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DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION, TO
THE RIGHT REV. THE LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY.

BY THOMAS WILLIAMS,

AUTHOR OF " THE AGE OF INFIDELITY," IN ANSWER TO PAINE; A NEW TRANSLATION OF SOLOMON'S SONG; AN HISTORIC DEFENCE OF EXPERIMENTAL RELIGION :

A DICTIONARY OF ALL RELIGIONS, RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS, &c. &c.

VOL. II.

1828

LONDON: PRINTED FOR W. SIMPKIN AND R. MARSHALL,

STATIONERS'-HALL-COURT, LUDGATE-STREET.

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INTRODUCTION. WE sbalintroduce this book with some excellent remarks from the Preface to Bishop Horae's valuable Commentary.

* The Psalms (says this excellent writer) are an epitome of the Bible, adapted to the purposes of devotion. They treat occasionally of the creation and formation of the Sarid: the dispensations of Providence and the the patriarchs; the exodus of the children the patriarchs; the exodus of the children of Israel; their journey through the wilder

are economy of grace; the transactions of Dess and settlement in Canaan; their law, priesthood, and ritual; the exploits of their creat pen. wrought through faith ; their sins and captivities; their repentances and restorations: the sufferings and victories of David; the peaceful and happy reign of Solomon: the advent of Messiah, with its effects and consequences; his incarnation, Birthe He passion, death, resurrection, ascension, kingdom, and priesthood; the effusion of the Spirit; the conversion of the nations; the rejection of the Jews; the esta

ishment increase, and perpetuity of the Christian church; the end of the world : the caroral indement; the condemnation of the wicked, and the final triumph of the righons with the Lord their king. These are the subjects bere presented to our medita

one we are instructed how to conceive of them aright, and to express the different Fertions whicb, when so conceived of, they must excite in our minds. They are, for

o adorned with the figures and set off with all the graces of poetry; and his purpose, adorned with the figur oetry itself is designed yet farther

reis designed yet farther to be recominended by the charms of music thus created to the service of God; that so delight may prepare the way for improvement, soleasure become the handmaid of wisdom, while every turbuleut passion is calmed r sacred melody,

melody, and the evil spirit is still dispossessed by the harp of the Son of This little volume, like the paradise of Eden, affords us in perfection, though in

thing that groweth elsewhere, ' Every tree that is pleasant to the sight,

cod:' and above all, what was lost, but is here restored, the ' tree of life the midst of the garden." (Preface, p. i.)

warned and pious prelate adds, “What is said in the Psalms occasionally of

arerponies, sacrifices, ablutions, and purifications; of the tabernacle e Law and its ceremnonies, sacrifices, ablut

e services therein performed; and of the Aaronical priesthood : all d temple, with the services therein performed.

nsfer to the new law (i. e. the Gospel ;] to the oblation of Christ; s Christians transfer to the new law lie

blood, and sanctification by bis Spirit ; to the true tabernacle, or justification by his blood, and sanctification

with hands; and to what was therein done for the salvation of the ople not made with hands; and to what

* as in one respect a sacrifice, in another a temple, and in a third rid, by Him who was, in one respect a sacrit

after the order of Melchisedek. That such was the intention of bigh-priest for ever, after the order of Melo

orared at large in the Epistle to the Hebrews : and they are of se legal figures is declared at large in the

ideas of the tealities to w at assistance to us now informing our idea

omv, says the excellent M. Pascal, ‘Truth appeared but in a ewish econ

en and without a veil : in the church miliiant it is so veiled its correspondence to the figure. As the figure was first built truth is now distinguishable by the figure.' The variety of

David in the xixth and cxixth Psalms, to extol the enlivenBrorting efficacy of a law, which, in the letter of it, whether

pardon and grace, could minister nothing but condemna. monial or moral, without pardon and grace, cou

hat David understood the spirit of it, which was the Gospel rited those Psalms had not the same idea, it was not the alms, of Moses or of David, or of Him who inspired both; hat of the Jews at this hour, though their prophecies have upes realized. He that takes his estimate of the Jewish the Jewish multitude, (as the last cited author observes,)

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do sufficiently prove that David understood t f. And if any wbo recited those Psalms tof the Law or of the Psalms, of Moses or it was their own, as it is that of the Jews at thi been fulfilled, and their types realized. He this: igion from the grossness of the Jewish multit,

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