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HE form in which this Volume and all the References in this, as in 1 now appears, is altogether dif- the larger Bibles, are placed in the ferent from any thing which has be- margin of the text; by which they fore been given to the Public, but its are rendered liable to be cut in bindoriginality will be found pre-emi-ling, or worn away by use, or bound Dently to consist in a laborious and so into the back of the book as not entirely new Selection and Arrange-to be easily read. ment of References, in which it has On all these accounts, it has long been endeavoured faithfully to ex-appeared exceedingly desirable, that hibit the scripture as its own Expo- a NEW Bible, of convenient size for sitor.

the Pocket, original in its plan, purThe greatness of the advantages pose, and erecution, should be pubthat must accrue to a sincere and lished ; in which a MORE APPROPRIdiligent reader of the Sacred Pages, ATE and ACCURATE selection, adaptafrom having constantly before him tion, and arrangement of References a reference to similar and illustra- might be introduced ; both for the tive passages, carefully investigated, assistance of Private Readers, and and suitably applied, must be obvious to facilitate the ready examination to every one ; and has been well un- and quotation of passages, which derstood by many pious and able the Preacher,or the Biblical Student, men, to whose diligent and useful may have an immediate occasion to labours the Public is unspeakably cite, or to consult. indebted.

| Convenience and utility were, howReferences, however have hitherto ever, to be equally consulted in all been printed, almost exclusively, in the parts of the undertaking. If the margins of Bibles of a large size; the size of the book were too large, and the benefit resulting from them or the page too crowded, so es to has, in consequence, been very much be made wearisome to the eye, its restricted, the only small Bible with convenience would be lessenedand References in the English Language, if, in the limits which these conbeing that published by Mr. Canne. siderations imposed, great care were The defects of which are many; for not employed in examining and apthough he was a diligent student of plying the References, its utility the Scriptures, and his work was at would, in a great degree, be dethat time eminently serviceable, yet, stroyed. On mature deliberation, as he was not in possession of those therefore, it appeared best to adopt helps, for the accomplishment of the the plan here presented to the notice task which he had undertaken, that of the Public ; in which the Marginal are now afturded by many valuable Readings and References are all coneditions and cominents, which have tained in a MIDDLE COLUMN, between been printed in different languages two of text; and the number introsince his time ; and being, there-duced is suificient, except in a few fore, under the necessity of relying pages only, completely to fill that chiefly on his own industry ; it is not column. surprising that he should have been The Chronology is always placed less successful than he would other at the top of this middle column wise have been. His references are where it denotes the Date of the often only remotely applicable : he writing or transaction contained in seems frequently to have been guided the text, at the beginning of the more by similarity of expression than page. by illustration : the errors in the let- The Marginal Readings contained ter-press are no merous: many of the in the folio and quarto Bibles are all Marginal Resuings are omitted: the introduced ; the idioms of the origiChronology is altogether left ont :Inal languages which are preserve

ed in differs which havela adings and Refer

PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH VERSION in many of them, and also the vari- prised in the particular parts of the ous senses of particular words or history or discourse, phrases, being in most instances in- For a similar reason, where the structive, and in all worthy to be same identical words, or nearly so, known. But it has not been thought might be found in a great numnecessary, in giving these readings, ber of texts, a few of these only have to insert such words as are repeated been selected ;-illustration, not rein the text, und which would there-petition, having been the objeot in fore have fruitlessly occupied a por- view. tion of the space allotted to refer- The References, therefore, which enees,

fill the middle column, have all been The Various Readings are referred diligently considered and applied to by small figures placed immedi- with a particular attention to this ately before the words for which they specific end, that none which were are to be substituted ; and the Re- superfluous might be introduced, ferences by Italic letters, which are while the most material purposes to generally placed after the first or se-Ibe answered by References might cond word of a verse, or clause of a nevertheless be effectually secured. verse, when they are intended to il- WHETHER the latitude or the lilustrate the whole of that verse or mits of such an undertaking be conClause : but when the principal force sidered, it is proper that the princiof the illustration rests on a single ples on which it has been conducted word, the letter reference is placed im- should be so far explained, as that mediately after that word. This has the Reader may be apprised of what been the general rule. and the ex- he is to expect from it, and in what ceptions have either been unavoida- branches of religious inquiry it may ble, or are quite immaterial, most materially assist him.

In referring to several relations of In that grand enunciation of the the same facts, by different Writers dignity and design of the Sacred Voin the Sacred Volume, (aus in the his- lume, which is given by the Apostle

ories recorded by the Four Evan-Paul, (2 Tim. iii. 16, 17) we are told, gelists, and in those contained in the that "ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INBooks of Kings and Chronicles) the SPIRATION OF GOD, AND IS PROFITAcorresponding chapters, or parts of BLE FOR DOCTRINE,FOR REPROOF,FOR chapters in each, having been once CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN noted at the beginning of the history RIGHTEOUSNESS; THAT THE MAN OF or subject, it has not been thought GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THOROUGHL: necessary to repeat those references FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.” in the subsequent verses, except But it must be evident, that the where something material is to be Scripture could not be effectually noticed. Thus also in the prophecy profitable for these great ends, por of Obadiah, which relates chiefly to make the man of God PERFECT, * it the destruction of the Edomites, the it were not perfect itself; if its difprophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Eze- ferent parts were at variance with kiel, and Amos, on the same subject, each other : if, notwithstanding all having been once pointed out at the the variety of matter, and multiplicommencement, are not again refer-city of detail, which such a book red to. And so in the history of our required, the doctrines revealed, and Lord's temptation,given in the fourth the moral duties enjoined, were not chapter of the Gospel byst. Matthew, substantially and essentially the reference being made from the first same throughout ; and if all the verse to the fourth chapter of that parts did not concur in the plan by St. Luke, where the same history of the whole. To exhibit, then, the is recorded, no further reference is harmony of the Sacred Writers, on made to that chapter in the subse- the subjects of which they treat, has quent verses; the connexion of the been the primary design of this sewhole being obvious, and the com- lection. And as there are some sub parison easy. More space has been jects of leading importance, in which thus retained for the illustration or confirmation of the subjects or son-! *'APTIO. perfectus, integer, sanus, incolu tences individually, which are com-Imis, consentaneus, emsummatus-Hedericus

tention have, especial care of the against u

object of the the grand conce should therealvation

have coustavine divine attributes and its future destiny

OF THE POLYGLOTT BIBLE. all the rest are included, and by life, that they may not fail of these means of which the harmony and great ends, except by their own wilperfection of the Inspired Pages are ful rejection of the counsel of God written, as with the beams of the against themselves. The salvation sun; to these, especial care and at- of his own soul should therefore be tention have been devoted

the grand concern of every reader of I. It has appeared an object of the the Scripture. Here the immortality first magnitude, that the reader of of the soul is brought to light, and the Holy Scriptures should be assisted placed in unquestionable evidence by references from text to text, to Here, its defection from original puhave constantly in view the con- rity is clearly demonstrated; the nexion of all the divine attributes, means of its restoration are set forth; and the holy uniformity of God in his and its future destiny is declared. It government, both of his Church, and is an awful responsibility which of the world. A display of the true they incur who wilfully neglect this enaracter and perfections of God holy book, and devote all their time, is, without dispute, one chief de- and the powers of their ininds, to sign of the Inspired Volume. Here, terrestrial, and subordinate objects, as in lsaiah's miraculous vision, They slight the pearl of greatest may Jehovah be seen, sitting upon a price, which is no where else to be throne, high and lifted up; his train found; and seem as if they were defills the temple, and the Sacred termined to frustrate, as far Es reWriters, like the Seraphim, cover spects themselves, all that Divine themselves, and cry one to another, wisdom and goodness have done to and say, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE rescue the immortal mind of man LORD OF HOSTS, THE WHOLE EARTH from spiritual ignorance, error, va. IS FULL OF HIS GLORY. It is this nity, vioa, and ruin. Those, howwhich gives to the Scripture its su- ever, who are seeking to enjoy the perlative grandeur By it, God is blessings which the Gospel reveals, known, his will is promulgated ; his will, as they are able, search the purposes are revealed; his mercy is Scriptures; and such persons will announced ; and he is every where receive great help from having reexhibited as worthy of the supreme ferences at hand to assist their inadoration, love, service, and praise, quiries. “It were to be wished," of all his intelligent creatures. Lit- says Bishop Horsley, "that no Bibles tle do those who neglect their Bibles were printed without References. think what refined delight they lose, Particular diligence should be used by thus turning away their eyes in comparing the parallel texts of from the most sublime, the most glo- the Old and New Testaments. .. rious, and the most beautifying object It is incredible," he adds, “to any of contemplation, that the whole one who has not made the experiuniverse affords.

ment, what a proficiencymaybe made 11. But this manifestation of the in that knowledge which maketh Divine character and government is wise unto salvation, by studying the not presented to us as a matter of Scriptures in this manner, wiTHOUT mere speculation, in which we have ANY OTHER COMMENTARY, OR EXPOno immediate and personal interest. SITION, THAN WHAT THE DIFFERENT The Iloly Scriptures are designed to PARTS OF THE SACRED VOLUME MU promote the Glory of God BY THE TUALLY FURNISH FOR EACH OTHEP SALVATION OFMAN. The peculiar pur- Let the most illiterate Christian stupose of the whole is, to turn men dy them in this manner, and let him from darkness to light, and from the never cease to pray for the illuminpower of Satan to God; to raise them ation of that Spirit by which these from the ruins of the Fall, and to books were dictated : and the whole put them in possession of the bless-compass of abstruse philosophy, and ings of Redemption ; to lead them recondite history, shall furnish no from sin to holiness; to conduct them argument with which the perverse through a state of conflict and trial will of man shall be able to shake on earth, to a state of res and felicity this learned Christian's faith."*So in treaven; and so to assist and direct them in all possible conditions in Horsley's Nino Sermons, p. 224..

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