This eight volume set was published between 1908 and 1913.
Volume 1 From the Creation--to the Exodus Volume 2 From the Exodus--through the Life of David Volume 3 Gleanings From the Psalms Volume 4 From Solomon--to Malachi Volume 5 From the Gospels, on the Life of Christ Volume 6 From the Gospel of Matthew Volume 7 From the Gospel of John Volume 8 From the Acts, the Epistles and Revelation
The Book of Psalms is wonderfully rich in devotional matter. It would be easy to extend the one volume to many. The few readings that are given, are without critical notes of any kind and are altogether of a practical and devotional nature. They are given in the hope that they may help in the enrichment of the spiritual life of those who shall read them.
There are two methods of studying the Bible. One is, verse by verse, giving close thought to every word, even looking into etymology and grammatical construction, so that the exact sense of the text may be learned. Commentaries that take us over the Bible in this microscopic way are valuable. We need every particle of light on the Scriptures we can get.
Then another way of studying the Bible--is in order to get from it practical lessons for our own daily common life. What does the passage teach us? What Divine instruction have we in it for ourselves?
It is not an exegetical study of the Scriptures that is now proposed. No textual criticism is given. There is no discussion of questions of dates, of localities, of authorships, or archaeological researches, etc. Its single aim is to suggest some of the spiritual and practical lessons which may be gathered from great passages.
The book does not attempt to cover every chapter; to do this would make it altogether too long--it deals only with what appears to be leading and representative portions of the Bible.
It is a book for use in the inner chamber where life receives its impulses for conduct, for duty, for service, and for devotion. The Bible is a very ancient book, but it is also a book for today. It brings us face to face with God, and its teachings are meant to guide us in all our ways.