Torrance Biography

David Watt Torrance M.D., O.B.E.

"The Galilee Doctor" and famous son of Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland

The following two excerpts from the Bible have relevance to David W. Torrance's life.

These are taken from "The King James Version

Galatians Chapter 6

Bear ye one another's burdens.

This is the epitaph on David Watt Torrance's grave stone in the Mission Cemetery, Tiberias.


Verses 1 to 10

    [1] Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
    [2] Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
    [3] For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
    [4] But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
    [5] For every man shall bear his own burden.
    [6] Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
    [7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
    [8 ] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
    [9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
    [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Psalm 121

     According to his children, this was David W. Torrance's favorite Psalm.  They prayed it so often that they knew it by heart.  Perhaps it reminded him of the hills surrounding Galilee as it did to his children.


[1] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
[2] My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
[3] He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
[4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
[5] The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
[6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
[7] The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
[8] The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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