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ftaken by Chronologers, p. 141. The likeness of two Words may occasion Variations in Chronology, p. 142. The Numeral Letters were easily mistaken by Transcribers, ibid. Some Alterations of the Septuagint from the Hebrew seem to have been made with design, p. 143. The Terms of Time sometimes taken inclusively, and at other times exclusively, p. 146.

CHAP. VII. Of the Obscurity of some places in the Scriptures, particu

larly of the Types and Prophecies. HO

Ow it comes to pass; that there are some things in

the Scriptures hard to be understood, p. 147.' Some Doctrines are difficult in themselves, p. 148. The Learning and Wisdom of ancient Times consisted in Proverbs and Parables, p. 151. . Many places of Scripture, which are obscure to us, were not obscure in the Ages when they were written, p. 153. The main scope and design of Parables is to be observed, and not every mord and circumstance to be insisted upon , p. 158. The Obscurity of Prophecies and Types considered, p. 159. Differences in the Interpretations of Prophecies no Argument for the uncertainty of them, ibid. It is evident, and agreed by In

, terpreters, that Prophecies have been fulfilled, tho they differ about the Time when they were fulfilled , ibid. Some Prophecies purposely obscure, and why, p. 161. Some Prophecies had never been conveyed down to Posterity, unless they had been obscurely written, p. 162. Others could never have been fulfilled, p. 163. If Prophecies had been plainer, it would have been thought that they had been fulfilled only by design and contrivance, p. 164. Men would have committed Sin, in many cases, to fulfil Prophecies, ibid. They may sometimes be obscure in Mercy to Men, p. 165. And at other times for a Judgment upon the Obstinate , ibid. The obscurity of Prophecies defigned to abate the Confidence, and exercise the diligence of Men, p. 166. Some Prophecies plainly delivered by all Prophets; those which are not so delivered, of


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great use, even before the Accomplishment. This shewn of the Revelation of St. John, p. 168. The Nature and Certainty of Types considered, p. 170. The obscurities of Scriptures is not such, as to be any prejudice to the end and design of them, p. 173.

CHAP. VIII. Of the Places of Scripture, which seem to contradiet each other.

Thould be penned as to afford suspicion of Contradiétion to injudicious and rash Men, p. 176. What Method ought to be taken , to make a true Judgment of any Author, p. 178. An Objection may imply too much, as well as prove too little, to be of any force, p. 180. Contradi&tions in Points of Chronology, and other things of little moment, tho' they should have happened by the fault and negligence of Men, would be no Argument against the Authority of the Scriptures, p. 182.

CHAP. IX. of the Creation of the World, and the Preferua

tion of it. 0.

F the Time, when the World began, p. 184. There

is no Reason to suppose the World to have been at first made by Mechanical Laws, thoit was preserved according to such Laws, p. 185. Sufficient Reasons may be given for the Creation of the World in that manner, which we find related in the Book of Genesis, p. 186. with respect to the Angels, p. 189. with respect to Men, p. 191. The Preservation of the World is not performed according to Mechanical Principles, p. 195. The Mechanical Hypotheses grounded upon Mistake, viz. that there is always the same Quantity of Motion, p.196. that there is a Plenum, ibid. They suppose it more Worthy of God to leave Matter and Motion to perform all by themselves, without his immediate Interpofition and Asistance, p. 198 Tne Ordinary and Extraordinary, or Miraculous Works of God conjidered , ibid. The Laws of the Material,


and of the Moral Part of the World, compared, p. 200.
The Mechanichal Hypotheses inconsistent with our Duty of
Prayer to God, for deliverance in Sickness and Dangers,
p. 201. The Mechanical Philosophy proceeds upon a mis-
taken Notion of God, p. 202.

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inclined to admire and glorifie Him for the vaftness of his Works, p. 204. Wonderful Discoveries lately made

upon Earth by Microscopes, as well as by Telescopesa in the Heavens : But Angels, who have no need of artificial Helps to discern them, glorifié God for his works, more than Men, p. 205. The use and benefit of the Stars, p. 206. The Earth to be considered as the Seat of Mankind in all Ages, under which Notion it is no contemprible Place, p. 207. The Planets not inbabitable, ibid.' For what uses they may be designed, p. 208.

That there is nothing in the Scriptures, which cantradiets

the late Discoveries in Natural Philosophy.
He use of popular Expressions implies neither the Affir-

mation, nor the Denial of the Philosophical Truth of them, p. 211. Hop the Sun is said to stand still, Jof. x. 12. p. 212. The Firmament in the midst of the Waters, Gen. i. 6. explained, p. 213. The Sun and the Moon how said to be Two great Lights, Gen. i. 16. p. 214. The Pillars of the Earth, 1 Sam. xi. 8. p. 215. The Sky strong, and as a Molten Looking-glass, Job XXXyii. i8. ibid.

The Scripture speaks strictly according to Philosophy, p: 216.

Of Man's being Created capable of Sin and Damnation:
THis repugnant, neither so the Justice ror Mercy of

God, p. 217. The Obje&tion rightly stated, p. 218. The Glory of God is more advanced, and the Attributes of his Wisdom and his Fustice, and of his Goodness it self,

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are more displayed by leaving Men to a freedom of Ating, than they would have been by imposing an inevitable Fate upon Mankind, p. 219. Freedom of Action consi duceth more to the Happiness of the Blesfed, than a neceffity of not Sinning could have done, p. 222.

Of the Fall of the Angels, and of our first Parents.
He Fall of Angels how caused, p. 225. The Fall of

Man. The Effects of it Visible, however the Thing may be disputed, p. 226. No Pre-existence of Souls, p. 227. Eve beguiled by the Serpent, p. 228. The Sin of Eating the forbidden Fruit, p. 231. Many Circumji ances omitted in the Scripture concerning the state of our First Parents in Paradise, and relating to their Fall, ibid. Why a Commandment was given them

. concerning a thing of an indifferent Nature, p: 232. The Curse upon the Serpent, p. 236. The Curse of the Ground, ibid. The Punishment of our First Parents p. 237. The Fall not Allegorical, p. 239. The effečts of it upon all Pofterity, p. 244.


of the Eternity of Hell Torments: TH He Eternity of Hell Torments consistent with the

Justice of God, because (1.) Rewards and Punish ments are alike proposed to our Choice, p: 245: (2.) The Rewards are Eternal as well as the Punishments

, p. 245, (3,) It was necessary, that the Sanction of the Divine Laws should be by eternal Rewards and Punishments, p. 248; (4.) It is necessary, that eternal Puniflhments should be infli&ted span the Wicked according to this San&tion, p. 250; Obječtions obviated, ibid. The Eternity of Hell Torments consistent with the Mercy of God, p: 254;


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Of the Jewish Law.
OF F the Judicial Laws, p. 259. Of the Ceremonial

Laws, p. 260. They were given to prevent Idolatry, p. 262. To fignify and represent inward Purity and Holiness, p. 265. This shewn of Circumcision, ibid. of Purifications, p. 266. Of Abftinences, ibid. Of Sacrifices and Oblations, ibid. The Jewihh Worship was Typical of Christ and bis Gospel, p. 267. This proved of Sacrifices, p. 208. Purifications, p. 269. Incense, ibid. During this Ceremonial Dispensation, there was a sufficient Revelation of the Internal and Spiritual part of Religion, p.270. The Love of God, and of their Neighbour, ibid. A Future State, p. 272. The Resurrection, p. 273.

Of the Cessation of the Jewish Lam.
HE Types of the Law fulfilled in the Mesias, p.279
Jews, ibid. It was foretold by the Prophets, that the Lam
was to cease upon the coming of the Messiah, p. 287. It
was afterwards to become impracticable, p. 294. Ham
it is to be understood that the Mosaical Lat was to endure
for ever, p. 295.

Of the Sinful Examples recorded in the Scriptures.
Everal Places of the Scriptures, relating evil A&tions,



Good and Evil, by wbich we are to judge of Actions are plainly deliver'd in the Scriptures, ibid. The Relation of the Bad Actions of Good Men, may be of use; I. to foew the Sincerity of the Pen-men of the Scriptures ; 2. to difcover the Frailty of Humane Nature, and the necessity of imploring tbe Divine Grace ; 3. to them that God can bring Good out of Evil, ibid. 4. for the Glory of God's Grace, and for å Warning to future Ages, p. 303.

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