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HE Psalmist faith, (a)

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the Firmament eweth,

publickly declareth, telleth forth, or preacheth his Handy Work, as the Hebrew Word signifies :

(a) Pfal. 19. 1, 2, 3,

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(a) that Day unto Day uttereth Speech, and Night unto Night sheweth, or tells forth, Knowledge. Which Language of the Heavens is so plain, and their Characters fo legible, that all, even the most barbarous Nati

that have no Skill either in Languages or Letters, are able to understand, and read what they proclaim. There is no Speech nor Language where their Voice is not heard : their Line is gone out through all the Earth, and their Words to the End of the World.

That this Observation of the Psalmist is agreeable to Experience, is manifest from the Deductions which all Nations have made from God's Works, particularly from those of the Heavens ; namely, that there

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(a) 733 significat aliquid verbis efferre, coràm nuntiare, annunciare. Conrad. Kircher, Concord. Col. 226. Vol. 2. It is derived from 733 Coram, Ante.

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is a GOD; and that such as have pretended to Atheism, and have deduced God's Works from Chance, &c. are singular and monstrous in their Opinions. Thus faith Ælian, (a) There never was any

Barbarian, that contemned the Deity, nor called in question whether there be

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God's or no ? or whether they take care of human affairs ? No Man, neitheir Indian, nor Celt, nor Ægyptian ever entertained any such Thought, as Eumerus, the Messenian, or Dionysius the Phrygian, or Hippo, or Diagoras, or Sociąs, or Epicurus. So one of Plato's Arguments for the Proof of a God, is (6) The unanimous Consent of all, both Greeks and Barbarians, who confess there are Gods. And Plietarch (c) agreeable to what our Psalmist affirms, tells us whence they

(a) De var. Hist. L. 2. cap. 31.
(6) De Legibus, L. 10.
(c) De Placit. Philos. L. I. C. 6.

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