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And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to nuke
2 Timothy, iii. 15.
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OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS,
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TO THE ENGLISH EDITION'.
To the many Compilations published for the use of Schools, it seemed expedient that a Selection should be added from the Bible. And with respect to th« propriety of selecting', where all is presumed to be excellent, it will not surely be denied by the judicious and impartial, that some parts of Holy Scripture are better adapted than others, to the perusal of readers in the puerile age.
it appears that the practice of initiating young people in reading by the-New and Old Testament, which was once universal, is rather on the decline; and one reason of it may be, a disapprobation of reading them, Without Discrimination, at atime when the understanding is immature.
But while the New and Old Testament have lost ground in Schools, many trifling and uninteresting Books have supplied their place; books which impress ideas. but feebly, and which, if they are remembered, furnish the mind with little more than lumber. Even histories of Jesus Christ and of the Bible, conveyed in the language of a poor writer, tend to debase subjects, which, in the sacred text, appear with an air of native majesty.
It is desirable that the more important matter of Holy Writ should make an early impression, and be remembered for life; and it is therefore right to let it be read, as in the days of our forefathers, during the course of early education, when all that is received is likely to be long retained. A sample once relished by the learner, may invite him m due time to feast upon the whole.