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P R E F A C E. add another Table at the End of this Volume, (of the Same Kind with that in Mr. Bonnel's Harmony,) 'which will at once direct, both to the Section, and the Page, where any Verse may presently be found.

I cannot pretend so much as to conjetture, when the Remainder of my Undertaking will be compleated. I skall bowever proceed in it, as fast as niy Health and other Affairs will permit. In the mean Time, I think it néa cessary to observe, that I have, by the Advice of some considerate and judicious Friends, deferred the Index, and some other Things which I intended to have thrown into an Appendix here, till I have finished what I am preparing on the Acts; that so they may stand, as they very properly will, at the End of the Historical Books of the New Testament.

How far the Subscribers to these Two Volumes may think it proper to encourage the rest, must be referred to themselves. In the mean Time, as that must be exceeding precarious, which depends on the Continuance of one Man's Life and Health, I would defire Permission here to take Leave of my Friends, at least for the present, with such a serious Address, as may be the most substantial Expresion of my fincere Gratitude and Refpeét.

I should have thought, my honoured Friends, that I had made you a very unworthy Return for this publick Token of your Regard to me, if I had offered you merely an Amusement, tho' ever so critical and polite. It had been much better, on both sides, that the Work should never bave been undertaken or perused, than that these Divine Authors should be treated like a Set of Profane Classicks; or that the Sacred and Momentous Transactions they relate, should be handled and read, like an invented Tale, or a common History. I have often reminded myself of it, and permit me now, Sirs, folemnly to remind you, that these are the Memoirs of the Holy YESUS, the Saviour of finful Men, whom to know is Life eternal, and whom to neglect is everlasting Destruction. We have here the Authentick Records, of that Gospel, which was intended as the great Medicine for our Souls ; of that Character, which is our Pattern; of that Death, which is our Ransom ; of Him, in short, whose Name we bear as we are professed Christians, and before whoje Tribunal we are all shortly to appear, that our Eternal Existence may be determined, blissful, or miserable, according to our Regard to what He has taught, and done, and endured. Let not the Greatest therefore think it beneath their Notice; nor the Meanest imagine, that amidst all the most necessary Cares and Labours, they can find any Excuse for neglecting, or even for postponing it.

Had I not been fully convinced of the Certainty and Importance of Christianity, I should not have determined to devoté my whole life to its Service; (for on the Principles of Natural Religion, I know the Soul to be immortal, and should expect nothing but its Ruin in the Ways of the most fančtified Fraud :) But as I am thus convinced, I must make it my

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P R E F A C E. bumble Request to every one that enters on the Perusal of these Volumes, that they may, for a little while at least, be the Employment of his retired Hours, and that as he proceeds from one Section to another, be would pause and reflect, Whose Words do I hear? Whose Actions do I furvey? Whojé Sufferings do I contemplate ?And as all must know, they are the Words, the Actions, and the Sufferings of YESUS the Son of GOD, our supreme Lord, and our final Judge, let it be farther, and very seriously enquired, in what Degree the obvious and confeljed Design of the glorious Gospel has been practically regarded and complied with: Can I in my Heart think, that I am a Disciple, whom such is a Master will approve, and whom he will chuse for his Attendant in that World of Glory to which he is now gone ? " Let the Plainness of this Advice be forgiven ; for such is the Temper and Conduet of most who call themselves Christians, that, if this Religion be true, their cold and unaffeeting Knowledge of the History of Christ, and of the Purposes of bis Appearance, will only serve to furnish out Matter for eternal SelfAccusation and Remorse: And he is at best but a learned and polite Infidel, who would not rather be the Instrument of conducting the lowest Creature, capable of reading or hearing these Lines, to the Saving Knowledge of a Crucified Redeemer, than fill the most refined Nation with his own Applause, while the Grace of the Saviour is forgotten, or bis Service neglected.

I bave yet one farther Request to add, to those of my Readers, who are Heads of Families ; which is, that they would please to remember the Title of the Work, and consider it as chiefly intended," in its most essential Parts, for a Family Expositor. I beartily rejoice in the Reason" which I have to hope, that, low as our Religious Character is fallen in these degenerate Days, Aets of Domestick Worship are yet performed by Multitudes of Christians of various Denominations : Yet I cannot but fear, that the Scriptures are not so constantly read at such Seasons, as they formerly were; an Omiffion, which must be to the great Detriment, both of Children and Servants. One would think, that those who believe the Divine Authority of Scripture, and its Infinite Importance, should be easily prevailed upon to restore this useful Exercise, at least for one Part of the Day; and I would hope, that what I here offer them, may render it more agreeable and useful. " It would give me inexpressible Delight, to find that this is the case in those Families, with which I am most intimately acquainted; and would be an Encouragement to hope, this Work may be proportionably useful in Places and Times, to which neither my Observation, nor Intelligence can extend.

I shall conclude this Preface, with my hearty Prayers, that, weak and imperfect as these Labours are, the Divine Blessing may every where, and always attend them; and that it may rest on all who have patronized them, and on all who shall peruse tbem! May every Prejudice against the Truth

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PRE FACE. of Christianity, or against its Power, be vanquished! May the moft Infenfible Minds be awakened to attend to Religion, and may the Weak and Languishing be animated to press on to greater Attainments in it! May those that are preparing for the Service of the Sanctuary, (as every part of this Performance is their Concern,) be by every Part of it more abundantly furnished for the various Duties of their important Office ! And may thoje, who are as yet but Babes in Knowledge, thro' the Divine Blessing, grow by that sincere Milk of the Word, which is bere presented, as I trust, in its genuine Simplicity! In a Word, may many Persons, Families, and larger Societies receive devout Pleasure, and solid lasting Improvement ; that the great GOD, of whom and thro' whom are all Things, may in all be glorified, thro’ Jesus Christ our Lord, who in all the Sacred lumes, and especially here, is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, to whom be everlasting Honour, Love, and Obedience! Amen.

Northampton,
August 9. 1740.

CORRECTION S.

VOL. I. Pag. 45. Note ( f) 1. 10. r. (Antiq. lib. x. cap. 6. (al. 8.) 8. 3. Edit. Havercamp.)

Pag. 213. Text, l. 3. 5. 40.– Pag. 472. Marg, r. Mat. x. 41.
Vol. II. Pag. 265. Paraphr. I. 15. r. Mat. xvii. 22. Pag. 267. Not. I. 3. r. (Aits
Pag. 268. Not. I. penult. a Comma after Words Pag. 272. Text, l. 7. r. XVIII. 39.
Pag. 275. Not. (f) a Period after illic Pag. 279. Text, v. 17. a Comma after him
Pag. 280. Par. 1. 27. would r. wouldst Pag. 281. Par. I. 1. r. who might Pag. 283.
Text, I. 4. dele Comma after Lazarus, Pag. 284. Not. (c) 1. 3. r. Thewn,) Pag.
286. Not. 1. 2.1. Tautology,) Pag. 559. Text, l. 16. r. XXVII. 38. Pag. 563. Text,
1. 15.r. XIX. 19.-

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A TABLE of the CHAPTERs in this Volume,

directing to the Sections where they are placed.

590, 91,

v. 28.

» 92, 93,

136,

XI.

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coo, 01. XVII.

91VII. Ş98, 99, 292.

92, 93,

2100, 101. 296, 93. 110 56. 296, 127. 93, 94, XVIII.

viii. 97, 106,

$ 102, 103,

2104, 105.

107, 108. 137, 142,

$ 130, 131, XIX. (143. v. 1. to 13. IIO.

2132. 2137

5146, 147,

142.37, ad fin. R 148, 149, XII.

S132, 133

Sul, 112, X XX. 2150, 151.

{ 134.

113, 114, $ 146, 147,

$ 139, 140,

116, 117, 151, 152, XIII

L141.
148, 149, 1x

2118.
154, 155,
2151, 152.
3156, 157, XIV.

S119, 120, (145, 146,
(159.
2121.

3148, 149,

XV. $ 153, 154, XXII.

122, 123

(150. 161, XVI. 124, 125.

$ 168, 169, 162, 163,

S 126, 127, XXIII,

XVII.

2170, 171.
157, 158.
2167, 145,

173, 174
(129, 136,

167, 168, XXIV. 170, 172,

175, 176. 181, 182,

(143. 183, 184,

$ 143, 144, X 177, 178. xxv.

,185, 184.

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179, 180.
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167, 168, xv
188, 189,

(156, 157. X 184, 185,
170, 172,
190, 191,
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181, 182,
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{161, 162, 1 183, 184,

(163, 167.

188, 189,
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(194, 195,

(167, 168,

3 190, 191, 196, 198,

172, 170,

(192.
186, 193,
(202, 203.

169, 171,
186, 187,
XXII.

(194, 195,

173, 181, XXVII. 188, 189,

3 198, 199, 182, 183,

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c 186, 187,1

5 200, 201, 188, 189,

190, 191,
C 192.

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3197, 198, 0.—2, 202, 203.
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XXVIII.

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196, 202.

Vol. II.

A TABLE

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Joewing the Disposition of the Harmony.

| MATTH. MARK. | Luke. | JOHN. XC.

xvii, 1,-13. ix. 2,-13. ix. 28,-36. XCI.

xvii, 14,-21. ix. 14,—29. ix. 37,-43.XCII. xvii, 22, ad fin ix. 30,--33.-1 ix.-439–45.

xviii. 1,-9.13* XCIII.

Şix. -333–37.

ix. 46,-48.

( 42, ad fin. XCIV. xviii. 10,—20. XCV.

xviii. 21, ad fin. XCVI.

ix. 38,-41. ix. 49,-50. XCVII.

X. 1,-16. XCVIII.

vii. 1,-13. XCIX.

vii. 14;—24.

vii. 25,–36. CI.

vii. 37, ad fin. CII.

viii. 1,-11. CIII.

viii. 12,—29. CIV.

viii. 30,—47 CV.

vii. 48, ad fin. CVI.

x. 17,-24. CVII.

X. 25,–37 CVIII.

x. 38, ad fin. CIX.

xi. 1,-13 CX.

xi. 37, ad fin. CXI.

xii. 1,-12. CXII.

xii. 13,-21. CXII.

xii. 22,-34. CXIV.

xii, 35,-48. CXV.

xii. 49, ad fin. CXVI.

xiii. 1,-9. CXVII.

xiii. 10,–22. CXVIII.

xiii. 23, ad fin. CXIX.

xiv. 1,--14. CXX.

xiv. 15,—24. CXXI.

xiv. 25, ad fin. CXXII.

XV, 1,-10. CXXIII.

xv. 11, ad fin. CXXIV.

xvi. 1,-18. CXXV.

xvi, 19, ad fin. CXXVI.

xvii. 1,-11. CXXVII.

six. 51,56.

3 xvii. 12,-19. CXXVIII.

xvii. 20, ad fin. CXXIX.

xviii, 1, -14.

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