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TRANSLATIONS AND PARAPHRASES
OF SEVERAL PASSAGES OF
COLLECTED AND PREPARED BY
A COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
PRINTED FOR W. AND J. DEAS,
As it has been the general fentiment of devout persons,
that it would be of advantage to enlarge the Psalmody in public worship, by joining with the Psalms of David some other passages of Scripture, both from the Old and the New Testament, this design has been at several times under the deliberation of the Church of Scotland. In consequence of an act of the General Assembly, appointing a Committee to prepare some Paraphrases of sacred writ in verse for this purpose, a Collection of such Paraphrases was published in the year 1745; and has been used in several churches in public worship.
IT having been represented to the General Assembly in the year 1775, that it was proper this Collection should be revised, and some additions made to it, a Committee was appointed, with instructions to receive and consider any corrections, or additional materials, that might be laid before them.
By this Committee the Collection now published has been prepared. All the translations and Paraphrases which had appeared in the former publication are, in substance, retained; but they have been revised with care. Many alterations, and, it is hoped, improvements, are made upon them. A considerable number of new Paraphrases are added. They are all now arranged according to the order in which the several passages of Scripture lie in the Bible; and a few hymns are subjoined.