!! 

     No one knows exactly how many copies of the Holy Bible Gutenberg printed; he is generally credited with having printed about 180 copies. It took him almost two years to complete the first edition. All the subsequent Holy Bibles were sold before they were printed. Johannes Gutenberg printed the Holy Bible in Latin. 

     In 1611, King James authorized the translation of the Holy Bible into English and printing. They did not come off the presses until 1629. The first Bible printed in America was in Algonquin, an Indian language in 1663 by John Eliot. 

     Bibles had been imported to the colonies from England. Because the Revolution cut off this supply. Patrick Allison, Chaplain of Congress, placed a special petition before the body, praying for more Bibles to be imported from Holland, Scotland or elsewhere. The need was met in 1777 by a resolution of Congress to order 20,000 Bibles!!! A precedent that no one, for some strange reason, has not called upon and brought forward as part of America’s Christian heritage. 

     Again in 1780, the need for more Bibles resurfaced. Robert Aitken had set up in Philadelphia as a bookseller and publisher of “The Pennsylvania Magazine.” In 1781, Congress gave Robert Aitken the green light to print the Bibles needed. The Holy Bible came off the press late the following year. Another precedent that needs to be brought forward. So originated the “Bible of the Revolution”, now the world’s rarest Book. 

     All that Homer had to say is told today in about 20 languages.

     All that Shakespeare wrote has been translated into about 40 languages.

     All that Tolstoy told to the world is expressed today in about 60 languages.

     Bunyan’s Pilgrim Progress speaks today in about 118 languages. 

     The Holy Bible, in whole or in part is now available in 2,287 languages!! The complete Bible has been printed in 392 languages around the planet. The New Testament has been printed in 1,012 different languages!! Portions, such as the Gospel according to John, has been printed in 883 languages. 

     Since the days of the Apostles, such as Peter in the Book of Acts, efforts have been made to silence God’s Holy Word. Voltaire, a famous French philosopher stated that he would live to see the day that the Bible would be found only in museums. Today Voltaire’s home in France is a museum of old Bibles. God will not be mocked – He ultimately has the last word. 

     The impeccable Word of God has weathered all the storms of hate, withstood the thunderbolts of wrath, triumphed over edicts of tyranny, endured all the anathemas of infidelity,  conquered all the gnawing teeth of time. It has out-lived, out-lifted, out-looked, out-loved, out-reached, out-ranked, and out-blessed all other books of all time. 

     Sam Morris, a minister, who founded the insurance company I represented for 12 years, once said: “When childhood needs a standard of truth, when youth calls for a beacon of light, when sorrow cries for consolation, when weakness needs sustaining grace, when age needs a staff, when the weary seek refuge and rest, when hungry hearts call for living bread, when the thirsty pilgrim needs refreshing inspiration, when the drifting soul needs an anchor, when the sinful need salvation, the Holy Bible is the Book to which they may all turn and find their supply.  

     “It has been the pillow upon which the trust of millions of God’s saints and heroes have rested as they were passing over Jordan’s swollen stream. Martyrs have held it to their bosoms while they waited the creeping flames, or the twisting thumbscrews, the agony of the stocks or the stealthy step of wild beasts which were to tear them to pieces at the command of pagan monarchs.” 

     Rev. Talmage fittingly expressed our adoration when he declared:

     “This book is the hive of all sweetness, the armory of all well –tempered weapons, the tower containing the crown jewels of the universe, the lamp that kindles all other lights, the home of all majesties and splendors, the stepping stone upon which heaven stoops to kiss the earth with its glories, the marriage-ring that unites the celestial and the terrestrial, while all the clustering white-robed multitudes of the sky stand around to rejoice at the nuptials.” 

     “The Holy Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, doom of sinners and happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents.”

        >Chosen – author unknown<                

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 

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Updated June 15, 2011
 
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