There are some students of the weekly lessons who seek, and so find for themselves, the teaching of each section; and others again would like to be told what it is without having to search for it. The spiritual truth enfolded in the passages from Scripture and unfolded in the correlative selections from our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," when revealed to the student, will have from him such individual expression that no one else could phrase it exactly for him.
Marvelous book! itself also a subject or a parallel of every miracle and deliverance recorded in its pages. Proscribed and imprisoned, the angel of deliverance illumined the darkness, stripped off the shackles, and awed into conscious obedience the self-opening doors.
Some of the reasons why our judges so often quote Scripture are not far to seek. The magnificent Arch of Titus, reared to commemorate Judah's downfall, the desecration of her altars, the dispersion of her people, the total extinction of her laws, and the final and grandest triumph of imperial Rome, is but a crumbling ruin—a favorite haunt of the owl and the bat.
A tribute to the Bible comes indirectly from the interest which is shown in copies that are rare, or that have had peculiar associations. Many private libraries are enriched by single copies of the Bible.
John Adams, afterwards president of the United States, wrote thus when a young man:— "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged, in conscience, to temperance and frugality and industry; to justice and charity towards his fellow-men, and to piety, love, and reverence towards Almighty God. In this commonwealth no man would impair his health by gluttony, drunkenness, or lust; no man would sacrifice his most precious time to cards or any other trifling and mean amusement; no man would steal, or lie, or in any way defraud his neighbor, but would live in peace and good-will with all men; no man would blaspheme his Maker or profance His worship; but a rational, a manly, a sincere, and unaffected piety and devotion would reign in all hearts.