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The history of the publication of the present volume, so far as it would be interesting to the reader, is as follows: it had its origin in a course of lectures, in the first place delivered to a congregation in the country; and subsequently, with considerable changes, to a town congregation. In both cases the request for publication was made, and, in the latter, the request coming almost simultaneously from several different quarters, and concurring, as it did, with other circumstances, rendered it probable that good might be effected by printing the lectures; but in preparing them for the press, it occurred to the author that a consecutive treatise on the ten commandments might prove more acceptable, and especially as it appeared, upon inquiry, that there was no work before the public which filled the ground attempted to be occupied by the present volume; namely, the Christian sense of the Decalogue in its application to existing needs and questions. By far the larger portion of these lectures bas consequently been re-written. Some unevenness of style and thought may, perhaps, be apparent
, wherever any part of the original is incorporated; this defect, it is believed, may in some measure be compensated for by the frequent personal applications also resulting from the form in which these lectures were originally composed. Many questions of the highest importance have been treated, it is hoped, at least in an earnest and reverent spirit. Numerous engagements have, indeed, prevented the attainment of the standard aimed at, yet no question has been avoided which seemed fairly to come within the scope of the book; and the author, having striven to do his best, “as of the ability which God giveth,” earnestly prays that He will overrule all errors and imperfections, and grant success to this work in so far, and in so far only, as it may advance the glory of Christ and promote the edification of His Church.
A peculiar duty assigned to all of His creatures by God,
Recapitulation.-Solomon's conclusion as to the duty of man
amusements,-in politics,- in the family relationship,-in
The frequent misinterpretation of the meaning of the fear
tially the same, but revealed to man in accordance with his