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«Αι επισολαι, φησι, Βαρέαι και ισχυράι.

2 Cor. x. 10.

EDINBURGH:

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M. OGLE, AND G. GALLIE, GLASGOW ; JOSEPH COOK, ST ANDREWS;

R. M. TIMS, AND JAMES M. LECKIE, DUBLIN; AND JAMES DUN-
CAN, AND JAMES NISBET, LONDON.

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PREFACE.

THE

He following Lectures were originally delivered (though in a more simple form,) in the ordinary course of pastoral instruction; and they are now offered to the public, in the hope that they may be useful in promoting the interests of practical Christianity. It has been my aim to unfold the mind of the sacred writer, in an impartial manner, without allowing any particular system to bias my judgment. I have stated, without reserve, what I conceive to be implied in the text'; and I am not conscious of having wrested, in any instance, the words of inspiration, to support a favourite theory,

The Epistles to the Corinthians form an important part of the New Testament writings. Not only do they illustrate most of the leading doctrines of the Gospel, but they throw great light on the order and discipline of the primitive church. To those who profess to follow the 'apostoliç model, in their mode of worship, it is hoped the remarks in this volume will supply some useful hints; but while their improvement is more especially kept in view, I have endeavoured to render the work acceptable to the christian

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