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Page 6 - Origen* has with singular sagacity observed, that "he who believes the Scripture to have proceeded from him who is the Author of nature, may well expect to find the same sort of difficulties in it as are found in the constitution of nature.
Page 317 - And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.
Page 238 - Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Page lix - It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted, by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry ; but that it is, now at length, discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it, as if, in the present age, this were an agreed point among all people of discernment ; and nothing remained, but to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, as it were by way of reprisals, for its having so long interrupted the pleasures of the world.
Page 240 - And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying ; Blessing and honour and glory and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Page xxviii - What conscience dictates to be done, Or warns me not to do, This, teach me more than hell to shun, That, more than Heaven pursue. What blessings Thy free bounty gives, Let me not cast away; For God is paid when man receives, T
Page 305 - And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Page 37 - But the only distinct meaning of that word is, stated, fixed, or settled: since what is natural as much requires, and presupposes an intelligent agent to render it so, ie to effect it continually, or at stated times, as what is supernatural or miraculous does to effect it for once. And from hence it must, follow, that persons...
Page 215 - And as, it is owned, the whole scheme of Scripture is not yet understood, so, if it ever comes to be understood, before the restitution of all things,* and without miraculous interpositions, it must be in the same way as natural knowledge is come at, by the continuance and progress of learning and of liberty, and by particular persons attending to, comparing and pursuing intimations scattered up and down it, which are overlooked and disregarded by the generality of the world.