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MURRAY AND GIPR, EDINBURGH, PRINTERS TO SIR MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICR.

PREFACE.

The following work was undertaken for the pur. pose of storing the compiler's own mind with a more thorough knowledge of the duties inculcated in the Holy Scriptures ; but, having been deemed, by many, well adapted to benefit others, it is now given to the public.

It is not supposed that the general arrangement of the inspired writings, as they have come down from the earliest times, can, for all purposes, be improved; still, any method, by which similar portions, without changing their meaning, shall be brought together, so as to read consecutively, must render the great lessons, which they teach, more vivid and impressive.

The selections embrace the great mass of texts which, either in direct language, or by implication, enjoin duties upon man.

The Headings, though not like the text, inspired, are yet such as have grown out of a careful collocation and study of the various passages, and, without being supposed to express all the ideas contained in the texts which follow them, will have the advantage of confining the reader's mind to a single point.

The work will, we trust, be found profitable for private perusal, for family reading, for Sabbath School and Bible-class instruction, for prayer and Bible-reading meetings, for special occasions of public worship, and for the pastor's study; and is now published with the humble hope, that it may contribute to a more through knowledge of the duties devolving upon men in the various relations of life.

H. V. D.

PART I..

are yet such as have grown out of a careful collocation and study of the various passages, and, without being supposed to express all the ideas contained in the texts which follow them, will have the advantage of confining the reader's mind to a single point.

The work will, we trust, be found profitable for private perusal, for family reading, for Sabbath School and Bible-class instruction, for prayer and Bible-reading meetings, for special occasions of public worship, and for the pastor's study; and is now published with the humble hope, that it may contribute to a more through knowledge of the duties devolving upon men in the various relations of life.

H, V. D.

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