Quotes on the Bible and on the Word

The Word Reflecting on the Word

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down, and when you are getting up… – Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they mediate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of living water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” – Psalm 1:1-3

I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your Word.” – Psalm 119:15-16

I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your Word. I do not turn away from your ordinances, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” – Psalm 119:101-3

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

“….my heart stands in awe of your words. I rejoice at your Word like one who finds a great spoil.” – Psalm 119: 161-162

Point your kids in the right direction – when they’re old they won’t be lost. – Proverbs 22:6

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving see to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:8-11

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” (Matthew 19:14)

Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” – Luke 24:13

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came in being.” – John 1:1-3

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10

The Word is near to you, on your lips and in your heart.” – Romans 10:8

So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:17

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

Indeed, the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” – II Timothy 3:16-17

 

Quotes by Authors Regarding the Bible

I beg of you, my dear brother, to live among these books [Scriptures], to meditate upon them, to know nothing else, to seek nothing else.” St. Jerome

Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Jesus.” – St. Jerome

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them; that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which though has given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.” – The Book of Common Prayer

I have myself for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year. I have always endeavored to read it with the same spirit and temper of mind which I now recommend to you; that is, with the intention and desire that it contribute to my advancement in wisdom and virtue … My custom is, to read four or five chapters every morning, immediately after rising form my bed. It employs about an hour of my time, and seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day.” – President John Adams in a letter to his son.

“The deceit, the lie of the devil consists of this that he wishes to make man believe that he can live without God’s Word. Thus he dangles before man’s fantasy a kingdom of faith, of power, and of peace, into which only he can enter who consents to the temptations; and conceals from men that he, as the devil, is the most unfortunate and unhappy of beings, since he is finally and eternally rejected by God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Word of God and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select just a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than the whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” – A.W. Tozier

“I know not a better rule of reading the Scripture, than to read it through from beginning to end and when we have finished it once, to begin it again. We shall meet with many passages which we can make little improvement of, but not so many in the second reading as in the first, and fewer in the third than in the second: provided we pray to him who has the keys to open our understandings, and to anoint our eyes with His spiritual ointment.” – John Newton

I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be: “A man of one book.” – John Wesley

“I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other books, and praying over, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat indeed and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh life, light and power from above.”– George Whitefield

“Once we truly grasp the message of the New Testament, it is impossible to read the Old Testament again without seeing Christ on every page, in every story, foreshadowed or anticipated in every event and narrative. The Bible must be read as a whole, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation, letting promise and fulfillment guide or expectations for what we will find there.” – Michael Horton

“The reason people are down on the Bible is that they are not up on the Bible.” – William Ward Ayer

God’s Word is an inexhaustible spring of life – Ephrem of Edessa (306-373 A.D.)

“The Bible has always been regarded as part of the Common Law of England.” – Sir William Blackstone

Scripture is the manger in which the Christ lies.’  As a mother goes to a cradle to find her baby so the Christian goes to the Bible to find Jesus.  Don’t let us inspect the cradle and forget to worship the baby.” – Martin Luther

I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it…. What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God; and….not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.” – George Müller

“The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.” – Flavel

“The Bible as a book stands alone. There never was, nor ever will be, another like it. As there is but one sun to enlighten the world naturally, so there is but one Book to enlighten the world spiritually. May that Book become to each of us the man of our counsel, the guide of our journey, and our support and comfort in life and in death?”– A. Galloway

“Having knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life.” – Billy Graham

“The Bible is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides.” – Immanuel Kant

The more you read the Bible, the more you meditate on it, the more you will be astonished by it.” – Charles Spurgeon

When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me and about me.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Reading the Bible without meditating upon it is like trying to eat without swallowing.” – Anonymous

“Listen less to your own thoughts and more to God’s thoughts.” – François Fénelon

“The Bible is the light of my understanding, the joy of my heart, the fullness of my hope, the clarified of my affections, the mirror of my thoughts, the consoler of my sorrows, the guide of my soul through this gloomy labyrinth of time, the telescope went from heaven to reveal to the eye of man the amazing glories of the far distant world.” – Sir William Jones

“Take away, O Lord, the veil of my heart while I read the Scriptures.” – Lancelot Andrewes

“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” – Augustine of Hippo

“Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive.” – Augustine of Hippo

“Apply yourself wholly to the Scriptures, and apply the Scriptures wholly to yourself.” – Johann A. Bengel

“Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian.”– Thomas Brooks

“Read the Bible as though it were something entirely unfamiliar, as though it had not been set before you ready-made. Face the book with a new attitude as something new.” – Martin Buber

“God’s book of “grace” is just like his book of nature; it is his thoughts written out. This great book, the Bible, this most precious volume is the heart of God made legible; it is the gold of God’s love, beaten out into gold leaf, so that therewith our thoughts might be plated, and we also might have golden, good, and holy thoughts concerning him.”

“Pray and read, read and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal from men.” – John Bunyan

“I exhort and entreat you all, disregard what this man and that man thinks about such things, and inquire from the Holy Scriptures all these things.” – John Chrysostom

“I have found in the Bible words for my inmost thoughts, songs for my joy, utterance for my hidden griefs and pleadings for my shame and feebleness.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Who speaks for God? He does quite nicely for Himself. Through His holy and infallible Word – and the quiet obedience of His servants.” – Charles Colson

“This book out-lives, out-loves, out-fits, out-lasts, out-reaches, out-runs, and out-ranks all books. This book is faith producing. It is hope awakening. It is death destroying, and those who embrace it find forgiveness of sin.” – Arcturus Z. Conrad

“The Bible is a window in this prison of hope, through which we look into eternity.” – Timothy Dwight

“All Sacred Scriptures is but one book, and that one book is Christ, because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ.” – Hugh of St. Victor

“The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.” – Andrew Jackson

“The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If God is a reality, and the soul is a reality, and you are an immortal being, what are you doing with your Bible shut?”

“The Bible is the most thought suggesting book in the world. No other deals with such grand themes.” – Herrick Johnson

“If our children have the background of a godly, happy home and this unshakable faith that the Bible is indeed the Word of God, they will have a foundation that the forces of hell cannot shake.” – Ruth Graham

“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet – anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.” – Ulysses S. Grant

“Christ teaches by the Spirit of wisdom in the heart, opening the understanding to the Spirit of revelation in the word.” – Matthew Henry

“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.” – Patrick Henry

“The Bible is the light of my understanding, the joy of my heart, the fullness of my hope, the clarified of my affections, the mirror of my thoughts, the consoler of my sorrows, the guide of my soul through this gloomy labyrinth of time, the telescope went from heaven to reveal to the eye of man the amazing glories of the far distant world.” – Sir William Jones

John Adams, our second President of the United States, used to read the entire Bible each year from cover to cover.  He studied the Scriptures every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

Andrew Jackson, our seventh President, referred to the Bible as “the rock on which our Republic rests.”  He read three to five chapters of the Bible each day. 

Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, called the Bible “the best gift God has ever given to man…But for it we could not know right from wrong.”  The quote I most like by Lincoln is, “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book that you can by reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man. It is the best book which God has given to man.”

Woodrow Wilson, our twenty-eighth President, once noted, “The Bible is the Word of life.  I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourself.  When you have read the Bible you will know it is the Word of God, because you will have found in it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, our thirty-fourth President, and his family used the Bible each day during family devotions with each family member taking his or her turn in reading a passage. 

Jimmy Carter, our thirty-ninth President, reads the Bible daily and has taught a Sunday school class for over three decades. 

Ronald Regan, the fortieth President, wrote, “Inside the Bible’s pages lie all the answers to all the problems man has ever known.  I hope Americans will read and study the Bible…It is my firm belief that the enduring values presented in its pages have a great meaning for each of us and for our nation.  The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds, and refresh our souls.”