« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »
with Critical and Explanatory Notes, Indices, &c., &a
FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
LONDON AND TORONTO
II OMILETICAL COMMENTARY
ON THE PROPHECIES OF
IS A I A H.
R. A. BERTRAM,
AUTHOR OF “THE HOMILETIC ENCYCLOPÆDIA,” ETC. ETC.
FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
LONDON & TORONTO
PREFATORY NOTES. .
1. In the preparation of this Commentary, my aim throughout has been evangelical and practical. A study of the Book of Isaiah suggests many historical, critical, and speculative questions, but these I have entirely disregarded. I have asked only, What messages from God has this inspired prophet for the men of this generation? What instruction has he to give us ? What warnings? What encouragements ? What consolations ? To these questions I believe there are answers in the outlines I have myself prepared, and in those I have obtained from other sources.
2. As my work proceeded, my methods somewhat changed. I discovered that I had commenced the Commentary on too large a scale, and that it was in danger of becoming too large and costly. I therefore ceased to append illustrations to the outlines, and contented myself with giving references to illustrations in my “Homiletic Encyclopædia of Illustrations in Theology and Morals" and my “ Dictionary of Poetical Illustrations,” using for this purpose the letters H. E. I. and P. D.
3. I also ceased to prepare outlines on all the texts, and limited myself to those most likely to be profitable to ordinary congregations.
4. As I proceeded, I also became more convinced that a book intended to be helpful to many minds should contain the best thoughts of many minds; and therefore, instead of preparing outlines which might be expanded into sermons, I condensed sermons preached by others into outlines. Remembering that I was working for ministers, I stripped the thoughts contained in those sermons of most of their dress, and so the substance of a sermon of twenty pages was frequently placed on a page. The result is that in this volume a hundred and fifty students of Scripture-Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists—combine to offer to their brethren suggestions as to the best practical uses to which the writings of Isaiah may be put to-day.
5. On pp. 447–496 are some valuable outlines obtained too late for insertion in their proper places. Three of them are interesting specimens of Welsh preaching