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obscurity and perplexednefe of his Stile, which makes his Paraphrase somewhat difficult, and of less general Use; and besides, it was never printed by it self without his large Notes. The Right Reverend Father in God Dr. Patrick Lord Bishop of Ely, has with admirable Learning and Judiciousness brought this way of Writing to Perfection, in his Paraphrase upon Jome Books of the Old Testament •, And all who desire to understand the Scriptures fully, will ever wish that his Lordship had gone through the whole Writings both of the Old and New Testament in the fame Way. Others who have written good Expositions upon the Holy Scriptures, have either made large Commentaries, of less general and constant Use; or have insisted chiefly on such Critical Observations, as are proper only for the Learned.
1 have endeavoured in these Papers to express the full Sense of the Evangelist in the plainest Words, and to continue the Sense without interruption by the clearest Transitions I could. I have all along consulted the best Expositors, and selected out of every one what seemed to discover the most natural Meaning of the Text. And where any thing remarkable offered it self to my Thoughts, different from what I met with in Commentators; I set it down in short Notes in the Margin. But other Critical Observations Ihavegenerally omitted,(excepiing what use is made of them in the Paraphraje,) that I might not swell the Marginal Notes into a Commentary, and trouble the Reader with repeating what others bad said already. Through the whole, I have sincerely endeavoured to represent the Doctrine of our Saviour in its Original Simplicity, without respect to any Controversies in Religion; And wheresoever I may have mistaken the Sense of the Evangelist, I snail be always desirous to h better informed.