A Hymn for Loving the Bible

Dec 12, 2023

Passionate about teaching the Bible to young people, John Burton's lasting legacy is a hymn declaring the preciousness of God's Word. 

As an active Baptist layman, he wrote other hymns, helped compile a hymnal and wrote a book for young people, but this single hymn has stood the test of time, reminding us to never take the privilege of reading God's Word lightly.

Are you ready to commit to reading more of God's Word in 2024? There's a hymn for that.

Holy Bible, Book Divine

by John Burton, 1773-1822

Holy Bible, book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came,
Mine to teach me what I am:

Mine to chide me when I rove;
Mine to show a Savior's love;
Mine thou art to guide and guard;
Mine to punish or reward;

Mine to comfort in distress,
Suffering in this wilderness;
Mine to show by living faith,
Man can triumph over death;

Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner's doom;
O thou holy book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine.

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