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“ From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, wbich are able
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“ These words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children ; and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way; and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up; and thou shalt bind them for a sign upon
thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” Deut. vi. 6. And seeing the Holy Scriptures have received such additional confirmation by the honour put upon them by our Lord Himself; and are so eminently enhanced in their value by what is now further revealed, in the New Testament, of the fulfilment of the Law, and of the nature and design of the more glorious Dispensation of the Gospel ; it must be obvious that Christians are not less responsible for the right use of so invaluable a treasure ; but have a stronger incitement to endeavour, under the Divine blessing, to embue the minds of their children with the heavenly precepts they contain.
The following selection was originally made with the sole design of assisting the writer, in directing the attention of his own children to the value and importance of these sacred writings : in doing which, little more has been aimed at than to briog into view,
in a manner caleulated to impress on the mind,
the principal historical facts, doctrines, and precepts of the New Testament; and such impressive passages as are calculated to have a practical influehce on the dispositions and affections of the heart : they are now published, not with a view of superseding a more extended and systematic plan, adopted with great advantage in some of our public schools, but with a hope they may prove a useful auxiliary where such endeavours are already employed, and afford assistance to those parents who, with a right concern for the religious improvement of their children, may be discouraged from making any similar attempt by an apprehension of want of ability or leisure for such a purpose.
In the construction of the questions an attempt has been made to give them such a bearing on each passage as should bring it readily into view, either by direct reference to the subject-by alluding to some circumstance of time or place connected with it or by endleavouring to elucidate its meaning, by pointing out some practical lesson to be derived therefrom. All the
are purely. Scriptural ; extracted from the authorized version, and placed in their natural order; and care has been taken not to mutilate any important passage, by a deficient or partial quotation.