This poem was written by George Rigby, in Damascus, Syria in 1941 while on duty in World War II.
I N T R O D U C T I O N
The Bible’s Books are Sixty Six
The Spirit – their recorder;
Their stories – how they can transfix
So here they are – in order.
In GENESIS I will begin
With Adam, and with Eve
Who knew not any form of sin
‘Til Satan did deceive.
Now EXODUS will tell us most
Of Moses – Man of God,
And how he led all Israel’s host
When many miles they trod.
To LEVITICUS you have to turn
And read about the law;
The sacrifices which did burn
Unblemished – without flaw.
The next one tells of sin and shame
And how it all encumbers.
This book is good – here is its name
DEUTERONOMY – after NUMBERS.
Now JOSHUA was told to do
By vision – and by sound
To there and then remove his shoe
From off the Holy Ground.
JUDGES tells us – all forlorn
of Samson and Delilah,
And how his lovely locks were shorn
His sight gone – nothing viler.
Then next, there comes a parting scene
The story – we all know as
The understanding love between
Naomi – RUTH – and Boaz.
First and second SAMUEL,
First and second KINGS:
They are a first class manual
And full of wondrous things.
First and second CHRONICLES now
Speak of one good Sire
Who gave his gold, and cedar bough
Hiram – King of Tyre.
In EZRA Six – and verse nineteen
A feast has been restored
The Israelites – it will be seen
Had God, their Lord, ignored.
Their story you will all recall
Concerning – NEHEMIAH
Who started on Jerusalem’s wall
And built it – Higher and Higher.
In ESTHER there’s a warning
And loudly – it is rung
For Haman was, one morning
On his own gallows – hung.
Faith is something hoped for
The evidence – not yet seen;
JOB had faith, with patience
And few – like him – there’s been.
David wrote the book of PSALMS
And one day in his path
He slew a man, of brawny arms
Goliath – the giant of Gath.
King Solomon was very wise
The PROVERBS he did write.
To fame, and power, he did arise
Please read this book – tonight.
ECCLESIASTES, Five-verse one
Is very plainly put
So when you to God’s house have gone
Remember – keep thy foot.
SONG OF SOLOMON, speaks of Love
So turn to it, and search
The story speaks of one above
Who is waiting for the Church.
The Prophets’ Books, are next in turn
And one is called ISAIAH
The “Spirit” helps us to discern
And the next is – JEREMIAH.
Sorrow and love, are indications
Chastening – the theme
A wondrous book is LAMENTATIONS
Jehovah’s ways are seen.
EZEKIEL was in Babylon
All Judah, was therein
To that strange land, they all had gone:
God’s punishment, for their sin.
The children’s story, I will pen
And grown-ups too, will gape
It tells of DANIEL, in the Den
And how he did escape.
Turn over now, and have no fear
A sad tale, you will find
The writer, is by name HOSEA
He pours to you, his mind.
Of insects, does this story speak
In JOEL chapter one
The land with palmerworms doth reek
But do keep reading on.
In AMOS and in OBADIAH
Is reading at its best
Your heart may throb, you will retire
Abundantly well blessed.
There’s JONAH next, who would not preach
And so he did set sail.
He never thought, the shore he’d reach
Inside a great big whale.
Jerusalem, The Ancient City
Samaria, as well.
God does render them no pity
MICAH does this story tell.
And then comes NAHUM who does quote
Of God, who does not fail
The wicked city, which he smote
By sword by fire and gate.
I will rejoice, yes, in the Lord
And this verse, you will see.
The text itself, I will applaud
Read HABAKKUK, chapter three.
ZEPHANIAH – HAGGAI –
Not forgetting – MALACHI –
Will thrill you, through and through.
MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN
All speak, with one accord
Of Jesus – who is God’s dear Son
Our Saviour – Master – Lord.
ACTS and ROMANS will recall
Of one who was converted;
You will be told – of one named Saul
Whose journey was diverted.
CORINTHIANS One – CORINTHIANS Two
Give us Paul’s advice.
He states Christ’s love is ever new
But he also deals with vice.
The next four books –
GALATIANS, EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS & COLOSSIANS
Are to the Church
All written by one hand.
They warn the people, not to lurch
For Apostasy was in the land.
The THESSALONIANS now we reach
And here we have an inkling:
“Be Ready” as the books do teach
When Christ comes – in a twinkling.
The books of TIMOTHY which are two
Are followed on by TITUS
They point us to the paths anew
Where nothing will affright us.
“Onesimus” – who once did steal
When tempted by the Demon
He brought a letter, with the seal
Of Paul – to one PHILEMON.
HEBREWS is a wondrous tale
Of Prophets, old and true
“By Faith” their works, they did avail
Christ gives that faith – to you.
A Guiding book comes to us now
And read – you really must
It is the Christian path – I vow
The author – JAMES the Just.
PETER first — and PETER second
Tells us of Declensions
And our attention too, is beckoned
To matters, which he mentions.
First – Second and Third JOHN
And next to them comes JUDE
They tell of one – God’s dear Son
Who gives our Spiritual Food.
Then as this story, comes to end
We read of Devastation
For God – His wrath, will surely send
You must read REVELATION.