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7-o the many Compilations published for the use of School, * it seemed expedient that a Seleciion should be added from the Biel.E. And with respect to the propriety of feležting, where allis profumed to be excellent, it will not furely be denied by the judicious and impartial, that fòme parts of Holy Scripture are better adapted than others, to the perusal gf readers in the puerile age. -

It appears that the prastice of initiating young people in reading by the New and Old Testament, which was once universal, is rather on the decline ; and one rea/on of it may be, a disapprobation of reading them, w ITHOUT DIscRíMINATION, at a time when the under/tanding is immature.

But while the New and Old Testament have lost ground in Schools, many triffing qnd :::::::: Books have fupplied their place ; books which impress ideas but feebly, and which, if they are remembered, furnish the mind with little more than lumber, Even histories of Jesus Christ and of the Bible, conveyed in the language of a poor writer, tend to debafe subjećis, which, in the facred text, appear with an air

of native majesty.

It is defirable that the more important matter of Holy Writ should make an early impression, and be remembered for life; and it is therefore right to let it be read, as in the days of our forefathers, during the course of early education, when all that is received is likely to be long retained. A fample once relished by the learner, may invite him in due time to feast upon the whole. *

Such ideas on the fubjeć7 fuggested the expediency of the following felestion. In beginning it, the Editor was glad to 6 lean

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lean on authority. He therefore adopted in the New Testa-
ment the Chapters particularly recommended by Dr. An-
thony Blackwall, the celebrated author of the Sacred Claf-
fics, who, from his peculiar /tudies, may be fupposed wel!
prepared to direći fuch a choice.

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In the Second Part, which conf/fs of Extratis from the
Old Testament, the Editor has endeavoured to feleći, accord-
ing to his own judgment, the most entertaining and improving
passages and books; and if he has in any respeċi erred, he
hopes the rettitude of his intention will secure pardon.

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As the great objećtions to the Editions of Bibles usually intro-
duced into Schools are, a finall Letter and a crowded Page,
regard has been paid in this Selestion to the external circum-
fiances of a good Type and a pleasing appearance of both Page
and Paper. These are of conséquence to the young learner,
as they lefsen the tedium of reading, by edfing the eye.

Sincerely hoping that this Publication may contribute fome-
thing, as an elementary book, to the promotion of religious
knowledge and rational piety in the most docile age, it is
respeċifully offered to the superintendants of education.

† Vid. Blackwall's Introdustion to the Claffics, pag. 132, 133.

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CHAP. v.,

ND feeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain : and when he was fet, his difciples came unto him : 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, faying, 3 "I Bleffed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blefied are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted. 5 Blefied are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. : Blefsed are they which do hunger and thirft after righteoufness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blefied are the merci

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ful : for they (hall obtain mercy. ; · 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall fee God. - 9 Blefsed are the peacemakers : for they shall be called the children of God. 1o Blessed are they which are perfecuted for righteoufnefs” fake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven, II Blefied are ye when men shall revile , you, and perfecute you, and íhall fa all manner of evil : you falfely for my fake. . 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven : for fo perfecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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earth : but if the falt have loft his favour, wherewith fhall it be falted? it is thenceforth good for nothing but to be caft out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is fet on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bufhel, but on a candle

ftick; and it giveth light un

to all that are in the houfe. : * 16 Let your light fofhine before men, that they may fee your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 17 "I Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I fay unto you, Till heaven and earth pafs, one jot or one tittle íhall in no wife pafs frem the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore íhall break one of thefe leaft commandments, and íhall

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21 " Ye have heard that.

it was faid by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whofoever fhall kill, fhàll be in danger of the judgement : 22. But I fay unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a caufe, shall be in danger of the judgement: and whofoever íhall fay to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council : but whosoever fhall fay, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembereft that thy brother hath ought a

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24 Leave there thy gift

before the altar, and go thy

way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adverfary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him : left at any time the adversary deliver thee to thejudge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be caft into prifon. 26 Verily I fay unto thee,

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