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January 15, 2009

What Bible Passage should Obama Choose?

Barack Obama's inauguration feels like a wedding to me, where everything from the ministers to the flowers will be scrutinized. And yes, even the Bible passage Obama turns to for the "I do solemnly swear..." part will be picked apart.

But for historical context, The Wall Street Journal has an excellent interactive graphic with pictures, the Bible, and the text used for several presidents' inaugurations. Here's a few of them (I pulled the KJV versions):

George W. Bush
: "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31

Bill Clinton: "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in." - Isaiah 58:12

Ronald Reagan: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - II Chronicles 7:14

Jimmy Carter: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" - Micah 6:8

Abraham Lincoln: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." - Matthew 7:1

George Washington: "Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon." - Genesis 49:13

USA Today
's Cathy Lynn Grossman suggests that Obama should pick Deuteronomy 16:20: "That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."

What do you think? Which passage should Obama choose?

(h/t Justin Taylor)


[Jesus Christ] is the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by [Him].

I think you got Clinton's & Lincoln's verses reversed.

Jimmy Carter was a terrible President but he picked a great verse. I would go with his.

How about Proverbs 3:5-6?

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

2 Chron 1:10, NIV
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?

Proverbs 4:13 I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST who strengthens me.

Considering how much Obama has strayed from the teaching in the Bible, he fits the description provided by the apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy. Paul says "men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." Obama’s position on abortion, homosexuality and other issues (and his own mocking of the Bible), fits the description. And Pauls calls these people "evil men and impostors."

Spurgeon wrote "It were a sad dishonour to a child of God to be the world's favourite. It is a very ill omen to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout 'Well done' to the Christian man."

Here's a verse I recommend for Obama: Psalm 86:11, "Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name."

I have a good passage for mr.obama to use:

There are six things YHWH hates;yes seven are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood;A heart that devises wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief, A false witness that utters lies' etc
Proverbs 6:16-19

All of which applies to this hypocrite and his evil party! I pray God truly converts this reprobate and save him from his abominable love of self. In so doing may God spare this nation from the path it has chosen.

"....putting away childish things" is a proper admonition to all in power in our nation's capitol. Taken as it is from I Corinthians 13, which ends with "...and now abideth faith, hope, and charity...." (clearly seminal in Obama's book: The Audacity of Hope) it surely is a useful example for all Christians to start living their lives as missionairies of Christ's love.

As it turns out, he chose a closed Bible. He should have chosen Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

After he finished - he should have spoke on how he understood that all babies in their mother's womb are real people who should have protection in this great land that we call America. But, that did not happen! So, we must continue to pray!

For the glory of God!

Josh Buice