J. Gresham Machen (1881–1937)

“If you are to tell what the Bible does say, you must be able to read the Bible for yourself. And you cannot read the Bible for yourself unless you know the languages in which it was written… In his mysterious wisdom [God] gave his [Word] to us in Hebrew and Greek. Hence, if we want to know the scriptures, to the study of Greek and Hebrew we must go”

Source: “Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan,” in Machen’s Selected Shorter Writings (188-89)