“Look at the generations of old and see: did ever any trust in the Lord and was confounded?”
For more than a year John Bunyan was unable to find the place of this text, “but at last casting my eyes upon the Apocryphal books I found it in the tenth verse of the second chapter of Ecclesiasticus. This at the first did somewhat daunt me, because it was not in those texts which we call holy or canonical. Yet as this sentence was the sum and substance of many of the promises, it was my duty to take the comfort of it, and I bless God for the word, for it was good to me. That word doth still oft-times shine before my face.”
Finally, and with characteristic discrimination, does Dean Stanley write of these books, “which though denied a place in the Canonical Scriptures, yet shade away from the outskirts of those Scriptures into the Grecian philosophy and poetry, and have been acknowledged by grave theologians and by Protestant churches to be inspired by the same Divine Spirit that breathed, though in fuller tones, through Isaiah or through David.” It was in the first age of our religion that it was written, “Every Scripture inspired of God is also profit able for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.” —from the Introduction
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