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PRACTICAL EXPOSITION

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OF THE

GOSPELS OF ST. MATTHEW AND ST. MARK,

IN THE FORM OF

LECTURES,

INTENDED TO ASSIST THE PRACTICE OF DOMESTIC

INSTRUCTION AND DEVOTION.

By JOHN BIRD SUMNER, D. D.

LORD BISHOP OF CHESTER.

SIXTH EDITION.

LONDON:
J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY.

1838.

Uwi 19

BS 2575 .58 1833 13395

LONDON:

PRINTED BY IBOTSON AND PALMER, SAVOY STREET.

A DVERTISEMENT.

There are many things in the aspect and character of the present time, which must be seen with alarm by all who receive the scripture as the word of God. Whether they consider the moral condition of a large proportion of their fellow-countrymen, or look towards the future prospects of their country as affected by that state; they see just cause for sorrow and anxiety.

But it would be unreasonable and ungrateful to deny that there are also causes for thankfulness and hope. And amongst the satisfactory signs of the present day, I place in the first rank the increased and increasing habit of family instruction and devotion. Should this habit continue spreading amongst us, as it has spread of late years, especially since the publication of the Bishop of London's “ Manual,” it would be the brightest ray in the prospects of our land.*

* Besides the “ Manual” alluded to, Bp. Wilson's “ Family Prayer" is on the list of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge. Another is published by the Bristol Tract Society.

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