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ffers all sufficient Grace to enable them to forsake all known ind wilful Sin, to become new Creatures, and practise universal Folineß and Goodness.
Scme who have early imbibed these Notions, and whose Minds are bound and fetter'd with them, may poflibly be willing to be set free from them. Such I would advise not to amuse and perplex themselves about the (1) Trescience or Foreknowledge of God; for this is a Subject far, very far out of their Reach, and what learned Men cannot agree about among themselves.
I have often thought, that the filling the Mind with such Subjects, hath proceeded from a Temptation of the Devil, who finding that he cannot so far prevail as to have all Thoughts about Religion laid aside, hath, by this Artifice, urn'd that Zeal, which should have been employ'd in governing jur Passions, in mortifying our Lufts, and in the Destruction of Sin in our Souls, and in recovering the Divine Imagc, after which We were created in Righteousness and true Holiness, to such ruitless Speculations as these, about which, when we have pent many Days and Years, we shall be as far from the Knowedge of them, as we were when we begun. If the Devil can destroy a Soul, it is all one to him whether he does it sy Carelesness and Negligence, or by Immorality and Profaneness, or by imploying it only in the form of Religion, or in Disputes about it. Religion aims at nothing less than the naking us such regenerate and holy Perons as God can love ind delight in; it aims to make us good our selves, and eaches us to do all the good we can to others, in our re. pełtive Stations, Relations, and Circumstances. And if the Devil an by any of his Wiles and Devices, divert and keep us from eriously endeavouring to resemble and imitate God, becoming ike unto him in the Temper and Disposition of our Minds, he btains his End. It is not expected, that a Work of this Nature will be alike cceptable to all. Some may think that I might have saved
my felf all this Pains; others, that there are too few Ref rences ; fome, that there are too many. Some may say, th they cannot discern the Relation between some of the Ref rences, and the Verses under which they are placed. I these and such like Obje&tions, I shall only answer, That any of these References have a Mark set before them, Id not look upon any self to be answerable for them; fd these having been put in the Margin of the Bible by emine and learned Men, I should probably have incurr'd Censu if I had oniitted them.. Besides, a second or third Revievo ma discover their Relation to the Text, which was not so obviou at first sight. This has often happened to me in compilin this Work. To assist the Reader herein, I have for the mo Part put some of the emphatical Words in a different Characte And though it should be supposed, that some of the Tex might as well have been omitted, yet if these stood before i the Margin of the Bible, this work will notwithstanding fav them the Trouble of turning to them; and they will be abl at first sight to judge what is, and what is not for thei Purpose, which will, I am persivaded, be thought no incon siderable Advantage by those who frequently turn to the Re ferences. The new References are those for which I am in som Measure accountable, because here I have used my own Judg ment.
The Index at the End of the Second Volume will, in a goo Degree, answer the vse of a Common-Place-Book to the holy Scriptures, there being among the References many Do&trina and practical Texts cited from the Old Testament, as well a from the New. To make this the more useful, I have some times referr’d to Passages in the Old Testament, which are 110 among the References, letting down in the Index the Chapte and Verse. If the Number of Sheets these Volumes consist of would have allowed it, the Index might have been larger But this Want may without much Difficulty be supplied; fo those who defire a more complcat Index may interleave this, and in their Reading add such other Particulars as they think fit which will make it more useful to them, than one entirely finifli'd by another Hand would be. · How far this Work may be of Use to my Reverend Bre thren the Clergy, whether it may aslift them in recolle&ting such Motives to prevail with their Hearers to pra&tise the Dutie which the Gospel enjoins, as the Holy Spirit makes Use of in the Scriptures, which confequently are the most perfwafive
Cotives; or whether it may in any other Refpe&t be serviceple, I leave to be deterinined by them. But I am not withit fome Hope of its being of Service to those who are ting themselves for Holy Orders, or have been but lately rdained.
I readily acknowledge, that my own manifold Defects might ytly have discouraged me from this Undertaking, and that Performance of this kind by some abler Hand would have ppeared with greater Advantage ; but having been !ong of Spinion, that such a Work would be of Ule to the World, nd having in vain tried to engage some in it, whom I believed o be better qualified, I was at last prevailed with to set about I my self.
One Request I have to make to those who shall think fit to ead this Work, That they would signifie to me what Mitakes they shall discover therein; whether they were comaitted by me, or occasioned by my Distance from the Press.
is not unlikely, notwithstanding the Care I have taken, ut that in transcribing so many Figures, some Errors may e committed. Any such friendly Notice shall be thankully acknowledged by me. But if any shall think it worth heir Time and Pains to appear publickly against this Perormance, all the Use I shall make thereof shall be to correct That upon further Examination I shall find my self to have een mistaken in, if there shall happen to be a future Imrellion, without giving them any Interruption about Maters wherein they may differ from ine.
will add no more, but my Desire to such as by using this York thall find themselves improved in Divine Knowledge, "hich is by far the (1) most valuable Knowledge, That when
"We are not only puzzled by Things without us, but we are angers to our own Make and Frame ; for tho' we are convinced We consist of Soul and Body, yet no Man hitherto has sufficiently Tib d the Union of these two, or has been able to explain, how ought Ihould move Matter, or how Matter should act upon Thought : the most minute Things in Nature, if duly considered, carry with the greatest Wonder, and perplex us as much as Things of greater hd Shew. And yet we who know little of the smallest Matters,
nothing less than New Theories of the World, and vast Fields of nowledge, busying our selves in natural Enquiries, and flattering our es with wonderful Discoveries, and mighty Improvements that have A made in humane Learning, a great part of which is purely imagi. Yi and at the fame Time neglecting the only true, and folid, and
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St. MATTHEW I.
THE book of the 3 Generation of Jesus Christ, the 1 đổi of David, the fon of Abraham. 2. ^ Abra
*. Luk. 3. 23. And Jefus him- fáith the Lord, that I will taile It began to be about chirty years unto David a righteous brauch,
Age, being (as was supposed), and a king shall reign and profper, le Son of Jofeph, which was 'ibe and shall.execute judgment and ju
in of Heli.
Sftice in the earth. Mart. 22, 41. Pf. 132. 11. The Lord liath. What think ye of Christ? Whofe, porn in truth unto David, he will Som is he? They say unto him, Cf turn from ir, Of the fruit of thy The Son of David.
will I set upon thy Throne. c* Gen. 21.2, 3. Sarah conceived C: 13.23. Of this man s fred hachioand bare Abraham a Son in his old Tod, according to his promise, rifedge. And Abraham called the Punto Ifrael a Saviour lefus saine of liis Son, whom Sarah bare ef, 23. 5. Behold, the days come to him, IMAS,