Bible passage about ‘being safe in the shadow of your wings’ before the
The bible, belonging to Chapecoense centre back Helio Neto, was found at
the scene of the crash and has been handed to the footballer’s wife.
His wife said Neto, who is still fighting for his life in hospital, is deeply religious and takes the Bible with him everywhere.
According to Daily Mail, a bookmark had been inserted next to Psalm 63, which talks about being safe in the shadow of God’s wings and about thinking of God in bed.
In detail the Bible portion says: ‘On my bed I remember you; I think
of you through the watches of the night; Because you have been my help;
Then I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
‘My soul follows you closely; Your right hand upholds me.’
Video footage shows journalist Roberto Cabrini at the scene of the
wreckage and noticing the book, with a note inside saying it belongs to
the defender, who is in a critical condition.
The reporter can be seen visibly shaking as he realises what it is.
He reads with a shaky voice the name that is printed on the inside of
the cover, as behind him we can see the wreckage of the crash.
Mangled parts of the plane can be seen in the background and Cabrini is
later seen taking the bible to the wife of Neto, who smiles as she
realises what she is being given.
Neto’s condition has been described as ‘delicate’ by doctors who said
they regularly have to ‘stabilise’ him as he has a ‘serious pulmonary
His wife, Simone, said Neto has a lot of faith in God and takes the Bible with him on all his trips. She
previously told how her husband had told her on the morning of the flight that he had had a dream it had crashed.
As she received the book, Simone said: ‘It’s the first thing he takes when he travels, and here are his annotations, I’m very grateful to have it back.’
Neto has so far undergone extensive surgery on his lungs, skull, knees and wrists.
His family say they hope he will make a full recovery.