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GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW,
IN THE FORM OF
INTENDED TO ASSIST THE PRACTICE OF DOMESTIC
INSTRUCTION AND DEVOTION.
BY JOHN BIRD SUMNER, D.D.,
LORD BISHOP OF CHESTER
Seventh edition, greatly enlarged.
My principal object in preparing these Expository Lectures has been the hope of assisting family devotion, and of more generally adding to it scriptural instruction. The members of a family are travelling together the same road of life, with the same present obligations and the same future destination. That they should unite in studying that Book which alone can lead them safely to the end, is too reasonable in itself to require argument for its enforcement; and as a part of family religion, is calculated to prevent the great danger of its degenerating into a lifeless form. The best commentaries to accompany such reading, are such remarks as naturally occur to the head of the family, who is well instructed in the Scriptures, and has consulted the various practical expositions with which our libraries are furnished. Such remarks, even though they may not be expressed in the best possible language, or set off to the best advantage, are probably