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Illustrations by Paul Agner
The authors wrote their inspired books through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16). This means that God the Holy Spirit guided the minds of the writers so that all of the words they recorded in their own distinctive styles on the original scrolls were exactly what God wanted them to write and were without error (2 Peter 1:21).
The men who penned the books listed in the Old Testament (OT) wrote mainly in the Hebrew language, although a few parts were written in Aramaic. The writers of the New Testament (NT) books wrote mainly in the common language of their time—Greek.
Less than 1,000 years ago, the Bible was translated into English so that English-speaking people could read it.
Scripture: This word was used by the NT authors to refer to
the sacred books of the OT (Mark 12:10;
2 Timothy 3:15) and
also to other books of the NT (2 Peter 3:15–16;
1 Timothy 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16).
Christ Himself said, “
Scripture cannot be
broken” (John 10:35).