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instrumentis refertâ, amiffæ. præfat. Mai-
A series of texts which serve as a key and
The mystic sense of sacred writ supported
1 Cor. i. 19, 20. You see your calling;
P R E F A C E.
I prophet, David, have been much of late insulted and mocked on account of the curses, and imprecations of judgments on the heads of his enemies. Voltaire in particulas has emptied the shaft of his envenomed arrows against him, and triumphs with a peţuląnt malignity of wit and sarcasm for those passages in the Psalms, which declare only the law of retaliation, of evil for evil; of meting qụt to the cruel and unmerciful, to the blood-thirsty and inhuman, an adequate measure of just vengeance; beyond which, the wrath of God in his own theocracy, as judge and avenger, never extended; nor ever insinuated any further severity, than to make the stubborn and obftinate finners see their wicked deeds, falling back upon their own heads; and that the pits, and snares, which they had digged for others, fhould catch their own feet. What man of