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Ps. 1. 1-6; Job xix. 25-29; Eccl. xii. 14; Dan. xii. 2, 3; Ezek. xxxvii. 1-10.-Matt. xxv. 31-46; John v. 28-30: Acts xvii. 31, xxiv. 25; Rev. xx. 11—15.
2 Sam. vii. 14; 1 Chron. xvii. 13; Ps. ii. 7, lxxii. 1; Prov. xxx. 40; Dan. iii. 25.—Mark i. 1; Luke i. 35; Matt. iii. 17, xvii. 5; John i. 34-50, iii. 16-18, xx. 31; Heb. i. 1—5; Rom. i. 4; 1 John iv. 14; Rev. i. 5, 6.
Ps. viii. 4, 5; Dan. vii. 13.-John i. 52, iii. 13, v. 27; Matt. xvi. 13, xxvi. 64; Heb. ii. 7; Rev. i. 13, xiv. 14.
Remain, THY ABSOLUTION from perpetual dread
The peaceful world, inheriting HIS FATHER'S virtues.
Is now at hand, BELOVED OFFSPRING OF HEAVEN,
"O may I, to the last gasp of lengthened life,
Retain sufficient breath to sound thy praise !"
* It is truly remarkable, that this DIVINE INSTRUCTOR, "the desire of all nations," so earnestly and anxiously longed for by the best and wisest of the heathen poets and philosophers, the Sibyls, Hesiod*, Socrates, Plato, &c. †, is described by Plato under this same title of the JUST ONE, and his sufferings from a heedless and ungrateful world, predicted almost in the language of Scripture prophecy.
* See Hesiod's Account, Vol. I. p. 247, of this work.
See the foregoing Notes in the Article of Paul's visit to Athens.
Prov. viii. 22-30;-Matt. xi. 19, Luke xi. 49, 1 Cor. i. 3.
Gen. xv. 1-4, 1 Sam. iii. 1—21, 2 Sam. vii. 4, 1 Kings xvii. 9-18, Ps. xxxiii. 6, Isa. xl. 8, Micah iv. 2, Jer. xxv. 3;-John i. 1-14, iii. 34, Luke i. 2, Heb. xi. 3, iv. 12, 1 Pet. -i. 23, 2 Pet. iii. 5, Rev. xix. 13.
Job xix. 25-27, Gen. xlviii. 16, Ps. xix. 14, Isa. xli. 14, xliv. 6, xlvii. 4, lix. 20, lxii. 11, lxiii. 1, Jer. 1. 34;-Matt. i. 21, John i. 29, iv. 42, Luke ii. 11, Acts v. 31, Rom. xi. 26, Rev. v. 9.
Gen. xxii. 8, Isa. liii. 7; John i. 29, Acts viii. 32-35, 1 Pet. i. 19, Rev. xiii. 8, xv. 3, xxi. 22, xxii. 1.
Job xxxiii. 23, Isa. liii. 12, lix. 16;-Luke xxiii. 34, 1 Tim. ii. 5, Heb. ix. 15, 1 John ii. 1, Rev. v. 9.
Gen. xlix. 10;-Exod. iv. 13;— Matt. xv. 24, Luke iv. 18, John ix. -7, xvii. 3, xx. 21, Heb. iii. 1.
Ps. cx. 4, Isa. lix. 16;-Heb. iii. 1, iv. 14, v. 10, ix. 11.
Deut. xviii. 15-19;-Luke xxiv. 19, Mark vi. 15, John i. 17—21, vi. 14, Acts iii. 23.
"He shall be stripped of every possession, except his virtue ; stigmatized as wicked, at a time when he exhibits the strongest proofs of goodness; endowed with patience to resist every temptation, and reverse of fortune, but inflexibly maintaining his integrity; not ostentatious of his good qualities, but desiring rather to be good than to seem so. In fine, the recompense which THE JUST One, so disposed, (ovrw diakɛiμevoc d dikaioç,) as I said, shall receive from the world is this: he shall be scourged, tortured, bound, deprived of his eyes, (μαστιγώσεται, στρεβλώσεται, δεδησεται, εκκαυθήσεται τω οφθαλμω,) and at length, having suffered all sorts of evils, he shall be crucified, (avaoxivdvλev0nOεTaι,) Vol. II. p. 361, 362, Edit. Serrani.
Plato, who travelled into Egypt, unquestionably collected this singular character and sufferings of the JUST ONE, from the Hebrew Scriptures of the Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, and Zechariah; with the last of whom he was nearly contemporary. Can we wonder then that Pilate and the Roman centurion, should concur in giving CHRIST that title, even supposing they were unacquainted with the Jewish Scriptures, as they might have learnt it from Plato; whose philosophy was much admired both by the Jews and Romans. The Cumean Sibyl also, whose prophecies Virgil prostituted, originally came from Babylonia to Troy, and from thence to Italy; she was probably, therefore, no stranger to the prophecies of Balaam and Moses; and the word Sibylla itself is oriental, signifying a gleaner of ears of corn," by which these vagrant fortune tellers usually supported themselves, (the word Shiboleth, or Siboleth, occurs Judg. xii. 6.)—The Gypsies came originally from Chaldea, to Egypt and Europe.
Josh. v. 14, 1 Chron. v. 2, Isa. lv. XIV. The Leader or CHIEF CAP-4, Micah v. 2, Dan. ix. 25;—Matt.
XV. THE MESSIAH, CHRIST, KING
XVI. THE GOD OF ISRAEL,
XVII. THE LORD OF HOSTS, or the
ii. 6, Heb. ii. 10.
1 Sam. ii. 10, 2 Sam. vii. 12, 1 Chron. xvii. 11, Ps. ii. 2, xlv. 1, 6, lxxii. 1, lxxxix. 38, Isa. lxi. 1, Dan. ix. 26;-Matt. ii. 2-4, xvi. 16, Luke xxiii. 2, John i. 41-50, vi. -69, Acts iv. 26, 27, x. 38.
Exod. xxiv. 10, 11, Josh. vii. 19, Judg. xi. 23, 1 Sam. v. 11, 1 Chron. xvii. 24, Ps. xli. 13, Isa. xlv. 3, Ezek. viii. 4;-Matt. xv. 31, xxiii. 37, John xx. 28.
2 Sam. vii. 26, 1 Chron. xvii. 24, Ps. xxiv. 10, Isa. vi. 1-5, Mal. i. 14; -Rom. x. 19, Phil. ii. 9-11.
Ps. lxxxix. 27, cx. 1, Dan. vii. 13,
XVIII. KING OF KINGS and LORD 14, Matt. xxviii. 18, John iii. 35, xiii. 3, 1 Cor. xv. 25, Ephes. i. 20-22, Col. iii. 1, Rev. xix. 16.
Such is the sublime, magnificent, and stupendous scheme of PROPHECY, connected, though scattered like the beauties of nature, through the pages of HOLY WRIT; which GOD revealed to mankind, by the mouth of all his prophets, in divers degrees, and sundry modes of inspiration, (Heb. i. 1,) from the grand charter of our REDEMPTION, given in Paradise, (Gen. iii. 15,) to the last appearance of HIS SON upon earth, (Rev. xx. 20,) when that Son promised, that He would come quickly to refresh the world at the regeneration, or restitution of all things, (Acts iii. 19-21.) And as surely as he appeared before in humiliation, as "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,” to instruct and save mankind by his example, and by his death, as "THE APOSTLE and HIGH PRIEST of our profession," Heb. iii. 1,) so surely will "he appear, a second time, in glory, for salvation to them who expect him," (Heb. ix. 28,) but as a consuming fire, for destruction to them who despise and reject his awful message, (Heb. xii. 25-29.)
"Lo, I am coming quickly; and my recompense is with me, to repay every one according to his work," (Rev. xxii. 12.)
May we, "with hearts fixed, and trusting in THE LORD," (Psalm cvii. 12, John xiv. 1,) be enabled to join in the Apostle's
patient and humble wish, not presuming to hasten the time, but "tarrying THE LORD's leisure," Yea come, LORD JESU. AMEN.
END OF VOL. III.
GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,
ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.