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VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT;
A PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENT OF EACH SECTION
IN SIX VOLUMES.......VOLUME FOURTH.
CONTAINING THE.EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
FROM THE EIGHTH LONDON EDITION.
ETHERIDGE AND BLISS, IN BOSTON.
S. Etheridge, printer, Charlestown, Massachusetts.
AFTER what I have said concerning this work, in the prefaces to the former volumes, I have little to add, but what relates to the manner in which I have endeavoured to conduct this part upon the Epistles; which I bless God, he has carried me through, and thank the public they have so kindly encouraged.
As far as I know myself, I have no favourite hypothesis to serve, nor a fondness for any unscriptural phrases ; in which so many have, on one side, and the other, made the very being of orthodoxy to consist. I have been disposed to let scripture carry me along with it, wherever it naturally leads, rather than resolve it should follow me. Instead of labouring to establish any particular human system, which has always, I fear, a leaven of imperfection attending it, I have endeavoured to keep controversy as much out of sight as possible, and to represent what I verily believe to be the scripture doctrine, in as simple a manner as I could, and divested of those particular expressions, which some, who perhaps are not averse to the main doctrine itself, are ready to rise up against.
But I have not the vanity to hope I have escaped all prejudice. Where it has been manifested, may God pardon it, may my brethren excuse it, and may Divine illumination, more plentifully imparted, preserve others from being led into any errors into which I may have fallen!
I hope it will be deemed no matter of just offence, that I have not always critically examined those interpretations, which, as seeming less natural, I have declined. It had been endless, amidst such a variety of sentiments and explications, to have done this. Some commentators