Excerpt from An Exposition of the Old and New Testament, Vol. 4: Wherein Each Chapter Is Summed Up in Its Contents; The Sacred Text Inserted at Large, in Distinct Paragraphs; Each Paragraph Reduced to Its Proper Heads; The Sense Given, and Largely Illustrated; With Practical Remarks and Observations
III. That in their prophesying, both in receiving their message from God, and in delivering it to the people, they always kept possession of their own souls, Dan. 10. 8. Though sometimes their bodily strength was overpowered by the abundance of the revelations, and their eyes dazzled with the visionary light, as in the instances of Daniel and John, (rev. 1. Yet still their understanding remained with them, and the free exercise of their reason. This is excellently well expressed by a learned writer of our own The prophetical Spirit, seating itself in the rational powers, as well as in the imagination, did never alienate the mind, but inform and enlighten it; and they that were actuated by it, always maintained a clearness and consistency of reason, with strength and solidity of judgment. For (says he afterwards) God did not make use of idiots or fools to reveal his will by, but such whose intellectuals were entire and perfect; and he imprinted such a clear copy of his truth upon them, as that it became their own sense, being digested fully into their understandings, so that they were able to deliver and represent it to others, as truly as any can point forth his own thoughts. God's messengers were speaking men, not speaking trumpets.
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