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ECONOMY OF THE COVENANTS
GOD AND MAN.
A COMPLETE BODY OF DIVINITY.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
BY HERMAN WITSIUS, D.
UTRECHT, AND LEYDEN ;
FAITHFULLY TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN, AND
BY WILLIAM CROOKSHANK, D. D.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, .
PRINTED BY THOMAS TURNBULL; '
THE famous HERMAN WITsius, Professor of Divinity at Utrecht, in Holland, and the Author of a treatise entitled, The Economy of the Covenants between God and Man, and various other learned and theological tracts, was a writer, not only eminent for his great talents, and particularly solid judgment, rich imagination, and elegancy of composition ; but for a deep, powerful, and evangelical spirituality and savour of godliness: And we most heartily concur in the Recommendation of his works to serious Christians of all denominations, and especially to ministers, and candidates for that sacred office.
JOHN Gill, D. D.
The late Reverend, learned, and pious Mr JAMES Herver, in his Theron and Aspasio, Vol. II. p. 366, having mentioned a work of the above WITSIUS, adds, « The “ Economy of the Covenants, written by the same hand, is a “ body of divinity; in its method so well digested ; in its “ doctrines so truly evangelical ; and (what is not very usual “ with our systematic writers) in its language so refined and " elegant ; in its manner so affectionate and animating ; that " I would recommend it to every Student in Divinity. I “ would not scruple to risk all my reputation upon the merits " of this performance : and I cannot but lament it, as one of " my greatest losses, that I was no sooner acquainted with
this most excellent author, all whose works have such a “ delicacy of composition, and such a sweet savour of holi. “ ness, that I know not any comparison more proper to re“ present their true character, than the golden pot which had “ manna ; and was outwardly bright with burnished gold; “ inwardly rich with heavenly food.”
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM A CLERGYMAN IN THE COUNTRY
TO THE PUBLISHER.
• The sale of WITSIUS's Economy of the Covenants en. creases among my friends. The translation is very just, and the excellency of the work merits a place in every Christian's library ; I shall do my utmost to recommend it at all times, and on all proper occasions. No pious person on earth can forbear reading the 3d Book without wonder, rapture, and devotion. It exceeds all commendation : Hervey might well say, “ I would not scruple to risk all my reputation upon the “ merits of this performance.” For my own part, I am not ashamed, nor afraid of any scorn and ridicule, that may be poured on me from any quarter, whilst I constantly aver, that the work has not its equal in the world, &c.
W Í LLI Á M
KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND
Defender of the Faith, the Pious, the Auspicious, the August, Hereditary Stadt-holder of the United Provinces, Commander in Chief of their Armies and Fleets, the Father of his Country.
D. C. Q.
ERE naddress but is of rhetoric;
W ERE none permitted to approach your Majesty with any
other address but what was adorned with elegance of language, and the beauties of rhetoric, or with such as Pliny the consul, lavishing all his eloquence, pleased the ears of Trajan; a Dutchman, unaccustomed to familiar access to kings, and ashamed on the first opening of his mouth, who bewrays his ignorance of the world, and unacquainted with the methods of courts, might well despair of access. But as that God, to whose ministry I was so early devoted, is pleased, not so much with the accuracy of the address of his worshippers, as withi the innocence and holiness of their lives, and has a greater regard for him who brings to his temple a pure and sincere heart, th,ni with those, who present the most studied form of words; in ike männer your majesty, who is the most lively image of the supr me Being upon earth, most of all prefers to the gaudy pomp of the most elaborate speech, the candour of an ing nuous breast, recommending itself by no manner of arts.
The wisest of kings has taught us in his Proverbs, that there is a certain penetration in kings. This, if ever conspi