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THE edition of the New Testament, now presented to the reader, is the fruit of much thought on
the part of the Editor. The project of issuing such an edition had its origin in a conviction that something could be done to make our invaluable English Version more intelligible to devout students of the Word of God, by some little helps in arrangement and printing. The divisions into chapters and verses (being entirely of human origin) have, in this edition, been retained solely for the purpose of reference, custom having sanctioned their use; but they have been made subordinate to another arrangement into Paragraphs and Sections, according to the subject matter; and these sections have, by means of figures placed over each, been put into chronological order. An Index is supplied at the end shewing where any section is to be found. Quotations from the Old Testament have been distinguished by being printed in capitals, and speeches have been denoted by inverted commas.
A brief Introduction is prefixed to each Book, and a running analysis of the argument in the Epistles has been attempted.
Lastly, Parallel Passages, illustrative of the text in different ways—confirmatory, elucidatory, suggesting a contrast, carrying out the same thought, bringing in juxta-position some other Scripture truth, or hinting some unnoticed coincidence—have been carefully noted. These will, it is hoped, be considered a valuable aid presented to the diligent student, and as in some measure meeting the object so forcibly described in the words of Bishop Horsley :
“ It were to be wished, that no Bibles were printed without references. Particular diligence should be used in comparing the parallel texts of the Old and New Testament.” “It is incredible," he adds, “ to any one who has not made the experiment, what a proficiency may be made in that
knowledge which maketh wise unto salvation,' by studying the Scriptures in this manner, without any other commentary or exposition than what the different parts of the Sacred Volume mutually furnish for each other. Let the most illiterate Christian study them in this manner, and let him never cease to pray for the illumination of that Spirit by which these books were dictated, and the whole compass of abstruse philosophy, and recondite history, shall furnish no argument with which the perverse will of man shall be able to shake this learned Christian's faith.”
The Editor commends the Chronological New Testament to all lovers of the Word of God, in the sincere belief and earnest hope that they will find it fitted to make that Word speak more clearly to the people. In its compilation he has been much indebted to Townsend's Harmony, to Trollope and to Humphrey on the Acts, and to Kitto's Biblical Cyclopædia, and the Pictorial Bible of the same author, two works which ought to find a place in every theological library. For the parallel passages he has obtained the greatest assistance from Bagster's Bibles, incomparably the best of all reference Bibles, and from Dr. Burton's Greek Testament: for the paragraphs and sections Dr. Burton has been his chief guide.
Should future editions be called for, it will be his endeavour to render it increasingly perfect. For this purpose, he respectfully invites the co-operation of those who are conversant with Biblical studies. He hopes to be able shortly to publish the Old Testament on the same plan.
The following letters, chiefly taken from the writings of Archbishop Secker, have been placed over the Sections, to assist the devotional reading of the Scriptures :1 What Acknowledgment to God does this declaration require from me ? B Is my character and Behaviour suitable to this command or exhortation, this description or good
example? C What Consolation does this passage administer ? D What Duty does this precept or pattern point out ? E What Encouragement to a cheerful compliance with the clearly expressed wishes of God, or with
the general dealings of His providence, does this passage give ? F What Fear for myself does this threatening call for ? VI Have I acquired that sense of my own sinfulness, and of God's Holiness and justice, which the
whole tenor of Scripture inculcates ? Ľ Am I duly sensible of the tender regard of God to the human family? Am I reciprocating that
Love, and am I imitating it in Loving my brother? I Have I acquired a sense of my own Need of the merits of Christ, and the aid of the Divine
Spirit ? R Do I see myself under another name Reproved, condemned, stigmatized ? Ž Of what Sin does this passage, this narrative, or this admonition, convince me? T Do I behold with reverence and admiration the truthfulness of God in the predictions of Scripture,
or in delineations of character, and am I loving Truth?
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW.
ST. MATTHEW, who was also called Levi, was one of the five disciples whose call is particularly mentioned, Matt. ix. 9. Mark ii. 14. Luke v. 27. His name occurs but once in the Acts, and not at all in the Epistles. He is said to have preached in Ethiopia, but this is uncertain.
There is much probability in the opinion that he wrote his Gospel at first in the Palestine dialect, about A.D. 45, and afterwards the Greek Gospel which we now possess. The first however is totally lost. That St. Matthew's Gospel was not written before 62 is conjectured by Bishop Marsh, from the silence of St. Luke, who accompanied Paul to Rome in that year, and whose notice it would hardly have escaped. Eusebius places it somewhere about the year 43, and this is probably very near the truth. That St. Matthew wrote principally for the Jews has been inferred from his not explaining Jewish rites and expressions and from his apparent wish to set forth Jesus as the promised Messiah of the old covenant. None of the evangelists quote the Old Testament so often as Matthew, and his quotations are, for the most part, in accordance with the Hebrew. In his genealogy of Jesus there are discrepancies which have never been satisfactorily explained, but he no doubt made it in a manner intelligible to the Jews of his time. It may be divided into three Parts.
1. The Preparation of Jesus, Chap. I.-IV. 16.
Chap. IV. 17.--XVI. 20.
Lord, who was made of the seed
Rom. 1, 3.
Legal genealogy of Jesus Christ. 9 doc; and Sadoc begat Achim ; and Before A.D. 6.
IMHE book of the generation of Achim begat Eliud; 15 and Eliud a JesusChrist our 1 Jesus Christ, the son of David.a | begat Eleazar ; and Eleazar begat
the son of Abraham. Abraham be- | Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob : of David accord
gat Isaac'; and Isaac begat Jacob ; | 16 and Jacob begat Joseph the husing to the flesh.
and Jacob begat Judas and his breth- band of Mary, of whom was born By myself have
ren; 3 and Judas begat Phares and Jesus, who is called Christ. I sworn, saith the Lord—in thy | Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat | 17 So all the generations from Abraseed shall all the
Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram: | ham to David are fourteen generaearth be blessed.
tions; and from David until the carGen. 22, 16–18.
Aminadab begat Naasson ; and Na- | rying away into Babylon are fourteen
Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; her a public example, was minded a Some read, Jo
%; 10 and Ezekias begat Manasses; and to put her away privily. 20 But while ond Jakim begat Manasses begat Amon; and Amon he thought on these things, behold, Jechonias. c And Nebuchad- begat Josias; 11 and a Josias begat the angel of the Lord appeared unto nezzar king. Jechonias and his brethren, about the him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, Babylon carried away all Jerusa- time they were carried away to Baby- thou son of David, fear not to take lem, and all the princess and a lon :C 12 and after they were brought unto thee Mary thy wife : for that the mighty men to Babylon, Jechonias begat Sala- which is Bconceived in her is of the B Gr. begotten. of valour, even 10,000 captives: thiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel ; Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring none remained 13 and Zorobabel begat Abiud; and forth a son, and thou shalt call his sort of the peo- Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim name YJESUS: for he shall save his y Saviour. Heb.
l'Ac. 4, 12. Lu. 1,31 2 Kin. 24, 14.. I begat Azor ; 14 and Azor begat Sa- people from their sins.” 22 Now alland 2, 21.
save the poorest
be called. Is. 7, 14
the Isles shall
ba & Seba shall
Is. 60. 6.
BEFORE A.D. 5. this was done, that it might be ful- | they were come into the house, they | BEFORE A.D. 4.
filled which was spoken of the Lord saw the young child with Mary his
A VIRGIN SIIALL BE WITH CHILD, AND shipped him: and when they had 80r, his name shall | SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY opened their treasures, they present
SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL," ed unto him gifts; gold, and frankin-
9 The kings of us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from warned of God in a dream that they Tarshish and of sleep did as the angel of the Lord should not return to Herod, they de- the Isles
bring presents; had bidden him, and took unto him parted into their own country another the kings of Shehis wife : 25 and knew her not till she way.
offer gifts. Ps. had brought forth her firstborn son :
EGYPT.-Flight into Egypt. 14 and he called his name JESUS.
13 And when they were departed, Beforo a.d. 4. Betileneu. 13 hohold the ancol of the Lord and
The Mayi enquire for the Christ. A 13 | behold, the angel of the Lord ap19 N OW when Jesus was born in | peareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, IV Bethlehem of Judæa in the
“ Arise, and take the young child Lu. 2, 1-7. days of Herod the king, behold, there
and his mother, and flee into Egypt, came wise men from the east to Jeru
and be thou there until I bring thee salem, & saying, “ Where is he that
word : for Herod will seek the young is born King of the Jews ? for we
child to destroy him." 14 When he have seen his star in the east, and
arose he took the young child and his are come to worship him." 3 When
mother by night, and departed into Herod the king had heard these things,
Egypt: i5 and was there until the he was troubled, and all Jerusalem
death of Herod : that it might be with him. And when he had gath
fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord ered all the chief priests and scribes
by the prophet, saying, “Outh of a Hos. 11, 1. of the people together, he demanded
EGYPT HAVE I CALLED MY SON.” of them where Christ should be born.
Herod's Cruelty. $ 15 5 And they said unto him, “ In Beth
16 Then Herod, when he saw that
exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and
according to the time which he had Jno. 7, 42.
MY PEOPLE ISRAEL." ? Then Herod diligentlý inquired of the wise men.
HEARD, LAMENTATION AND WEEPING,
AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPyoung child; and when ye have
ING for HER CHILDREN, AND WOULD
NOT BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY
Before A.D. 3.— The return from Egypt. 16