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To the Right Honourable
WILLIAM
• Earl of PORTLAND,
Viscount of WOODSTOCK,
Baron of CIRENCESTER,

AND
Knight of the Most Noble Order of

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My LORD, ......
V Have endeavour'd to set in a true

Light, one of the most difficult

Parts of Holy Scripture, following the Footsteps of the Learned Grotius, as far as I find him in the right ; but taking the liberty to leave him, where I think him wide of the

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Prophets meaning. The Name of SCRIPTURE, I know, is abundantly sufficient to recommend this Work to your Lordships perusal, who have a juft Veneration for every Thing that hath any Relation to God, or bears the

Sacred impress of DIVINITY. . But there are two Things, which I hope will contribute not a little to your Lordships Satisfaction, in turning over the ensuing Sheets.

In the first Part, your Lordship will find the Prophet drawing the Picture, and fore-telling the Fate of an overgrown Tyrant, the Plague of Mankind in his Days.

In the second, promising a great Redeemer, who should set at Liberty an oppressed Nation, restore them to the free Exercise of the Religion of their

Ancestors, and the Priviledges they were born to. When your Lordship

reads reads of the Assyrian Monarch setting himself above God, it will bring to , your Thoughts the presumptuous Infolence of a Prince, who is not. asham'd to be called by the incommunicable : Name of God.

When you find Sennacherib Plun. .. dering, Burning and Ravaging, the defenceless Dominions of his weak Neighbours, it will bring to your Mind One who has all his Life-time, acted the same bloody Part, and Sacrificed to his boundless Ambition, Millions of his Fellow-Creatures : When you read of his over-flowing Judæa, reaching even to the Neck, and filling the breadth of the Land with the stretching out of his Wings, it will call to your remembrance, my Lord, the Danger Europe once was in ; how. Arbitrary : Power, like a mighty Torrent came rolling in upon us, and had prevaild :

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and carry'd all before it, had it not been timely checkd at first and kept within its own Channel, by the Genius of a Young Matchless H ER O, fcarce initiated in the Art of War; Your Lordship may - easily guess, I mean our late Glorious Monarch of Blessed Memory, whom it is imposible your Lordship should ever forget ; yet I think you can scarce read the second Part of these Prophecies, : without having Your Royal Master more immediately in Your Mind. When You read of the Redemption of the Jews by Cyrus, Tour Thoughts will naturally carry You to another Deliverance of a Nation far more Considerable, out of much greater Dangers'; so much resemblance there is between the most distinguishing Adion of the Lives of the Perlian and British Monarch. There is indeed some difference in the Circumstances of the Perfons delivered. The Jews had worn their Chains forSeventy Years, We had not so mucb as felt the weight of ours, but they . were ready for our Necks, and wanted nothing but putting on and fastning ; and had not our Cyrus stept in, in a very critical Moment, in all probability we should have groan'd under them much longer than they. Such Thoughts as these Haiah will suggest to your Lordship, and such Thoughts I per Swade my self cannot fail of furnishing agreeable Entertainment to You. .

In Confidence of which, I humbly... lay this Commentary at Your Feet , presuming 'on Tour Lordships Pardon for not complying with a very prevailing Custom of Jetting forth the Vertues of the Patron ta whom we Dedicate any Work. I know my self too well to pretend to do Justice to Such a Subject , I know so much of the World, as to be fully fatisfy'd there is no occasion of, attempting it ; and give me leave to say

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