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My LORD,

Have endeavour'd to fet in a true Light, one of the most difficult Parts of Holy Scripture, following the Footsteps of the Learned Grotius, as far as I find him in the right; but taking the liberty to leave him, where I think him wide of the A 2 Pro

Prophets meaning. The Name of SCRIPTURE, I know, is abundantly fufficient to recommend this Work to your Lordships perusal, who have a juft Veneration for every Thing that hath any Relation to God, or bears the Sacred impress of DIVINITY.

But there are two Things, which I hope will contribute not a little to your Lordships Satisfaction, in turning over the enfuing Sheets.

In the firft Part, your Lordship will find the Prophet drawing the Picture, and fore-telling the Fate of an overgrown Tyrant, the Plague of Mankind in his Days.

In the fecond, promifing a great Redeemer, who should fet at Liberty an oppreffed Nation, reftore them to the free Exercife of the Religion of their Ancestors, and the Priviledges they were born to. When your Lordship reads

reads of the Affyrian Monarch fetting himfelf above God, it will bring to your Thoughts the prefumptuous Infolence of a Prince, who is not afham'd to be called by the incommunicable Name of God.

When you find Sennacherib Plundering, Burning and Ravaging, the defenceless Dominions of his weak Neighbours, it will bring to your Mind One who has all his Life-time, acted the Same bloody Part, and Sacrificed to his boundless Ambition, Millions of bis Fellow-Creatures: When you read of his over-flowing Judea, reaching even to the Neck, and filling the breadth of the Land with the stretch-ing out of his Wings, it will call to your remembrance, my Lord, the Danger Europe once was in; how Arbitrary: Power, like a mighty Torrent came rolling in upon us, and had prevail'd

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