Serle - BT590 N2 S47 1776

M O S T H I G H . 155 M O S T gl I G I1r THAT this Title pertains to GOD alone, will re- quire but little Demonftration. The Supremacy of the High and Lofty One, who inhabiteth Eternity, is plainly afferted, and his Dominion over all Exiftence clearly implied, by this glorious Name. It is frequently joined with other divine Titles, and frequently occùrs by itfelf; but, whether by itfelf or in ConjunEtion, it is never addreffed, in a religious View, to any Being but the Supreme. It would involve an Abfurdity, and form but a blafphemous Compliment ; if this Epithet, fo limply charaeleriftic of Divinity, were applied toany Creature. The Devil indeed feems to have coveted a DiftinLLion of this Sort, and even folicited our Redeemer to make the Acknowledgment to him ; but none but a Devil, or thofe befooled by the Devil, could ever be wicked enough, or ftupid enough, to pay it. Of this Sort were fome antient Heathens, who, continually de- praving the little Knowledge which remained among them of the true GOD, gave this fplendid Title, among others, to their imaginary Deities. * They firft, as we * The Pbcenicians ftyled one of their Gods, probably the Sun, ETws [from n' a] or Elioan, meaning thereby the v4iros, the My? High, or chief God. This was the Rimmon (or, according to Hofy- cbius, Papa») of the Syrians ; and, afterwards, the Roman Pomona. SELD. de Diis Syr. Frei. p. 18. KIRcH. Oedip. Synt. iv. C. 21. PityANT's dint. 11ní. Mytbot. Rad. p. 13. have