Shackleton’s Expedition: The Endurance Bible

On August 6, 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the “Endurance" set out on a historic voyage to make the first land crossing of Antarctica.

But a diary entry of October 27, 1915 reads: “She was doomed, no ship built by human hands could have withstood the strain.

They took only what was needed for survival. Shackleton tore out two pages from a Bible presented to him by Queen Alexandria. Her inscription from Psalm 107:24 read: “May the Lord guide you through all dangers by land and sea. May you see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.”

The other from the book of Job read: “Out of whose womb came the ice. . .who hath gendered it?”

After 20 months, Shackleton led them all to safety.

The Bible—its words enduring over the centuries!


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