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nify, " devoted to the Lord :" meaning that he devoted her to perpetual chastity: as several modern critics explain it, and as it seems to be the case. For, inspired as he was, it is not to be presumed that he was guilty of such a fatal mistake : and St. Paul reckons him amongst the worthies who, by faith, obtained the promised reward.
How, theri', could the God of Israel " change " sides," by relishing the profane vapours of idolatrous blood, smoaking, not in his honour, but in honour of the idols of the Moabites? The text you quote, " And there was great " indignation against Israel," proves no more, than that the confederate kings were angry with themselves for having forced the unhappy father to plunge, as it were, the dagger in his own bowels, in the person of his son.
lVhen, t'o deny propitiatory sacrifices, you say, that " God cannot be bribed or flattered,_" I agree with you. But, su're, you would ndt control his power, norcbntest'his authority, to
' impose laws and' obligations on, his creatures; __to annex to the observance and infraction of
'those laws, rewards and punishments, to 'require their submiffion by visible' symbols'; in
the victim stretched'and bounden: the altan, to .'_rem'ind them of the chains of fin, and of their
state under their Creator's hand; who, eazizh in' ' '' ct stant',
fiant, can deprive them of their lives; in the sable smoak rolling from the blazing holocaust, to make them perceive a ray of hope, directing their eyes to a distant victim, the effusion of whose blood was to quench, one day, more active flames, and to change this scene of carnage and misery, into means of expiation; not indeed by the virtue and efficacy of the sacrifices in themselves, but inasmuch as they typified the immolation of " the Lamb that is U flain from the foundations of the world," in the observance of whose law, and in the love and knowledge of whose person, consists eternal life. Age, a variety of accidents, and the uncertainty of death, press our return to a merciful Redeemer. It is too late to dispute with Jesus Christ his Divinity,-or with the soul
its immortality,-when the spirit is arraigned at '
the awful tribunal of the Judge of the living and the dead.
>- I have the honour to be
Your affectionate servant,
ARTH UR O'LEARY.
TEST OATH VINDICATED,
With an Euogmv into the
GROUNDLESS CLAIMS OF TH'E STUARTS.
" Duo sunt, Imperator Auguste, auctoritas sacra
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