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TRANSLATION AND EXPOSITION

OF THE

BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES:

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BY

BENJAMIN WEISS,

MISSIONARY TO THE JEWS, ALGIERS, A0TBOR OF "A CHRISTIAN JEW ON THE
OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES," AND ALSO OF A "NEW TRANSLATION
AND EXPOSITION OF THE PSALMS."

EDINBURGH: WILLIAM OLIPHANT AND CO.

LONDON: HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.

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PREFATORY NOTE.

The Author of this Volume expresses the hope, that the literary imperfections which mark it, will be leniently regarded by his Readers. He is assured that they will be disposed to do so, if they remember his limited residence in Scotland, and the obstacles to literary work inseparable from his position as a Missionary in Algiers. For the annexed list of Errata he craves indulgence. He flatters himself that they would not have crept into his work, had he been able, personally, to superintend it, as it passed from the hands of the Printer. ERRATA.

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Page 28, line IS, read "sorrowful days and sleepless nights."
,, 79, „ 10, read "appointed," instead of "approved."
„ 90, „ 10, read " mire," instead of " mine."
„ 199, note, line 4. for "strangers," read "stronger."

21fj, line 10, for "lie knows not," read "we know not." „ 218, „ 23, read " as," instead of " until."

„ 229, „ 13, read " did only visit," instead of " was only visited." „ 230, note, line \,for "Some," read "So we." „ 238, line 3 from bottom. delete "be,"—the correction is important. „ 322, note, line 8, read "if they shall lay hold," Ac.

INTRODUCTION.

Christian Reader: Theportionof the Holy Scriptures, the translation and exposition of which form the substance of this volume, has come down to us accompanied by manifold and highly important recommendations.

1st. We are informed in sacred history that the royal author of Ecclesiastes received in his youth the following promise from the God of Israel: "Behold, I have done according to thy words [or "wish"]: Behold, I have given thee [or " will give thee"] a wise and understanding heart, so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee." (1 Kings iii. 12).

2d. Its illustrious author is known to us as the sacred penman of that admirable and matchless work styled, "The Proverbs of Solomon,"—a work which must be acknowledged (even by those who deny inspiration) to have no rival in the world of letters, whether ancient or modern, whether it be regarded as a whole, or in relation to the single doctrines which it teaches, and the counsels it offers to fallen man. Where is the human production that can boast of a single chapter containing an equally • valuable amount of truth as is contained in any

chapter of Solomon's Proverbs? Where else can we find such a fountain of wisdom? Where is there another such precious reservoir of doctrine and counsel? In what country lived another teacher of

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