Top Bible Verses about Scripture
1 Timothy 4:13
2 Timothy 3:14–17
2 Peter 3:15–16
Famous Christian Quotes About Scripture, Bible, Inerrancy, Inspiration
In the Scripture We Learn Everything Necessary
If anything be necessary to be learned, of the holy Scripture we may learn it. If falsehood shall be reproved, thereof we may gather wherewithal. If anything is to be corrected and amended, if there need any exhortation or consolation, of the Scripture we may well learn. In the Scriptures are the fat pastures of the soul; therein is no venomous meat, no unwholesome thing; they are the very dainty and pure feeding. He who is ignorant shall find there what he should learn. He who is a perverse sinner shall there find his damnation, to make him to tremble for fear. He who labours to serve God shall find there his glory, and the promissions of eternal life, exhorting him more diligently to labour.… Here all manner of persons—men, women, young, old, learned, unlearned, rich, poor, priests, laymen, lords, ladies, officers, tenants, and mean men, virgins, wives, widows, lawyers, merchants, artificers, husbandmen, and all manner of persons of what estate or condition soever they be—may in this book learn all things that they ought to believe, what they ought to do, and what they should not do, as well concerning Almighty God, as also concerning themselves and all other.
Prefer Those Scriptures That Are Received by All
Now, in regard to the canonical Scriptures, he [the skillful interpreter] must follow the judgment of the greater number of catholic churches; and among these, of course, a high place must be given to such as have been thought worthy to be the seat of an apostle and to receive epistles. Accordingly, among the canonical Scriptures he will judge according to the following standard: to prefer those that are received by all the catholic churches to those which some do not receive. Among those, again, which are not received by all, he will prefer such as have the sanction of the greater number and those of greater authority, to such as are held by the smaller number and those of less authority. If, however, he shall find that some books are held by the greater number of churches, and others by the churches of greater authority (though this is not a very likely thing to happen), I think that in such a case the authority on the two sides is to be looked upon as equal.
Jerome’s Apprehension at Translating the Bible
You urge me to revise the old Latin version, and, as it were, to sit in judgment on the copies of the Scriptures which are now scattered throughout the whole world; and, inasmuch as they differ from one another, you would have me decide which of them agree with the Greek original. The labor is one of love, but at the same time both perilous and presumptuous; for in judging others I must be content to be judged by all; and how can I dare to change the language of the world in its hoary old age, and carry it back to the early days of its infancy? Is there a man, learned or unlearned, who will not, when he takes the volume into his hands, and perceives that what he reads does not suit his settled tastes, break out immediately into violent language, and call me a forger and a profane person for having the audacity to add anything to the ancient books, or to make any changes or corrections therein?