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Need for Thorough Study

Leading the Way by Paul Borthwick, Navpress, 1989, p. 139

Writer Amos Wells reflected our need for thorough Bible study in this verse:

I supposed I knew my Bible,Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,Now a bit of John or Matthew,Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,Certain Psalms (the twenty-third),Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs &md;Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough readingWas a different thing to do,And the way was unfamiliarWhen I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,Dip and dabble, here and there,Just before you kneel, aweary,And yawn through a hurried prayer;

You who treat the Crown of WritingsAs you treat no other book,Just a paragraph, disjointed,Just a crude, impatient look.

Try a worthier procedure,Try a broad and steady view;You will kneel in very raptureWhen you read the Bible through.