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AN ANCIENT ALLEGORY
OPENED AND EXPLAINED.
WHETHER more than one person has been engaged in producing this little treatise or whether one suggested and another executed—is of little consequence to the reader. But he may as well be told that something of this kind is the fact-and hence it is that no author's name appears on the title-page.
The first thoughts of such a production arose from the private perusal of the Holy Scriptures; which, as all acquainted with them are aware, abound in figures, metaphors, and allegories Clothing, or garments--such as coats, clokes, robes, and vestures, are frequently made use of in a figurative sense to denote the good or the bad—the righteous or the wicked—or to indicate the moral state and condition of men. The Psalmist speaks of the wicked; “Pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment." (lxxiii. 6). “He clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment.” (cis. 18). On the other hand we find pious Job exclaiming, “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.” (xix. 14).