The Deck of "Bible" Cards


"The Deck of Cards" is a narrative song popularized in the late 1940s; a religious tale of a young American soldier arrested and charged with playing cards during a church service. The song became a hit in 1948 by country musician, T. Texas Tyler.


However, the earliest known reference is found in "Mary Bacon's World, A farmer's wife in eighteenth-century Hampshire." The folk story was later recorded in a piece of 19th century British literature called "The Soldier's Almanac, Bible And Prayer Book."

ACE...God (the Person in charge) 
KING...Christ (King of Kings and Lord of Lords) 
QUEEN...The Church (the bride of Christ) 
JACK...The Holy Spirit (confirmation of Godís Word) 
10. . . The Plagues (amount used to prove God) 
9. . . Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, gentleness, longsuffering, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance) 
8. . . The Flood (amount of people saved) 
7. . . Forgiveness (forgive 7 times 70) 
6. . . The Creation (the days it took for creation) 
5. . . The Talents (that were doubled for good works) 
4. . . The Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel) 
3. . . Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) 
2. . . The Tablets (for the Ten Commandments) 
JOKER. . . Satan (always wild) 

Red and Black . . . The Testaments (the Old and the New Testament) 
4 Suits . . . The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) 
12 Face Cards in a Suit . . . The Apostles (Peter, James, John, Andrew, Phillip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas) 
52 Playing Cards . . . Sundays (The Lordís days per year) †

Submitted by Daphne Jech

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