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... Wer. 9. It not Calno, as Carchemish f is not Hamath, as Arpad f is mot Samaria, as Damascus J. These Cities, at the writing of this Prophecy, were as well known as Rome, Paris, or London is now ; but the exačt Situation

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or a Saw to challenge the Credit of a curious Statue, in which they were only so far imploy'd as to cut out the rough Materials. In the latter part the Obscurity arises from the various significations of Nuf, and taking Shebet in the Nominative instead of the Accusative Case. The

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stick which one twirls about in the hand, may brag it

moves the hand by which it is mov’d ; as if the stick which is lifted up were not a bare piece of Wood only, # had an extraordinary Power of self-motion in it elf.

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kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.] By this Metaphor the Prophet sets forth the sudden destruction §: - - the

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intirely ; the Phrase is proverbial, which our Translators too religiously adhering to the Original, render something improperly, the Prophet *:::: speaking of things Inanimate: And to compleat the Description, he changes the Metaphor, and tells them this glorious Army which fhey thought nothing, could withstand, shall be overthrown, as when a standard-bearer fainteth ; which gives a noble Idea of a general Rout, when the chief Standard in the Army is taken, which us’d to be defended with the greatest Bravery: But Forerius thinks it shews only the Consternation which the remaining part of the Army should be in, not excepting the King himself; who was struck. With Amazement at the terrible wner: C

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