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2

C

on

for

you

and

me

;

this

Text

arofewith

aconfiderable

Sprightfnlnef

and

Vigour:

affecting fo much my own,

heart,

as

to

fix

my

purpofc

to

infift upon

it.

And the

Lord

affift

me

to

difcover

fuch

Truths,to

draw

fuch

Parallels,

to

make

Each

Infe-

rences

,

and

enter

fuch

Memorials,

as may

both

reach

and

ferve the

truly

ufeful

ends and purpofes

of this

Day'sProvidence and

Text,

in

their

belt

References,

to

the

benefit

of

you, my fel

,

and others,

(a.)

S,

.

The

Claufe now

read

is fo

impregnated with

Senfe

and Reach,

as

that to

form

it

into

a

Doirinal

Propofition, would

be

prejudicial

to

my

thoughts and purpofe

there

being

fo much

weight, and

fuch a sruSos

even in

every word.

Whether

you

confider

(r

.

)

the

God

enquired

after

;

or

(a.

) the

Perfon,

to

whom God

was fo

evidently

,

fo eminently, and

fo

avouchedly

related

:

Or

(g.)

the

rnquiritive

Prophet,

fo

fenfible

of the

abfolute

necelfity

of the

P,refence

of

Elijah's

God with

him

:

Or

('

ç.)

The

Time

and

Caufe

of

this

Pathetical Inquiry

after

God

:

Or

(g.

)

the

Parallelwhich

this

day's Providence hath

drawn herewith

:

Or

(6.)

the

Memorials

which God thus enters as

things of.great importance

to us;

and requi-

ring

our anfwerable notice

of

them':

Or ('y.

)

the

fit

Improvement

to

be made

hereof,

by

(r.)

all

inGeneral

:

(for

it

is a Publick

Stroke and

Lofs, and

bath its

General

Voice

and Call

:) And

(z.)

by

this Congregation and

my

Self more

clofely and

particularly.

Now

feeing

the

Text it

felf

lies as

the Heart

and

Central Point

of

the

whole

Context;

we

muff

accordingly confider it. And while we infift upon

it,

the

things

to be

delivered

to

you,

'hall

be

reduced and confined

to

thefe' following;

Heads.

I.

The

Tranflated Prophet.

I.

It

was Elijah, z

King.

ii.

r.

one

of

the

Inhabitants

(Hebr.

Sojourners)

of

Gile-

ad.-

A

Man of

God, as

to

his

place

and

work.

A perfon of Eminent

Function and

Employment. A

Man

that

was

to

fpeak from

God,.

and

for Gcd

to

deliver the

mind

of

God

to

Men, and

to prefent,their

Cafe

and

Hearts to.him.

A Man

Confe-

crated to extraordinary

work,

and

to

acquaint

the people with what related to

them,

as

to

their

Duty and

Concerns.

He

had his

Commiffion

from

on

high,

his

Office

and Funition

did import

both

his Authority

and

Ins Obligation

to

Special

work

and

Service.

He

was a Man alfo

after God,

as

to

the

genuine

temper

and

propen-

fions

of

his

heart. He

was imprincipled

for

God,

andmoved in

his

molt

delight-

full

Element,

when

buffed

about

the

things

of

God. He

was a

nutty

perfon,

and

like

a Faithfull

Steward,

he naturally minded

the

affairs and

Intereft of that God

that

fent

him.

And

he was a Man

for

God, as

to

his Refolutions Endeavours, and

IDefignes.

A Man

he was

of

a

Prophetick

Spirit,

acquainted

with

his

Mailer's

Mind and

Purpofe,

as

to

feveral

Events,

concerning them

with

whom he had

to

do

,

of

which he had

no indications

or

probable prefagesfrom

Second Gaufes.

And

he

was one

of

wonderfully prevailing power with

his

God

by

Prayer

;

W

itnefs

that

(a)

There

is

one

difficulty

in

the

Text

not

eahly

to

be refolveci

:

And that

is

the Import of

the

Words,

itirl

ON

which

the

yo Render

par®á, or

á90a:,

Tbeodorrt

yam

d

opciç:

..1e-

¡aLs,d

s),

41 P

tnábvar

iN,ar

ifHfwd,,iw'o.

It

teems

hereby

that

he

and others took it to im-'

port

fomethin hidden,

or

occult.

The

Interlineary

render

it,

Priam

ipf

,

Pan

Hr:

See

Hey

lus.

Prolog.

to

Arijiarcb.

The

Accent

Attend,

under the,Word 'ì177t? ferms

to put

a

period to

that

claufe

, Where is the Lord God

of

Elijah

?

And then

1

in

pT1

being not Copulative,but Con.

verfter

,

refers thofedark

words

to

eke

following-Claufe'; and

fo

Read them, Even

be

fmote

the

Waters, i.

e.

Alba. They that

judge

otherwife, think,114111

BM

to

be Emphaticallyexprelìive

of,

a

Solicitous and Concerned

Mind,

in

Thoughtful

Agonies

:

Cur on dividuntur ague,

rum

eundem

ago

Dean

ac

Elias?

Vatab.

The yo,

by

their Tranflating ávpá were either

ignorant of the hg.

nitration

of what they rendered

that

;

or

apprehendveof

fume

Myftery therein, or

of fume

Scot

and teach thereof,

which

they either were unable, or thought not

fit

to

tell

:

elk

Domine

Deg(

domini mei

Eÿæ. Syr.

S

f

ipe

Petitioaem

means

Domine

Dear Eliab,

edam

ipfe.

Targ.

Deprecationem

means

o Deus,

Deus

Elie,

Arab.

Etiam

'pit i.

e.

in

graham

P/ia, (

vet Elife ut

alii)

ur

oenfus

fit;

etiao

ipfe

pa'iuct

.1-

gum. Monte.

'Ubi

Dent

Elie,

edam

1pfe

?

quifemper

!dens

jb

fidelis,

Omnipotent,

E5

Ievotantes

fe

esca.

dient.

Lac.

ran

Aiwa

de

prefentia

,

out

mania

Dei

;

fed

atraso,,

querirrrque ami-

ve

de negata libi

morfü

ape.

T.

but let this

be

dif

lift

without any further Notice.

Inflame