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and reflexions, which I believed would neither be unpleasing nor unprofitable ; and, for that reason, I foon determined to communicate them to the world. And I own, not without forne hope of supplying even the light and libertine. reader with matter of information and entertainment, if not of real improvement ; and, at the same time, avoiding all imputation of offence and demerit with the serious, the learned, the reasonable, and the religious.
IN this work I freely own, I served myself as well as I could, of all the labours of the learned (that came in my way) upon the subject; but without a servile adherence to their judgments or sentiments, and without tying myself down to the painful drudgery of retailing their particular opinions and observations. My business, I thought,
was, to feast my reader, the best I could : : if the entertainment was to his liking, I imagined he would be little solicitous about the purveyors (their names and chara&ters) of the particular messes that made it up.
THERE is, perhaps, more vanity than humility, in owning, that I am indebted, on this occasion, to all the commentators of note, more than I imagined I should at my first setting out ; and more to a commentator of little note, than to almost all the rest put together ; I mean Mr. Trap of Weston in Gloucestershire. In short, there is but one work upon the subječt (which yet treats it more professedly than any other which hath fallen in my way) to which I am not indebted for so much as one fingle hint, or one idea.
NOW, in truth, the history I am going to present to the reader, is not f properly the history of David, as the history of the divine Providence, during the life and reign of that prince, and within that scene of a&tion. And this, methinks, is matter of refined and uncommon curiosity. Here the reader will see the prudence and pasfoons of men, operating in their ordinary course, and producing their common effečts ; and at the same time, the wisdom of God interposing, superintending, swaying, and conducting them all to the purposes of his adorable Providence.
HERE he will see, not only the ordinary occurrences, revolutions, and events, which pass before a common eye, upon this stage of the world ; but
be will also behold the secret and unseen Springs and movements, the whole machinery by which they are brought about : and from a careful observation, and right application of what he here learns, be will be able to contemplate the whole history of the world, the lives oof princes, and the revolutions of empires, in a very different light froin that in which they present themselves to careless observers.
AND, what is yet of more importance, he will learn what degree of favour, support, and success he himself is to hope for from the divine Providence, in the upright and conscientious discharge of his duty; and what chastisement, distress, and disappointment he is to expect from a contrary conduct.
IF it please GOD that such reflexions make him wiser and better, bis end will be answered, and so will mine.
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p. 62. 1.5. r. it is; p.74. l. 7. 8. enmity ; p. 85. Note, r. Vajehumim; ibid. Note, r. abhaiv abheru ; p. 86. 1.13. r. Ingeminant auftri; p. 105.1.18. r. be. p.ui.l.2. r. Abimelech; ibid. 1.21. r. Ahimelech; p. 112. 1. 18. r. Abimelech; p. 125. 1. 18. foldurii ; 144. I. 16. r. Ahimelech; ibid. l. 17. r. Ahimelech; p. 152. 1. 13. for was, r. is; p. 157. 1.9. r. obligations ; p.161.1.8. r.they; p. 164. 1.15. r.firiet; p. 195. 1. 24. r.colouring ; p. 201. 1. 7.r. Jonath elem; p.225. I. 19. r.take away all; p. 279.1.4. r. Gen. xxxiii.; p. 295. 1. 6. dele even ; P-304.1.15. I. day,