The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;…
Bishop Coxe, in the preface to his "Covenant Prayer," gives this interesting narrative. "A few years ago I visited an old feudal castle in England. One of its towers dates from King John's time; its outer walls bear marks of siege and damage from the guns of Cromwell. The young owner, lately married, was beginning his housekeeping aright, and when I came down into the old hall to breakfast, his servants were all assembled for prayers with the family. Though I was asked to officiate, I reminded my kind host that every man is a priest in his own household, and I begged him to officiate as he was used to do. So he read prayers and Holy Scripture, with due solemnity, and we all kneeled down. Happening to lift my eyes, I observed over his head, upon a massive oaken beam that spanned the hall, an inscription in old English:
"'That house shall be preserved, and never shall decay,
Where the Almighty God is worshipped, day by day. A.D. 1558.'"
(J. N. Natron.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;