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An ILLUSTRATION at the Beginning of each
Pfalra, or else a Reference to its Parallels; and an introductory VERSE, expressive of its Spirit and Scope.
To the whole is prefixed, A General Preface, serving to shew, that these inspir.
ed Songs are not expressive of the private Frames and Experiences of the Penmen; but are either historical and commemoratize of public Events, concerning the Church; or prophetical and descriptive of the Perfon, Character, Million, Offices and King
dom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Designed to be sung in Churches and Families.
BY JOHN BARCLAY, A. M. Minister of the BEREAN ASSEMBLY in EDINBURGH.
E DIN BURGH: Printed by JAMES DONALDSON for the Author; And sold by A. DONALDson at his Shop (No. 48.)
St. Paul's Church-yard, London, and at Edinburgh;
Р P. R EF A CE.
Sit not surprising at this day, when all honest free
dom of inquiry is dulged, that those vast mountains of rubbish which whole legions of commentators have been beaping for ages upon the Psalms, are still suffered to lie al. most unmolested, untouched? For what though some one, happily, may have discovered, aflayed, and laid open the golden vein of truth which runs through that precious portion of the book of God; where have they been found who have pursued the track, and wrought the mine? or, if some have actually begun to put their hands to the work, yet in such a fhy, reserved, partial, hidden, manner have they proceeded, that we may still tay, where are they? who are they? as if they had been stealing away, rather than boldly avouching the cause of truth.
How inuch the cause of truth, to the hurting of many
souls, bath suffered by wresting that particular book of divine inspiration, may appear from a comparison of the common stream of commentators with the words of the Holy Ghost; who hath certified us,
that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private • interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old
time,' or at any time, as the margin reads, by the o will of man: but holy men of God fpake as they ( were moved by the Holy Ghost.' Now, where has the Holy Ghost, in the whole public interpretation of the Old Testament writings by the apostles, given any one hint for applying any one of the Pfalms, or any one part of a Plalm, to David, or any one of the penmen, concerning whom we hear so much, whosoever they were ? Is not a dead filence observed