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Do you know your Bible?

A young preacher appeared before a committee hiring a new pastor for their church. The chair of the committee asked, “Young man, do you know your Bible?”

“Yes,” the young man replied, “I know my Bible.”

“What part do you know best?” the chair asked.

The young preacher replied, “Well, I know it all good—the Old Testament and the New Testament.”

The chairperson said, “Well, why don’t you tell us a story. How about the Good Samaritan?”

The young preacher replied that would be fine with him, so he began:

“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus who went down to Jericho by night, and fell on stony ground, and the thorns choked him half to death. He said, ‘What shall I do? I shall arise and go to my father’s house.’ And he arose and climbed into a sycamore tree.”

“The next day, Solomon and his wife Gomorrah came by, and they carried him down to the ark for Moses to take care of. As he was going through the Eastern gate of the ark, he caught his hair on a limb, and he hung there for 40 days and 40 nights. And afterwards he was hungered and the ravens came and fed him.”

“The next day the three wise men came and carried him down to Ninevah, and when he got there, he found Delilah sitting on the wall, and he said, “Chunk her down, boys,” and they said, “How many times shall we chunk her down, ’till seven times?’ And he said, “Nay, but until 70 times 7.” And they chunked her down 490 times, and she burst asunder in their midst, and they picked up 12 baskets of the fragments that remained, and in the resurrection, whose wife will she be?

After he had finished, the chair of the committee turned to the other members and said, “I don’t know about you, but I think we ought to call him. I know he is young, but he sure knows his Bible!”

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