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Let. more absurdity in the paffage, than xv. there would be in the following speech,
if such had been addressed to the So-
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compares him with them, only to set LET. him above them; as sufficiently ap. XV. pears by the paffage quoted " The “ Lord is a great God, and a great “ king above all gods.”* In the heathen world there were “ gods many, " and lords many." An Israelite acknowleged one only God, the maker of heaven and earth, and of all the supposed deities that were therein. “ All the gods of the hea6. then (so stiled by them) are but “ idols; but it is the Lord that made 6 the heavens.”
Such, as an Ifraelite, must have been the sentiments of Jephthah, as well as David ; and therefore the citation from his address to the king of the Ammonites will avail nothing to the purpose for which it is adduced
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LET. _“ Wilt thou not possess that, which xv. “ Chemoth thy god giveth thee to
“ possess ? So whomsoever the Lord
“ to us.” Jephthah, in a negotiation LET. with the Ammonites, had no occasion XV. to discuss the subject of their idolatry, or tell them what he thought of Chemoth ; ' but states the matter according to their own ideas, supposing them, for a moment, to be true, though he believed them to be false; as is done every day.
Voltaire has amused himself much with this text, and between one and another of his manifold publications, kept it up like a shuttle-cock. He struggles hard for it -- but in vain. “ The words of Scripture (says he ) “ are not, Thou thinkest thou hajt a right " to pojefs, &c. but expressly, Thou “ haft a right to possess, &c. for that .." is the true interpretation af the He“ brew words, otho thirafch.”* Ay, *vaining Treatise on Toleration, Chap: x11.
LET. my little man, so it is, according to XV. the Vulgate — " Tibi jure debentur.”
But any modern schoolboy would have informed thee better, and cold thee, that the words, in very deed, denote neither more nor lefs than, " Thou wilt poffefs it." - Are we to give up our Bible, and pin our faith upon the sleeve of such a man as this?
After Balaam's Ass, the Canaanites, and Chemosh, one naturally expects -and lo, she is at hand
THE WITCH OF ENDOR. It was not unusual among us here in England some years ago, for an old woman, if she had the misfortune to live at the corner of a common, to be suspected of witchcraft, and tossed into a horsepond, to see whether she would sink, or swim. To put an end to such ridiculous barbarities, as well as