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HAVE made a Beginning, whereby I have shewed how the Translation of the Bible came to be as it is imperfect. I have rescued the original
Text from some of the Omisfions, Mistakes, or Errors in the Translation, about created inanimate Things, their Mechanism, c, 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 inferting some of the "Omissions, which shew the Occasion of God's Intercourse with Man by Miracles, by Revelation, by Writings by Laws, Bc. and by reca tifying some of the Mistakes or Errors, which' by a blind Reverence to Antiquity
have continued, and, for want of 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 thew, that I have committed any Fault, or misrepresented any thing in that Light. Now I must put them in another Light. Perhaps Friends may say, I have carried Things in my last too far one Way. And perhaps others will say, I carry them in this too far the other Way. I mentioned fome 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 Mall 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 Consequences that is, I have not fhewed much more of the created Agents, than to be able to fhew how God intended by them, as Types, to convey Ideas to Man of his Effence, the Personality in that Effence, and, by their res fpective 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 says by Hofea vi. 6. For I defred Mercy and not Sacrifice, and the Knowledge of the Aleim more than Burnt-Offerings. And as Christ says, John xvii. 3.
And this is Life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jefus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
I shall now attempt to make a Beginning, to rescue the Text from the defia cient or false Constructions which are in the Translations and in the Paraphrases upon them; and from the Learning and Wit, three Degrees below the Rank of Grubstreet, which is daily heaped upon the Translation, and is supposed to affect the Originals, about the uncreated eternal Effence, and the Personality in it.
I have shewed the Gods of the antient Philosophers. I shall not rummage into the Entrails of the Creatures of the Brains of our modern Philosophers, to know what is God from them, who were, in respect of Languages, Ideots; in respect of Things, ignorant, both of first and second Causes : Nor into his, who fome People agreed for certain Ends to call a Philosopher, and so persuaded him to call himself one, who ascribed his Notions of Divinity to the Appearances of Things. If he had found out the true Philofophy by Revelation, and had not judged by Appearances, he would not have left us such a Tribe of unexamined insignificant Words without an Idea either of God, or what it was he aim'd at. Still much less shall I search into those of such as dispute the Equality of the Persons in the Essence, to know what Ideas we ought to form of the Personality : Nor into the Collections of our Staters of Nature, because the Adversaries, nay, many who pretend to be Friends, cite Scraps about the Existence of God, the Soul, &c. out of the latest Heathens, which they had from Revelation or the Scripture, and attribute those Discoveries ignorantly to the Light of Nature, and such natural