Daniel Webster (1782-1852), outspoken statesman
renowned orator, was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and was Secretary
of State for three U.S. presidents: William Harrison, John Tyler, and
“If religious books
are not now widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not
know what is to become of us as a nation. . . If truth is not diffused,
error will be; if God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and
his works will gain the ascendancy. If the evangelical volume [Bible] does
not reach every hamlet, the pages of corrupt and licentious literature
From the life of
Webster was born on Jan.18, 1782, near Franklin, N.H. . .
mother, an uncommonly intelligent woman, early discovered the boy’s
remarkable mental powers. She taught him all she knew and insisted that he
enter the local academy.
“When he was fifteen it was decided at a family conference that he must go
to college, no matter at what cost of self-denial for the others.
sensitive boy burst into tears at this proof of devotion and confidence in
his ability.” (Compton’s Encyclopedia [a Division of Encyclopedia
Britannica, Inc.] 1987, vol. 25, p.90)
What other significant
persons have said:
“Your word I have
hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” Psalm 119:11.
“It is written, ‘Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the
mouth of God’ ” Matthew 4:4.
The Apostle Paul:
word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12.
The Prophet Jeremiah:
were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of
my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts” Jeremiah 15:16.
Jehoshaphat, King of
'Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your
God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall
prosper' " 2
All texts are quoted
from the New King James Version of the Bible.