Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Ps. 119.11)
The Puritans were "people of the Book," to whom the Word of God was central in their life. They took to heart the teaching that "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Deut. 8.3; Matt. 4.4). A striking example of this comes in the person of Thomas Vincent (1634-1678), of whom it is said that he 'had the whole New Testament and Psalms by Heart. He took this Pains, (as he has often said), "not knowing but they who took from him his Pulpit and his Cushion, might in time demand his Bible also"' (Edmund Calamy the Historian, The Nonconformists' Memorial (abridged by Samuel Palmer), Vol. 1, p. 155).