Books of the Bible
The following rhymed couplets were first published around 140 years ago by the Trinitarian Bible Society, and are well worth memorising.
The 66 books of the Bible from the Holy Scriptures. They make up one book, for God is the author of it.
In Genesis the world was made by God’s creative hand,
In Exodus the Hebrews marched to God’s promised land.
Leviticus contains the law—holy and just and good.
Numbers records the tribes enrolled—all sons of Abraham’s blood.
Moses in Deuteronomy recounts God’s mighty deeds.
Brave Joshua to Canaan’s land the host of Israel leads.
In Judges their rebellion oft provokes the Lord to smite.
But Ruth records the faith of one well-pleasing in His sight.
In 1st and 2nd Samuel of Jesse’s son we read:
Ten tribes in 1st and 2nd Kings revolted from his seed.
In 1st and 2nd Chronicles see Judah captive made,
But Ezra leads a remnant back by princely Cyrus’ aid.
The broken walls of Salem Nehemiah builds again,
While Esther saves her people from the plots of wicked men.
In Job we read how faith will live beneath affliction’s rod.
And David’s Psalms are precious songs to every child of God.
The Proverbs like a goodly string of choicest pearls appear,
Ecclesiastes teaches man how vain are all things here.
The mystic Song of Solomon exalts sweet Sharon’s rose,
Whilst Christ the Saviour and the King the rapt Isaiah shows.
The warning Jeremiah gives apostate Israel scorns,
His plaintive Lamentations sore their awful downfall mourns
Ezekiel in wondrous words speaks dazzling mysteries,
While kings and empires yet to come Daniel in vision sees.
Of judgement and of mercy great Hosea loves to tell;
Joel describes the blessed day when God with man shall dwell.
While gathering fruit of sycamore Amos received his call,
Next Obadiah prophesies of Edom’s final fall.
Jonah entombed within a fish and buried ‘neath the sea,
Is type of Jesus Christ our Lord, greater than Jonah He!
Micah pronounces Judah lost; lost, but again restored;
Nahum declares on Nineveh just judgement shall be poured.
A view of Chaldea’s coming doom Habakkuk’s visions give;
Next Zephaniah warns the Jews to turn, repent and live.
Haggai wrote to those who saw the temple built again,
And Zechariah prophesied of Christ’s triumphant reign.
Malachi was the last who touched the high prophetic chord;
It’s final notes sublimely show the coming of the Lord.
In Matthew, Mark and Luke and John, the holy Gospels tell
How Jesus lived and died and rose, to save our souls from hell.
Acts proves how God th’Apostles owned with signs in every place;
And Paul in Romans teaches us how man is saved by grace.
Two letters sent to Corinth’s church instruct, reprove, exhort:
‘The just shall live by faith alone,’ is in Galatians taught.
Ephesians and Philippians tell what Christians ought to be;
Colossians bids us live to God and for eternity.
In Thessalonians we are taught the Lord will come from heaven;
In Timothy, and Titus too, a bishop’s rule is given.
Philemon back receives again Onesimus the slave;
Hebrews explains the ancient types which God by Moses gave.
James tells how, without holiness, faith is but vain and dead;
And Peter’s letters point the way in which the saints are led.
John in his letters, three in all, on love delights to dwell,
While Jude gives warnings, clear and strong, of judgment, wrath and hell.
The Revelation prophesies of that tremendous day
When Christ, and Christ alone, shall be the trembling sinner’s stay.
Read oft the Scriptures, Word so pure, if you would blessed be; for of them Christ the Lord has said, ‘They testify of me.’