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DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION, TO
THE RIGHT REV. THE LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY.

BY THOMAS WILLIAMS,
AUTHOR OF “ THE AGE OF INFIDELITY," IN ANSWER TO PAINE; A NEW TRANSLATION
OF SOLOMON's song; AN HISTORIC DEFENCE OF EXPERIMENTAL RELIGION ;

A DICTIONARY OF ALL RELIGIONS, RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS, &c. &c.

VOL. II.

1828

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR W. SIMPKIN AND R. MARSHALL,

STATIONERS'-HALL-COURT, LUDGATE-STREET.

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INTRODUCTION.
We shall introduce this book with some excellent remarks from the Preface to Bishop

Herne's valuable Commentary.

Solomon;

"The Psalms (says this excellent writer) are an epitome of the Bible, adapted to the purposes of devotion. They treat occasionally of the creation and formation of the world; the dispensations of Providence and the economy of grace; the transactions of The patriarchs, the

exodus of the children of Israel ; their journey through the wilder28 and settlement in Canaan; their law, priesthood, and ritual, the exploits of their penat med, wrought through faith ; their sins and captivities, their repentances and pestorations; the sufferings and victories of David; the peaceful and happy reign of obiek, life, passion, death, resurrection, ascension, kingdom, and priesthood ; the effublishment

, increase, and perpetuity of the Christian church; the end of the world ; the eral judgment; the condemnation of the wicked, and the final triumph of the righeas with the Lord their king. These are the subjects here presented to our weditalies. We are instructed how to conceive

of them aright, and to express the different piestions, which, when so conceived of, they must excite in our minds. They are, for this purpose, adorned with the figures and set off with all the graces of poetry; and estrated to the service of God ; that so delight may prepare the way for improvement, end pleasure become the handmaid of wisdom, while every turbuleut passion is calmed disse

. This little volume, like the paradise of Eden, affords us in perfection, though in miniature

, every thing that groweth elsewhere, "Every tree that is pleasant to the sight, good for food : " and above all, what was lust, but is here restored, the ' tree of life "in the midst of the garden.'" (Preface, p. i.)

the same learned and pious prelate adds, « What is said in the Psalms occasionally of the Law and its ceremonies, sacrifices, ablutions, and purifications ; of the taberuacle di temple, with the services therein performed; and of the Aaronical priesthood : all to justification by his blood, and sanctification by bis Spirit ; to the

true tabernacle, or world, by Him who was, in one respect

a sacrifice, in another a temple,

and in a third a bigh-priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedek. That such was the intention of these legal figures is declared at large in the Epistle to the Hebrews : and they are of Under the Jewish economy, says the excellent M. Pascal, Truth appeared but in a Enter assistance to us now in forming our ideas of the realities

to which they correspond. en to be yet discerned by its correspondence to the figure. As the figure was first

built improng expressions used by David in the xixth and cxixth Psalms, to extol the enlivenceremonial or moral, without pardon and grace, could minister nothing but condemnaing, saving, healing, comforting efficacy of a law, which, in the letter of it, whether ton, do sufficiently prove that David understood the spirit of it, which was the Gospel

f. And if any wbo recited those Psalms had not the same idea, it was not the 09 been fulfilled, and their types realized. He that takes his estimate of the Jewish

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