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Why another digital edition of this book? First of all, this includes corrections to the widely used digitized version done by Ages Software.1 Second, while this is a restatement and simplification of Owen’s original work; it is not a paraphrase or condensed version. The old English wording has been updated, so that “thee” and “thou” are now “you” and “yours.” The difficult structure and syntax have been simplified. Obscure passages have been reworded as necessary to clarify his ideas – which other modernizations may have left unattended. Little-used words have been replaced with simpler ones as well. Sentences have been shortened, and in many cases split into several sentences for clarity. Parallelism has been employed to maintain rhythm and clarity. Unreferenced pronouns have been made explicit, as have “understood” words. The passive voice has been changed to active in most places. Again, this is not a synopsis, but the entire treatise presented in the original work. As a result, the expository style remains.
The old King James passages of Scripture have often been employed and modernized. This was to ensure that Owen’s rendering of the biblical text would be largely maintained, as well as the textual basis for his statements. Where Owen cites the original Greek, it has been footnoted and Anglicized, with bracketed Strong’s numbers [NT:xxxx]. Referenced but unquoted scriptures are often quoted in footnotes for your convenience; and many unreferenced verses have been referenced in superscripts.
My purpose is to preserve Owen’s original text as much as possible, but more importantly, to make his teaching and wisdom more accessible to a modern audience. It would be a shame if that modern audience could not benefit from his labors because the language was too complex or arcane to comprehend.
I hope the restatement of this small work leads you to discover the means and methods of temptation, the dangers of allowing it a foothold, and the defenses that are available to you, so you will not “enter into temptation.”
William H. Gross
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