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LET. Every body knows the expression to XI..
be metaphorical. But the truth is, that the original word * does not signify windows, according to the modern idea, but rather clefts, filures, passages : these were opened, the clouds were rent, as we say. The waters rising from beneath met the rains descending from above, and, uniting their forces, they deluged the world.
P. 7. “ It (the flood) ceased not by “ annihilation of the waters, but they " were evaporated by a wind.”
There was no occasion for annihilating the waters. They returned to the place from whence they came. And as to the wind, which God caused to pass over the earth, it was not intended merely to evaporate, but, like that which moved upon the chaos at * 09078 .
the creation, to separate the waters let. from the earth, and carry them down XII. to their former habitation. We have no adequate idea, perhaps, of this element the air, and of what mighty , things it can effect, when employed in full force by it's Creator.
P. 8. “ It seems strange, that so “ vaft an assemblage of animals could “ be inclosed in an ark, or cheft.” .- But why, chest? The Hebrew word is used only for this ark of Noah, and that in which the child Moses was committed to the Nile; both hollow vessels, constructed to float upon the waters. But there was something pleasant in the notion of the whole animal world being shut up in a chest; and the temptation was not to be resisted. " Which had bút one window
LÉT. “ (which window was kept fhut for
“ being stifled for want of air."
All this, the infidels- say, “ seems “ strange”-it does fo; but it is not more Strange, than true. That air would be necessary to support the life of the creatures inclosed in the ark, was as well known to him who enjoined it to be built, as it can be to them. Our conclusion therefore is, that either a proper supply of it was conveyed in some manner from without, or else che air. within, by means natural or preternatural, was preserved in a state fit for refpiration. There might be various contrivances in and about the ark, which are not mentioned in fo concise a hiftory. The general facts, of which it concerned us to be informed, are these two; that the world was destroyed
by a flood; and that one family, with LET." a number of animals sufficient to re. XII.
w plenish the earth, was preserved in a vessel constructed for that purpose.
It is asked farther, How the small family in the ark could give due attendance to the wants of so many creatures; and how the carnivorous animals were supplied with food proper for them?
Many more questions of a like kind might easily be asked, if one were to fet one's wits to work upon the subject. But it should be considered, that the author who relates this transaction, relates it to have been carried on under the immediate direction and inspec-: tion of God. By divine power the creatures were brought to Noah, and the fierce dispositions of the wild kind overruled and mollified, that
LET: they might live quietly and peaceably
the tame fort, for the time appointed.