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HAVE made a Beginning, whereby I have shewed how the Translation of the Bible came to be as it is imperfects I have rescued the original Text from some of the Omissions, Mistakes, or Errors in the Translation, about created inanimate Things* . their Mechanism, Gtv. and about the Objects of the Worship, the Emblems and Sacrifices of the Heathens, and about the bringing those Emblems and Sacrifices into the Temple and Service of God, by in-* ferting some of the Omissions, Which sllew the Occasion of God's Intercourse With Man by Miracles, by Revelation, by Writing, by Laws, &c. and by rectifying some of the Mistakes or Errors* which by a blind Reverence to Antiquity >Y -" A j have
have continued, and, for want os Learning or Knowledge, or Application, were become received Notions, and so vulgar Errors, and endangered the Credit of that Perfection, or, as it is truly called, Infallibility, which is in the Scriptures. I have put them literally, and no Man has been able to mew, that I have committed any Fault, or misrepresented any thing in that Light. Now I must put them in another Light. Perhaps Friends may fay, I have carried Things in my last too far one Way. And perhaps others will fay, I carry them in this too far the other Way. I mentioned some other Parts in the second Part of Moses's Principia, p. 333. which I had gone some Length in, not only with Relation to the whole System, but to this Earth and Parts in it; endeavouring to communicate several Sorts of Knowledge, which would have yielded present Profit: .But some have thought fit to divert me from, serving such as want it not; and if they had it, would not do so much Good with it, as perhaps this small Effort may do. So I snail pursue the Knowledge which may yield future Advantage. I have not gone through the Subject of my last, nor much further than is necessary to enable me to enquire into an Affair of infinitely 4 higher
higher Consequence ; that is, I have not shewed much more of the created Agents, than to be able to shew how God intended by them, as Types, to convey Ideas to Man of his Essence, the Personality in that Essence, and, by their respective Offices and Actions, the Actions attributed to each Person; nor how the Emblems and Services were framed, than to explain the Designs of God to Man, which ought to be the chief Object of our Searches, as God fays by Hosea vi. 6. For I dejired Mercy and not Sacrifice, and the Knowledge of the Aleim more than. Burnt-Offerings. And as Christ fays, John xvii. 3. And this is Life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
•I shall now attempt to make a' Beginning, to rescue the Text from the deficient or false Constructions which are in the Translations and in the Paraphrases apon them; and from the Learning and Wit, three Degrees below the Rank of Grubftreet, which is daily heaped upon the Translation, and is supposed to affect the Originals, about the uncreated eternal Eflence, and the Personality in it.
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