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The writer of the following pages claims no Supe. riority to others, either in genius or learning; but he claims a right to judge for himself in matters of faith, and the sense of scripture, and presumes to exercise it - calling no man malter. He hath found the original scriptures, compared with the different translations, to be the best expofition. To these he early had recourse, and in this way formed an opinion of the meaning of sundry difficult pasages in the volume of truth. But comparing them afterwards with several expositions, perceived their meaning to have been mistaken, either by those writers, or by himself. As they did not convince him that his constructions were erroneous, he now of fers them to the public---Not as certainly devoid of error... He knows himself to be fallible.. but as the result of some at tention ; and as that which he conceives their most probable meaning.
on the prayer of Moses to be blotted out of God's book---the wish of Paul to be accursed from Chrift, and the prevalence of infidelity before the coming of the Son of Man, he published a summary of his views, some years ago. By the advice of several respected literary friends, they are now corrected, enlarged and inserted. On the last of these he wrote a. D. 1785. Subsequent events tend to confirm him in the sentiments then entertained. Expositors generally consid. er the prayer of Moses and the wish of St. Paul to stand rea lated as expressions of the same temper, and argue from the one to the other. The author conceives them perfectly fore eign to each other, and totally mistaken by every expositor he hath consulted ; as alfo several of the other fcriptures on which he hath written.
A hint dropped, some years ago, in conversation, by a respected father, * gave an opening to the writer, relative to one of the following subjects, and occasioned his writing, upon it. For the rest, he is conscious of having borrowed from no writer, except a few quotations, which are credited in their places. He doth not flatter himself that his conkructions of scripture will be universally received. Nor hath he a desire to di&tate to others, or a wish that his own views on. ly should see the light. The press is open to those who are otherwise minded. The author will read with pleasure, the different constructions of the candid and ingenuous. But should strictures of another description appear, they will be viewed with indifference, and treated with neglect.
* Rev. Dr. Cogswell, of Windham.com imot On 2 Samuel xii. 12.
CEN. XV. 12.--And when the fun was going down a deep leep
fell upon Abram, &c.
Rom. ii. 11.--For there is no respect of persons with God.
Exod. xxxii. 31, 32.-And Mofes returned unto the Lord,
and said, Oh! this people have sinned, &c.
The same Subje&t Continued.
2 SAM. xii. 13.---And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned
against the Lord, &c.
GAL. V. 24. And they that are Christ's have crucified the
flesh with its affections, &c.
JOHN xix, 10, 11.-Then faith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou
not unto me ? &c.
thould be judged of you, &c.
MICAH vi. 6, , 8.-Wherewith shall I come before the Lord
and bow myself before the high God ? &c.