iv INTRODUCTION. sense a Commentary, a Treatise, a " Harmony," a theo- logical compend, or an exegetical manual. Possibly a question might arise as to the doctrinal bearing of a particular text, though none such occurs to our recol- lection. The aim is to present the language of our Lord, as it is translated in the received Version, in its majesty and beauty, its power and tenderness, its marvellous variety and commanding authority; and so to present it as to serve at once the greater edifying and the practical convenience of the Christian preacher, teacher, and student, as well as of every devout reader of the Scriptures, of whatever degree of education, what- ever "school," class, or condition. If a passage some- times suffers by separation from the context as it stands in our New Testament, the gain is still actual and mani- fest, and the New Testament itself is always at hand. The qualifications for such an undertaking are, chiefly, reverence, religious sensibility, profound faith, good learning, good sense, and good taste. How carefully, conscientiously, and intelligently the compiler has dis- charged his high task appears from his thoughtful Intro- duction. As with him, so may it be the blessing and joy of many a believer, escaping from the fretting and doubt-breeding air of controversy, and the arena of sec- tarian disputation, into a loftier and purer realm, to hearken teachably to the voice of Him who speaks as man never spake, and to find His words to be spirit and life, — the spirit of holiness, and Everlasting Life ! F. D. HUNTINGTON.