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God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these :


I. Samuel.
II. Samuel.

II. Chronicles Daniel.

Nehemiah. Joel.




Ecclesiastes. Nahum.
The Song of Songs. Habakkuk,

Jeremiah. Haggai.
Lamentations, Zechariah.


I. Kings. II. Kings.

1. Chronicles.

Of the Nɛw TESTAMENT. ThęGospels accor- Corinthians II. The Epistle to the ding to Galatians.


Ephesians. The Epistle of


The first and second Theffalonians I. Epistles of Peter. The Acts of the Thessalonians II. The first, second, Apostles.

To Timothy I. and third Epistles Paul's Epistles to

To Timothy II. the Romans. To Titus.

TheĚpistle of Jude. Corinthians I.

To Philemon. The Revelation. All which are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life g.

III. The

Mark. Luke. John.

of John.

gLuke xvi. 29. Abraham faith un- from the dead. Eph. ii. 20. And to him, they have Moses and the pro- are built upon the foundation of phets, let them hear them. v. 31. the apostles and prophets, Jesus And he faid unto him, if they hear Christ himself being the chief cornot Moses and the prophets, neither ner stone. Rev. xxii. 18. For will they be persuaded, the one rose I testify unto every man that hear


III. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings h.

IV. The authority of the holy fcripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the teftimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the word of God i.

V. We may be moved and induced by the teltimony of the church,to an high and reverend esteem of the holy scripture k and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doc


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eth the words of the prophecy of IV. i 2 Pet. i. 19. We have also a this book, If any man shall add unto more sure word of prophecy, wherethese things, God shall add unto him unto ye do well that ye take heed, as the plagues that are written in this unto a light that shineth in a dark book. v. 19. And if any man shall place, until the day dawn, and the take

away from the words of the book day-itar arise in your hearts : v. 21. of this prophecy, God shall take away For the prophecy came not in old his part out of the book of life, and time by the will of man, but holy men out of the holy city, and from the of God spake as they were moved by things which are written in this book. the Holy Ghost, 2 Tim.iii, 16. All 2 Tim.ji.16. All sçripture is given by scripture is given by inspiration of inspiration of God, and is profitable God, and is profitable for doctrine, for doctrine, for reproof, for correc for reproof, for correction, for intion, for instruction in righteousness. struction in righteousness. 1 John v.

III. b Luke xxiv. 27. And begin. 9. If we receive the witness of men, ning at Mofes, and all the prophets, the witness of God is greater : for he expounded unto them in all the this is the witness of God, which he scriptures the things concerning him- hath testified of his Son. i Theff. ii. felf. v. 44. And he said unto them, 13. For this cause also thank we God These are the words which I spake without ceasing, because when ye reunto you, while I was yet with you, ceived the word of God, which ye that all things must be fulfilled which heard of us, ye received it not as the were written in the law of Moses, word of men, (but as it is in truth,) and in the Prophets,and in the Psalms, the word of God, which effectually concerning me. Rom. iii. 2. Much worketh also in


that believe. every way: chiefly because that una "Vik i Tim.iii. 15. But if I tarry to them were committed the oracles long, that thou mayest know how of God. 2 Pet. i. 21. For the pro- thou oughtest to behave thyself in, phecy came not in old time by the will, the houfe of God, which is the of man: but holy men of God spake as church of the living God, the pilthey were moved by the holy Ghost. lar and ground of the trutlı.

trine, the majesty of the stile, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole, (which is to give all glory to God) the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the word of God; yet notwithstanding our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth, and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the holy Spirit, bearing witness by, and with the word in our hearts l.

VI. The whole counsel of God,concerning all things necefsary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly fet down in fcripture, or by good and necessary confequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men m. Nevertheless, we acknowledge

the l i John ii. 20. But ye have an unc- God Ifa.lix. 21. As for me, this is tion from the holy One, and ye know my covenant with them, faith the all things. v. 27. But the anointing Lord, My Spirit that is upon thee, which ye have received of him abid- and my words which I have put in eth in you, and ye need not that any

thy mouth, shall not depart out of man teach you : But as the fame a- thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of nointing teacheth you of all things, thy feed, nor out of the mouth of and is truth, and is no lie; and even as thy feeds feed, faith the Lord from it bath taught you, ye shall abide in henceforth and for ever. him. John xvi. 13. Howbeit, when he VI. m 2 Tim. iii. 15. And that the Spirit of truth is come, he will from a child thou hast known the guide you into all truth: for he shall not holy scriptures, which are able to Speak of himself, but whatsoever he make thee wise unto salvation, thro' fhall hear, that shall he speak : and he faith which is in Christ Jesus. v. 16 will shew you things to come. v. 14. All' fcripture is given by inspiration He shall glorify me: for he shall re- of God, and is profitable for doctrine, ceive of mine, and shall shew it unto for reproof, for correction, for inyou. I Cor.ii. 10. But God hath re- struction in righteousness. v. 17. vealed them unto us by his Spirit: for That the man of God may

perthe Spirit searcheth all things, yea, fect, throughly furnished unto all the deep things of God. v. 11. For good works. Gal. i. 8. But though what man knoweth the things of a we, or an angel from heaven, preach man,save the spirit of man which is in any other gospel unto you, than that him? even so the things of God know- which we have preached unto you, eth no man, but the Spirit of God. v. let him be accursed. v.9. As we faid 12. Now we have received, not the before, so say I now again; Ifany spirit of the world, but the Spirit man preach any other gospel unto which is of God; that we might know you, than that we have received, let the things that are freely given us of him le accurfed. 2 Theff.ii. 2. That B



the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word n; and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed o.

VII. All things in fcripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all p; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of fcripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them 9.

VIII. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old) and the New Teftament in Greek (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations) being immediately in

spired ye be not foon shaken in mind, or o i Cor.xi.13. Judge in yourselves be troubled, neither by spirit, nur by is it comely that a woman pray unto word, nor by letter, as from us, as God uncovered ? v. 14. Doth not ethat the day of Christ is at hand. ven nature itself teach you, that if a

n John vi. 45. It is written in the man have long hair, it is a shame unprophets, And they shall be all taught to him? 1 Cor. xiv. 26. How is it of God. Every man therefore that then, brethren, when ye come togehath heard, and hath learned of the ther, every one of you hath a psalm, Father, cometh unto me. I Cor. ii. 9. hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath But as it is written, Eye hath not a revelation, hath an interpretation? seen, nor ear heard, neither have Let all things be done unto edifying. entered into the heart of man, the v. 40. Let all things be done dethings which God hath prepared for cently and in order. them that love him. v. 10. But God VII. p 2 Pet. iii. 16. As also in all hath revealed them unto us by his his epistles, speaking in them of these Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, in which are some things things, yea, the deep things of God. hard to be understood, which they

v. 11. For what man knoweth the that are unlearned and unstable wrest, things of a man, fave the Spirit of as they do also the other fcriptures man which is in him? even so the unto their own destruction. things of God knoweth no man, but Psal. cxix. 105. Thy word is a the Spirit of God. v. 12. Now we lamp unto my feet, and a light unto have received, not the spirit of the my path. v. 130. The entrance world, but the Spirit which is of of thy words giveth light, it girGod, that we might know the things eth understanding unto the fimple, that are freely given to us of God.



{pired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical r; fo as in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal unto them . But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto and interest in the scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them t, therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come v, that the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner w, and, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, may have hope x.

IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of fcripture, is the fcripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not

manifold, VIII. ~ Mat. v. 18. For verily I stood, how shall it be known what say unto you, Till heaven and earth is spoken? for ye shall speak into the pass, one jot, or one title fall in no


V. II. Therefore, If I know wife pass from the law, till all be not the meaning of the voice, I shall fulfilled.

be unto him that speaketh a BarbaIfaiah yiii. 20. To the law, and rian; and he that speaketh shall be to the testimony: If they speak not a Barbarian unto me.

v. 12. Even according to this word, it is because so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous there is no light in them. Acts xv. of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may 15. And to this agree the words of excel to the edifying of the church. the prophets, as it is written, John V. 24. But if all prophesy, and there v. 39. Search the scriptures, for in come in one that believeth not, or



have eternal life, one unlearned, he is convinced of and they are they which testify of me. all, he is judged of all. v. 27. If any V. 46. For had ye believed Moses, man speak in an unknown tongue, ye would have believed me: for he let it be by two, or at the most by wrote of me.

three, and that by course; and let + John v. 39. Search the Scrip- one interpret. v. 28. But if there tures, for in them ye think ye have be no interpreter, let him keep silence eternal life, and they are they which in the church; and let him speak to testify of me.

himself, and to God. v i Cor. xiv. 6. Now, brethren, w Col. iii. 16. Let the word of if I come unto you speaking with Christ dwell in you richly in all tongues, what shall I profit you, ex- wisdom, teaching and admonishing cept I shall speak to you either by one another in psalms, and hymns, revelation, or by knowledge, or by and spiritual songs, singing with prophesying, or by doctrine ? v. 9. grace

hearts to the Lord. So likewise you, except ye utter by * Rom. xv. 4. For whatsoever the tongue words easy to be under things were written aforetime, were

in your



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