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these things, grant also unto you strength Dear Brother or Sister, and power to perform the same, that he Seeing that you have, by the goodness may accomplish his work which he bath of God, proceeded thus far, I must put you begun in you, through Jesus Christ. Amen. iu mind, that you take care to go on in that

good way, into which you are entered; The Absolution.

and, for your establishinent and further. Almighty God our heavenly Father, who ance therein, that, if you have not been of his great mercy hath promised forgive- confirmed, you endeavour to be so the next ness of sins to all them that with hearty re- opportunity, and receive the boly Sacrapentance and true faith turn unto him, have ment of the Lord's Supper ; and may God's mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you Holy Spirit ever be with you. Amen. from all your sins, confirm and strengthen The peace of God, which passeth all you in all goodness, and bring you to ever- understanding, keep your heart and mind lasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. by Christ Jesus. Amen. Amen. Then the Bishop, or Priest, taking the

Penitent by the right hand, shall say unto him,

To the Editor of the Christian J. N. Bishop of or J. A. B.,

Remembrancer. do, upon this thy solemn profession, and

SIR, earnest request, receive thee into the holy I can scarcely hope, that the pub. communion of the Church of England, in lication of a new edition of the Bible the name of the Father, and of the Son, and by Mr. Reeves, the King's printer, of the Holy Ghost,

in which the text is given contintPeople. Amen.

ously, and the numbers of the chapThen the Bishop or Priest shall say the ters and verses are thrown into the Lord's Prayer, with that which follows, margin, has originated from the all kneeling.

suggestions I made in the Remem

brancer for April, 1820. It seems, Our Father which art in heaven, &c. O God of truth and love, we bless and

however, by the amendment having

been effected, that it is legal to magnify thy holy name for thy great mercy and goodness, in bringing this thy servant print the Scriptures in another into the communion of this Church : give form, different from that which they him (or her), we beseech thee, stability usually bear : at least, I so conclude and perseverance in that faith, of which he from its being now done by the pe(or she) hath, in the presence of God, and

tentee of the office of King's printer. of this congregation, witnessed a good con

The fact of its legality being thera fession ; suffer him (or her) not to be moved from it by any temptations of Sa.

fore assumed, there can be no doubt, tan, enticements of the world, the scoffs I think, of its expediency. There of irreligious men, or the revilings of those is no man of common sense, who who are still in error; but guard him (or must not daily lament “the singular her) by thy grace, against all these snares, ill usage that the Scriptures have and make him (or her) instrumental in

met with, in being fretted into chapturning others from the errors of their

ter and verse, with so little attenways, to the saving of their souls from death, and the covering a multitude of sins. tion to the sense." And, as I obAnd in thy good time, O Lord, bring, we

served in my former letter, none pray thee, into the way of truth, all such have greater reason to lament it than as have erred and are deceived ; and so the Clergy, whose duty it is pubfetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy licly to read the Scriptures to the Aock, that there may be one fold under people. If it should so happen, that one shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom, with the Father, and the Holy what I said, has been the means of Spirit, be all honour and glory, world producing an improved edition, i without end. Amen.

may, with more confidence, trust, Then the Bishop or Priest standing up,

that its practicability being now (if there be no Communion at that time) ascertained, this mode of printing

shall turn himself to the person newly the Scriptures, will in future be admitted, and say,

adopted by the Universities also,

of

so that from the largest folio to the this continuous mode of printing smallest 24mo. a purchaser may ob- the Holy Volume. Listen only to tain a copy of the Bible, in which the the children of a National School text is presented as in other books, reading the Bible or Testament. A in an uninterrupted order ; broken child comes to the end of a verse, off only into such portions as the no matter in what part of a sentence, sense and connexion require : the or how connected with what follows, chapters being placed at the top of and then of course he stops; the the page, and the numbers of the next child commences the next verse verses in the inner margins, the outer in a totally different key, ihe conones being reserved for the refer- nexion between the members of a ences. The London edition, (1810,) sentence is completely destroyed, of Griesbach’s Greek Testament, and the poor children are left as presents a good specimen of this much in the dark as ever. And how arrangement; and, though perhaps often do we find that Clergymen, in some instances, bis divisions may wbo ought to know better, in readnot be altogether correct, yet the ing the lessons, pause mechanically general style of the text is such, as at the end of a verse, to the entire might well be adopted in the Eng- confusion of the sense! The evil lish Bible. I cannot conceive a extends itself even to the cottage, single serious objection which so and the humble and unlearned pe. salutary an alteration can meet with. ruser of God's word, is led to aifix I know that it requires a strong ef- to these short disjointed portions of fort to overcome an ancient adhe- Holy Writ, meanings quite at varirence to established practice; and ance with the whole

scope

pasthe feeling has its manifold uses. I sages, when viewed in connexion. am aware also, that some conside. These are evils wbich no one will rable expence in providing new deny do actually spring from the stereotypes, in the room of those present barbarous mutilation of the existing, may be considerable. But sacred text, which if inflicted upon I feel sure, that if the plan shall once any other book, would go far towards come to be maturely weighed, nei. destroying its intention and usefulther the Universities, nor the King's ness; and which has produced inprinters, will allow the considera- calculable injury to the Sacred Text. tion of expence, to stand against a Indeed the compilers and reviewers manifest national benefit. It may of our Liturgy have plainly shewn be, that some will continue still to their opinion of this matter. Throughprefer the text in its present form. out the whole Prayer-Book, we do For these, let the present types be not find a single portion of Scrippreserved. But the CHURCH Biture appointed to be read, but what BLES, of the lurgest volume,” are is taken out of the disjointed form not, I believe, usually stereotyped. of verses, in which it is printed in Therefore new editions of these the authorized version, and thrown might be supplied for the use of into the continuous form : the Psalms churches, without any increase of and select sentences alone excepted. expence; and I should suppose, I have not yet seen Mr. Reeves's with some saving of paper ; there edition, having read only the notice occurring, of course, fewer blank of its publication, and description spaces in a continued paragraph, of the work, in the papers. It is than where the page is cut up into announced that the iext is divided numerous verses. I am sure there into appropriate sections, the chapis not one of my Clerical Brethren, ters and verses being still preserved or a reader in general, of Scripture, for reference. This, if judiciously who, on a moment's reflection, will executed, will certainly be a great not acknowledge the advantage of improvement; for as the text now

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stands, we sometimes see a chapter so yourself, Socrates.- In Euripides beginning with a verse, which ought we have Συ δε ταυτα λεγεις, υκ εγωto form the conclusion of that pre- you say so, not I. So in Sophocles, ceding. The first example I cast my EU tol deyes nov, ex byw."-He then reeye on, is Coloss. iii. and iv. where the fers to Wetstein, whom I have not first verse of the fourth chapter evi- at hand. dently belongs to the end of the third. Now, surely, Mr. Editor, this is Let us hope that these, and simi- very

bad criticism.-The expres. lar obvious improvements, will find sions, Thou sayest"_" Thou hast no opposers among those whose so said _ Thou sayest that I am, business it is to watch over the &c. may in the Hebrew idiom, and welfare of religion and the Church. thence in the Hebraic Greek, be We must by no means yield impor- equivalent to the phrases, Thou tant points of either discipline or sayest rightly"-" It is as thox doctrine to clamour or ridicule; nor sayesť" -and therefore, in tbis in. rashly venture upon experiments, stance, to the simple affirmation, without good proof of their expe- “ I am ;"—but we cannot for a diency and feasability. But let us moment imagine them to be so in not neglect or refuse to sanction evident amendments, where they may Of the passages above cited from be effected, as in the present case,

classic writers, Ev Asyhts, 8x sya, with so much facility, and with such rectly makes against the interpretamanifest advantage.

tion, which it is brought forward to Yours, &c.

support; for ou asyes there is equi

A CLERK valent to that is your opinion," Nov. 1, 1824.

and admits of the reservation er eyes, “ but not mine."--And as to prije

syw for “ ita," the change of person To the Editor of the Christian Remembrancer.

just makes all the difference. “ So

I say,or I affirm that it is so," is SIR,

all we want, but “ The answers of our Saviour to the

so you say," or

affirm that it is so," leaves us High Priest, Ev ETAS,

Thou hast

just where we were. said,(Matt. xxvi. 64.) and to the

The expressions συ λιγας,-σο governor, Eu dryas, " Thou sayest,(Matt. xxvii. 11.) always excite in

simas, are, I conceive, precisely of

the same import in Greek, as the quiry, and are no doubt remarkable. In Mark xiv. 62. (the parallel

English translations, “ thou sayest"

so thou hast said.passage to the first of these) the answer is syw elds, and we are gene

They are not to be explained by

any ordinary ellipsis, nor can any rally told, that the former sions are of the same import, that is light be thrown upon them by re

ference to Greek classic writers. to say, are affirmations, in the Greek

Accordingly, neither Bos nor language. Thus Schleusner, (Lex. N. T. v.

Hoogeveen take any notice of them

-at least, the passages where they επω) « Συ ειπας, recti dixisti

occur do not appear among the ita habet, uti dicismi. 9. alias xahws, Ita etiam one eyw.

texts of the N, T. illustrated in their seu Tavu psy 83.

works. pro ita, legitur apud Aristoph. Plut.

Parkhurst refers also to the

LXX. in Exod. x. 29. - Arges à Parkhurst also says,

we meet with similar expressions in the Greek Μωυσης, Ειρηκας- 8κ ετι οφθησομαι σοι σας writers:- Thus, in Xenoph. Memor. spoowwon.—The Hebrew is, n797 Socr, iii. 10. one answers Socrates,

which in our version is rendered, αυτος τ8το λεγεις, ω Σωκρατες, you say

Thou hast spoken well."

you

res se

v. 352."

It is literally, Thou hast thus contre l'homme qui est mon comspoken"-or

" thou hast thus com- pagnon, dit l'Eternel des armées," manded','' as Bp. Marsh has it in &c. his note on Michaelis, (vol. i. p. I am, Sir, yours, &c. 398,) who considers the Hebrew

M. H. L. words an affirmation, and that the LXX, meaning to render them according to their proper sense, of To the Editor of the Christian " thou hast well spoken,” by agnxas,

Remembrancer. the expressions, ειρηκας, συ ειπας, οι MR. EDITOR, συ λεγεις, acquired the sense of an

I will own to you, Sir, for some affirmation in Jewish Greek.

time I have been strongly inclined to Christ, he says, probably answer- believe that in the list of the hum. ,

bugs” of the day, may be justly After this, is it not surprising to placed the Society for the Conversee this learned translator at once

sion of the Jews to Christianity. falling into the common error, and

The fact is, a large sum has been attempting to explain this, by say. subscribed for several years by the ing in a note, “ Even in Attic Greek money-giving people of this rich and similar expressions were used to de- charitable country, for the purpose note affirination--. g. in answer just stated :—with what effect, as it to a question from Cyrus, son ó respects the Jews of this kingdom, Oportns"--? (Xenoph. Cyrop. i. 6.)

and of this metropolis especially, I Perhaps some of your correspon

am very desirous of accurate knowdents may further elucidate this ledge. matter.

In the preface to a pamphlet enI am, Sir,

titled “A Discourse intended for Your faithful servant, oral delivery to the Jews, &c. by the

CRITICUS. Rev. R. Worthington," published Nov. 10, 1824.

three or four years ago, and which has recently fallen into my hands, I find the following observation, page

12.-" I am much concerned by the To the Editor of the Christian

apprehension, but, I am not prepared Remembrancer.

to substantiate the fact, that, with SIR,

very limited exception, though I beIt may not be uninteresting to your lieve such exception is demanded, readers to be informed, that the pas- hardly will an adult Jew be found in sage in Zachariah, xin. 7. to which the metropolis,--sad as it may I called public attention in a former sound, -who has been fairly brought Number of your work, as having in understanding and in heart to been translated in some modern the great preliminary of his future editions of Ostervald's French faith in the doctrines of the Gospel : Bible : Epée reveille-toi contre I will leave it in its lowest calculamon pasteur et contre l'homme qui tion ;-to a bare acknowledgment est de mon pays, dit l'Eternel des that Jesus might possibly have been armées," &c. has been corrected, the true Messiah. on my representation, in the new I have not, Sir, the Reports of edition very lately published, or the Society at hand, and cannot, ready for publication, by the French therefore, say, how much money Protestant Bible Society of Paris; this Society has extracted, by glowand the verse now stands, as in the ing appeals and exaggerated stateearlier editions of Ostervald ; “Epée ments, from the pockets of our reveille-toi contre mon pasteur et easily-gulled people; but that a

large sum, perhaps not under eighty of the Bible Society over which you preor a hundred thousand pounds, has side, I shall take the liberty of candidly been extracted from them, is unques- stating why I tbink the Committee should tionable; and yet, if Dr. Worthing. the same time, that such is not likely to be

take advantage of it. I am well aware, at ton's apprehension be well founded, the case. The Committee have already not one English Jew has been con- decided in opposition to my opinions; and verted, or even brought into a state I am satisfied that in so doing they have approaching to conversion. Then acted with a perfect conviction of its prois the charity, I ask, of Englishment priety and rectitude. For many of its to continue to be directed to an In.

members I entertain the most upfeigned stitution that has been so ineffec. respect; but having arrived at concla

sions so different from tbeirs, by the calm tual, or, if effectual at all, effectual and deliberate exercise of my own judgin Russia and Poland only?

ment, I should be wanting in self-respect if It is true, Dr. W.'s book has been I hesitated to avow them. I claim for written some time, and conversions myself uo more than I willingly concede may have occurred since ;-to what to them—the privilege of acting in obeertent I should like much to know.

dience to the dictates of my own unbiassed

reason. They regard the Annnal Meeting Perhaps you will insert this letter in

as so essential to the existence of tbe sothe Remembrancer, and some of ciety, that it cannot be dispensed with; your Correspondents will, I trust, while I am far from thinking such to be give the desired information, that the case, and am, in fact, decidedly opwe may know of the utility I am posed to any repetition of those Assemblies, afraid it will be found-the hum. Approving the main object of the Bible bug” of the Society.

Society, and ready to promote its success I beg to inclose you Dr. W.'s in- by any prudent means in my power, I

have still always disliked many subordinate teresting and able pamphlet, which

parts of its constitution and plan of operawill at least shew you somewhat of tions. I dislike Mr. Stokes Dudley's itinethe spirit in which the Institution is rant missions to stir up the women; I disconducted,

like the personal canvas generally uoderE. D.

taken by these excited and zealous votaries; and I still more dislike the yearly meetings of its friends and supporters to

puff its merits. There is a natural tenTo the Editor of the Christian

dency to exaggerate its importance, and Remembrancer.

overstate its practical utility, on such oc SIR,

casions, which appears to me to be very I inclose to you a printed letter inconsistent with the simplicity, sincerity, which has recently been circulated and quietness of demeanor inculcated in by a member of an Auxiliary Bible every page of the Sacred Volume, Had

the enthusiastic description of its benefits, Society, on the subject of the An

currently given by the orators at these nual Meetings of that particular sub

Meetings, been at all supported by facts, division to which he belongs. It ap- we might certainly have expected by this pears to be a manly exposition of time to see the prophetical Millennium the writer's sentiments, and perhaps plainly approaching; and after the indefayou may think it not undeserving of tigable exertions of twenty years we might a place in your pages.

reasonably have supposed that vice and

ignorance,finfidelity aud superstition, would Your humble Servant,

have been completely ejected from many of their former possessions. How different a picture to this is presented by the greater

part even of the European Continent; and A LETTER TO MAJOR-GENERAL NE

what a painful contrast will be exhibited VILLE, PRESIDENT OF THE AUX.

to every candid enquirer even in those ILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY OF THE places where the greatest efforts have been ORDNANCE IN THE TOWER.

made. “ I am sure," says a recent travelTower, October 25th, 1824. ler, whose testimony will not be doubted, MY DEAR SIR,

“ I am sure we have little idea in England As a favourable opportunity now presents of the state of things abroad. We amazingly itself of doing away the Annual Meetings werstate the comparative amount of goud

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