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By D. LEVI.
All such Prophecies as are applicable to the
COMING OF THE MESSIAH;
THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS,
Whether so applied by Jews or Christians.
Israel shall be saved by the Lord, with an eternal salvation,
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REVEREND AND LEARNED
RAPHAEL MELDOLA, D.D.
Chief Rabbi of the Great Synagogue,
SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE JEWS IN ENGLAND.
THE authenticity of the Pentateuch is admitted, but it has been mistakenly expounded; the religion and antiquity of the Jews is incontrovertible, and the coming of the Messiah to restore them, evinces that God's peculiar people were to be punished, but not to be abandoned. The prophecies are so intelligible, that it is astonishing they should be misunderstood; but men's errors will be rectified, and their sins corrected and expiated at the redemption.
DAVID LEVI made a judicious selection of the prophecies respecting the Messiah, and I have prefaced it with requisite observations, I have made but little alteration in the body of the work, except to amend the orthography, or correct grammatical inaccuracies.
Ir would have been fortunate for the world, if you had undertaken to edite this work; you would have deduced reasoning from our ancestors, that would have astonished those who are ignorant of Rabbinical wisdom, and disclosed theological knowledge, that would have convinced the most inveterate Sceptic. Every persecution was attended with the destruction of works, which illustrated the excellence of a religion that excited such umbrage. Those who prefer'd temporal to spiritual benefits, hated precepts that seemed rigorous and painful, and what they were too sensual to adopt, they endeavoured to abolish-yet many books escaped the frantic ravage. The resolute people whom no danger could detach from their faith, contrived to conceal many sacred and invaluable
tracts; and you possess some that escaped the vigilance of former fanatics, and comprehended only by proficients in our traditionary law.
THE mercy of our Creator is mistaken for his desertion of us ;-some men delude themselves into notions that God is regardless of their acts, because he is compassionate and long-suffering. From the calamities under which the virtuous suffer, from the prosperity of those who do not merit it, from the impunity of miscreants who dare the arm of vengeance; because he endures their temerity without asserting his Omnipotence they doubt his providence. Some ancient heathens had more perfect and exalted notions of providence, than many modern pretended religionists; they painted Divine providence plumbeis pedibus et ferreis manibus, with leaden feet and iron hands, symbolical of the slow vengeance that followed the sinner, yet when he is overtaken its severity would compensate for the delay. How arrogant for mortal man to pretend to dive into the incomprehensible mystery of the Divine government; I may quote Pagan