2 Timothy 3:16-17
¹⁶All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; ¹⁷so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
The Rev. Charles Vince, of Birmingham, told the following incident at a meeting of the Bible Society in 1863:
The Hill-top Auxiliary in the ‘Black Country’ determined to send two or three Christian men every Saturday evening, with packages of Bibles, to visit the public houses and persuade the miners and puddlers of the district, while they had their money, to spend some part of it in buying the Word of God.
While they were carrying out this plan a miner said:
‘Wouldn’t it be a good thing for us to have a copy to read down in the pit at dinner time?’
The proposition met with general approval, and they agreed to buy a copy for this purpose.
Of the first copy handed to them the landlord said the print was too small to read down in the pit, and offered to give a shilling towards the cost of a better type. This was bought, and one of the men said with great simplicity:
‘If we have the Bible at dinner time, we mustn’t have any swearing.’
This, too, was carried, and a fine imposed upon the man that should break the rule.
Is there any other book in the world that you could carry into the company of men and make them say, ‘If we open this, and begin to look at it, we must begin to put away of our sins’?
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