The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will tear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
This is a Psalm for young men and women. Is there anything better tor young people than to say: "The Lord is my shepherd"? But this is also a Psalm for older ones, specially for those who are near death: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death... Thou art with me!"
The Book for the World .
Written by 40 men, translated by hundreds, printed by thousands, read by millions of people.
When Luther published his German Bible in 1534,there were about l5 translations in circulation. In the year 1600 there were 40 and in 1700 only fifty-two different versions. Following that period, many missionary societies were formed in Europe. The missionaries who proclaimed the Gospel in all the world were of course desirous to have Bibles in their respective native languages. Consequently, a large number of linguists started the difficult task of translation. In 1661, the Bible was published in one of the North American Indian languages. Later, there was the Ethiopian Bible, then the Tamil Bible for India. Eskimos in Greenland got their own Bible in 1744.
One translator may complete his work in three years, another works all his life, because the language is so difficult.
Nobody in this world knows even the names of all the languages into which the Bible has been translated, e. g. Persian, Chinese, Sanskrit, Hindi, Nsenga, Mpoto, Omyene, Bruy-bhasa, Poneri—houen etc.
In the year 1800 there were 75 translations; in 1900 there were already 567; in 1953 there was a total of l,l67, and now they amount to over 2000.
WHO HAS AUTHORITY TO SPEAK?
"Thus saith the Lord". In no book of this world are these words found but in the Bible, where they occur hundreds of times. Only, in the short book of the Prophet Malachi, we read this saying 24 times, including 22 times:" ...saith' the Lord of hosts."
The Bible asserts therefore: Here God is speaking. It this were not true, the Bible would be the book containing the most bare-faced lies. Now, one has to make the decision: Either the Bible is 100 per cent true and God-given or it is the worst and most ungodly book in all the world.
Did you ever eat Rat Poison?
We all know that rat poison is dangerous. "But you have to eat it in order to know how it works." Anyone, who talks like that is as unwise as one who reads bad books in order to know what is bad.
Good Advice: Don't! Eat Rat Poison!
Don't let interior literature into your house, but read only good books! Read books of men who have achieved a great goal, men and women who were heroes of faith. Read also what these people say about the Bible. But watch that even such good books do not take the place of THE BOOK; tor the Bible must have the first place.
21 Love Letter
On her birthday a princess received a round packag from her fiancé. She opened it and found . . . a cannon ball. She was disappointed, got angry and threw the black ball into a corner of the room. But what happened? The outer shell burst and a silver ball emerged. She picked it up immediately, and as she turned it in her hand: and pressed it, . . . a golden case came out of the silver ball. Now, as she opened it, she found a precious ring with glittering diamonds lying on black velvet. A small letter was also enclosed, reading: Because I love you!
This is the way many people think: We don't like the Bible, many things that are written sound peculiar and are hard to understand. But those who really want to study and search will discover new beauties: and finally they will unmistakably understand the divine message of the Bible:
BECAUSE l LOVE YOU!
The best Proof Close to a bridge, a woman sat behind her fruit stand. When there were no sustemers she read from her Bible, the book which she treasured so much. What kind of book are you reading all the time?" one customer asked. “Oh, Sir, this is the Bible, the Word of God“, she replied. “Well, how do you know that this is the Ward of God? Who told you?" "He Himself!" "Did God talk to you personally?"
At first the woman was somewhat embarrassed when she was asked to explain why the Bible was God's Word. But then she looked up into the sky and pointed to the sun and said: "Sir, can you prove to me that that is the sun?" "To prove to you that that is the sun", he replied, "is quite simple. The best proof is that it gives light and warmth to me", "True, that's it", the woman said. "The proof that the Bible is truly God's Word is that it gives me inward light and warmth".
No Contradictions in the Bible
No conclusions of science, nor archaeology, physics, nor geology, nor astronomy are in contradiction to the Bible. Could it be otherwise? Should the One who created the universe and formed all wisdom contradict Himself?
The Bible is perfect. Pure gold is not gilded and rubies are not painted. Thus, there is nothing in the Bible which needs to be improved upon. You don‘t have to light a lamp in order to see the sun. There is also no need for the sun to prove itself to be the sun. Thus it is with the Bible. It bears the stamp of God.