I Am Thankful for the Bible

Thank you Yehovah Elohim for Your Word, the Bible and for Yeshua the Messiah, the Living Word of Elohim! I would be lost hopelessly wandering in the bleak wilderness of life pursuing the wind and vanity without your word. Soli Deo gloria!  — Natan

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps 119:105)

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! (Ps 119:9–11)

Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it. (Ps 119:140)

I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. (Ps 119:162)

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (Joh 17:17)

For the word of Elohim is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12)

All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… (2Tim  3:16)

Bibles from Natan’s old Bibles collection

My oldest Bible: published in 1790. I found this Bible in a state of disrepair in stacks of thousands of books in the basement of a used bookstore in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2008.


Genesis chapter one from my 1790 Bible.


This is the second oldest Bible in my collection—published in 1875. I rescued this Bible from  a trash heap.


The title page of my 1875 Bible.


Matthew chapter one from my 1875 Bible.


This huge 1882 family Bible was gifted to me several days ago by a client. It had been sitting in their garage for some 20 years. They knew I’d treasure it and they were right. I’ve always wanted a Bible like this.


The title page from my 1882 Bible.


This 1882 Bible contains many wonderful pieces of artwork including this picture of the wilderness tabernacle.


Another picture from the 1882 Bible.




This Bible was published in Germany in 1900 and was brought to America in 1906 by my German emigre great-grand parents.


The title page of our family’s 1900 German Bible.



This was my first Bible that my parents gave to me in about 1964 before I could even read. I would take it to church each Shabbat and pretend I was reading it when listening to the pastor preaching his sermons.


Some day, by YHVH’s grace, perhaps I’ll come across a Bible from the 1600s that I can add to my collection.

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts.I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Ps 119 :97–104)


2 thoughts on “I Am Thankful for the Bible

  1. I was hoping to hear something from you on this day. I am thankful for all those who are faithful to his word, for his word and for his living word our Messiah.
    Thank you for sharing your collection of Bibles. I really enjoyed them. I hope you get that Bible from the 1600s as well. My favorite was the 1882 family bible for its design.

    Encouragement and thankfulness:
    “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    The first psalm and first scripture YHVH helped me remember:

    “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

    But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.

    He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:1-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Blessings in Yeshua everyone!

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