Books Of The Bible

"Genesis" tells the world was made

By God's creative hand; 

"Exodus," how the Hebrews marched,

To gain the 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," in 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 first and second "Samuel,"

Of Jesse's son we read; 

Ten tribes in first and second "Kings' '

Revolted from his seed.

The first and second "Chronicles "

See Judah captive led; 

But "Ezra" leads a remnant back

By princely Cyrus' aid.

The walls around Jerusalem,

"Nehemiah" builds again; 

Whilst "Esther " saves the Israelites

From 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 mourning "Jeremiah,"

Apostate Israel scorns, 

His plaintive "Lamentations"

Their awful downfall mourns.

"Ezekiel" tells in wondrous words

Of dazzling mysteries: 

Whilst kings and empires yet to come, 

"Daniel" in vision sees.

Of judgment and of mercy,

"Hosea" loves to tell; 

And "Joel" describes the blessed days

When God with man shall dwell.

Among Tekoa's herdsmen,

"Amos" received his call; 

Whilst "Obadiah" prophesied 

Of Edom's final fall.

"Jonah" displays a wondrous type

Of Christ our risen Lord; 

"Micah" pronounces Judah lost 

Lost, but again restored.

"Nahum" tells on Nineveh,

Just judgment 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 cord; 

The final notes sublimely show 

The coming of the Lord.

"Matthew," "Mark" and "Luke" and "John,”

The holy gospels wrote, 

Describing how the Saviour died, 

His life and all he taught.

"Acts" proves how God the apostles owned,

With signs in every place; 

St. Paul in "Romans" teaches us 

How men are saved by grace.

The apostle in "Corinthians"

Instructs, exhorts, reproves; 

"Galatians" shows that faith in Christ 

Alone the Father loves.

'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" marks a Christian's love

Which only Christians know; 

"Hebrews" reveals the gospel,

Prefigured by the law.

"James" teaches, without holiness

Faith is but vain and dead; 

"St. Peter" points the narrow way

In which the saints are led.

"John," in his three epistles,

On love delights to dwell; 

"St. Jude" us awful warning gives

Of judgment, wrath and hell.

The "Revelation" prophesies

Of that tremendous day, 

When Christ, and Christ alone, shall be,

The trembling sinner's stay.