About half of the Bibles I find are somehow personalized — sometimes a dedication and sometimes just a name. The handwriting intrigues me: Lots of awkwardly printed names of children, proud of their first Bible— or unsteady cursive jotting down a verse or two that still stands out over the years. These are courtesy of Edgar O Jones:
Psalm 15 (NIV)
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
Psalm 14:1-6 (NIV) 1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. 4 Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord. 5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. 6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 (NIV) 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
Matthew 12:31 (NIV) 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Inflation has hit the thrift stores around here — no more fifty cent bibles. But they are priceless, and I’m still working, so 99 cents or 1.99 are still worth picking up and sending on to brothers and sisters around the world. And, just when all hope is gone, one stumbles across seven container boxes of donated books (St Vincent de Paul Center)….”whatever you find, just for a dime!” Found 74 bibles buried within after two hours of searching….
You dig and eventually you will find….
Interested in contributing? Send anything you find in a bible to me, send donated bibles or cash to Montgomery Church (see link at right), or just keep digging! And…as always, Psalm 19:14 (NIV) 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (It really was in the Bible!)