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THE

CONFESSION OF FAITH;

THE

LARGER AND SHORTER CATECHISMS,

WITH THE

SCRIPTURE-PROOFS AT LARGE: *

TOGETHER WITH

THE SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE,
(CONTAINED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, AND HELD FORTH IN THE SAID

CONFESSION AND CATECHISMS,) AND PRACTICAL USE THEREOF;

COVENANTS,
NATIONAL AND SOLEMN LEAGUE;

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SINS, AND ENGAGEMENT TO

DUTIES.

DIRECTORILS FOR PUBLIC AND FAMILY WORSHIP;

FORM OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT, &c.

OF PUBLICK AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.

WITH ACTS OF ASSEMBLY AND PARLIAMENT, RELATIVE TO, AND

APPROBATORY OF, THE SAME.

Deut. vi. 6, 7. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine

heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children; and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

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1. Tur Preface, by sundry Eng. VIII. Thę Solemn League and Colish Divines.

venant.
11. Mr. Manton's Epistle to the IX. The Acknowledgement o
Reader.

Sins, &c.
III. The Confession of Faith. X. The Directory for Public
IV. The Larger Catechism.

Worship
V. The Shorter Catechism. XI. The form of Presbyteria
VI. The Sum of Saving Know-

Church Government.
ledge.

XII. The Directory for Family VII. The National Covenant,

Worship.

TO TEE

CHRISTIAN READER,

ESPECIALLY

HEADS OF FAMILIES.
As

we cannot but with grief of soul lament those multitudes of errors, blasphemies, and all kinds of profaneness, which bave in this last age, like a mighty deluge, overflown this nation; so, among several other sins which have helped to open the flood-gates of all these impieties, we cannot but esteem the disuse of family instruction one of the greatest. The two great pillars upon which the kingdom of Satan is erected, and by which it is upheld, are ignorance and error; the first step of our manumission from this spiritual thraldom consists in having our eyes opened, and being turned from dark. ness to light, Acts xxvi.i8. How much the serious endeavours of godly parents and masters might contribute to an early seasoning the tender years of such as are under their inspection, is abundantly evident, not only from their special influence upon them, in respect of their authority over them, interest in them, continual presence with them, and frequent opportunities of being helpful to them; but also from the sad effects which, by woeful experience, we find to be the fruit of the omission of this duty. It were easy to set before you a cloud of witnesses, the language of whose practice bath been not only an eminent commendation of this duty, but also a serious exhortation to it. As Abel, though dead, yet speaks by

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