Presidents Bibles 4

Presidents Bibles 4

On What Did They Solemnly Swear?

President, Inauguration Year Bible & Passage Quote
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1953
Psalm 127:1 (Washington Bible),
II Chronicles 7:14 (West Point Bible)
"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."
complete passage
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1957
Privately, not known; publicly, Psalm 33:12 (West Point Bible) "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
John F. Kennedy
1961
Closed Bible No quote
Lyndon B. Johnson
1963
Missal No quote
Lyndon B. Johnson
1965
Closed family Bible No quote
Richard M. Nixon
1969, 1973
Two family Bibles, both open to Isaiah 2:4 "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
Gerald R. Ford
1974
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."
James E. Carter
1977
Family Bible open to Micah 6:8 "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?"
Ronald W. Reagan
1981, 1985
Mother's Bible open to
II Chronicles 7:14
"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."
George H. W. Bush
1989
Washington's Bible opened at random; Family Bible opened to Matthew 5 Matthew 5
complete passage
William J. Clinton
1993
King James Bible, given to him by grandmother, open to Galatians 6:8 "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
William J. Clinton
1997
Isaiah 58:12, Family Bible "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."
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Main source: Library of Congress presidential inagurations site

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