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“ at all at once, and it will be mixed with a great many “ Corruptions and Frailties of Nature; but as those “ill Mixtures are the perpetual Grief of his Soul, “ fo it is his chief Care to watch over and to mortify “ them; he will be in a continual Progress, ftill “ gaining Ground upon himself; and as he attains to “ a good Degree of Purity, he will find a noble « Flame of Life and Joy growing upon him.”

O happy State! Who Thould not ardently desire and endeavour, by the Grace of God, to obtain such Felicity ?

Now I exhort you with Solomon, Fear God, and keep his Commandments, for this is the All of Men.

Then you may be assured of God's Blessing; for as many as walk according to this Rule, Peace be on them, and Mercy upon the Israel of God, Gal. vi. 16. And remember the Words of David, What Man is he, that defrreth Life, and loveth many Days, that he may fee Good? Keep thy Tongue from Evil, and thy Lips from Speaking Guile. Depart from Evil, and do Good; seek Peace, and

pursue it. The Eyes of the Lord are upon the Righteous, and his Ears are open to their Cry; but the Face of the Lord is against them that do Evil, to cut off the Remembrance of them from the Earth. The Righteous cry, and the lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their Troubles. The Lord is nigh unto tbem that are of a broken Heart; and saveth such as are of a contrite Spirit, Pf. xxxiv.

Herewith I conclude, praying for you to God; and I desire that ye might be filled with the Knowledge of his Will in all Wisdom and spiritual Understanding, that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto ali pleafing, being fruitful in every good Work, and increasing ir. the Knowledge of God. Commending you to God, and to the Word of his Grace, which is able to you up, and give you an Inheritance among all them that are fanctified. Amen.



FTER the Answers to the 19th, 21st and 37th

Questions of the Heidelberg Catechism were printed, I have by precifer Examination found some Mistakes in the Translation done by one unknown Author, in the Year of our Lord 1720 ; which the Reader is desired to correct in this Manner :

In the Answer to the 19th Question, Line 8, read, inly begotten Son. In the Answer to the 21/ Question, Line 6, instead of will, read, bath; and instead of iprant, read, granted. In the Answer to ihe 23d Quetion, Line 3, read, only begotten Son. In Queition -33, read, only begotten. In the Answer to the 37th Question, Line 5, before propitiatory, leave out a, read, the only. 23 Which Mistakes have occafioned me to compare the Translation (where I have made use of in this System) with the Latin and Low Dutch Catechism; and finding therein more Errors, I have (without depreciating the Work of the Author, but only for the Prefervation of our Doctrine) corrected them in general, where I thought necessary to give the true Senle and Meaning of it.

N. B. Knowing that it happens as rarely to find a Book without Errors, as a Raven with white Feathers, I hould the Correction of those (crept into this System by the overlooking of the Author or

Printer) have left to the Candour of the Reader : ' But it bring in general the Nature of Mankind to

a censure the leatt Mistakes of others, though they canes not improve thein, when they should be in the same

or like Circumstances, I thought fit to insert them here, and which I hope the Reader will please to

correct, before he attempts criticizing the Work. d 1




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In the PREFACE, Page 2, 1. 5, r. innaccuracies ; l. 9, 1. fequel; p. 3,l., 3, r. questions ; l. 25, r. John I ; p. 4, 1.21,r.ridicule; 124, 1. bada.

In the ADDRESS to Parents, Page 2, 1. 38, r. brackis; p. 3, 1. 5, r. lies; 1. 6, 1. stabbing ; l. 15, r. mortally; 1. 20, r. melancholy ; p4, 1. 34, r. wholly ; l. 38, r. feigned; p. 79 1. bearkened; 1. 10, r. vouchave.

In the S Y S T E M. Page 1, l. 3, r. religion ; l. 20, r. world; p. 2, 1. 25, after, 3dly, add, That we sew the right Means of our Reconciliation to God according to his Justice. And, 4thly; p. 3, 1.4, r. 2 Pet. i. 21 ; p.4, 1. 3, r. the, l. 4, leave out more, r. and justly; 1.6, r. infallible ; l. 11, r. Job xi. 7, Duter. xxix ; p. 5, l. 12, add contained, after not; p. 36, 1. 28, r. merits ; p. 38, 1. 38, r. John v. 43; p. 50, l. 25, for religion, r. reafon; p. 60, l. 34, add in, after with; p. 63, 1. 16, for should, r. do ; p. 71, queft. 34, in the anfwer, leave out his, r. by virtue thereof ; p. 87, l. 5, add as the chief angel, after when he; for by they r. by his ; 1.16, leave out, of his angel; p.90, l. 12, r. sanctifier , p.91, l. 143 r. wholly ; p. 100, 1.3, r. infallible ; p. 107, 1. 26, r. difpenfer; p. 116, queft. 74, in the answer, l. 9, instead of, as is, r. as i was ; p. 79, l. 30, r. afcenfion; p. 125, 1. the last, r confciousness; p. 127, queft. 81, in the answer, l. 5, instead of, converted, r. covered; p. 132, 1. 16, r. John 3 ; p 141, 1. 27, r. folving ; p. 160, queft. 100, in the an swer, l. 9, r. forbidden ; p. 175, 1. 19, r. commended.

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OF the Christian Religion.

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Of the Holy Scriptures.


The it and 2d Questions of the Heidelberg Cate-


Of our Christian Consolation, and the Means of at-

taining it.


The 3d, 4th and 5th Questions of the Heidelberg Cate-

Of the Knowledge ofour Misery by the Law.
The 6th, 7th and 8th Questions of the Heidelberg


Of the Origin and Greatness of our Corruption. ,,17

The 9th, 10th and 11th Questions of the Heidelberg


Of God's Justice, and the Punishment of Sin. 24

The 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Questions of the Hei-

delberg Catechism.

Of the Redemption of Man; the Means of our De-

liverance; and Quality of our Redeemer. 26

The 13th, 14th, 15th 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Que-

stions of the Heidelberg Catechism.

The Reasons, the Person, and Doctrine of the Me-



The 20th, 211, 220 and 23d Questions of the Hei-

delberg Catechism.

Of the Necessity of Faith, and Description of its



The 24th and 25th Questions of the Heidelberg Ca-


Of the Division of the Symbol and Trinity.

The 26th Question of the Heidelberg Catechism.

Of God the Father.

The 27th and 28th Questions of the Heidelberg Ca-


Of the Providence, and the Use of this Article. 51

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The 29th and 30th Questions of the Heidelberg Ca-


Of God the Son, and his Name Jesus.


The 3111 and 32d Questions of the Heidelberg Ca-


Of the Name Chrift.


The 33d and 34th Questions of the Heidelberg Cate-


Of the Name of God's only begotten Son, and our



The 35th and 36th Questions of the Heidelberg Ca-


Of Christ's Incarnation.


The 37th, 38th and 39th Questions of the Heidelberg


Of Chrift's fuffering under the Judge Pontius Pilate,

and his Crucifying


The 40th, 411, 42d, 43 and 443Questions of the

Heidelberg Catechism.
Of Christ's Death, Burial and descending into Hell,


The 45th Question of the Heidelberg Catechism.

Of Christ's Resurrection.


The 46th, 47th, 48th and 49th Questions of the Heia

delberg Catechism.

Of Christ's Ascension into Heaven.


The goth, 51 and 52d Questions of the Heidelberg


Of Christ fitting on the right Hand of his Father,

and his coming to Judgment.

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The 53d Question of the Heidelberg Catechism.

Of God the Holy Ghost.


The 54th, 55th and 56th. Questions of the Heidelberg


Of the Church, the Communion of Saints, and Re-

miffion of Sins.


The 57th and 58th Questions of the Heidelberg Ca-


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