1690-1850s. Publishers: various. See history
page for more details.
This is an alphabet that is 300 years old. It comes from
The New England Primer, just like the rhyming alphabet
that began with Adam's Fall. Like
that alphabet, this alphabet also has only 24 letters,
with 'j' and and 'v' left out. This is because the very old Latin
alphabet only had 24 letters. They used one letter for both 'i' and
'j' and one letter for 'u' and 'v' (see
history page for discussion on the
This alphabet contains verses of wisdom from the Bible.
Repeat each verse.
Can you explain what each of the following verses mean?
Alphabet of Lessons for Youth
A wise child
a father joy, but a foolish child brings a
Better a little with the fear of the
Lord than great
treasure with turmoil.
Come to Christ, all of you who are weary and carry heavy
burdens, and he will give you rest.
Do not do this detestable thing that I hate--says the Lord.
(the detestable thing is the worship of other gods)
Except you be born again, you cannot see the kingdom of
Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a child, but the
rod of discipline will drive it away.
Godliness is profitable in every way since it holds promise
for the present life and also for the life to come.
Holiness is beauty for God's house forever.
It is good for me to be near God.
Keep your heart guarded above all else, for it is
the source of life.
Liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with
fire and sulfur.
Many adversities come to the righteous, but the
Lord delivers them from them all.
Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation.
Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father
who sees in secret will reward you.
Quit judging according to outward appearances;
instead, judge according to righteous judgment.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.
See a man wise in his own eyes? There is more
hope for a fool than for him.
Trust in God at all times, O people; pour out your
hearts to him.
Upon the wicked, God shall rain a horrible tempest.
Woe to the wicked--it will go badly for them, for
what they have done will be done to them.
EXhort one another daily while it is still called today,
so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception.
Young people, you are strong and God's word remains
in you, and you have had victory over the evil one.
Zeal has overwhelmed me, because my enemies have forgotten
the word of God.
Original Spelling and Formatting
The following text shows the original spellings, grammatical
forms, and typestyle. You may notice that in some of the verses they
capitalized the first and second letter on a line but not the rest of
the word. Do you think that looks funny?
A Wise son maketh
a glad father, but
foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
BEtter is a little with the fear of the Lord,
treasure & trouble therewith.
COme unto Christ all ye that labor and are
and he will give you rest.
DO not the abominable thing which I hate
saith the Lord.
EXcept a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of
FOolishness is bound up in the heart of a
child, but the
rod of correction shall
drive it far from him.
GODLINESS is profitable unto all things,
promise of the life that now
is, and that which is to come.
HOLINESS becomes G O D ' s house
IT is good for me to draw near unto
G O D.
KEEP thy heart with all diligence, for
out of it are the
issues of life.
LIARS shall have their part in the lake
which burns with
fire and brimstone.
MANY are the afflictions of the right-
eous, but the LORD
out of them all.
NOW is the accepted time, now is the
day of salvation.
OUT of the abundance of the heart the
PRAY to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father
which sees in secret
shall reward thee openly.
QUIT you like men, be strong, stand fast
in the faith.
REMEMBER thy Creator in the days
of thy youth.
SEest thou a man wise in his own conceit,
there is more
hope of a fool than of him.
TRUST in God at all times, ye people,
pour out your
hearts before him.
UPON the wicked, God shall rain an
WO to the wicked, it shall be ill with
him, for the
reward of his hands
shall be given him.
EXHORT one another daily while it is
called to day, lest
any of you be
hardened thro' the deceitfulness of sin.
YOUNG men ye have overcome the
ZEal hath consumed me, because thy ene-
mies have forgotten
the word of God.