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TO THE READER.
THE Compiler judges it not improper to offer a brief account.of.his. motives for. pablishing the present work, and, with this: view, to state, that in early life,, kis attention was diverted from scientific to commercial pursuits; in which, during many years, he was elosely engaged.
Having at that time observed a great difference, in the opinions of Commentators, respecting various parts of the Scriptures, he was disposed to adapt his ideas to his situation, by considering many biblical representations, to be of a hieroglyphical nature, which, were it in his power to decypher, would require more time and application than he could appropriate to the purpose.
It was, nevertheless,, his opinion, that the predictions of the Old and New Testaments, when first delivered, must have been deemed
of great importance, to engage writers, in those early ages, to transmit them, with so much exactness, to succeeding generations. Many years however elapsed before the idea presented, that if any benefit was to be derived from the fulfilment of prophecies, the suffering of time wholly to pass over, without reaping the advantage, would be an inexcusable neglect.
The Scriptures had been printed more than 200 years, in the English language; and no doubt could be entertained, that persons of eminence had given to the world, some sentiments on the various predictions.they exhibit:::Considerations like these, prompted a desire to be acquainted with those means of information, as far as relaxation from other:engagements, would admit of the indulgence. And the Compiler now esteems it no small favour, to have had opportunity, though late, in life, of appropriating some time to subjects so highly interesting, as to have employed the tongues of angels, and of prophets ; as well as the pens of inspired writers, in different ages of the world.
The impressions made upon his mind, in the course of reading various publications, which confirm the authenticity of the sacred records, and produce conviction of the vast importance of the subjects on which the Scriptures treat, incited