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TO THE PUBLIC,
THE late reverend, pious and judicious Mr. JOB Orton, had greatly set his heart upon the publication of a short Exposition on the Old Testament, with practical Reflections subjoined to each chapter, somewhat similar to Dr. DODDRIDGE's Family Expositor, Materials for these Reflections he thought of furnishing from his own notes, which he wrote at the close of his Expositions on the bible, and made a part of his public services for twenty years ; together with such as he wrote after Dr. DODDRIDGE, when he expounded in the family.
This design Mr. Orton communicated to me above ten years ago, when he earnestly importuned me to undertake the execution of it, from a strong persuasion of its acceptableness and usefulness. After maturely considering the matter, I consented to make a trial, and he sent me the valuable materials. I entered on the work with pleasure, from a conviction of its utility, and the great want of a concise, practical Exposition on the Old Testament Scriptures, and had made some progress