It is one thing to read the Bible through,
Another thing, to read and learn and do.
Some read it with design to learn to read,
But to subject they pay little heed.
Some read as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek;
While others read it but with little care,
With no regard to how they read, nor where.
Some read to bring themselves into repute,
By showing others how they can dispure;
While other read because their neighbors do,
To see how long 'twill make it through.
Some read it for the wonders that are there,
How David killed a lion and a bear;
While othere read with uncommon care,
Hoping to find some contradictions there.
Some read it as if it did not speak to them,
But to the people of Jerusalem.
One reads with father's specs upon his head,
And see 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 of 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.
But read it prayerfully, and you will see,
Although men contradict, God's Word agree;
But what the early Bible prophets wrote,
We find that Christ and His Apostles quote.
So trust no creed that trembles to recall,
What has been penned by one and verified by all.