Some Scripture Passages on the Use and Abuse of Sacred Scripture

7.—THE HOLY SCRIPTURE THE TEXT-BOOK OF PRIESTS. TO BE READ TO THE PEOPLE. ITS READING AND MEDITATION ENCOURAGED

2 Ti 3:16–17; Is 34:16; 2 Chron 17:9; 2 Kings 23:2; Lk 16:29; Jn 8:47; Lk 11:28; Ro 2:13; 2 Pet 2:21–22; Jm 1:22–24. Hab 2:2; Dt 6:6–9; Dt 30:11–14; Dt 17:18–19; Ezek 3:1–5; Dt 31:11–13, 19, 21; Jm 1:7–8; Prov 6:21–23; Dt 31:30; Dt 32:46–47; Jos 3:9; 1 Chron 16:15; Jb 22:22; Jer 36:6; 1 Tim 5:27; Rev 1:3; 2:29; Mt 13:3; Mk 4:3; Lk 8:5; Rev10:8–10. Ezek 2:8–9; Rev 10:9.

Versions of the Bible in the vernacular tongue, which are approved of by the Apostolic See, or published with note drawn from the Holy Fathers of the Church, or from learned Catholic men, are permitted.—Decree of Benedict XIV., 1757.

“At a time when a vast number of bad books, which grossly attack the Catholic rel gion, are circulated even among the unlearned, to the great destruction of souls, you judge exceedingly well that the faithful should be excited to the reading of the Holy Scriptures; for these are the most abundant sources which ought to be left open to every one to draw from them purity of morals and of doctrine, and to eradicate the errors which are so widely spread in these corrupt times. This you have seasonably effected by publishing the Sacred Writings in the language of your country suitably to every one’s capacity.”—Brief from Pius VI. to Martine, Archbishop of Florence.

“If the Bible be Catholic, and contain explanatory notes, everything has been done which the Church prescribes, and every person, as far as the Church is concerned, is at liberty to read modern and vernacular translations.”—Father Waterworth.

8.—HOLY SCRIPTURE TO BE STUDIED WITH HUMILITY, FAITH, LOVE, AND PRAYER. CERTAIN TEXTS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD

2 Pet 3:16; Is 7:9; Jn 7:17; Lk 8:10. Ps 119:66, 104; Dan 12:10; 2 Cor 4:3–4; Josh 1:8; Sir 32:19; Sir 5:13; 2 Cor 3:6; Jn 5:39; Dt 4:1; Prov 4:20–22; Dt 5:1; Dt 6:1–3; Jb 23:12; Ps 119:47–49; Lk 5:31–33.

Examples of the Lovers of the Word of God:
(1)      Our Blessed Lord. Jn 4:34
(2)      Jeremias. Jer 15:16
(3)      Esdras. Ezra 7:10
(4)      Gamarias, Elnathan, and Balaias. Jer 36:25
(5)      Timothy. 2 Ti 3:15
(6)      Eunuch. Ac 8:28
(7)      Cornelius. Ac 10:33
(8)      Apollo, mighty in the scriptures. Ac 18:24
(9)      The children of Israel. Neh 8:1
(10)      Ephesians. Ac 19:20
(11)      Antiochians. Ac 13:42
(12)      Athenians. Ac 17:34
(13)      Bereans. Ac 17:4
(14)      Philippians. Phil 1:5
(15)      Jews. Mk 12:37

9.—EXCELLANCE, ADVANTAGES, AND FRUITS OF HOLY SCRIPTURE

2 Pt 1:19; 10:4–5; Jn 20:31; Je 15:16; Jn 2:1; Ps 119:11, 105, 162; Ps 119:130; Prov 24:13–14. Ps 119:103; Ro 15:4; 1 Macc 12:9; Dt 4:6; 2 Ti 3:15–16; Ps 11; Mt 7:24–25; 1 Jn 1:4; 1 Jn 5:13; Rev 22:6; Jn 8:31–32; Dt 32:1–2; Prov 1:2–4; Ps 19:8–9, 11–12; Jude 3; Ac 20:32; Prov 6:23; Prov 22:17–21; Rev 15:30–31; 2 Pt 3:1–2.

Names and Emblems of Holy Scripture.
1.      The Book or Bible. Βιβλος. He 10:7
2.      The Holy Books. 1 Macc 12:9
3.      The Book of Life. Rev 20:12
4.      The Book of the Lord. Ga 3:10
5.      The Book written and without. Rev 5:1
6.      The Sacerdotal Book. 1 Ti 4:13
7.      The Holy Scriptures. Ro 1:2
8.      Scriptures. Mt 22:29
9.      The Scriptures of the Prophets. Mt 26:56
10.      Scripture. Ro 4:3
11.      Writings. Jn 5:47
12.      The Flying Volume. Zech 5:1
13.      The Word of God. Eph 6:17
14.      The Words of Truth. 2 Ti 2:15
15.      The Words of God. Ro 3:2
16.      The words of Life. Ac 7:38
17.      The Prophetical Word. 1 Pt 1:19
18.      The Law. Ro 13:8
19.      The Law of Moses and the Prophets. Ac 28:23
20.      The Law and the Prophets. Mt 22:40
21.      The prophets and the Law. Mt 11:13
22.      The Testimony. 2 Kings 11:12
23.      The Testimony of Lord. Ps 19:8
24.      The Old Testament. 2 Cor 3:14
25.      The New Testament. He 12:24
26.      The will of God. Mt 7:21
27.      The Lantern shining in the dark place. 2 Pt 1:19
28.      The Finger of God. Ex 8:19
29.      The Rule of Life. Ep 6:16
30.      The Oracle. Ex 25:20
31.      The Light of Wisdom. Wis 6:23
32.      The Bread of God. Prov 9:5
33.      The Hidden Manna. Rev 2:17
34.      The Two Pounds of Wheat. Rev 6:6
35.      The Honeycomb. Cant 4:11
36.      The Golden Pot. He 9:4
37.      The Table of the Soul. Prov 9:2
38.      The Divine Armory. Song 4:4
39.      Holy Waters of the Sanctuary. Ezek 47:12
40.      The Fountain of Life. Ps 36:10
41.      The Fountain sending forth sweet waters. Jm 3:11
42.      The Fountains of the Great Deep. Ge 7:11
43.      Rivers of Living Waters. Jn 7:38
44.      Jacob’s Well. Jn 4:6
45.      The Well of Living Waters. Ca 4:15
46.      The Fountain of Gardens. Ca 4:15
47.      The Cistern. Prov 5:15
48.      A Paradise of Pleasure. Ge 2:8
49.      A Land of Brooks and Fountains. Dt 8:7
50.      A Land of Wheat and Vineyards. Dt 8:8
51.      The Tree of Life. Ezek 47:12
52.      The Sword of the Spirit. Ep 6:17
53.      The Golden Sword. 2 Macc 15:16
54.      The Golden Chain. Song 1:10
55.      The Treasure. Prov 21:20
56.      An Infinite Treasure to Men. Wis 7:14
57.      Inexhaustible Riches. Wis 8:18
58.      Unspotted Mirror. Wis 7:28
59.      A Comfort in cares and grief. Wis 8:9
60.      A Company without tediousness. Wis 8:16
61.      The Ark of the Testament. 2 Sam 6:2
62.      The Sea of Glass. Rev 4:6
63.      Shield against Temptation. Ep 6:16
64.      Hollow Places of the Wall. Song 2:14
65.      Mercury (God’s Messenger). Pv 26:8
66.      A Measuring Reed. Ezek 40:3
67.      A Hammer breaking the Rocks in pieces. Je 23:29
68.      Samgar’s Plough-share. Jg 3:31

10.—DENIAL, ALTERATION, MISINTERPRETATION, OF HOLY SCRIPTURE. PENALTIES

2 Cor 4:4; Hos 8:12; Ps 119:115; Je 20:8; 2 Pt 1:20–21; Dt 12:32; Dt 4:2; Je 8:8–9; Prov 30:6; Je 36:11–13; Je 36:16; Je 36:20; Je 36:23, 25; Is 28:13; 2 Pt 3:15–16; Je 23:33–40; Je 36:29–31; Rev 22:18–19; Mk 12:24; Mt 7:26–27; Is 5:24–25; Is 30:9–11; 2 Ti 4:3–4; Je 6:10.

Examples of Unbelievers in God’s Word:

(1)      Joakim. Je 36:23
(2)      Amasias. Am 7:12
(3)      Jews Ac 13:45
(4)      Alexander 2 Ti 4:15
(5)      Some of our Lord’s Disciples. Jn 6:67

Books rejected by the so-called reformers:
1.      Tobias chaps. 14 vers. 297
2.      Judith chaps. 16 vers. 347
3.      Wisdom chaps. 49 vers. 439
4.      Ecclesiasticus chaps. 51 vers. 1552
5.      Baruch chaps. 6 vers. 213
6.      I. Machabees chaps. 16 vers. 929
7.      II. Machabees chaps. 15 vers. 558

Books mutilated by them:
1.      Daniel, i.e.
A.      The Prayer of Azarias.
B.      The Canticle of the Three Children.
C.      The History of Susanna.
D.      The History of Bel and the Dragon.
2.      Esther. The last seven chapters. From chapter 10 (verse 4) to chapter 16 (to verse 24).

11.—THE SOUL’S ENTREATIES FOR LIGHT TO UNDERSTAND AND OBEY THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

Ps 119:18; Ps 119:19, Ps 119:125; Ps 119:144; Ps 119:34; Ps 119:133; Ps 119:73; Ps 119:135; Ps 119:17.

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