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being omitted:) Mark xv. 25. John ii. 21, 22. But when two verses end in the same line, the number of each being a unit, both are noted: Matt. xxv. 2, 3. 4, 5.
6. Though no word is changed in the text of our common Translation, yet the attentive reader will soon perceive that the punctuation somewhat differs from the old. This variation, however, nowhere alters the sense, but is intended to impress more vividly the common meaning of the passage.
Two dashes, or several
iods, are placed both before and after a sentence, to intimate that the sentence embraced by them is a kind of parenthesis or digression: Acts ii. 9-11. x. 41. Rom. i. 3-7. 1 Tim. i. 5-18. Heb. i. 3 vii. 1-3. Two or more periods are sometimes used, to intimate that the narrative or discourse is abruptly ended: Acts vii. 53, &c. In the New Testament, all quotations from the Old are marked in the common manner, (" "): some quotations from the heathen poets, (as Acts xvii. 28. 1 Cor. xv. 33. Titus i. 12,) some repetitions of what had been said on a former occasion. (as Matt. iii. 17,) and some proverbs, are marked with a single quotation, (' '). Beside this, the reader will observe that the prose quotations from the Old Testament in the New, are immediately distinguishable; the letters composing the words of such quotations being interspaced. Quotations from the poetic books of the Old Testament, are printed in the common poetic form, without the marks of quotation. Some words are printed in small capitals, which are not so printed in the common edition; as WISE MEN, Matt. ii. 1. THIS IS JESUS THE KING, &c. Matt. xxvii. 36, &c. BY, Acts xx. 16. ONE MAN, &c. Rom. v. 12, 14. OATH, Heb. vii. 20. with Rom. i. 16, 17, FOR IT IS, &c., which words are the text of that epistle. The dedication of LUKE'S Gospel to Theophilus, with the synodical letter, Acts xv. 23-29, and the letter of the tribune Lysias to Felix, Acts xxiii. 26-30, are also distinguished from the common narrative. In the Old Testament, are some parts which may be termed poetic prose; these are distinguished both from prose and poetry by being printed in separate verses, like the verses in the common editions. All the truly poetic parts are immediately distinguished from the prose and history, by the form in which they are printed. See Gen. xlix. Ex. xv. Job, Psalms, Isaiah, &c. Luke i. 47-55. The word Lord, whenever, in the New Testament, it means JEHOVAH, is printed in capitals, after
the example of the same word in the Old Testament. The emphasis of this word in the New Testament, especially when it refers to the Messiah JEHOVAH JESUS, has been too much neglected. The words Devil, Apostle, Wicked One, also begin with a capital letter. This caligraphy has heretofore been also neglected.
7. On the head of the page there are introduced the title of each part of the History or Book, the numeration of the PART, and the date. The four Gospels are considered as forming together one history; and are severally divided into eight corresponding PARTS. These are the following:
1. The evangelical history previous to John's ministry.
3. From Christ's ministry to the mission of the Apostles.
5. From the mission of the seventy to Christ's entry into Jerusalem.
6. From his entry into Jerusalem to his apprehension.
7. From his apprehension to his crucifixion.
8. From his crucifixion to his ascension.
The Acts of the Apostles, (in imitation of Townsend,) is divided into six parts, as will be seen by the heading
The Epistles are divided according to the same general plan.
The Editor cannot conclude without expressing a hope that this attempt will be patronized by those who love the Bible. He has undertaken this labor with the sincerest wish to do good, and claims no merit, but that which is due to a strong desire to give to others the same advantages he enjoys himself. The Bible cannot be understood, if only occasionally consulted; it imperiously demands our close attention, and must not be read chapter by chapter, and then laid aside. It must be carefully studied as one great whole. Let a whole book be read, at one time; then let its natural parts be separately examined, and after that every clause by itself. If the old divisions are forgotten by the reader, and he studies in the way recommended, he will soon see new beauties in the Bible.
BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT,
Amos. Obadiah Jonah
THE NUMBER OF CHAPTERS;
THEIR CHRONOLOGICAL ARRANGEMENT, DATES, AUTHORS, &c.
Chronological order, Books. Chap. (according to Dr. Blancy.)
Song of Solo- Joel
12 2 Kings
Zechariah.. 16 Malachi
The oldest book in the world. Written by Job
The oldest historical records.
B3 The authentic records of the Jew. ish nation, compiled under the inspection of the Kings and High-priests by inspired men, Proph e's, and others; particularly by Ezra, who revised the whole.
1 Samuel... 2940 1055 (Samuel, Nathan, and
3142 862 Jonah, at Nineveh, against the city.
3306 698 Isaiah, at Jerusalem,.
3381 623 The records continued by direction of Heze-
3116 5 Jerenah, in Judea and Jerusalem, against 3 Lanentations 3416 582 Judah, Egypt, and other nations.
3417 587 Olad ah, in Judea, against Nineveh.
3430 574 Ezekiel, at Babylon, during the captivity."
3464 520 Haggai,
3495 509 Ezra
At Jerusalem, after the return from
FIRST BOOK OF MOSES,
IN THE beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. 1 And the Earth was without form and void; and darkness 2 was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
AND God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And 3,1 God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the dark- 5 ness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God AND God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters which were above the firmaAnd God called the firmament Heaven. ment: and it was so. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
AND God said, Let the waters under the Heaven be gathered 9 together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering 10 together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb 11 And 12 yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morn- 13 ing were the third day.
AND God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the 14 Heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years; and let them be 15 for lights in the firmament of the Heaven, to give light upon the And God made two great lights; the 16 earth and it was so. greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament 17 of the Heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over 18 the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and 19 the morning were the fourth day.
AND God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the 20 And God created 21 moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of Heaven.
great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind; and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and 22 fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
AND God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature 24 after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the 25 earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said. Let us make man in our image, 26 after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of 27 God created he him; male and female created he them. And 28 God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing 29 seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of 30 the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, be- 31 hold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, 2 and all the host of them.
AND on the seventh day God ended his work which he had 2 made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified 3 it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
THESE are the generations of the heavens and of the earth 4 when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before 5 it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a 6 inist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
AND the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and 7 breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
AND the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; 8 and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out 9 of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also