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This Volume

IS RESPECTFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED TO

CHRISTIAN PARENTS, GUARDIANS, & CHILDREN,

OF EVERY NAME,

IN GREAT BRITAIN AND HER COLONIES,

BY THE PROPRIETOR

J. W.

PREFACE.

The Bible is the oldest, the best authenticated, and incomparably the most influential book in existence. It is the fountain of all that is valuable in Art, Science, and Literature. It has been printed in more languages, and obtained a greater number of readers, than any other volume that ever existed, or ever issued from the press. The value of the Bible to man, in his various relationships to the shifting scenes of time, and the momentous concerns of eternity, is not to be estimated. It reveals to him, in unerring language, the origin, the progress, and the termination of all earthly things. It records, for his instruction, the religious ages of the world, by developing the three distinct dispensations of Heaven-Patriarchal, Jewish, and Christian. It prè. sents man primeral, man as he is, and man as he shall be. Indeed, the Bible is the book of ages and of wonders, of time and eternity, of life and God. Like every thing beside, it had its commencement and completion.

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