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a smaller fize, and at a moderate price. The Preliminary Dissertation at the beginning, and the Notes at the end of the quarto Edition though excellent in themselves, yet abounding in philological learning and consequently of little use to the generality of Readers, are entirely omitted. At the same time, it was thought, that some farther help for the better understanding this incomparable Book might properly accompany it. Of this nature, it is humbly presumed, is thre Treatise prefixed, which fell into the Editor's hands by a seasonable Providence just as he had concluded to republish the above-mentioned Work, and was looking out for something of the kind to fill up

his plan.—The Author, the Rev. Dr. John Smith, Minister of the Gospel at Campbleton in Scotland, has in the little Tract, from which this is taken; gone through the whole Writings of the Prophets in the same mali

terly terly manner; but as the Prophecy of Ifaiah terminates this Volume, his Summary View and Explanation thereof, added to his short Preliminary Observations on the Prophetić Stile, is all that is here printed. In this Writer's advertisement, the following particulars, among others, are premised, which restricted in their application to the fingle Prophecy before us, fhail conclude this Preface. Speaking of the propriety of reducing Commentaries on Scripture to å smaller scale for more general utility, “If,

says he, fo many of the scattered rays can

be collected into one point, as may ena" ble the reader of any portion or chapter

of Scripture to see, as it were, with a “ glance of the eye, the scope and meaning ☆ of the whole, with the connexion of the “ feveral parts-if'the meaning of the sacred

Writers can be exhibited in its own native, noble and beautiful fimplicity, freed

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" from every false gloss of human system

by which it is frequently disguised, and “ from every load of extraneous matter do with which it is frequently oppressed_a "most important object would be gained « indeed. The facred volume would be

more read and better understood ; its “ influence on the heart would be more

powerful, and its effect on the human « conduct more manifest. How far the “ following attempt may be conducive to “ these desirable ends, or how far it may " be proper to extend the same plan to “ other parts of Scripture, it is the part

of “the Public alone to judge. --The Author " has only to add, That he has been care“ ful to derive every necessary information " from the most respectable authorities. He " has consulted the most approved Com“ mentators in our own, and several in ** other languages. He has particularly

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“ availed himself on many occasions of the “ assistance furnished by those later writers, « whose labours have cast so much light on " the greater part of the Prophetic Writings, “ such as Bishop Lowth, Mr. Blayney,

Bishop Newcome, Bishop Newton, and Dr. Kennicot. If any Reader should “ wish for a more critical knowledge of “ this part of sacred writ, he may derive it “ from these learned Authors, and from

Houbigant, Michaelis and Vitringa,-or, ” if more of practical uses, inferences, re“flections, and improvements should be “ desired, the Writers of larger Commenç taries will amply supply them.

But the « object here aimed at was brevity, no less “than utility and plainness.”



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