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light, been set forth from the beginning, as the hope of the world : that he it was, whose day the faithful in every age desired to see. He it was, who preserved the first formed father of the world, that was created alone, and brought him out of his fall, Wisd. x. 1. He it is, who shall reign till all enemies are put under his feet; till death and hell are cap into the lake of fire, Rev. xx. 14.
FARTHER INQUIRY INTO THE MOSAIC ACCOUNT
OF THE FALL.
The following additional Dissertation was drawn up fome years since, and was intended as an examination of the objections made to the history of the fall by -the Author of the Literal Scheme of Prophecy. That Author has been dead some years, and I have now nothing to say to him; and have therefore considered the objections not as his, but as common to all, who call in question, or are offended with the hiftory of the fall, as it stands recorded by Moses.
THE main difficulty consists in determining what we are to understand by the Serpent, who is represented by Moses as the tempter and deceiver of our first parents. In order to this, we must consider distinctly what is ascribed to this serpent.
This serpent, we are told, was more fubtil than any beast of the field, which the Lord God had made, Gen. iii. 1. The comparison here being made between this serpent and the beast of the field intimates to us, that this serpent was really a beast of the field ; for between the beast of the field and beings of an higher order no comparison properly lies in respect to their subtilty and understanding. ·
Again: the curse denounced against this serpent is adapted to the state and condition of a natural ferpent, and is literally applicable to no other kind of being : Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field ; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and duft shalt thou eat all the days of thy life : and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy feed and her feed;