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PRECEPTS OF JESUS,
GUIDE TO PEACE AND HAPPINESS;
EXTRACTED FROM THE
BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
ASCRIBED TO THE FOUR EVANGELISTS.
Translations into Sunscrit and Bengalee.
FROM THE LONDON EDITION.
PUBLISHED BY B. BATES, 380 BROADWAY.
A CONVICTION in the mind of its total ignorance of the nature and of the specific attributes of the Godhead, and a sense of doubt respecting the real essence of the soul, give rise to feelings of great dissatisfaction with our limited powers, as well as with all human acquirements which fail to inform us on these interesting points. On the other hand, a notion of the existence of a supreme superintending power, the author and preserver of this harmonious system, who has organized, and who regulates such an infinity of celestial and terrestrial objects; and a due estimation of that law which teaches that man should do unto others as he would wish to be done by, reconcile us to human nature, and tend to render our existence agreeable to ourselves, and profitable to the rest of mankind. The former of these sources of satisfaction, viz. a belief in God, prevails generally; being derived either from tradition and instruction, or from an attentive survey of the wonderful skill and contrivance displayed in the works of nature. The latter, although it is partially taught also in every system of religion with which I am acquainted, is principally inculcated by Christianity. This essential characteristic of the Chris