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the history which relates it, full of ler. deep instruction, as well as abounding XV. in the beautiful and sublime.*
A predecessor of these gentlemen, Mr. Chubb, I remember, called the Supreme Being to a very severe account for his conduct respecting the Canaanites; and they seem disposed to do the same, in a bitter, sarcastical, canting section, P. 19, &c. the drift of which is to compare the Ifraelites in Canaan to the Spaniards in Mexico, and represent the former as the more detestable people of the two. The objection will perhaps be obviated, and it's futility evinced, by proposing the few following queries.
1. Has not the Almighty a fove
* "Nihil habet Poefis Hebræa in ullo ge
nere limatius aut exquifitius." LOWTH de Sacra Poesi Heb. Præl. xx, ad fin.
LET. reign right over the lives and fortune's XV. of his creatures?
2. May not the iniquity of nations become such, as to justify him in destroying those nations?
3. Is he not free to chuse the in. struments by which he will effect such destruction ?
4. Is there more injustice or cruel. ty in his effecting it by the sword, than by famine, pestilence, whirlwind, deluge, or earthquake?
5. When these latter means are employed, do not women, children, and cattle, perish with the men ?
6. Does not God take away thousands of children every day, and perhaps more than half the species, under ten years of age ?
7. Does not the circumstance of a divine commission entirely alter the state
of the case, and distinguish the Israel- let. ites from the Spaniards, as much as a XV. warrant from the magistrate distinguishes the executioner from the murderer ?
8. May not men be assured of God's having given them such a commission?
9. Were not the Israelites thus afsured; and is there not at this day incontestable evidence upon record, that they were so?
This is a fair and regular distribution of the subject into it's several parts. Whenever the infidels shall find themselves in a humour to discuss all or any of them, we must consider what they may offer farther upon this topic.
P. 18. They cite the following passage from Judges, 1. 19.“ The " Lord was with Judah, and he drove
LET: “ out the inhabitants of the mounxv. 6 tain: but could not drive out the
« inhabitants of the valley, because
nature, in favour of his people,
At the end of this sentence is placed only a single note of admiration. There ought to have been at least half a dozen; for never was any thing more truly wonderful! The “ diffi. “ culty of conceiving ie” is very great indeed! So great, that one should have thought, for very pity's sake, our adversaries would have looked
about them a little, to see whether let. they understood the text, and whether XV. there were no possible way of bring. ing us off. As they have not been kind enough to do it for us, we must e’en try what we can do for ourselves.
We apprehend, then, in the first place, that when it is said, “ He drove " out the inhabitants of the moun66 tain, but could not drive out the “ inhabitants of the valley;" the antecedent is Judah, not Jehovah; because Jehovah had often displayed much more eminent instances of his power; and he that effected the greater, could certainly have effected the less. In the second place, though it pleased God to.give success to Judah in one instance, it does not necessarily follow, that therefore he should give it in all. So that there is no