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It will, indeed, be seen, that the passages selected are, chiefly, such, as have been slightly regarded, by the more Elaborate commentators, and such, as, appealing instantly to the passions and sensibilities, demanded a more lively and tender elucidation than is usually admitted into ordinary comments.

Upon the whole, the scriptures are, in the present performance, considered variously—as sacred systems, and as exquisite compositions—as the fabrics of faith, and as pieces of fine writing; and it is the author's intention to extend the commentary, at some future opportunity.

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In the mean time, if his observations induce any reader to look into the BIBLE with a more cautious, or a more favourable eye, than he hath hitherto done; or, if any elegance is here marked, which had before escaped him, the publication will not be sent abroad in vain, and the author will be most pleasingly rewarded.

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