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not mean, to read every day some cer-
the true meaning.
I should not think it convenient to maltiply books of this kind, were there any one that I could direct you to, that was infallible. But you will not think it ftrange, if I tell you, that after all, you must make use of your own judgment; when you confider, that it is, and always will be, impossible to find an Expositor, whom you can blind-fold rely upon, and cannot be mistaken in following. Such a resignation as that, is due to the holy Scriptures alone; which were dictated by the infallible Spirit of God.
Such writings also as Mr. MED E's and Dr. LIGHTFO O T's, are very much conducing to lead us into a true fense of the sacred Scriptures.
As to the Method of reading them, order requires that the four Evangelifs should, in the first place, be well study'd, and thorowly understood. They all treating of the same subject, do give great light to one another; and, I think, may, with the greatest advantage, be read in Harmony. To this purpose, Monsieur L E CLERC'S; or Mr. WHIST O N's Harmony of the four Evangelists will be of use, and save a great deal of time and trouble, in turning the Bible. They are now both in English, and Mr. LE CLERC's has a Paraphrase. But if you would read the Evangelists in the original; Mr. LE CLERC's edition of his Harmony in Greek and Latin will be the best.
If you find, that by this method, you advance in the knowledge of the Gospel ; when you have laid a foundation there to your satisfaction, it will not be hard to add what may help you forwards, in the Itudy of other parts of the New Testa
But I have troubled you too much already, for which I beg your pardon; and
TO THE SAME.
Oates 20 January 1703-4 SIR,
HE small acknowledgments I was Table to make, for the honour of
your visit, and enjoyment of your company here, left the debt' on my fide, and deserve not the notice you are pleas'd to take of them.
In your obliging Letter of the 13th, you do me favours, and you thank me
intend by this, a perfect acquisition of so inconsiderable a thing as I am, your worth and virtue dispose me to be 'as much at your service as you please; I wish I found any thing in my self that might promise you any usefulness from
That defect I shall endeavour make up the best I can, with a perfect esteem, and a readiness of will ; which must supply the want of the abilities of doing.
I thank you for the printed Paper you fent me*, and am very glad to see such
* An Account of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge.
a spirit rais’d, for the support and enlargement of Religion. Protestants, I think, are as much concern’d now as ever, to be vigorous in their joint endeavours, for the maintenance of the Reformation. I wish all that call themselves so, may be prevail'd with by those whom your Paper intimates, to imitate the zeal, and pursue the principles of those great and pious Men, who were iņstrumental to bring us out of Ro man darkness and bondage. I heartily pray for good success on all such endeavours.
If I may guess at the intention of the Society, by the only man you let me know of it, I may be confident that the glory of God, and the propagation of true Religion is the only aim of it. May God eminently prosper all endeavours that way, and increase the number of those who feriously lay it to heart.
Sir FRANCISt, my Lady, and the rest of this Family, return you their humble service. I am, &c.
Sir FRANCIS MASHAM.