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W I TH
REFERENCES under the Text in
Words at length; so that the parallel Texts
To which are added,
the Marginal READIN G S, and NOT es chiefly
W I T H
Many more REFERENCES than in any Edition of
the ENGLISH Bible.
With a Table of the Texts of Scripture which are
Explain’d, and an Alphabetical Index of Matters.
V O L. 1.
By FRANCIS FOX, M. A.
Late Vicar of St. Mary's in Reading.
The SECOND EDITION.
L 0 N 2 O N :
against York-Buildings. 1748.
HAT the holy Scriptures are the Rule of Faith,
the Measure and Standard by which we are to try and judge of all Doctrines propounded to be believed by us, is a Truth universally acknowledged by all Protest ants. Some Writers of
the Church of Rome, to fupport the groundless and usurped Authority of their Church over the Minds and Consciences of Men, have indeed denied this; but the Primitive Church, and the ancient Ecclesiastical Writers, are as (1) unanimous in asserting this Truth, as the Protestants
. It is likewise acknowledged, That the Scripture is its own best Interpreter, in all Instances where it refle&ts Light upon its self. I will add, That the diligent comparing of one place of Scripture with another, will often clear up an obscure and doubtful Text, and give greater Satisfaction to the Mind, than the Perusal of many critical Notes, and the (2) voluminous Writings of Commentators.
(1) See this proved in A. Bp. Tillotson's Discourse concerning the Rule of Faith, against Mr. Sergeant, &c. particularly Part 4. Sect. 2. See like, wise Dr. Lloyd, the late Lord Bishop of Worcester, his Sermon on A&t. 2.42. preached at Whitehal, Nov. 24. 1678. In which he gives a short, but faithful History, confirm'd by unquestionable Authorities, of the corrupe Do&rines brought into the Christian Faith by the Church of Rome. I do not remember, that this Sermon was ever lo much as pretended to be answered by the Writers of that Communion.
(2) I remember a Saying of Erasmus, that when he first read the New Testament, with Fear and a good Mind, with a purpose to understand it, and obey it, he found it very useful and very pleasant : But when afterwards he fell on reading the vast Differences of Commentaries, then he understood it less than he did before, then he began not to understand it. Bp. Taylor's Sermon before the University of Dublin, on John 7. 17.
Were Christians more generally sensible of their great Need of Divine Assistance, in order to their attaining to a saving knowledge of the Scriptures ; did they by earnest Prayer apply themselves to God through Jesus Christ, for the Aids of his holy Spirit, to enlighten their Minds, to purifie their Hearts and Affections, to lanctifie their Wills, to reprove them for their Failings, to teach them, and to lead them into all Truth, and to set home the Scriptures on their Consciences, they would questionless become wise unto Salvation, and ready to every good Work. Did Christians spend more Time in reading and comparing the sacred Writings, than in searching after the different and disagreeing Opinions of Expositors, I am perswaded the way to divine Knowledge would be both easier, and fhorter, and more satisfactory, the Disputes among Christians fewer, and those which should remain, would be managed with a Spirit of Meekness and Love, the Fraćtice of Religion would become more universal, and the World would feel the Benefit of the Religion our Blessed Saviour taught Men, and be (1) convinced of its divine Original.
To facilitate the comparing of one place of Scripture with others, Parallel Texts have from Time to Time been colleted and placed in the Margin of the Bible by learned Men. The first who seem to have done this, were the Translators of
(1) Notwith Atanding the many strong and admirable Difoourses to prove the Truth and Certainty of the Christian Religion, it is to be feared, that Infidelity spreads and gets ground apace.
To satisfie therefore in this important Point such as are willing to receive Satisfa&tion, I will set down some Books, any of which, by the Blessing of God, are sufficient to convince a reasonable, unprejudiced, and uncorrupt Mind. Bp. Gastrel, Bp. Bradford, Dr.Clarke, their, and several other Sermons at Mr. Boyle's Lecture. Dr. Hammond of the Reasonableness of the Christian Religion. Sir Charles Wolseley Bart. of the Reasonableness of ScriptureBelief. Grotius on the Truth of the Christian Religion, (particularly the Second and Third Books) translated both by Bp. Patrick and Dr. John Clarke. The Lively Oracles, by the Author of the Whole Duty of Man, Sect. 2, 3. Mr. Nelson's Discourses on the Festival of Easter, concerning the Resurrection of Christ, the Immortality of the Soul, and the Resura re&tion of the Body; also his Discourses on Monday and Tuefday in Whitsun-Week of the Truth of the Christian Religion, in his Festivals and Fasts of the Church. A. Bp. Tillotson's Sermons published by Dr. Barker, particularly the 5, 12, and 13 Vol. To omit many others, fee the Short and easie Méthod with a Deist, and its Defence, in a Book intitled the Truth of Christianity demonftrated, both by Mr. Liflie, who feems to have made an Abstraět of Dr. Allis's Reflections on the Books of holy Scripture to establish the Truth of the Christian Religion i