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learned Men generally place two Plates or Dishes of Incense, as a Covering to the Loaves; but the Scripture does not give order for it.
The Vail V, which is hung on four Pillars, is to be lifted up, to fhew the Holy of Holies behind it, where the Ark of the Covenant stands.
On the Side of the Ark, and of the Altar of Incense, and the Table of Shew-bread, are Staves thrust through Rings, which were made to carry those Vessels on the Shoulders of the Pricfts, Exod. XXV.
The Reader, perhaps, may complain that he finds no Cherub upon the little Figure of the Ark in the most holy Place. The Reason of it is the fame which I gave for not describing Solomon's Temple, viz. because learned Men are so greatly divided in their Opinions about the Shape or Form of a Cherub: And though I have taken no small Pains to enquire into this Matter, both by the Comparison of all the Texts in the Bible where it is mentioned, and by consulting many learned Writers, yet I cannot arrive at any Satisfaction or Certainty what was the true Figure of those Cherubs which were placed on the Ark: and I que. stion whether, among the numerous Forms in which learned Men and Painters have described them, there is any one which has hit exactly on the Truth. To me it appears very probable, that if they had any Feet visible, they were cloven like the Feet of an Ox or Calf, and perhaps they might have the Face of an Oxalso. But a particular Dissertation on this Subject, as the Fruit of my Inquiries, could not be so proper for this place.
Dire&tions to the Book-binder.
THESE Figures relate chiefly to Chap. V.
1 Seet, 3, and 4. yet I desire them to be placed rather at the End of the Book, after this-Adver. tisement.
Observe, that these Plates or Tables are a little larger than the pages of the Book, therefore they must be placed with some Care just in the middle over-against the Pages; they must be folded once, and the Leaves of the Book must not be cut in too deep left the Figures be damaged.
The Vail of the most Holy Place marked V, is a small square Figure to be cut off on all Sides in the outmost Line, and a Straw's Breadth of the upper Edge of it, on the Back-side, is to be pasted on, so as just to cover the most holy Place, in Plate 3. that it may be lifted up from the Bottom to discover the most Holy Place.
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