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they derived their most exalted ideas; and those who are best acquainted here are such as will be most admired as long as learning or the world endures.
It is with reluctance we quit so delightful a subject, though we confess it no easy matter to proceed in a manner suitable to the dignity and importance of the theme. The more instances we produce, the more we can call to our remembrance. To select any in particular where the choice is so extensive, must necessarily prove difficult, for the study of the scriptures is like the study of nature, the nearer and more curious we are in our researches, the more scope we find for wonder and amazement, and we shall naturally be led upon a contemplation of either to exclaim with the Psalmist—This is THE LORD'S DOING, AND IT IS MARVELLOUS IN OUR EYES.
S E R M ON VII. The authenticity of the sacred Scriptures ·
demonstrated from Prophecy.
. 2 PETER I. 19. WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; WHERE• UNTO YE DO WELL THAT YE TAKE HEED, AS UNTO A
LIGHT THAT SHINETH IN A DARK PLACE, UNTIL THE DAY DAWN, AND THE DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS.
T H E late Bishop Sherlock’s paraphrase on our text runs
thus. “ The time will come when the things you hope
“ for shall be placed in a clear light, when ye shall see “ all your expectations fully justified in the accomplishment; in " the mean while ye do well to attend to PROPHECY, though but “ a small glimmering light, and shining at a distance in a dark “ place, yet the best you have or can have at present. In another " part of his book he has this observation. It is no commendation “ of prophecy to say, that it is very dark and obscure ; nor yet " can it be a reproach, provided it answers all the ends designed " by Providence.” To enable ourselves therefore to judge of the importance of proofs derived from prophecy, we shall select certain instances which have been as accurately registered as they were wonderfully fulfilled, ..