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via: The Christian Post

The 24th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon began Sunday evening as a way to celebrate First Amendment freedoms, encourage Americans to read their Bibles and prepare for the National Day of Prayer later this week.

Bible Reading Marathon

Pastor Michael Hall, who has co-directed the event with his wife, Terry Shaffer Hall, for the last 20 years, told The Christian Post that the Scripture is read non-stop “without commentary or comment” until every verse, from Genesis through the Book of Revelation, has been read aloud.

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“We do it because we believe in the importance of the Bible,” said Hall. “We believe it’s God’s inerrant word. We believe that it was the foundation of this country; the laws and the precepts and everything come from the Bible. So we read it as a devotion, but also to be able to stand on the West steps of the Capitol where the president is inaugurated, and to stand behind a Bible-shaped podium and read the Bible aloud is a freedom that few people have in other countries.”

The reading marathon began Sunday at 6 p.m. and will conclude around 1 p.m. on Thursday, which is also the National Day of Prayer. Hall says the Bible reading is “laying a scriptural foundation” for the prayer event.

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