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PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH VERSION
Gospel, have been studiously regarded, so the circumstances recorded by St. Luke, as to render it evident, that whatever va- in his book of the Acts. Prophecies are riations may have been made in the form connected with their accomplishments, as and administration of external worship, far as those accomplishments are included true religion, under the former dispensa- in the Scripture History. Promises and tions, was always essentially the same as threatenings are connected with their retrue religion under the present; that "he spective fulfilment; precept with examis not a Jew which is one outwardly; nei- ple, and with supplication; and the prayers ther is that circumcision which is out- of believers with the answers they have ward in the desh: but he is a Jew which received. All these relations have been is one inwardly; and circumcision is that carefully regarded in this compilation. of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the VIII. Further, the Scriptures are not letter: whose praise is not of men, but merely intended to lead men to godliness: of God. For in every nation, he that they are intended also to exemplify it. feareth God, and worketh righteousness, Repentance, Faith, Hope, Charity, and Deis accepted of him." Rom. ii. 28. 29. Acts votion, are here exhibited in the most perx. 35. In this, the revelation made before fect models; and it has therefore entered the mistitution of the Levitical priesthood, into the design of this Work to show the that made during its continuance, and that corresponding emotions and conduct of the which has been made since its termuna- Saints, both of the Old Testament and the tion, all agree. The Mosaic ritual was New, when under the influence of those the shadow of good things to come; so dispositions, contemplations, and emowere the priesthood and kingdom of Mel- tions, which are most peculiarly characchisedec: and the body is Christ, who is teristic of true piety; and also to connect essentially the same, both in his person the devotional parts of Scripture with and in his government, yesterday, to-day, the occurrences which gave rise to them, and for ever. Heb. xiii. 8. as far as they can be ascertained. Thus VI. But the instruction diffused through is Religion known by its fruits: not as a the Scriptures, respecting the gracious and indispensable operations of the Holy Ghost the Sanctifier, has not been forgotten: and the references on this article will show, that, as to his sacred influence on IX. The aphoristic and poetical parts of the minds of the Inspired Penmen, we are the Sacred Writings are also connected, so indebted for all the truths they have as to illustrate and enforce each other; taught us; so to his influence on the that the Reader may be constantly imminds of those who receive and regard pressed with those momentous truths, them, must such persons be indebted for and that sublime language with which all they have learned, or can learn, of them. His work completes the great design of the whole; and his assistance and blessing are distinctly promised to all who sincerely ask them.
thing merely of times and circumstances: but a living principle in the mind, which times and circumstances call into action, and contribute to display.
the second Adam may freely, and without fear or interruption, now put forth their hands to its soul-reviving fruit, and take, and eat, and live for ever.
they abound, and which afford perpetual food for the best exercises of the understanding, and the finest emotions of the heart; at once furnishing materials for the most rational entertainment, and VII. As the Scriptures harmonize in the most solid instruction. In this restheir primary and general objects, so do pect, the Scriptures will be found to rethey with regard to the particular subjects semble the garden of Eden, in which the comprehended in their plan. Historical Lord GOD has made to grow every tree accounts are verified by other coincident that is pleasant to the sight, and good for ones, or by accounts of the persons or spiritual food. But no Cherubim or places to which they refer. The prophe- flaming sword are here to prohibit accies of one Prophet, concerning events cess to the Tree of Life. The children of which were to take place, relating either to kingdoms, families, individuals, or the world at large, are consistent with those pronounced by other Prophets. The accounts of the Jewish polity under its vari- X. The agreement of the Sacred Writers ous vicissitudes, are confirmed by the writ- with each other will be found not only to ings of the Prophets who lived during or exist in the subjects on which they treat, after those vicissitudes; while the former but to extend to their own individual chatend reciprocally to establish the authen- racters. It will appear that they were all ticity of the latter. The histories of the animated by the same Spirit; that they Four Evangelists have a regular connec- were all holy men, speaking as they were tion and parallelism, especially those of moved by the Holy Ghost, calling men Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The recital of to holiness, as the indispensable requisite the transactions of the Apostles, after the to the enjoyment of everlasting happiness, ascension of our Lord, strongly authenti- --- men, nevertheless, of like passions with cates the Apostolic Epistles; and Archdea- ourselves, conscious of their own natural con l'aley has well shown the confirmation infirmity and sinfulness, and of the mercy which the Epistles of St. Paul derive front of God through Christ Jesus, as their only
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refuge from his just displeasure. In short, rusals, like gathered flowers, wither in our they were men fearing God; loving God; hands, and lose their fragrancy; but these loving his character, his laws, his will; ad- unfading plants of Paradise become, as we miring his great and wonderful purposes, are accustomed to them, still more and and voluntarily, deliberately, and determi- more beautiful; their bloom appears to be nately devoting themselves to his service, daily heightened, fresh odours are emitted, whatever it might cost them, and to what- and new sweets extracted from them. He ever it might expose them. On all these who hath once tasted their excellencies, accounts, they are held forth as examples, will desire to taste them yet again; and whose faith, patience, and practice, Chris he who tastes them oftenest will relish tians are to follow. 1 Cor. xi. 1. Heb. xiii. them best." 7. Ja. v. 10.
Happy in having laboured to facilitate It is thus that the Scriptures are PROFIT- the acquaintance of the Christian with ABLE to all the purposes for which they are this invaluable treasure, the Editor has destined, and are calculated to make the now only to implore the blessing of Him man of God PERFECT, and thoroughly fur- by whom its exhaustless stores have been nished unto all good works. To the In- bestowed on sinful man; and to hope that spired Pages at large may be applied the his feeble endeavours may be instrumental remarks of the excellent Bishop Horne (on in advancing the Reader's edification, and, the Psalms.) "Indited under the influence in their humble measure, tend to promote of Him, to whom all hearts are known, and that happy state of things, so long foretold all events foreknown, they suit mankind and so ardently to be desired, in which in all situations, grateful as the manna THE EARTH SHALL BE FILLED WITH THE which descended from above, and con- KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF JEHOVAH formed itself to every palate. The fairest AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA. Heb. i. productions of human wit, after a few pe-114. Is. xi. 9.
The First Book of MOSES, called GENESIS.
Year before the Common Year of Christ, 4004.....Julian Period, 710.....Cycle of the Sun, 10....Dominical Letter, B.....Cycle of the Moon, 7.....Indiction, 5.....Creation from Tisri, or September, 1.
Ps.33.6. Is.40.26. Jer. 15.15. Zec. 12.1. Ac. 14. 15. Rom. 1.20. Col.1.16. e Job 26.7. Jer.4.23. Job 26.13. Ps. 104.30. e Ps.33.9.
3 And God said, e Let there be light, fand there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that itd was good and God divided 1 the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light g Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were 2 the first day.
6 And God said, h Let there be a 3 firmament in the midst of the. waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, i and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above k the firmament; and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God Isaid, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth m bring forth 4 grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit-tree yielding n fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was
1 betwxn the light, and between the darkness.
P's.74.16. Is.45.7. 2 and the evening was and the morning was. Job 37.18. 3 expansion.
i Jer. 10.12. k Pr.8.28.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, af-9 ter his kind; and God saw that it was good,
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Job 38.8. m Mat.6.30. tender
n Luke 6.44.
o Ps. 136.7. between the day and between the night. Ps. 104.19. 6 for the rule of the day. Jer.31.35. creeping. living soul. let fowl fly. face of the firmament of heaven.
14 T And God said, Let there be o lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the 5 day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for p seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth: and it
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light & to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth,
18 And to g rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourthi day.
20 T And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the 7 moving creature that hath 8 life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the 10 open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas; and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 T And God said, Let the carth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over
the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, r in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that 11 moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb 12 bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yield-
B. C. 4004. | breath of life; and e man became a living soul.
r Ec.7.29. Eph.4.24. 11 creepeth. 12 seeding
seed. s ch.9.3.
13 a living
a Ex.20.11. Is.58.13. Heb.4.4.
1 created to
2 or, a mist which went up from.
8 And the LORD God planted fa garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food; the g tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the h tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth i the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is
ing seed; s to you it shall be for 3 dust of the good: there is bdellium and the
30 And to every beast of the! earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is 13 life, I have given every greene herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. CHAPTER II.
1 The first sabbath. 4 The manner of the creation. 19, 20 The naming of the creatures. 21 The making of woman, and institution of marriage. HUS the heavens and the earth
2 And a on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the se-6 venth day from all his work which he had made.
Ps. 103. 14. Is.64.8. 1Cor. 15.47.
e 1 Cor. 15.45. f Eze.31.8,9. g ch.3.22.
h ver. 17.
5 or, eastward to Assyria. or, Adam.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of 4 Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: k that is it which goeth 5 toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the LORD God took 6 the
man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden 7 thou mayest freely
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, m thou shalt not eat of it for in the day that thou eatest thereof, 8 thou shalt surely die.
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; n I will make him an help 9 meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and o brought them unto 10 Adam to see what he would call them and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam 11 gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a p deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib which the LORD God had taken from man, 12 made he a woman and g brought her unto the man.