All Other Books Are As Gold Leaf

All other books might be heaped together in one pile and burned with less loss to the world than would be occasioned by the obliteration of a single page of the sacred volume [Scripture]. At their best, all other books are but as gold leaf, requiring acres to find one ounce of the precious metal. But the Bible is solid gold. It contains blocks of gold, mines, and whole caverns of priceless treasure. In the mental wealth of the wisest men there are no jewels like the truths of revelation. The thoughts of men are vanity, low, and groveling at their best. but he who has given us this book has said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Let it be to you and to me a settled matter that the word of the Lord shall be honored in our minds and enshrined in our hearts. Let others speak as they may. We could sooner part with all that is sublime and beautiful, or cheering and profitable, in human literature than lose a single syllable from the mouth of God.

C.H. Spurgeon, from the sermon “Holy Longings,” as quoted in Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke, pp. 27-28

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  • Daniel Henderson

    I love that quote, I find it focuses my perspective on reading.

  • Michael Snow

    Charles Spurgeon:
    “The Church of Christ is continually represented under
    the figure of an army; yet its Captain is the Prince of Peace; its object is
    the establishment of peace, and its soldiers are men of a peaceful disposition.
    The spirit of war is at the extremely opposite point to the spirit of the

     “If there be anything which this book denounces and counts
    the hugest of all crimes, it is the crime of war. Put up thy sword into thy
    sheath, for hath not he said, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ and he meant not that it
    was a sin to kill one but a glory to kill a million, but he meant that
    bloodshed on the smallest or largest scale was sinful.”

     “Long have I held that war is an enormous crime; long have I
    regarded all battles as but murder on a large scale.”