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de And, when God is said to speak or apa pear to any Perfon, we are to imagine ho more than this; that such Person's Mind was affected by the incomprehensible Operation of God's holy Spirit, in such a Manner, as to make him perceive the Intent and Purpose of the divine Monition, as clearly, as if he had heard a Voice, or seen a Person speaking to him. Since, it may easily be conceiv'd, at the fame Time, that God (by whose Power the Elements, and every thing in Nature fubfifts,) can so model Air, which is the Vehicle of Sound, and Light, by which all Objects become vifible, as to convey what Voices and Shapes he thinks pro

per, to the Ears and Eyes of Men. asm Art. 1. For as God is a Being (as the Articles

of our Church declare) without Body, Parts, or Pasions, we must understand all" thofe Passages of Scripture, where he is represented as doing any thing after the Manner of Men, to be written only by way of Accommodation to our mortal Capacities, to which God, in his own Nature, is incommunicable. So that when he is written or spoken of, it can be done


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no other Way than in those Terms which we use, when we write and speak of one another. Therefore he is introduc'd as talking, being angry, pleas’d, repenting, grieving, sometimes in one Place, fometimes in another, having Eyes, Handssi a Mouth, with other Circumstances of the fame Kind. All which argues no Imperfection in God, but in us poor Morrals; who are not able, either to think or speak of him in any other Ternis than those which relate to our selves.

And for this, as long as we continue in our mortal State, there is no Remedy. And therefore, God, at Such Times as he thought proper, has convey'd his Will to Mankind, chiefly by inspiring some Men to declare, and deliver it to others; by which Means, it comes to be call’d, the word of God, spoken by the mouth of the LORD, &c. The Persons, who were so inspir’d, being callid Prophets; and the Things which they deliver’d, Prophesies, And cherefore it is frequently said of them, The word of the LORD came unto them. And they themselves, are oblig’d to say, . The LORD. Spake unto me, saying.



Before we leave this Head, k mult \)e observ'd that frequent Mention is tnadr of Trophets, both true and falser in chc New Testament j by which, are not, always meant such as foretold, or prclejtdcd to foretell, future Events; but^, ftiafty times, such only, as in preaching^1 tne Word of God, had an extraordinary Gift of expounding and interpreting the Writings of the old Prophets. This Difference may be difcefn'd with a very little Attention. For though we often. reWI of Prophets and Prophecy in the Epistles of St. Paul, yet thtreis no' RWfofi^j&f 'ttVto think, that the Prophetic Spirit^o^^wfiich we have been discoursing, was ever founts in any Persons, where Christianity'nift taken Place, except in the Apostles themselves; who, for the more effect oaf Establishment and Propagation of the Gospels were furnisiYd with Abilities, in several Respects, beyond what any other Mortals

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of the Scribes; who were such as, down
from Mofes, through all Generations, made
it their Business to teach and expound the
Law. We don't find the Name till the
Time of David; when, we read of the : Chron.
families of the Scribes, which dwelt at Ja- i. 55.
bez: Which Thews that such Persons were
then well establish'd, and had been so a
considerable Time before.

They were, of the Tribe of Levi; and, at the Time that David is said to have made the Regulation of that Tribe, we read that fix Thousand of them were constituted Officers and Judges; among ib. xxiii. whom it is reasonable to believe, the 4. Scribes were included. For, in another Place we read of Shemaiah the Scribe, i Chron. one of the Levites : and again we find it xxiv. 6. written ; Of the Levites, there were Scribes 2 Chron.

xxxiv. and Officers.

When the Principal Officers of David's Houhold and State are enumerated,




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The Scribe is not omitted. Ac one Time

viii"*" we **nc* Seratah was the Scribe; at anoib.xx.25. ther, Sbeva is said to have fill'd that Post. Whether they were in the Nature of Secretaries of State, or Auditors of the Royal Accounts is uncertain, But probably they fill'd all those Places, where a ready Pen, and some Knowledge of the Arts and Sciences were requir'd. For, at the Time of the Captivity, it is said, Tbe Captain of the Guard, among other consi2 Kings derable Persons, took the Principal Scribt of the Host (or Secretary at War) ivhicb muster d the People of the Land.

It is not unlikely that they might have had [their Education among the Colleges of the Prophets; since we do not read of any other Schools of Learning among them. Their very Name implies ksome Degree of Scholarship j and that no inconsiderable one; since we find our Lord Matt. joyning Prophets, and wife Men, and Scribes Isaiah 34i together; and the Prophet Isaiah, and afxxxiii. ter him St. Taul, instancing in them as 1 Cor. i. sUGh. Where is the Wife? where is the 2°- Scribe? F/here is the 'Difputer of this World?


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