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The Last Time I Read the Bible

J.P. Williams
2 min readNov 29, 2023
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The last time I read the Bible as a daily practice, I bought myself an affordable, standard church-issue, faux black leather edition of the King James Version just for the occasion and dove straight into a read-through of The Book of Psalms. Psalm 1:1–3 immediately spoke to me:

“1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

I especially like the imagery of verse 3, in which the divinity isn’t above in the Heavens, separate from this world, and other from humankind, but is all around like nature or the cosmos, under the world as the ground of Being, and extending into the self. About two-thirds of the way through the book, though, I grew tired of all the lamenting of misfortune, contumely upon the unrighteous, and calls to smite mine enemy, so I stopped reading. Thus ended the last time I read the Bible.

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J.P. Williams

I usually write about the intersection of arts and ideas. Right now, mostly lighter, shorter pieces on whatever I feel like.