Observations on Divers Passages of Scripture. Placing Many of Them in a Light Altogether New and More Amply Illustrating the Rest Than Has Been Yet Done, by Means of Circumstances Incidentally Mentioned in Books of Voyages and Travels
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...in those remarkable words, If xlv. 3, "And I will give "thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden "riches of secret places, that thou mayest '6 know, that I the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel: " i" will give them, by enabling some Prophet of mine to tell thee where they are concealed. Such a supposition throws a great energy into those words. Great also was the.extent of the prohibition to the Jewish people, not to consult sojrcerers: they were neither to do it as Saul did, to know the event of a mar; nor after they had conquered, to find out the treasures of the vanquished. Observation XLL The Eastern people to this day, it seems, support the expenses of governments in com Exod. 7. n, ch. 8.19, and If. 44. 25. men, mon, by paying such a proportion of the produce of their lands to their princes. These are their taxes. No wonder it was so in remoter ages. The MS. C, gives us this account: "The revenues of princes in the ILaft are paid in the fruits and productions of the Earth. There are no other taxes upon the peasants The twelve officers of Solomon then, mentioned 1 Kings iv. 7--19, are to be considered as his general-receivers. They furnished food for all that belonged to the king; and the having provisions for themselves and attendants, seems to have been3 in those times of simplicity, all the ordinary gratification his ministers of state, as well as his meaner servants, received. Silver, gold, horses, armour, precious vestments, and other things of value, came to him from other quarters: partly a kind of tribute from the surrounding princes, 1 Kings x. 15, 25: partly from the merchants, whom he suffered to pass through his country to and from AEgypt, or elsewhere, ver. 15; partly from..
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