HOW SOME PEOPLE READ THE BIBLE “READEST THOU”
It is one thing to read the bible through
Another thing to read to learn and do,
Some read it with design to learn to read,
But to the subject pay little heed,
Some read it as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek,
While others read it with but little care,
With no regard to how they read nor where.
Some read it as a history, to know
How people lived three thousand years ago.
Some read to bring themselves into repute.
By showing others how they can dispute;
While others read because their neighbours do,
To see how long ‘twill take to read it through
Some read it for the wonders that are there,
How David killed a lion and a bear;
While others read it with uncommon care,
Hoping to find some contradiction there!
Some read as though it did not speak to them,
But to the people at Jerusalem.
One reads it as a book of mysteries,
And won’t believe the very thing he sees.
One reads with father’s specks upon his head,
And sees the thing just as his father said.
Some read to prove a pre-adopted Creed
Hence understand but little that they read,
For every passage in the book they bend
To make it suit that all important end!
Some people read as I have often thought,
To teach the book instead of being taught,
And some there are who read it out of spite —
I fear there are but few who read it right.
So many people in these latter days,
Have read the Bible in so many ways
That few can tell which system is the best,
For every part contradict the rest!
But read it prayerfully and you will see,
Although men contradict God’s words agree.
For what the early Bible Prophets wrote,
We find that Christ and his apostles quote.