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P. 9. It is argued in the 8th section, that according to the laws of refletion and refraction, established in the system of nature, the phenomenon of the rainbow must have been produced, as at present, in certain circumstances, from the beginning of the world; and therefore could not have been first set in the cloud, as a token of God's covenant with man, after the flood.

But do the words necessarily imply, that the rainbow had never appeared before? Rather, perhaps, the contrary. The following paraphrafe of the passage is submitted, as a just and

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“ circumstances, I do set my bow in
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“ make with you to drown the earth
“no more by a flood. Look upon
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“ by the operation of physical causes,
“ in the cloud, and as long as it conti-
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" and so long shall my covenant endure,
« ftanding fast for evermore, as this
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we are told, * « took a stone, and set
“ it up for a pillar, and said, This
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“ cloud over the earth, under certain “ circumstances, I do fet my bow in “ it. That bow shall be from hence“ forth a token of the covenant I now « make with you to drown the earth “ no more by a flood. Look upon " it, and remember this covenant. “ As certainly as the bow is formed, “ by the operation of physical causes, “in the cloud, and as long as it conti“nues to be thus formed, so certainly “ and so long shall my covenant endure, “ standing fast for evermore, as this « faithful witness in heaven.” Jacob, we are told, * “ took a stone, and set “it up for a pillar, and said, This 6 pillar be witness.” God, in like manner (if we may fo express it') * Gen. xxxi. 45, 52.

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“ took the rainbow, and said, this LET. 66 bow be witness.” Neither the stone XII, nor the rainbow were new created for the purpose. When the Jews behold the rainbow, they bless God, who remembers his covenant, and is faithful to his promise. And the tradition of this it's designation to proclaim comfort to mankind was strong among the heathen; for according to the mythology of the Greeks, the rainbow was the daughter of Wonder, “a sign “ to mortal inen," * and regarded, upon it's appearance, as the messenger of the celestial deities. Can we any where find a more striking instance of the sublime, than in the following short description of it? “ Look upon " the rainbow, and praise him who " made it: very beautiful it is in the * Tegas pegotwr ar gwawr. Hom.

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