In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1, KJV
As Christians, Scripture is a key component of our spiritual lives. The Bible not only tells us of God's laws, commandments, teachings, and works, it also chronicles for us the steps to attaining salvation. It is so revered and valued that it is the most printed and sold book in the world throughout history with almost four million copies being sold in just the last fifty years. In the early days of Biblical history, many people could not read or did not have access to written Scripture. They would gather together to listen in groups not only to a sermon, but to actual readings from the Bible. Sometimes they would stand for hours on end in hot, challenging conditions in order to hear God's word.
And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: and Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
(Nehemiah 8:1-8, KJV)
Today, it is much easier for us to read and study the Bible. Most of us have a cherished Bible we refer to in times of need. It may be a treasured family heirloom or a well-loved volume with notes and commentary written all over the margins. But we may not always carry it with us everywhere. Sometimes we need a reference copy on the go. Maybe you need to quickly find a verse you were contemplating. Or perhaps you want to compare two different translations. Carpenter's Way Ministries website gives you access to several different translations of the Bible to browse and study however you would like. You can read as much or as little as you would like. You can also select a random verse to see what God has in His plan for you today. Now you always have a Bible with you whenever you need.Read Now
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