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“From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise
unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”—2 Tim. iii. 15.
The Author of this work has long had the plan of it entered in a list of intended writings for young people ; and now, after release from other engagements, embraces an early opportunity of introducing it to the attention of Parents and Teachers.
He hopes that the methods he has adopted will lead the young to love and read the Bible. By explaining certain portions of it in a plain and simple way, and yet incorporating much that is instructive and interesting, they will become familiar with many of those customs, which, being Oriental, are quite strange and unintelligible, not only to the young, but also to those of more mature years; and by short and pointed remarks, they will learn to see what improvement may be made of the sacred pages, so as not to read them as a mere story.
The short portions selected from the chapters will be likely to impress their minds, and fix important truths and facts in their memories; and the subjects connected with them will probably be sought for in the Bible without compulsion, which would but too often produce disgust.
The Author hopes, too, that an early knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, with those helps which men of science and piety have afforded for the better understanding of their contents, will so assist in confirming the young mind in the value and knowledge of divine revelation, that it will be the better fortified against those attacks which are so subtilely employed by Infidels to undermine the foundation of the best hopes of dying man.
In order to bring this valuable work within the reach of all, the present condensed Edition has been prepared. 3 The general design of the Author remains unaltered, and those portions which have been omitted in order to bring the work within its present limits do not interfere with the consecutive narratives, or the illustration of Oriental customs, or the practical lessons which it was the Author's object to enforce.
The hope is confidently entertained that this very interesting and instructive work will, in its more portable and compact form, be found to possess advantages over former Editions, and will be of great assistance to parents and teachers in bringing before children in a simple and concise manner the great truths of the Bible ; and the young readers themselves will be led from its perusal to love and reverence, and take a deeper interest in that Book which is the Word of Life.
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" IN THE SWEAT OF THY FACE SHALT THOU EAT BREAD” ... (coloured) ...
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...(coloured) ... DAVID AND GOLIATH ...
...(coloured) ... NAAMAN AND ELISHA
... (coloured) ... SEPULCHRES OF THE KINGS, NEAR JERUSALEM JOB AND HIS FRIENDS
... ... ... ... ... ... ... (coloured) ... DANIEL IN THE LIONS' DEN JONAT CAST INTO THE SEA
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