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instrumentis refertâ, amiffæ. præfat. Mai-
monidis in More Nevochim. a J. Buxtorfió.

A series of texts which serve as a key and
manuduction, to the subjects of this Psalm,
of all the prophets, and of the whole gof-
pel fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The mystic sense of sacred writ supported
by these passages, and revealed to those;
whom the wise contemn. Matt. xiii. 35. I
will open my mouth in parables: I will utter
things concealed from the foundation of the
world. These words are transferred from
Psalm lxxviii. 2.-Matt. xi. 25. I thank
thee, O father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid these things from the
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unë
to babes. Even fo, father, for thus it seemed
good in thy fight. See Luke x. 21. and Isä:
xix. 14.

1 Cor. i. 19, 20. You see your calling;
brethren, how that not many wife after the
lesh, not many mighty, not many noble ; but
God hath chosen the foolish things of the
vorld to confound the wife ; and the weak

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I prophet, David, have been much of late insulted and mocked on account of the curses, and imprecations of judgments on the heads of his enemies. Voltaire in particulas has emptied the shaft of his envenomed arrows against him, and triumphs with a peţuląnt malignity of wit and sarcasm for those passages in the Psalms, which declare only the law of retaliation, of evil for evil; of meting qụt to the cruel and unmerciful, to the blood-thirsty and inhuman, an adequate measure of just vengeance; beyond which, the wrath of God in his own theocracy, as judge and avenger, never extended; nor ever insinuated any further severity, than to make the stubborn and obftinate finners see their wicked deeds, falling back upon their own heads; and that the pits, and snares, which they had digged for others, fhould catch their own feet. What man of

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