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ILLUSTRATION T W JERSEY
or thei). 1. EGË LIBRAR
CUSTOMS AND MANNERS OF THE EASTERN NATIONS,
THE YEWS, THEREIN ALLUDED TO.
DIFFICULT AND OBSCURE TEXTS,
COLLECTED FROM THE MOST
CELEBRATED TRAVELLERS, AND THE MOST EMINENT CRITICS.
An obsolere custom, or some forgotten circumstance, opportunely adverted :o, will soine-
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM W. WOODWARD, yo. 52,
CORNER OF SECOND AND CHESNUT STREETS,
UR estimation of the holy scriptures should
be proportionable to their importance and excellence. That ignorance of spiritual things, which is so natural to all men, demonstrates their necessity ; and the happy influence which they have upon the mind in seasons of adversity and distress, proves their value and utility. They are admirably adapted to our circumstances, as they present us with a complete system of truth and a perfect rule of conduct, and thus make those who properly understand them wise unto salvation.
But whatever relates either to faith or to prac. tice, was delivered in ages very distant from the present, in places very remote from the spot which we inhabit, and by persons of habits and manners materially different from those with which we are familiar. General and permanently established usages, to which persons conformed themselves from early infancy, must have had a strong hold of the mind, and would greatly infuence the turn
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