THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Which President encouraged reading through the Bible EACH year?
My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was one President who
encouraged reading through the Bible EACH year.
In 1811, while serving as Ambassador to Russia, he wrote 9 letters to his son, George Washington Adams.
In those letters he encouraged reading the Bible through EACH year.
He said, “I have myself, for many years, made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.
I have always endeavored to read it with the same spirit and temper of mind, which I now recommend to you:
that is, with the intention and desire that it may contribute to my advancement in wisdom and virtue.”
After Adams’ death in 1948, those 9 letter were written in a book.
The book was published for Amerca’s youth, to give them inspiration to read through the Bible each year.
That book has been reprinted many times, and is still in print today!
((Letters of John Quincy Adams to His Son on the Bible and Its Teaching, found at:
In Ps. 119:25 above, the word “cleaveth” means holds, or clings to.
The word “dust” refers to things of the earth: either base and low morality, or death.
When you realize that you are a continual sinner, you will find comfort in reading God’s Word.
God will “quicken” (enliven) you.
In Ps. 119:28 above, David states his soul “melteth for heaviness.”
He is expressing weariness; probably due to age, or perhaps the crushing realization of a world filled with sin.
When you are “weary” at the realization of a world full of sin – read God’s Word.
God will “strengthen” you!
As a Christian, you are a “worker” for God, and for His purposes.
Become a master of your greatest “tool” in that work.
2 Tim 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed , rightly dividing the word of truth.
READ the Bible through EACH year!