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did come: But that:Men of worldly Minds, and perverse Pallions, might yet have Room to meet with strong Delusion and believe a Lie, That none of the Wicked: jould una derstand it, but that the Wise Mauld: une derstand it.

And hence; although thefe Prophefies, which described the Person of the Mefah,, as beforementioned, at the Time of his first coming, represented him in a lowly and humble Character, and as in a State of Hu“ miliation; yet when the same Prophets spake of his second coming in the latter Days, those Prophecies were expressed in all the Pomp and Glory, and Magnificence, that the elevated Pen of an Eastern Genius could express. That he should * have Dominion from Sea to Sea, and from the River to the Ends of the Earth. + That bis Name should be great among the Gino tiles, from the rising up of the fun to the going dowil of the Jame. That in every Place Incenfi poould be offered unto his Nime. And that 11 of the Increase of lis . L 2

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Government, and Peace, there poorld bo no End. Which laft Charafteristicks being more acceptable to Men of worldly and sensual Inclinations, when such confulted the Bible, they could easily see their Mefe fiah typified in David or Solomon, but could not bear to think of his being typified by the Offering up of Isaac, or the Inftitution of the Pafchal Lamb.

And hence it came to pass, that although the coming of Jesus as the Meffrah, in fo mean a Character as that of a Carpenter's Son, and who was afterwards Crucified, was acknowledged by Anna and Simcon, and some illiterate Fishermen, it was yet a Aumbling-Block to the Jews, and to the Greek's Foolifoness. It seemed a Contradiction in Terms, to Men of worldly Minds, and who valued themselves for their worldly Wifdoni, to suppose a Deo liverer could be Crucified; and a Redeen er put to Death. They faw no Slavery in Sin; and therefore thought of no Delivire ance from thence; nor of any Redemption fiom the Power of the Grave. They defired no Exemption, but from the Roman

Yoke; Yoke; no Triumph but over' worldly Es.: , nemies; and no Victory' but over Armics that opposed them. They never confidercd that they were greater Slaves to their own Passions, than they were to the Roman Senate; that Death and Hell were the worst of Enemies; and the Devil a greater Tyrant than Cæfar.

But as I do not apprehend that you are of this Caft of mind, I have taken rhe Liberty of laying these Papers before you for your Perusal, and Itruft in God for your Convi&tion; and I beseech the great God, to whom the Secrets of all Hearts are open, to send that holy Spirit, which he sent to illuminate the Minds of the Prophets of old, into your Hearts to inspire you with the Love and Knowledge of Truth; and that he will remove from you all Ignorance and Hardness of Heart, and give you a right Judgement in all Things; that forsaking all worldly and carnal Affeions, you may acknowledge the true Messiah, and by humbling your Thoughts to confess

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him in his State of Humiliation, may be admitted to partake with him in his State of Exaltation and Glory. Which is and Thalli be the constant Prayer of

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OF THE HEBREW BIBLE,

. VINDICATED: THE Facts compared with other an

I cient Histories, and the Difficulties explained, from the Flood to the Death of Mofes. Together with some Conjectures in relation to Egypt, during that period of Time. Also two Maps, in which are ata tempted to be settled the Journeyings of the Children of Israel.

By the Right Reverend Robert Lord Bishop of Clogher. London : Printed for 5. Brindley, Bookseller to his Late Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in NewaBond-Street, 1751. And Sold by the most eminent Booksellers in Greas Britain ; and also by W. Smith, ia Dame-Street, Dublin.

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