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DOCTRINE AND DUTY.
ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE ABOVE TITLE,
(MARKED WITH THE EMPHASES AND INFLECTIONS.)
PREFIXED TO WHICH IS A COMPEND OF THE
RULES OF ELOCUTION.
AN ABSTRACT OF
PASSAGES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, WHICH ARE
BY JOHN M.DONALD,
BOOKSELLERS TO THE QUEEN DOWAGER.
GLASGOW ; AND W. CURRY, JUN., & CO. DURIIN.
... Rev. UMilliam Muir, D.D., :.
MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
Note. I think it proper to state, that this Selec. tion of Scripture Passages is not intended to super. sede the reading of the Bible in schools ;-on the contrary, instead of being intended to lead from it, it is rather intended to direct to it, for “knowing this that the prophecy came not in old time by the will of men; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," 2 Pet. i. 21, I conceive, whatever the Spirit of God has seen fit to commu.. nicate to the children of men, that cannot be improper for them to read. Improper! No; on the contrary, they should, according to the command, ment, “ Seek out of the book of the Lord and read,” Isa. xxxiv. 16. And amidst all the boasted “march of intellect," well were it for the youth of Scotland, and well would it be for Scotland herself, if her sons, instead of either reading or “hearing the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge,” would return to the good old practice of read. ing the Bible, and listen to the voice of Divine wisdom expressed in these words :-“ Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls," Jer. vi. 16.
The Divine declaration is, “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning; that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.” * And in harmony with this declaration are the following injunctions : “ Wherefore, as new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”+ " Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” And we know that the Founder of Christianity himself made use of the sacred record to repel the temptations of the devil ;8 thus leaving us in this, as he did in other respects, an example that we should follow his steps, with the assurance, that if we in faith make use of the “ sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” we shall through it “be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked," as well as be “ thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” It surely then does not require an apology for adding to the list of school books (already so numerous,) another which has for its