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“ lowed up, and the nations shall not flow any “ more unto him,” Jer. li. 44. “Stand now with " thine inchantments, and with the multitude “ of thy forceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if fo be thou shalt be “ able to profit, if fo be thou mayeft prevail. “ Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy $f counsels : let now the astrologers, the star

gazers, the monthly prognosticators stand up, “ and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee : Behold, they shall be as “ stubble; the fire shall devour them; they $6 fhall not deliver themselves from the power Fs ”

of the flame,” Ifa. xlvii. 12.-14. “ Bel bowss eth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols are upon 55 the beasts, and upon the cattle; your carriages so are heavy laden, they are a burden to the ss

weary beaft. They stoop, they bow down tos gether, they could not deliver the burden, " but themselves are gone into captivity," " Ifa. xlvi. I, 2. Veneration for the prince who resides in her, claiming to be the representative of God, will not preserve him from death, nor the city of his residence from destruction. 6 Thus faith the Lord God, Because " thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a god, I sit in the seat of God', in the midst

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" of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God,

though thou set thine heart as the heart of “ God : Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel ; “ there is no secret that they can hide from " thee'. With thy wisdom and with thine un

derstanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and .“ haft gotten gold and silver into thy trea“ sures : By thy great wisdom, and by thy 6. traffic thou hast increased thy riches, and “ thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches : 6. Therefore thus faith the Lord God, Because " thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; “ Behold therefore, I will bring strangers upon “ thee, the terrible of the nations: and they " shall draw their swords against the beauty of

thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy bright“ ness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, 66 and thou shall die the deaths of them that “ the hand of him that Nayeth thee: Thou “ 'fhalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised, by “ the hand of strangers : for I have spoken it, « faith the Lord God,” Ezek. xxviii. 2.-10. The sudden and effectual removal of all her defenders is - represented by a striking me. taphor. “ Thy crowned are as the locusts, and " thy captains as the great grashoppers, which

are flain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou

yet fay before him that llayeth thee, I am 66 God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in

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2 Thef. ij. 4. He as God fitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

(1) There is irony and truth in the prophet's expreffion. Daniel discovered fecrets by revelation from God; but the time has been when the Pope had all the secrets of confequence in Europe, by means of the confeffors of princes and statesinen,

camp in the hedges in the cold day; but “ when the fun ariseth they flee away, and their

place is not known where they are,” Nah. iii. 17. The easy conquest of her outworks is represented by another metaphor: “ All thy “ strong holds shall be like fig-trees with the first

ripe figs : if they be shaken, they shall even o fall into the mouth of the eater,” Nah. iii. 12. Ripe figs drop by a touch, and when they are first ripe, if they fall into the mouth of the eater, thy are devoured with eagerness : Never were strong holds in a worse state of defence than the fortified cities of Stato della Chieso are at present, by the report of all travellers. How easy then must their conquest be some time hence, when the delusion occasioned by Rome's forcery is worn off.

It is probable this destruction shall come upon Rome on a festival night, when the generality of the inhabitants shall be immersed in drunkennels and its attendant vices; for this is re

peatedly peatedly asserted of her types, Babylon and Nineveh. “ In their heat I will make their feasts, 66 and I will make them drunken, that they

may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual fleep, and

not wake, faith the Lord,” Jer. li. 39. “And I “ will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, “ her captains, and her rulers, and her migh“ ty men : and they shall fleep a perpetual 66 sleep, andnotwake, faith the King, whose name .6 is the Lord of hosts,” ver. 57. “ For while “ they be folden together as thorns, and while " they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be « devoured as itubble fully dry,Nah. i. 10.

The terror of the other inhabitants not ftu. pified by intoxication, is described by the most lively images : “ Howl ye, for the day of the

Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction “ from the Almighty. Therefore thall all hands “ be fąint, and every man's heart shall melt: and so they shall be afraid : pangs and sorrows shall “ take hold of them ; they shall be in pain as a

woman that travaileth ; they fhall be amazed 66 one at another; their faces shall be as flames," Isa. xiii. 6.-8.“ A grievous vision is declared

unto me.—Therefore, are my loins filled with “ pain ; pangs have taken hold of me, as the

pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was “ bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dis“ mayed at the seeing of it. My heart panted,

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“ fearfulness affrighted me : the night of my “ pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me,” chap. xxi. 2.-4. " The king of Babylon “ hath heard the report of them, and his hands “ waxed feeble; anguish took hold of him, and

pangs as of a woman in travail,” Jer. l. 43. “ The mighty men of Babylon have foreborn

to fight, they have remained in their holds, “ their might hath failed, they became as wo

men," chap. li. 30.

Another circumstance clearly foretold, is the destruction of Rome by fire. Thus, Rev. xvii.

They shall burn her with fire." Rev. xviji. 8. “ She shall be utterly burnt with fire : for “ strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” And her admirers are represented as lamenting bitterly when they fee " the smoke of her

burning,” ver. 9. 18. In conjunction with the flames spread by the victorious enemy, shall be a subterraneous fire kindled by the breath of the Almighty, as appears from Isa. xxxiv. 9, 10. c. And the streams thereof Thall be turned into į pitch, and the duft thereof into brimstone, and “ the land thereof shall become burning pitch. “ It shall not be quenched night nor day; the « smoke thereof shall go up for ever?'


(1) " And such an event may appear the more pro“ bable, because the adjacent countries are known to be of


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