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ON THE

MORAL and RELIGIOUS CHARACTER

OF

DA VID,

King of ISRAEL and JUDAH,

WHEREIN The ASPERSIONS thrown upon him by a Modern

Author, are proved to be false and malicious : And the Right the Royal Patriarch has, not only in a political, but likewise in a moral and religious Sense, to the Title of being THE MAN AFTER God's OWN HEAR's, is impartially stated and considered.

By JOHN FRANCIS, M. A.

Vicar of Lakenham, 'near Norwich.

Nevertheless for David's Sake did the Lord bis God give him a

Lamp in Jerusalem, to fer up his Son after bim, and to eftablis Jerusalem : Because David did ibat which was right in the Eyes of the Lord, and turned not afide from any thing that be commanded bim all the Days of bis Life, fave only in the Matter of URIAH she Hittite.

1 Kings XV. 4, s. He was a Man of wonderful Goodness, and endued with all the

royal Excellencies tbat might qualify a Prince for the Discharge of so great a Trufi: He was temperate and sober ; affable to all; tender towards People in Difrefs; righteous and bumane; which are all princely Virtues. He was a Prince, in foort, that never made an ill Use of bis Power, Taving only in the Cafe of the Wife of URIAH JOSEPHUS ANTIQ. B.vii. Ch.12.

L O N D ON: Printed for J. NEWBERY, in St. Paul's Church-yard: And Sold by the Booksellers in Town and Country.

MDCC LXIV.

To Ghe Rweredd Christopher Smear. Miche
Sellow of Gowville glarys Cliege

, Cambodge

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GEORGE SANDBY, D, D.

MASTER of MAGDALEN College

in CAMBRIDGE.

REVEREND SIR,

TI

HE following Sheets beg. leave to shelter themselves under the Patronage

of Your Name, as their Author's Obfçurity, and their own Inaccuracy, would else almost incapacitate them from making their Appearance in public, without such a Support. Many may, indeed, think it a needless Piece of Vanity in me, to attempt offering to the Public any Production of mine upon a Subject, which has already been copiously handled by Pens much superior. This I am very conscious of; but as, I think, I have considered the Character of the Royal Patriarch in a Light somewhat different to what other Authors have already done, I am in Hopes the following Pages may contain some Arguments passed over in Silence by those learned Writers; which may, however, tend to advance the Glory of God, and

thereby

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