The Stolen Bible

The Bible was missing from the table, and in its place was a great, sharp knife.

By W. A. Spicer

In the days of Napoleon, a sheriff from the Silesian mountains named Grimez arrested a notorious gang of robbers and put them into prison. Only their leader escaped.

One evening, when Grimez didn’t return home at his usual time, his anxious wife brought out the Bible for family worship and read Psalm 71 aloud.

“In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust…Be Thou my strong habitation…Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.” Psalm 71:1, 3, 4.

Then kneeling, she prayed for God’s protection, for the needy, and for the robber whom they feared, that God would have mercy upon him and turn him from his evil ways.

Grimez came home before they retired. Upon hearing of their anxiety and prayer, he smiled, dismissing their prayers as foolishness. He trusted his guns and dogs for security. He locked the windows and then

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