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An

Account

of

the

Realri

and

Vfe

of this

PA

APHIASE,

READER,

THis

Paraphrafe, written

for

my own ufe, being

publifb'dforyours,

in

order

to

that

end

I

owe

you

this

account

of

it.

A

Friend long

urging

me to

write

a

Paraphrafe

on

the Epiftle

to

the

Romans,

as

being

hard

to

be

ttnderflood,

when

I

had

done

that,

I

found

fo much profit

by

that

Attempt,

that it

drew

me

to

go

on

till

I

had fin:fb'dwhat

I

offer

you.

It

was like

almoft

all

ny

other publick

Works, done by

the unex

;eFled

conduci!

of God's urgent Providence,

not only

with-

out, but contrary

to my

former

purpofes.

God

bath

blefs'd

ha

Church

with

many

Mene

excellent Commzntaries-on

the Scriptures ;

and

I

never thought my (elf

fit

to

do

it

better

than

they

have

done

:

but

that

is bell for fame

perfono

and

ufes

which

is not bell

to

other,.

I

long

wifb'd

that

fame

abler man would

fnrnifh vulgar Fa-

milies

with

fuch

a

brief

Expofuton,

as

might

be

fitted

to

the

ufe

of thctr daily

courfe,

in

reading

the Scripture and

.inftrut

ing

their

Hoofbalde.

I

found

that

ma.

ny

who

have

done

it

better

than

I

can do,

are

too

large and

caflly

for

this

ufe

:

tome

(like

Deedate)

very found, are

unfatis

fellarily brief

;

fame

have

parce

'd

their

An.

notations

into"

fo

numerous

fhreds,

that

Readers (effiectally

in

a

Family (ootle)

will

not flay

to

fearch and

foe

them together,

to

make

up

the

fenfe.

I

like Dr. Ham-

mond's

order bell

;

but, i. I

differ

from him

in

fo much

of the

matter

;

z. and

took

Stile-to

be

too

lax

;

3.

and

his

Critic

:f

ns not

offal

to

the

Vulgar

;

4.

and his

Volume

too

big

and cofily: And

therefore

I

chofe

more

plainly, and

yet

more

briefly

and praflica

fly, by

the way

ofParaphrafe,

to

fuit

it

to

my

intended

end.

But

I

muftgive

the

Readers notice,

L

That

where

I

feem, but in few

words, to

vary

from the Text,

thofe

words

an

Ewer

the large

Critictfms

of

divers

Expofitors,ax

the

Learned

may

find

by

fearching them

and

the

Greek Text

;

tho'

I

mull

not flay to

give

the

ream

of

them

as Igo

on.

z. That tho'

I

have

ftudied plainne

f

,

yet

bre-

vity

is unavoidably

obfcure

to

unexercia'dPerfons, who,

as

Learners, cannot under

-

fiend things

without many

words.

;.

That

where

the

Evangelifts

oft

repeat

the

fame things,

to

avoid

tedioufnefs,

I

repeat not the

whole

Expofition;

andyet thought

no

meet wholly

to

pats

it

by.

4.

That where

the Text

>s

plain of

it

felf,

in

sad

of

an

Fxpof:tion,

I

fill

up

the

Jpace

by

DoSfrinal

or

Praflical

Obfr

cations,

teeing

Prahtlte

u

the

end

of all,

and

toLearners

this

part

is

of

great

necefty.

5.

That

where

great

Doeirinal

Controverf

es

depend

on

the

Expofttion

of

any Text,

I

have

handl'd

thofe more

largely

than

the reft, and,

I

hope,

with

Pacificatory and Sat

it-

faflory

Evidence.

My

great

Delire

and

Care

is,

that ¡may

hereby promote

ChriflianPiety

in Fami-

lies.

To

which fpecial

end

I

alfo

wrote

my

Poor Man's Family

-book, and

The

Catechifing

of

Houfholders.

Ind

had

I

not

done

it

in

many

Books

fo oft

already,

I

fhould here

fit

my

felf

with

greateft

earneftne(s to

urge and entreat

all

Chriflian

Parents

to

the

more

faithful

pra/lice

of

Family Religion,

efpecially

in

the wife

and diligent Inflruflion and

Education

of

their

Children. Sure

no

good

Chriftians

Jbould

come

behind the Yews,

Who

had

far

left

Light

and

Help

than

we.have,who

yet

are

twice commanded

by

God,

Dent.

6.

o

r.

f

Hear,

O

Ifrael, the Lord God

is

one Lord.

Thou (halt

love

the Lord

thy God

with all thy

heart,

and

with

all

thy

foul, and

with

all

thy might,

And thefe words

which

I

command thee this

day, (hall

be in

thy

heart:

And

thou (halt

teach

them diligently

to

thy Children,

and

(halt talk

of

them when

thou

fittefc

in

thy

I-loufe,

and when thou

walk'(

by

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