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serious and most important purpose; the falvation of our souls. And indeed who ever takes any lower aim than that, and the vertues preparatory to it in his study of Scripture, extremely debases it.
58. Let us therefore keep a steady eie upon that mark, and press towards it as the Apoftle did, Phil. 3. 14. walk by that rule the holy Scripture proposes; faithfully and diligently observe its precepts, that we may finally partake its promises. To this end continually pray we, in the words of our holy mother the Church, unto Almighty God, who has caus'd all holy Scripture to be written for our learning; that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of his holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fait the blessed hope of everlasting Life, which he has given us in our Savior Jelus Christ.
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Se&t. 3. The Subject Matter treated of in the ho-
ly Scripture is excellent, as is also its end and
Sext. The Custody of the holy Scripture is a
privilege and right of the Christian Church,
Sect. 8. Neceffary Cautions to be usod in the read-