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of the PliiMines: and it pall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thoufaalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high-place, with a psalteryy and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them j and they shall prophesy. And the Spirit es the L o Rd will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
These are they, whom we afterwards frequently meet with; and are called, the Sons of the Prophets: Of whom, there were Schools and Nurseries, in several Cities, amoag the Israelites, besides those before mentionM. We read of one, in Be- 2 Kthe!-, and of another, at Jericho: and of". 3- 5a third at Gilgal. They were call'd Pro- ?v .^f pheis and Sons of the Prophets, because they •applied themselves to the Study of the haw of God: And fitted themselves for the Im-miflion of the Holy Spirit, whenever God should be pleas'd to make use of them, upon any proper Emergency. Therefore, the Names, of such only, are recorded; which, not being many, we wiH enumerate them, in the Order as they flourifh'd, from the Beginning of the Monarchy to
the Time of the Captivity. First, those of whom no Prophetical Writings are extant; Secondly, those, whose Prophesies having providentially eseap'd the Wreck of Time, do now make a Part of our Holy Bible.
«Sam. Among the First, is Nathan-, who was
*"• sent from God to denounce his Judgment against 'David, concerning the Affair of Bathjheba-y and afterwards assisted at the
i Chron. Coronation of Solomon, He wrote a Book,
xxiv. 29. which is lost.
1 Chron. Next, we read of Gad, Davids Seer; who was sent by God to reprimand him for having presum'd to number the People, in an illegal Manner, and contrary to the express Command of God; and, of three Punishments, gives him Leave to choose one; Famine, the Sword, or Pestilence. And, afterwards, bids him rear an Altar in the Threshing Floor of Araunah the Jebufite. He likewise wrote a Book. His and Nathan's both, are refer'd to, for the Acts of David.
•4sapbt Jeduthun, and Heman, the three Chiefs of the.Singers, are likewise said to
xi. 29. be Seers. We read oiAhijah the Sbilonite,
in the Reign of Solomon -, whom the Lord sent to stir up 'Jeroboam to usurp the Kingdom of Israel, because Solomon had been feduc'd to Idolatry by his heathenish Wives. He wrote a Book 6f Prophesy \ in which the acJs of Solomon frjl and lajl were writ- 2. Chron. ten. As they were likewise, in the visions ofxiii. 22. Iddo the Seer; wholiv'd, about that Time. Shemaiahthe Prophets is sent with aMes- 2 Chron. sage from God to Rehohoam King of Ju- XIU S" ddh; who is also said to have written a Book. —'5
she spirit of God came likewise upon Azariah the son of Oded; who was sent with a Message to Asa King of Jadah. To whom, not long after, Hariani the Seen z Chron.
- xvi. 7.
is sent with art unwelcome Declaration j
for which he is put in Prison. Jehit his 2. Chron.
r -' XIX. 2.
Son, is mention'd as such also (and to have
written a Book.) As is Micaiah* Jahaziel, *v^hr°n'
and Eliezer. The Stories of Elijah and 2 Chron.
Elisha, arb too well known, to be inserted fyj.'^7
There were also Women sorhetimes hd
nour'd with this divine Gift. Miriam the Exocj
Sijler of Aaron, is called a Prophetess: As xv. 20.
is Deborah, tvhojudg'd Israel. And, in the ^ s* 1V
Reign of Jqfiah King of Judab, Hilkiah 2 Kings tne High-Priest, and other principal Men xxii. 14. arc fcnt by him to consult Huldah the 'Prophetess who was famous in those Days, and dwelt in Jerusalem in the College. The Virgin whom Isaiah took to Wife, is, by Isaiah him, calPd the Prophetess. We read of
Neh. vi. rfje Prophetess Noadiah, after the Return 14- ,. from Babylon: And of one Anna a Pro}6. 'phetess, in the new Testament.
But, secondly, The Names of those Prophets whose Writings make so considerable a Part of our Bible, in the Order as they are there plac'd, are these, Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, "Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hojea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zepbaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malacbi. ^-A . These, we shall be contented with just naming at present: Only, we must observe one thing, in relation to Prophesy in General: That the Prophetic Spirit ceas'd among the Jews, from the Time of Malacbi, the last of them that had it, till the Proclamation of the New Covenant, by the second Elijah, John the Baptist, whose Coming that Prophet literally foretels;
and pathetically exhorts his Courrtfyjnen, in the"mean while, in the NamieV'6F3ffie Lord, to con t in ue ob'edien t to- she- 'Bawt' Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, Mal.iv.4. •which I commanded unto him in Horeb, for all Israel; with the statutes and judgments. Behold I will fend you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he Jhall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children1 Jo their fathers \ lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
With these Words ends the old Testament: Which, in the Beginning of the new, an Angel applies to John the Baptist; when he prophesies of him before he was born,and speaking of him to his Father Zacharias, fays; He jhall go before the. Luke »• Lord, in the spirit and power of Elias; to *' c' turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the difobedietit to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
- Accordingly John the Baptist, was understood, by all true Believers, to be the Elias that was to come before the L o Kd. In one Place Christ fays; This is he, of Mat. Y 2 whom xu IO*