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PR E FA C E Mong the many excellent CommenA taries and Expositions which have been written upon the Books of the Holy Scripture, I have not yet seen any wherein the Text of the New Testament has been fully Paraphrased with brevity and plainness. Erasmus's Performance of this kind, is very eloquent and judicious ; but his Explications are large, having frequent Digressions, and in many places be indulges allegorical Interpretations; and moreover, the Beauty of his Work is very much lost in our Translation. The pious and learned Bishop Hall wrote a judicious Exposition upon particular difficult Texts ; but because - A 4 it
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it was only upon particular Texts, the Design it self allowed him not, to regard the Transitions, and to make his Paraphrase one continued uninterrupted' Discourse. , Dr. Hammond has with great Pains colle&ied all the Assistances of ancient and modern Learning, and with great Success applied them to the Explication of the Text of the New Testament; But those who justly admire his great Learning and Skill in Interpreting, yet complain of the obscurity and perplexedness of his Stile, which makes his Paraphrase formewhat difficult and of less general Me"; and besides,' it was never printed by it self without his large Aotes. The Right Reverend Father in God the present Lord Bishop of Ely, has with admirable Learning and judiciousness brought this way of mriting to Perfečiion in his Paraphrase upon some Books of the Qld Testament; and all inho desire to undersland the Scriptures fully, will even wish that his Lord. ship had gone through the whole W.o: . . : A both
both of the Old and New Testament in the same way. Others, who have written good Expositions upon the Holy Scriptures, have either made large Commentaries, of less general and constant Øse 3 or have insisted chiefly, on such Critical Observations, as are proper only for the Learned. . . . . ... I have endeavoured in these Papers to express the full Sense of the Evangelift in the plaines Words, and to continue the Sense without interruption by the clearest Transitions that I could. I have all along consulted the best Expositors, and selečied out of every one what Jeened to discover the most natural , meaning of the Text: And where any thing remarkable offered it self to my Thoughts, different from what I met with in Commentators, I set it down in short Notes in the Margin : But other Critical Observations I have generally omitted, (excepting what use is made of them in the Paraphrase, ) that I might not swell the Marginal Notes info