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BY ROBERT LOWTH, D. D.
A NEW EDITION.
Printed at the University Press ;
& Co., G. OFFOR, R. PRIESTLEY, G. & W. B. WHITTAKER,
ISA I A H.
Isaiah exercised the prophetical office during a long period of time, if he lived to the reign of Manasseh ; for the lowest computation, beginning from the year in which Uzziah died, when some suppose him to have received his first appointment to that office, brings it to sixty-one years. But the tradition of the Jews, that he was put to death by Manasseh, is very uncertain ; and one of their principal Rabbins (Aben Ezra, Com. in Isa. i. 1.) seems rather to think, that he died before Hezekiah; which is indeed more probable. It is however certain, that he lived at least to the fifteenth or sixteenth year of Hezekiah : this makes the least possible term of the duration of his prophetical office about forty-eight years. The time of the delivery of some of his prophecies is either expressly marked, or sufficiently clear from the history, to which they relate: that of a few others may with some probability be deduced from internal marks; from expressions, descriptions, and circumstances interwoven. It may therefore be of some use in this respect, and for the better understanding of his prophecies in general, to give here a summary view of the history of his time.