Excerpt from The Scholar's Guide to the History of the Bible, or an Abridgement of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, With Explanatory Remarks: Intended for the Use of Schools and Families
The Holy Bible, containing the scriptures of the old and new testament, is the most valuable and interesting of books, inasmuch as it reveals the character and attributes of the only living and true God his various dealings with the children of men; the laws to which he requires their obedience; the doctrines which concern their 'welfare beyond the grave, and the way of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. It presents to our consideration and recommends for our improvement the histories both of na tions and individuals, in which are exemplified, in the most impressive manner, the benefits that ﬂow from a course of virtue and piety, and the sad effects of vice and ungodliness; it shews, in the liveliest colours, the vanity and comparative worthlessness of those temporal objects which naturally engage our affections and animate us in our pursuits, and, while it points out the sure way to everlasting life, it urges upon us motives of the most powerful kind, by which we may be persuaded to make the service of God our choice and our delight.
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