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John Rogers Pitman (1782-1861), English Anglican theologian, writer, editor, preacher, educator, wit, best known for A Critical Commentary and Paraphrase on the Old and New Testament and the Apocrypha.
Simon Patrick (1626-1707), English Anglican theologian, preacher, poet, writer, bishop of Chichester and Ely, works include the controversial, A Friendly Debate between a Conformist and a Nonconformist and its parts.
William Lowth (1660-1732) English Anglican theologian, writer, biblical scholar, rector of Buriton, Hampshire, father of Robert Lowth, works include various biblical commentaries, treatise, discourses and sermons.
Richard Arnald (1700-1756), English Anglican theologian, prebendary, works include The Parable of the Cedar and Thistle and commentary on the Apocryphal books published in continuation of Patrick and Lowth.
Moses Lowman (1680-1752), English dissenting clergyman, theologian, works include An Argument to Prove the Unity and Perfections of God A Priori, Paraphrase and Notes on the Revelation, and other commentaries.
Daniel Whitby (1638-1726), English Anglican theologian, writer and biographer, Arminian minister with Arian and Unitarian tendencies, anti-Calvinistic, wrote commentaries, systematized postmillennialism.
John Mill (1645-1707), English Anglican theologian, biblical scholar and textual critic, various readings numbering about thirty thousand, were attacked by Whitby in his Examen as destroying the validity of the text.
"And the sixth Angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth Angel which had the Trumpet, Loose the Four Angels which are bound (have been bound) in the great river Euphrates. And the Four Angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour (the hour) and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. "
"The sixth Angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth Angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four Angels which have been bound in (or at) the great river Euphrates."The voice proceeds from the four horns of the golden altar, the altar of incense (the type of prayer), which is before God. Therefore this is a divine voice, and is an answer to prayer .This has been observed by ancient Expositors. 1 And this preamble is tantamount to a declaration that what is here alone in obedience to this Voice from the holy altar is done by the command of God and cannot be an evil act.The Divine Voice says to the sixth Angel, "Loose the four Angels which have been bound at the great river Euphrates."
"I saw an Angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel (Evangelium) to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, kindred,tongue, and people, saying, Fear God, for the hour of His judgment is come ;"- an expression, be it observed, which explains the words in the present prophecy, viz. "that the four angels have been prepared for the hour " (such is the true translation), "and for the day" that is for the Day of Judgment. As our Lord says "The word which I have spoken unto you, that shall judge you at the last day" (John xii. 48).
"The important question is not the mere number of copies that are put into circulation, but the character of those copies and their freedom from doctrinal corruption. We should think but little of sermons preached, if we were only told that their number was very great, and we had reason to believe they did not set forth the Gospel of Christ, or if we knew that their object was to deny some foundation truth: one orthodox declaration of Jesus Christ crucified would be worth them all and more.
On the subject of the Romish versions, it seems however, to be peculiarly difficult to obtain a proper hearing, and to convince well-meaning persons that we are not justified in putting forth as the truth of God some known error in the hope of effecting some supposed extensive good... (September 12, 1860).
Excerpted from Unholy Hands on God's Holy Book, by D. Cloud, (2006)"Those who defend the circulation of the falisified Romish Version of Holy Scripture contually speak as if the differences between such and honestly made translations were so slight that the question is one of but little practical importance...
"We may well ask, Is it important whether we consider our Lord Jesus Christ to be the bruiser of the serpent’s head, or attribute this to the Virgin Mary? Is it of no consequence that the second commandment be altered so as to make it only forbid the rendering of supreme worship to images?"
[Catholic doctrine makes this change in order to allow for the idolatry which goes on within Catholicism with its multitudes of statues, pictures, and holy trinkets which are worshipped by the followers of Romanism.]Are we to regard the substitution of penance in the place of repentance as of slight moment?[The Catholic versions make all of these corruptions in their official Scriptures, either in the text, or through their footnotes and “explanations.”]So I might go on with inquiry after inquiry, and the result would be the plain proof that the differences are serious indeed; for they substitute the false doctrine of Man for the truth inspired by the Holy Ghost, and they give apparent sanction of God to that which is so contrary to His Holy will.
Those who thus defend the corrupted versions show, that either they are really unacquainted with them, or else that they do not object to the false doctrine of Rome thus insidiously introduced. ...
But how do some engaged in circulating the Scriptures gain their experience? They would speak of copies sold, and of the individuals into whose hands they pass. But there is another kind of experience little known to such distributors or sellers, and the results of this I wish to state. Let anyone who intelligently knows the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ have to do not only with Bible distribution but also with the reading of Holy Scripture himself to Roman
Catholics. ...He will be made to feel, point by point, that a single perverted word becomes of consequence. ... I have been repeatedly so circumstanced as to be made to feel this painfully. ... I speak from ample experience when I say, that there is no reasonable ground for regarding the differences as slight, unless, indeed, we seek to palliate Romish error."(S. P. Tregelles, Sept. 17, 1859, quoted by Brown, The Word of God Among All Nations, pp. 41-44).