PREFACE TO THE COURTEOUS READER.
IT may be thought unfair Dealing to make considerable
Additions to a. Book, twice or thrice reprinted, because it
usually renders all the former Editions imperfect and
deficient. But I have endeavoured to contrive the Matter so,
that he who hath these Supplementary Additions, shall have
the Substance of the whole, whatever Edition he hath bought
I have also made an Index of those Additions that, by
inspecting it, the Reader may easily perceive whether any
thing considerable may farther be expected from these
The Treatifes added to this Addition are these:
A Differtation concerning the Baptism
of Infants, on Matth. xxviii. 19. p. 15.
An Answer to
Whifton's Difcourfe, on Matth. xxiv. p. 25.
An Examination of his Difcourfe
concerning Abiathar the High Priest, on Mark ii. 36.
A Difcourfe concerning the Imputation
of Chrift's perfeft Righteoufnefs to us for
Righteoufness or Juftification, p. 68
A Defence of a Paffage in the Preface
to the Epiflle to the Galatians.
A Difcourfe enquiring whether the
Apoftles, in their Writings, spake as conceiving that
the Day of Judgment might be in their Days, p. 113.
A Parallel betwixt the Apoftacy
of the Jewifh and the Papal Antichrift, p. 119.
I must also do that excellent Person, Mr. Louth, the Justice
to own that he hath changed the Sentiments which I reflect
on, in the Preface to The Divine Authority of the Holy
Scriptures; and therefore, tho' his Name, against my express
Order, still continues there, it ought to have been
I have nothing more to add, but only to
assure the Reader he shall receive no more Trouble of this
His Friend and Servant,
(II Peter 3 is not about the Destruction of Jerusalem)
"And that it is not true, has been shewn by Michaelis, from
the following considerations. First, St. Peter represents
the fact for which he argues, as possible, by appealing to
the deluge. Now no man would appeal to the deluge, to shew
the possibility that a city may be taken and destroyed: but
we may very properly argue, that, as the earth has already
undergone a material change, so it may undergo another
change equallv great. And what St. Peter says is consonant
to the Jewish theology, in which was taught the doctrine,
that the earth was destined to suffer two grand revolutions,
the one effected by water, the other to be effected by fire.
See Joseph. Ant. 1. iii. 3. Secondly, no one could doubt
that Jerusalem would be destroyed merely because the
destruction was delayed longer than he expected, and still
less because all things continued as they were from the
beginning of the creation. This ground of doubt manifestly
implies, that the question related to a revolution of the
earth. Thirdly, we know of no heretics who called in
question Christ's prediction of the destruction of
Jerusalem. And, even if there were such, it is hardly
credible that St. Peter should write an epistle to persons
who were bom heathens, and lived in the northern part of
Asia Minor, to prove an event with which they had little or
no concern. Fourthly, what St. Peter says, ch. iii. 8, that'
One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand
years as one day,' is not very applicable to an event which
was to take place within six or seven years after St. Peter
wrote. Lastly, if we explain what St. Peter says, as
relating to the destruction of Jerusalem, we must take his
expressions in a figurative sense; but figurative language,
though it is well adapted to prophecy, such as that which is
recorded Matt, xiv, is not very suitable to a plain
doctrinal dissertation, especially to one delivered in the
form of an epistle." (II Peter Introduction, vol. iv. p.
folios consist of explanatory phrases printed in parentheses
within the text of the King James Version, intended to
clarify or amplify the text. Much of his commentary consists
of defending the supernatural aspect of the Scriptures
against the charges of unbelievers. All of Whitby's editions
omitted the Book of Revelation, but was later translated by
Moses Lowman, and included in the 1849 edition.