Hail to the Chief: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S.

Nearing the end of a bloody and tragic Civil war, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of his most famous speeches—his second Inaugural address on March 4, 1865 quoting from the Gospels and Psalm 19.

"...but let us judge not that we be not judged. The Almighty has his own purposes. Fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continue. . .and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another. . .so still it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

In a war that would end just months later on May 9, 1865, a leading American scholar points out that, “Lincoln did not presumptuously assume the moral high ground belonged to only his side—he expressed remarkable charity to the foe!”

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 19, 2019

Hieroglyphic Bibles

Millions of Bibles are published each year for children — in all sizes, shapes and colors — in a variety of translations. But perhaps none are more in...
August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...