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but the chief obligations to living writers have been mentioned where they occur. Several parts might, perhaps, claim to be strictly original; but this is a point of very small importance. My chief aim has been to furnish a manual of strict and conclusive evidence on these first elements of prophetic interpretation; and, for this end, to exclude carefully every false statement, and all fallacious reasoning; to offer no argument where the premises and the conclusion were not equally sound; and, in short, to set before the reader nothing but the pure truth of God. How far this humble and limited object has been attained, must be left to his candid decision. May it please God, even by these pages, however imperfect, to strengthen the faith of the Church, and to diffuse a sound judgment on the meaning of these mysterious portions of His holy word.
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