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A COMMENTARY

ON THE

DISCOURSE OF THE LORD JESUS,

COMMONLY CALLED

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.

BY THE
REV. JAMES FREDERICK TODD, M.A.,
OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,

VICAR OF LISKEARD.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

LISKEARD: J. PHILP. CALLINGTON: E. PHILP.

1856.

101. a. 184.

LISKEARD: PRINTED BY J. PHILP, FORE-STREET.

INTRODUCTION.

N O isolated phenomenon in the natural world carries In its own explanation with it; but it is only by diligently arranging and comparing all such facts, as may be connected with it, that insight into nature can be attained, or that its laws can be discovered.* It is in striking analogy with this doctrine of experience, that the apostle Peter affirms, that “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.”+ It does not convey its own interpretation to the superficial reader. Nay, isolated from the volume of inspiration, or regarded simply and independently in itself, it will be inevitably perverted and misunderstood. Light must be reflected upon it from other portions of the divine word, bearing upon the same point, or otherwise related to it, before its real purport can be fully comprehended, or a satisfactory explanation of its phraseology can be attained. But error in its manifold Protean variations has constantly arisen from ignorance, or from neglect of this truth. Men too readily adopt precipitate conclusions from “a mere enumeration of particulars," or from a few separate passages, on which they delight to dwell,

* Liebig.

† 2 Peter i. 20, and Horsley's Sermon. "It may touch a man with religious wonder to see how the footsteps of seducement are the very same in human and divine truth." Bacon.

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