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Paraphrase and Verfion
Practical IMPROVEMENT of each Section.
Containing the LATTER PART of
The Hiftory of our Lord JESUS CHRIST,
As recorded by the FOUR EVANGELISTS,
By P. DOD DRIDGE, D. D.
The SECOND EDITION.
Sint Scripturæ tuæ Delicia mea! Nec decipiar in eis, nec decipiam ex eis !
Printed and Sold by J. WAUGH, at the Turk's-bead in Gracechurch-street.
M. DCC. XLV.
HE Publication of this Second Volume of the Family Expofitor hath been delayed fo long, beyond my own Expectation, and that of my Friends, that it may perhaps Jeem neceffary to introduce it with an Apology for that Delay. But it would be tedious to enumerate a Variety of Circumftances, which have concurred to occafion it. It is generally known, that the unufual Severity of the late Winter laid a Kind of Embargo on the Prefs; and they that are at all acquainted with the Business of Printing, will eafily apprehend, that, under the most faithful and careful Direction, a Work of confiderable Bulk is liable to many other Interruptions, even where the Manufcript is entirely finished before the Impreffion is begun. But after all, the chief Reafon, why this hath been published no fooner, is (what I hope my Subfcribers will easily excufe,) the large Addition I have made to what was at first prepared and promifed: Inftead of an Hundred Sheets, they are here prefented with an Hundred and Fifty-eight; fo that all beyond the 196.th Page of this Second Volume is more than what I was by the Propofals obliged to deliver.
On the Mention of this, I think myself obliged to renew my Thanks to thofe, who, by honouring me with their Names and Encouragement on this Оccafion, have put it into my Power to publish the Work with Juch Improvements; and fhall think myself happy, if those Improvements, however laborious and expenfive to the Author, may render it more acceptable and ufeful to them.
The Tables prefixed to the First Volume are concluded in this, and repreSent the Difpofition of the Harmony in fo clear a View, that by comparing them together it would not be difficult to find any particular Text. But a Deference to the Request of fome of the Subscribers, engaged me to