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AUTHORISED VERSION OF THE GOSPEL,
BY MEANS OF MODERN TYPOGRAPHY THE SACRED TEXT IS RENDERED
15, PATERNOSTER ROW.
THE Gospel according to St. Matthew, in the form in which it is here presented, is an attempt to render this portion of God's Word more intelligible by the use of a greater variety of type, and by the substitution of short paragraphs in place of the usual verse arrangement.
The forms in which the Bible is usually printed, namely, divided into short verses, or in long paragraphs with but few breaks, do not assist the reader to understand the meaning. The various modes of indicating quotations, conversations, pauses, etc., employed in ordinary books are not used in printing the Sacred Volume. In this edition of St. Matthew's Gospel all these means are used. 1st. The gospel is printed in short paragraphs, al
though the numbering of the verses is retained in
the margin. 2nd. The words of our Lord (and in one or two
cases where they occur, of the First Person in the Blessed Trinity) are printed in black type.
3rd. Quotations from the Old Testament are printed
in Italics, and the references are given at the foot of
the page. 4th. Personal pronouns, for either Person of the Holy
Trinity, begin with capital letters. 5th. Words not in the original are printed in the same
type as the rest, but are enclosed in square brackets. 6th. Inverted commas are employed to indicate con
versation, etc: 7th. A few notes are added, chiefly to explain difficult
and obsolete words and phrases. It is believed that by the use of this arrangement of St. Matthew many of those difficulties with which the young especially have to contend in reading the gospels will be removed, for they are usually printed in such small type, and in other respects appear so much unlike other books, that interest and inquiry are repelled instead of being excited. The gaps between the verses seem to them to imply a want of continuity, and it frequently happens that passages are misunderstood and therefore misapplied. Much of this may be remedied by employing those means of modern typography here used, and which will to a very great extent render the gospel selfexplanatory.
THOMAS W. WOOD,
in the Diocese of Worcester.
1 THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the
1 son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begat Isaac ; and Isaac begat Jacob; and 3 Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; and Judas
begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat 4 Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram ; and Aram begat
Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and 5 Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of
Rachab, and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed 6 begat Jesse ; and Jesse begat David the king.
And David the king begat Solomon of her (that 7 had been the wife] of Urias; and Solomon begat
Roboam ; and Roboam begat Abia ; and Abia begat 8 Asa; and Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat 9 Joram ; and Joram begat Ozias ; and Ozias begat Joa
tham ; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat 10 Ezekias; and Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses II begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias ; and Josias
begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they
were carried away to Babylon. Gospel.-Good news; the name given to the books which contain the life and teaching of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. According to.-As related by. St. Matthew.-One of the twelve apostles, formerly a tax gatherer or publican, see chapter ix. 9. 1. The Book of the generation. The genealogical table. 2. Begat.-Had for his heir.