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The following recommendations were prefixed to the former English trans. lation of this work :
“ The famous HERMAN WITSIUS, Professor of Divinity at Leyden, in Holland, and the author of a treatise entitled, The Oeconomy of the Covenants between God and Man, and various other learned and theological tracts, was a writer, not only eminent for his great talents, and particularly solid judgment, rich imagination, and elegancy of composition ; but for a deep, powerful, and evangelical spirituality and savour of godliness: and we most heartily concur in the recommendation of his works to serious Christians of all denominations, and especially to ministers, and candidates for that sacred office,
JOHN GILL, D. D.
And the late excellent Mr. Hervey, in his Theron and Aspasio, vol. iii. p.90. of his works, Edinburgh edition, 1769, having mentioned a work of this aua thor, adds, “ The Oeconomy of the Covenants, written by the same hand, is a Body of Divinity, in its method so well digested; in its doctrine so truly evangelical ; and (what is not very usual with our systematic writers) in its language so refined and elegant; in its manner so affectionate and animating ; that I would recommend it to every student of Divinity (and to every Christian.) I would not scruple to risk all my reputation upon the merits of this performance: and I cannot but lament it, as one of my greatest losses, that I was no sooner acquainted with this most excellent author; all whose works have such a delicacy of composition, and such a savour of holiness, that I know not any comparison more proper to represent their true character, than the golden pot which bad manna;, and was outwardly bright with burnished gold, inwardly rick with heavenly food.”
THE Author of the Ozconomy Of The Covenants was a Professor of
Divinity in Holland, very eminent for his piety, and justly celebrated for a writer of great talents, accurate judgment, and refined taste. Among his works which are all in high estimation with the learned of every denomination, there are none more interesting and universally admired than this upon the Covenants. Great erudition, solid argument, and accurate criticism, are here happily employed in establishing the truth and vindicating the peculiar doctrines of the Gospel. No book that has been published since the reformation of the Church is more worthy the attention and study of candidates for the ministry; and every pious reader, who wishes to have his faith confirmed, and religious affections raised, will here be fully gratified. Those who can peruse it in the original Latin, will discover a beauty and sublimity of style, which the translator has not been able to reach; the version however is abundantly accurate to convey the ideas, and is not destitute of sufficient neatness to please a candid reader.
As it has been our wish that an American Edition of this invaluable work might appear, we comply without the least hesitation with the request of the Editor, to express our sentiments respecting the work, and earnestly recommend it to all those who have a relish for sound doctrine and a taste for elegant literature. While the press is daily teeming with the frivolous productions of romance, or the more pernicious effusions of infidelity, we have no doubt there are still many to be found who prefer edification to amusement, and truth to error, and therefore hope the proposals will meet with immediate and suitable encouragement.
J. H. LIVINGSTON, SAM. MILLER, (Signed) WM. LINN,
We the Ministers of the Gospel, in Philadelphia, heartily concur with our Brethren of New-York, in the foregoing recommendation.
J. HENRY CH. HELMUTH, WM. ROGERS,
TO THE FRIENDS OF PURE CHRISTIANITY,
OF EVERY DENOMINATION.
THE FOLLOWING WORK
GREAT DOCTOR WITSIUS,
A W O R K
ELEGANCE OF STYLE,
FERVOUR OF PIETY ;
INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT,
IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED
A pacific address to the professors of divinity and
Of the divine covenants in general,
II. Of the contracting parties in the covenant
III. Of the law, or condition, of the covenant of
IV. Of the promises of the covenant of works, 80
V. Of the penal sanction of the covenant of
VI. Of the sacraments of the covenant of works, 125
VIII. Of the violation of the covenant of works on
IX. Of the abrogation of the covenant of works
Introduction to treating on the covenant of grace, 203
II. Of the compact between the Father and the
III, The nature of the compact between the Fa-
ther and the Son more fully explained, 222
IV. Of the person of the Surety,
V. Of the Sureliship and satisfaction of Christ, 255
VI. What sufferings of Christ are satisfactory, 266
VII. Of the effect of Christ's satisfaction, 298
VIII. Of the necessity of Christ's satisfaction, 313
IX. Of the persons for whom Christ engaged and
X. After what manner Christ used the Sacra-