Constitution of the American Bible Society: Formed by a Convention of Delegates, Held in the City of New York, May, 1816 : Together with Their Address to the People of the United States : a Notice of Their Proceedings : and a List of Their Officers

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Էջ 15 - The impulse which that institution, ten thousand times more glorious than all the exploits of the sword, has given to the conscience of Europe, and to the slumbering hope of millions in the region and shadow of death, demonstrates to Christians of every country what they cannot do by insulated zeal; and what they can do by co-operation. In the United States we want nothing but concert to perform achievements astonishing to ourselves, dismaying to the adversaries of truth and piety; and most encouraging...
Էջ 9 - BRITISH and FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY, of which the sole object shall be to encourage a wider circulation of the Holy Scriptures, without Note or Comment...
Էջ 16 - ... sectarian jealousies, are excluded by its very nature. Its members are leagued in that, and in that alone, which calls up every hallowed, and puts down every unhallowed, principle — the dissemination of the Scriptures in the received versions where they exist, and in the most faithful where they may be required. In such a work, whatever is dignified, kind, venerable, true, has ample scope: while sectarian littleness and rivalries can find no avenue of admission.
Էջ 11 - Each member of the Society shall be entitled, under the direction of the Board of Managers, to purchase Bibles and Testaments at the Society's prices, which shall be as low as possible.
Էջ 18 - Sovereigns are. gathering their fairest honours from spreading abroad the oracles of the Lord your God * Is it possible that you should not see, in this state of human things, a mighty motion of Divine Providence ? The most heavenly charity treads close upon the march of conflict and blood ! The world is at peace ! Scarce has the soldier time to unbind his helmet, and to wipe away the sweat from his brow, ere the voice of mercy succeeds to the clarion of battle, and calls the nations from enmity...
Էջ 19 - many crowns ;" and, for the first time since the promulgation of Christianity, appear to act in unison for the recognition of its gracious principles, as being fraught alike with happiness to man, and honour to God.
Էջ 15 - In the United States we want nothing but concert to perform achievements astonishing to ourselves, dismaying to the adversaries of truth and piety, and most encouraging to every evangelical effort, on the surface of the globe. No spectacle can be so illustrious in itself, so touching to man, or so grateful to God, as a nation pouring forth its devotion, its talent, and its treasures, for that kingdom of the Savior which is righteousness and peace.
Էջ 10 - A Committee shall be appointed to conduct the business of the Society, consisting of Thirty-six Laymen, Six of whom shall be Foreigners, resident in London or its vicinity : half the remainder shall be Members of the Church of England, and the other half Members of other denominations of Christians.
Էջ 16 - Under such impressions, and with such views, fathers, brethren, fellowcitizens, the American Bible Society has been formed. Local feelings, party prejudices, sectarian jealousies, are excluded by its very nature. Its members are leagued in that, and in that alone, which calls up every hallowed, and puts down every unhallowed, principle — the dissemination of the Scriptures in the received versions where they exist, and in the most faithful where they may be required. In such a work, whatever is...
Էջ 15 - ... that they should resist the advance of misery — should carry the light of instruction into the dominions of ignorance, and the balm of joy to the soul of anguish ; and all this by diffusing the oracles of God — addresses to the understanding an argument which cannot be encountered ; and to the heart an appeal which its holiest emotions rise up to second. Under such impressions, and with such views, fathers, brethren, fellow-citizens, the American Bible Society has been formed.

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