My husband found these old, abandoned books on a demo job. He's learned to bring things like this home, rather than letting them be tossed into the dumpster. Of course I've also been surprised with less-than-thrilling objects like the disgusting chartreuse ceramic bedpan, but he's obviously getting much more selective. I have a lovely Italian-made scarf, a cute little WWII era ceramic sailor girl that says 'Japan' on the bottom, and some lovely color plates from an early 20th century suit salesman's catalog (which were being used to line an attic). And now these.
Printed in 1901
Using Google Translator, it appears that the one pictured above is written in Norwegian, printed in Bergen, and is a Psalm book, but I bet you figured that out. Surprisingly, the gilded edge and cover are beautiful still, and the calligraphy font inside is definitely not easy to decipher.
Published in Bergen
Bible in English
John E. Potter & Company, Philadelphia
This one isn't quite as soft and pliable, but still in remarkably good condition, considering. It's about 5 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches.
The Translator said this is Danish,
and this New Testament with Psalms was printed in 1906
because I memorized the books of the New Testament
a long time ago.
But I'd have to sing it to you, if you wanted me to prove it.
Translated into English:
'For all things are for your sakes, that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.'
What a message of hope for those whose trust is in Christ!
I'm not claiming to understand any of the printed word above (except the English), so if you happen to know that I'm wrong regarding the languages in which these antique Bibles are written, I'd be very happy if you made the correction in a comment below.
And have a blessed Lord's Day.
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