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THE BABEL BUILDERS CONFOUNDED,

IN AN EXPOSITION OP

THE ORIGIN, mSlG^S, TACTICS, AND PROGRESS OF

THE NEW YERSION lIOYEMENr OF CAMP-

BELLITES AND OTHER BAPTISTS.



KEV. N. II. LEE,

OF THE LOUISVILLE COXFERENCE.



EDITED BY THOMAS 0. SUMMERS, D. D.




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PREFACE BY THE EDITOR lU

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION 9

CHAPTER II.

THE ORIGIN OF THE MOVEMENT 13

CHAPTER III.

THE MAIN DESIGN OF THE MOVEMENT 35

CHAPTER IV.

THE MAIN DESIGN, CONTINUED 54

CHAPTER V.

THE TACTICS OF THE MOVEMENT 87

CHAPTER VI.

THE TACTICS OP THE MOVEMENT, CONTINUED 108

CHAPTER VII.

DISPARAGEMENT OP THE COMMON VERSION 123

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IV . CONTENTS.



CHAPTER VIII.

TUE IMMERSIONISTS HAVE DONE AJJD ARE DOING

WHAT THEY CHARGE KINO JAJNIES WITH DOING.. 159



CHAPTER IX.

AD HOMINEM ARGUMENT OF THE REVISIONISTS 174

CHAPTER X.

CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE COMMON VERSION 208

CHAPTER XI.

THE PORTION OF THE REVISION PUBLISHED 229

CHAPTER XII.
CONCLUSION 246



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We deeply regret the necessity wliicli exists for the
publication of such a work as the present volume. The
exposure of Jesuitism, whether popish or Protestant, is
a task so irksome that we instinctively shrink from its
performance ; but when it is needful to be done, he who
performs it in a candid, charitable spirit, deserves the
gratitude of all concerned. We think the author of the
following pages has tempered unavoidable severity with
the meekness of wisdom ; and that no one can justly
complain of a want of fairness and courtesy in the mat-
ter and manner, tone and temper, of his production.

The "tactics" of the immersionist translators ought
to be exposed, though the exposure is humiliating to
every lover of the Bible. The rampant sectarianism
which is at the head and front of the movement is too
palpable, and, as Mr. Lee shows, has been too often ad-
mitted, to be denied with any credit. We see, indeed,

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VI PREFACE BY THE EDITOR.

•wliile these sheets are passing through the press, that
some of the leaders in this schismatical movement are
beginning to hesitate as they approach the brink of the
precipice: they are afraid to take the leap, and well
they might be ! What if the masses for whose benefit
"immersion" is to be "printed in the Bible," should
learn to attach the idea of sprinkling to that term,
rather than that of dipping to the mode of baptism!
It is shrewdly suggested that such a thing as this would
not be without precedent. And truly no one need mar-
vel at this, for it would not be a tithe as absurd to make
immersion mean affusion as to make baptism in the New
Testament mean immersion.

As to the other changes proposed in the New Version,
all we have to say on this subject is, that if they are
amendments we do not want them in our standard Bible,
unless put there by competent authority : of course, we
do not want them if they are not amendments, but mere
alterations, frequently for the worse — as are many of
the changes that have come under our notice.

We care not how many versions and commentaries
are made by learned men, provided they do not usurp
the place of our old English Bible. We can tolerate an
occasional correction of the authorized text in the course
of a sermon, though we think this should be very seldom
attempted. Wo sometimes hear such pulpit criticisms



PREFACE BY THE EDITOR. Vll

of the version of the forty-seven translators of our Eng-
lish Vulgate as remind us of the anecdote told by old
Isaac Walton, in his Life of Bishop Sanderson. When
Mr. Sanderson was at Lincoln College, Oxford, under
the care of the learned Dr. Kilbie, one of '' King James's
translators," he and the learned Hebrician made a tour
into Derbyshire, and being at church on a Sunday, heard
a young preacher declaim against the then late transla-
tion, somewhat, it would seem, in the spirit of the im-
mersionist revisionists. He showed, says Walton,


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