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WHATSOEVER THINGS WERE WRITTEN AFORETIME, WERE WRITTEN
FOR OUR LEARNING, THAT WE THROUGH PATIENCE AND COMFORT OF THE SCRIPTURES MIGHT HAVE HOPE.
ROMANS xv. 4.
The following Pages contain so much of Scripture History, as is necessary to exhibit the principal Characteristics of the Persons, whose life is here delineated. The main purpose of Revelation is kept in view throughout; namely, to display the dealings of God with mankind generally, and with his Church in particular. Divine Providence, governing all human affairs; and Divine Grace, ordering the steps of the children of God; these are the doctrines to be discerned in every part of the Sacred Records: and these the Author aims to illustrate in the present Work.
To the Divine Blessing he humbly commends this attempt to unfold some of the most deeply interesting passages of Holy Writ; the study of which will be alike profitable to Rich and Poor. These things
were written for our admonition." * May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost !”