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P R E FACE.
To the many Compilations publighed for the use of Schools
, it seemed expedient that a Selection pould be added from the Bible. And with respect to the propriety of selecting, where all is presumed to be excellent, it will not surely be denied by the judicious and impartial, that some parts of Holy Scripture are better adapted than others, to the perufal of readers in the puerile age.
It appears that the practice of initiating young people in reading by the New and Old Testament, which was once universal, is rather on the decline; and one reason of it may be, a disapprobation of reading them, withOUT DISCRIMINATION, at a time when the understanding is immature.
But while the New and Old Testament have loft ground in Schools, many trifling and uninteresting Books have fupplied their place; books which impress ideas but feebly, and which, if they are remembered, furnish the mind with little more than lumber. Even histories of Jesus Christ and of the Bible, conveyed in the language of a poor writer, tend to debasé subjects
, which, in the sacred text, appear witb an air of native majesty.
It is desirable that the more important matter of Holy Writ should make an early impression, and be remembered for life, and it is therefore right to let it be read, as in the days of our forefathers, during the course of early education, when all that is received is likely to be long retained. A fample once relished by the learner, may invite him in due time to feast upon the whole.
Such ideas on the subject suggested the expediency of the following selection. In beginning it, the Editor was glad ta
lean on authority. He therefore adopted in the New Testa:
His words on the subject of his selection, which is here
« In this collection you will find the Book of God,
In the Third Part he has inserted most of those beautiful
As the great objections to the Editions of Bibles usually intro-
Sincerely hoping that this Publication may contribute fome-
# Vid. Blackwall's Introduction to the Classics, pag. 132, 1336
talents : description of the last judgment.XXVI. The rulers
women ; and to his disciples, and sendeth them to baptize.
preacheth ; calleth Peter and others, and cureth
Gospel. Calamities to the Jews. Christ's coming to judgment.
empire. Christ's nativity; his circumcifion. Simeon and Anna
to others: Christ himself appeareth ; and ascendeth up to heaven.
and to preserve his apostles in unity and in truth. -XIX. Chrift
cified : he dieth, and is buried. --XX. Christ's resurrection.
Agrippa. XXVII. His dangerous voyage towards Rome.
REVELATION, p. 129.-CHAPs. I. XVIII. XIX. XX.
GENESIS, p. 136.--CHAPs. I. II. III. VI. VII. VIII. IX.
XXXVII. XXXIX. XL. .XLI. XLII. XLIII.
PROVERBS, p. 358.- The whole.
XXVI. XXX. XXXII. XXXVII. XXXVIII. XLI. XLIII.
LIX. LX. LXIV. LXV. LXVI.