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This edition of the four Gospels was originally compiled without any view to publicity. A sincere desire to find out the truth, independent of human agency, induced the Author to analyse these sacred records. A harmony of the Gospels he had never seen, and therefore the method here pursued to obtain his object was to him entirely
As he proceeded, the inspired history almost imperceptibly divided itself into the present form. Its classification (especially while comparing the evidence of each Evangelist relative to any particular subject) afforded indescribable satisfaction; and although it does not follow as a necessary consequence, that every individual who may peruse this volume will feel equally gratified, yet the hope that a few may prize it has led ultimately to its publication. All the distinction to which it aspires is merely an attempt to place Divine truth before the mind in the most attractive and perspicuous point of view. That truth itself was written, “ at sundry times and in divers manners,” by the finger of God, and remains, like its perfect Author, unchanged.
It is generally admitted, by, every sincere and unprejudiced enquirer after this "pearl of great price,” that the Bible is its own best interpreter, and that it discloses inherent evidence of its Divine origin. For the confirmation of the Gospel, however, the Holy Ghost has condescended to inspire no less than four individuals to record the history of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that in the mouth of several witnesses « every word” of this most essential part of