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AN

EXPOSITION,

WITH PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS,

UPON THE

FIRST ELEVEN CHAPTERS

OF THE BOOK OF

GENESIS.

BY PHILIP HENRY, M. A.,

FORMERLY STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.

ORO PLENITUDINEM SCRIPTURARUM."

TERTULL.

LONDON:
J. NISBET AND Co., BERNERS STREET;
AND B. WERTHEIM, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PREFACE.

The manuscript from which the following little work is taken, is in the handwriting of Matthew Henry, and is dated in 1682, at which period he was about twenty years old. Those who are acquainted with the style of PHILIP Henry, will see the clearest traces of it in every page,-almost in every sentence.

In Matthew HENRY’s interesting life of his father, it is stated that the latter always expounded the portion of scripture which he read in his family, and made it a part of the employment of his children, while they were with him, to

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write those expositions. And it is added, that the collections thus formed by the children of that good man in their younger days, were afterwards of great use to them and their families.

There are very satisfactory reasons for believing that the manuscript from which the following pages are taken, forms one of the expositions of Philip Henry, written by his son under these circumstances.

Having, as a descendant of the writer, become possessed of it, I have at different times submitted it to the perusal of several judicious persons ; and it is in consequence of their concurrent and strong recommendation that it is now made public. Independent of its intrinsic excellence, it cannot but be regarded with interest, from the consideration that by this and other similar productions of Philip HENRY, was probably first sug

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