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THE BOOK OF PSALMS;
IN WHICH THEIR
LITERAL AND HISTORICAL SENSE,
AS THEY RELATE TO KING DAVID AND THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL,
THEIR APPLICATION TO MESSIAH, TO THE CHURCH, AND TO
IS POINTED OUT;
WITH A VIEW TO RENDER THE USE OF THE PSALTER PLEASING AND FROFITABLE
BY GEORGE, LORD BISHOP OF NORWICH.
AND PRESIDENT OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD,
All things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Psalms concerning me.-Luke xxiv. 44.
I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.-1 Cor. xiv. 15.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
A MEMOIR OF THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
ALEXANDER TOWAR, 19 ST. JAMES STREET.
HOGAN & THOMPSON, 139 MARKET STREET.
NEW YORK: SWORDS, STANDFORD, & co.-pittSBURG: DAVID M. HOGAN.
WHAT the royal moralist observes of seasonable counsels, that "they are like apples of gold in pictures of silver," may, with the greatest propriety, be applied to the Book of Psalms, as illustrated by the inestimable Commentary of the venerable Bishop Horne. Here learning is, what it always should be, the handmaid to devotion; and the most refined taste is brought to the service of piety. The Christian professor is here continually reminded of his Saviour, and of the riches of redemption which are laid up in him who made more use of the Psalms than any other portion of the sacred writings, not only because they spake of his humiliation and sufferings, his resurrection and ascension, but particularly because these divine compositions are adapted to all the purposes for which he came into the world, of "purifying unto himself a people zealous of good works."
To the same end, and in imitation of her great head and exemplar, the Church has appointed these inspired hymns to be used in a regular order in her daily offices; but it is to be feared that too many of her members lose the benefit intended, for want of having the veil lifted up which covers, under typical characters and figurative representations, the sublime mysteries of the kingdom of God.
To animate Christians in public worship, and to edify them in their private studies, the excellent author of this work has employed many years of his valuable life in elucidating that book, which the great Luther emphatically and justly termed, "The Little Bible."