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it My tongue shall speak of thy word; for all thy commandments
are righteousness."

Davip.

PHILADELPHIA:

PRINTED FOR AND SOLD BY W.W. WOODWARD,

No. 52, SOUTH SECOND STREET.

Griggs & Dickinsons, Printers.

1815.

PREFACE.

AMIDST the various blessings with which we are so highly favoured, that of divine revelation must be considered as one of the greatest. It is the true light which irradiates the dark path of sinful men; the faithful guide which directs them in the way they should go: and the delightful medium through which they can behold the prospect of glory and immortality. Every thing therefore which has a tendency to recommend this inestimable volume,-to illustrate its excellencies and impress its contents on the mind, certainly deserves our notice.

In the following pages the reader will find such a collection of facts as will form a practical exposition of a variety of passages of scripture; and confirm him in the belief of what the apostle has declared ; that it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The biographical sketches, the numerous anecdotes, the allusions to ancient customs, and the quotations from various authors, as they are all here laid under contribution for the service of truth, so it is to be hoped they will render the work entertaining as well as instructive.

As to judicious criticisms, and commentaries on the sacred scriptures, they cannot be spoken of too highly; but we all know that facts strike the mind with peculiar force. In the instances there

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