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PLAIN AND PRACTICAL
INTENDED CHIEFLY FOR
FAMILY READING AND PAROCHIAL
REV. THEOPHILUS BIDDULPH, A. M.,
CURATE UF ST. JAMES, BRISTOL, AND LATE FELLOW OF
CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. CHILCOTT, WINE STREET;
NOSTER ROW, LONDON.
2 PETER iii. 16.
“ In which are some things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
AND if every word in the Bible were hard to be understood, if there was not a plain and simple sentence in it from beginning to end, this would be no reason why we should neglect to read and study it. It would be a reason, indeed, why we should read it very attentively, very constantly, and very prayerfully, in order that we might understand it and receive it; but not why we should put the book aside as being above our comprehension, and therefore unprofitable to us.
There are many things connected with the Bible, for which we ought to be specially thankful; for instance,
That it was ever written—that it has been preserved, when so many other books and records of antiquity have been lost—that it has been translated into our own language, which has enabled persons who do not understand Hebrew and Greek, to read it—that all things which are really necessary to be known and understood, are written in such plain and intelligible language, that any body