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BOOK OF JOB;
TRANSLATED FROM THE HEBREW,
BY THE LATŁ
MISS ELIZABETH SMITH,
Author of “ Fragments in Prose and Verse."
PREFACE, AND ANNOTATIONS,
REV. F. RANDOLPH, D.D.
RICHARD CRUTTWELL, ST. JAMES'S-STREET, BATH;
AND SOLD BY
CADELL AND DAVIES, STRAND, HATCHARD, PICCADILLY,
LONDON; AND S. CHEYNE, EDINBURGH.
TO THE RIGHT REVEREND
LORD BISHOP OF ST. DAVID's.
THE approbation you have bestowed on the Writings of Miss SMITH, and the zeal with which you are endeavouring to promote the knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures, induce me to think that I am offering to your Lordship no unwelcome gift, in presenting you with the following Translation. And I am happy also to avail myself of the opportunity which is thus afforded me, of conveying my earnest wishes for success in your Lordship’s truly episcopal labours, and the high esteem with which I have the honour to subscribe myself,
JAN. 18, 1810.
HE following work, to be duly appreciated, ought
to be regarded, not as a commentary on the Book of Job, but simply as the religious exercise of the accomplished author, to familiarise herself with the Hebrew language, and more fully to acquaint herself with the word of God. If it should be thought to rank amongst the best of our English versions, it should also be remembered, that it was not written in opposition to them; that the translator was only occupied in confirming her own sentiments, not in combating those of others; and so far from its being intended for publication, or as a display of her critical ability, I most