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If , Sir , in the preceding remarks , I have discovered any thing like levity or ill-humour , I unfeignedly solicit your and the reader ' s forgiveness . AN OCCASIONAL LAYPREACHER .
656 Courtly Interpretations of the Revelation " .
Dr . J . Jones on Dr . J . P . Smith ' s Critique on Philipp . ii . 5 . npHOUGH the ellipsis which I JL pointed out ( p . 535 ) in the following passage , has removed its principal difficulty , much remains to be said before we can see it in all its beauty and propriety . The following €
is a faithful version : c Who being in a form of God , did not think his being like God a thing to be caught at in order to avoid death ; on the contrary ,
he divested himself of it , having taken the form of a sl ^ tve , being in the likeness of men , and in frame proved to be as a man , he humbled himself , having become obediept to death , even the death of the cross . Wherefore
God has highly exalted him , and given him a name above every other name , that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven , of those on the earth and of those under the earth , and every tongue should confess Jesus Christ to be Lord , —to
the glory of God the Father . " The Doric lM < $ > a , which , by a transposition of its letters , became in sense and sound the Latin forma , signifies , as Dr . Smith justly observes , the
external shape and figure of a material object . He might have added any figure addressed to the fancy , 6 ucli as aji abstract idea personified . Schleusner , to whose labour every biblical critic must feel indebted , thinks that in this
place the term means nature or essence . He might as well have said that white may mean black , as iMgtyi and < pv < ri $ or saia , are ever used in contradistinction to each other . Two instances , however , are produced , one from Plato , the other from Josephus ,
to prove that they may sometimes be taken as synonymous- Plato was in the habit of speaking of the gods as possessing visible appearances ; his authority , therefore , carries no weight on this question . The words of Josephus are the following : Contra
Apidn , lib . ii . 22 : C O ®*>* * 9 V <> K t ** God is conspicuous in his works , but most invisible to us in form . This & said in reference to the Greeks , wliP
Sir , Oct . 22 , 1821 . IT is related by Whiston , in his Memoirs , ( Ed . 2 , p . 175 , ) that he considered " the end of the hour , and day , and month , and year , for the Ottoman
devastations , Apoc . ix . 15 , to have been put by Prince Eugene's glorious victory over th ( j Turks , Sept . 1 , 1697 , or the succeeding peace of Carlowitz , 1698 / ' Under this impression the pious and learned , but too often fanciful commentator , prefixed to " a copy "
of his "Essay on the Revelation of of St . John , " a short Latin dedication to that Prince , whom he congratulates on having fulfilled one of the Apocalyptical predictions . Prince Eugene generously acknowledged the compliment by " a present of fifteen guineas , " adding-, according to Mr . Nichols , ( Lit . Anec . 1 . 499 , ) that " he did not know he had the honour of having been known to St . John . "
I was reminded of this anecdote by a discovery , said to have been made , during the illumination lately spread over the city of Hanover , that George IV . had been t € known to St . John . " In the New Times of Oct . 20 , amidst
a glowing description of that transcendent display of German gratitude for the priceless condescension of a royal visit , is the following pious passage : " Even religion afforded its source of satisfactory congratulation . The white horse of Hanover was
associated with that mentioned in the Book of Revelation , Ch . xix . ver , 11 : s And I saw heaven opened , and behold a white horse ; and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true , and in righteousness he doth judge and make war /"
Whether here be a prophetic description of " our most religious king , " according to the Liturgy , or whether in the hands of a Hanoverian commentator , " John the divine /* has Sustainer of man and the universe , and the reading of the Holy Scr iptures , comprehend all the positive duties of the Sabbath .
been pobshed into a courtier , who "pays to George the tribute of the skies , " I presume not to determine . N . L . T .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 656, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/24/