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DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION, TO
THE RIGHT REV. THE LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY.

ALTHOR OF

BY THOMAS WILLIAMS, THE AGE OF INFIDELITY," IN ANSWER TO PAINE; A NEW TRANSLATION OF SOLOMON'S SONG; AN HISTORIC DEFENCE OF EXPERIMENTAL RELIGION ;

A DICTIONARY OF ALL RELIGIONS, RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS, &c. &c.

VOL. II.

1828

LONDON: PRINTED FOR W. SIMPKIN AND R. MARSHALL,

STATIONERS'-HALL-COURT, LUDGATE-STREET.

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THE BOOK

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PSA L M S.

INTRODUCTION.
Herae's valuable Commentary.

E shall introduce this book with some excellent remarks from the Preface to Bishop * The Psalms (says this excellent writer) are an epitome of the Bible, adapted to the purposes of devotion. They treat occasionally of the creation and formation of the world ; the dispensations of Providence and the economy of grace; the transactions of the patriarchs; the exodus of the children of Israel; their journey through the wilderDies, and settlement in Canaan ; their law, priesthood, and ritual; the exploits of their great meu, wrought through faith; their sins and captivities; their repentances and restorations ; the sufferings and victories of David; the peaceful and happy reign of Solomon; the advent of Messiah, with its effects and consequences; his incarnation, birth , life

, passion, death, resurrection, ascension, kingdom, and priesthood ; the effubishment, increase, and perpetuity of the Christian church; the

end of the world ; the seteral judgment; lhe condemnation of the wicked, and the final triunnph of the righherous with the Lord their king. These are the subjects here presented to our meditaties

. We are instructed how to conceive of them aright, and to express the different pletions

, which, when so conceived of, they must excite in our minds. They are, for purpose, adorned with the figures and set off with all the graces of poetry; and poetry itself is designed yet farther to be recommended by the charms of music thus olet rated to the service of God; that so delight may prepare the way for improvement, and pleasure hecome the handmaid of wisdom, while every turbulent passion is calmed delice. This little volume, like the paradise of Eden, affords us in perfection, though in Functure

, every thing that groweth elsewhere, "Every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food : " and above all, what was just, but is here restored, the tree of life ' in the midst of the garden.'" (Preface, p. i.)

The same learned and pious prelate adds, “What is said in the Psalms occasionally of the Law and its ceremonies, sacrifices, ablutions, and purifications ; of the taberuacle and temple, with the services therein performed ;' and of the Aaronical priesthood : all to botification by his blood, and sanctification by his spirit ; to the true tabernacle, or morld, by Him who was, in die respect'a sacrifice, in another a temple, and in a third the bigh-priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedek. That such was the intention of these lezal figures is declared at large in the Epistle to the Hebrews : and they are of en de asistance to us now informing our ideas of the realities

to which they correspond. Lider

one in heaven it is open and without a veil : in the church militant it is so veiled o be set discerned by its correspondence to the figure. As the figure was first built Heing expressions used by David in the xixth and cxixth Psalms, to extol the enlivening, saving, healing, comforting efficacy of a law, which, in the letter of it, whether ton, do sufficiently prove that David understood the spirit of it, which was the Gospel Den beep fulfilled, and their types realized. He that takes his estimate of the Jewish het was their own, as it is ahat of the wes sont

this hour, though their prophecies have religion fron the grossness of the Jewish multitude, (as the last cited author observes,)

Telf. And if any who recited those Psalms had not the same idea, it was not the

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