In Genesis, the world was made;
In Exodus, the march is told;
Leviticus contains the Law;
In Numbers are the tribes enrolled.
In Deuteronomy again,
We're urged to keep God's law alone;
And these five Books of Moses make
The oldest holy writing known.
Brave Joshua to Canaan leads;
In Judges, oft the Jews rebel;
We read of David's name in Ruth
And First and Second Samuel.
In First and Second Kings we read
How bad the Hebrew state became;
In First and Second Chronicles
Another history of the same.
In Ezra, captive Jews return,
And Nehemiah builds the wall;
Queen Esther saves her race from death,
These books "Historical" we call.
In Job we read of patient faith;
In Psalms are David's songs of praise;
The Proverbs are to make us wise;
Ecclesiastes next portrays,
How fleeting earthly pleasures are;
The Song of Solomon is all
About true love, like Christ's and these
Five books "Devotional" we call.
Isaiah tells of Christ to come,
While Jeremiah tells of woe,
And his Lamentations mourns
The Holy City's overthrow.
Ezekiel speaks of mysteries;
And Daniel foretells kings of old;
Hosea over Israel grieves;
In Joel blessings are foretold.
In Amos too, are Israel's woes;
And Obadiah's sent to warn;
While Jonah shows that Christ should die
And Micah where he should be born.
In Nahum Nineveh is seen;
Habakkuk tells of Chaldea's guilt;
In Zephaniah are Judah's sins;
In Haggai the Temple's built.
Then Zechariah speaks of Christ,
And Malachi of John, his sign;
The Prophets number seventeen,
And all the books are thirty-nine.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Tell what Christ did in every place;
The Acts tell what the Apostles did,
And Romans how we're saved by grace.
Corinthians instruct the Church;
Galatians show us faith alone;
Ephesians, true love, and in
Philippians God's grace is shown.
Colossians tells us more of Christ,
And Thessalonians of the end;
In Timothy and Titus both
Are rules for pastors to attend.
Philemon, Christian friendship shows.
Then Hebrews clearly tell how all
The Jewish law prefigured Christ;
And these Epistles are by Paul.
James shows that faith by works must live,
And Peter urges steadfastness;
While John exhorts to Christian love,
For those who have it God will bless.
Jude shows the end of evil men,
And Revelation tells of Heaven.
This ends the whole New Testament
And all the books are twenty-seven.
"Train up children in the way they should go, and in keeping with his or her
individual gift or bent, and when they are old they will not depart from it."
"Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path."