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THE HOLY BIBLE
THE SUBSTANCE OF SCRIPTURE,
DOCTRINE, WORSHIP, AND MANNERS,
IS REDUCED TO ITS PROPER HEADS.
JOHN LOCKE, GENT.
REVISED AND IMPROVED, AND THE WHOLE FAITHFULLY COLLATED,
BY W. DODD, LL.D.
PREBENDARY OF BRECON, AND CHAPLAIN IN ORDINARY TO HIS MAJESTY.
.. No. 73, CHEAPSIDE.
As the lively Oracles, the Holy Scriptures, are confessedly an immense blessing, and inexhaustible treasure, which the divine wisdom and bounty have adapted to all the purposes of a holy life, directing us to a cure for every disease of the soul, considered both in a moral and theological sense; the displaying the Authority, Use, and Excellency of them, must have a direct tendency, not only to excite our curiosity, but to animate our desire and impatience to be thoroughly acquainted with the contents of them. These, therefore, resemble the “ Leaves of the Tree of life, which were appointed for the healing of the nations," Rev. xxii. 2; and discover that pure fountain, opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. But a sketch or essay on this subject must necessarily exceed the bounds of a preface; nor are there wanting great variety of valuable treatises to exercise the attention of those who shall, with application, pursue this argument. However, we may afiirm of the Holy Scriptures, what St. Paul attributes to his own preaching, (Acts xx. 27,) that in them is declared all the counsel of God’s will; viz. that instruction in faith, and that regulation in practice, which “is able to make us wise unto salvation, and thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim. iii. 15. 17. And indeed the perfection, the fulness, the comprehension of the Holy Scriptures, is truly astonishing. The knowledge most mysterious and profound, is there exhibited to us: the truths most useful and necessary, are there unfolded to us: the precepts most pure and perfective of mankind, (of which the great sectaries of nature, in their four thousand years’ improvement, gave us little besides blunders and blotted paper,) are there recommended, nay, and demonstrated