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SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE;

SOLD AT THE DEPOSITORY,
GREAT QUEEN STREET, LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS,
AND 4, ROYAL EXCHANGE; AND BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.

MDCCC XLIX.

PREFACE.

The present volume is intended as a companion to the “Topography of Palestine.”

It contains an account of most of those places mentioned in Scripture as inhabited by, and pertaining to, the Gentiles, of which any interesting particulars can be gathered at the present day.

There is much to oppress the heart of the Christian as he dwells upon the state of Gentile lands. Of whole countries, and of innumerable cities, it may still be said, “Darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people.” In some places, Paganism usurps the throne of Jehovah, and remains undisturbed ; in others, the false prophet is worshipped by thousands; while, (more melancholy still) in the nations of Christendom, heresy and superstition, and the inventions of men, have so obscured the light of the Gospel, that few bright spots remain to hold forth in its purity the Word of Life.

On the other hand, there is much to cheer the believer, as he stands upon his watch-tower, watching God's providential dealings with the nations. For the everlasting Gospel is flying abroad on its glorious message of peace, the

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