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Methodif Preaching-Houses in Town and Country. 1795.
P R E F A CE. * OR many years I have had a desire of setting down
and laying together, what has occurred to my mind, either in reading, thinking, or conversation, which might affist serious persons, who have not the advantage of learning, in Understanding the New Testament. But I have been continually deterred from attempting any thing of this kind, by a deep sense of my own inability; of my want not only of learning for such a work, but much more of experience and wisdom. This has often occafioned my laying aside the thought. And when by much importunity I have been prevailed upon to resume it, still I determined to delay it as long as possible, that (if it should please GOD). I might finish my work and my life together.
2. But having lately had a loud call from God, to arise, and go
hence, I am convinced that, if I attempt any thing of this kind at all, I must not delay any longer. My day is far spent, and (even in a natural way) the shadows of the evening come on apace. And I am the rather induced to do what little I can in this way, because I can do nothing. else : being prevented by my present weakness, from either travelling or preaching. But, blessed be God, I can still read, and write, and think. Othat it may be to his; glory!
3. It will be easily discerned, even from what I have said. already, and much more from the Notes themselves, that they were not principally designed for men of learning ;. who are provided with many other helps; and much less for men of long and deep experience in the ways and word of God. I desire to fit at their feet, and to learn of them, But I write chiefly for plain, unlettered men, who under-, stand only their mother-tongue, and yet reverence and love the Word of God, and have a desire to save their fouls.
4. In order to assist these in such a measure as I am able, I design first to set down the Text itself, for th most part, in the common English Translation, which is in general (so far as I can judge) abundantly the best that I have seen. Yet I do not say, it is incapable of being brought in several places Dearer to the original. Neither will I affirm, that the Greek A 2