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THE JEWISH NATION.
THE REV. HUGH M'NEILE, M. A.
MINISTER OF ST. JUDE'S CHURCH, LIVERPOOL.
"Ye are my witnesses." -ISAIAH xliii. 10.
"To expound these predictions of the ancient prophets, of any thing but the
J. HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY.
THE following Lectures were originally delivered in
That subject is the purpose of God concerning the
The language of the prophets is often, almost always, figurative in some degree: but the events predicted are not the less on that account literal events.
When the Holy Ghost spake by the mouth of
ples sheep. But the event predicted in that figurative
many tender and affectionate appeals, sometimes with ill-dissembled personal mortification, but all in vain. I do not mean to imply that the system of interpretation which I advocate, is divested of all difficulty. Far otherwise but I protest against such a criterion of truth being set up. Nothing that deserves the name of interpretation is, or can be, free from difficulty. Our decision must be made between measures and degrees of embarrassment. It is comparatively easy to urge objections against any system, when it is tangibly propounded.
The nature of the difficulties incurred ought, however, in sound reason, to be taken into chief consideration. Now, it appears to me, that our chief embarrassments arise, not from finding any passages of Holy Scripture, in the obvious meaning of the language, contradicted by our scheme; but from a lack of more revelation, to explain to us how these things can be, and thereby to supply us with answers to curious (sometimes captious) questions: whereas, the spiritualizing scheme has to encounter the direct grammatical contradiction of revelation given.
It is one thing to anticipate the facts predicted, according to the literal meaning of the same words, when used in other books, or in other places of the same books, acknowledging our ignorance as to the mode of accomplishment, because that mode is not revealed and it is quite another thing, to put a different meaning on the same words, in different places