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BY THEOPHILUS BROWNE, A.M.
LATE FELLOW AND TUTOR OF ST. PETER'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

I have regularly and attentively read these Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion, that inde-
pendently of a divine origin, they contain more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, purer
morality, more important history, and finer strains, both of poetry and eloquence, than can be
collected from all other books, in whatever language or age they may have been composed.

SiR WILLIAM JONES.
Let him that readeth understand.

MARK X111. 14.

LONDON:
Printed by C. Stower, Pater Noster Row:

FOR W. YIDLER, NO. 187, HIGH HOLBORN; AND J. JOHNSON, ST. PAUL'S

CHURCH YARD.

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PRE FACE.

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THE design of this selection is to enable congregations, families and individuals to read the principal parts of the most valuable writings that ever appeared in the world, both profitably and agreeably. The greatest pains have been taken to give the true genuine sense of every passage, and to render that sense as intelligible as possible. Whatever contributed to make the old authorized public version obscure and unedifying, has been studiously avoided; and it is humbly hoped that both duty and pleasure will conspire to induce those to resume the frequent perusal of the New Testament, who have, from dislike of obscurities and improprieties of language, unhappily discontinued the practice. It is indeed true, that the knowledge of the Christian Religion, and of the circumstances attending it, was the cause of the Books of the New Testament being written, but now, it is certain, there are no other means of acquiring a true knowledge of Christianity, than the careful, and frequent perusal of these books. To promote, therefore, a more general acquaintance with their admirable contents, is the same thing as to promote the diffusion of true Religion.

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