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Iosiahreign'd 31 years. II. King. XXII.1.
18.| The Boook of the Law found by Hilkiah. v. 3 = 8.
Iehoahaz3 Months. XXIII.31.
Iehoiakim11 Years. v. 36.
3.| Daniel carryed into Captivity Dan. I.1. 3. 6.
Iehoiakin9 Months II. K XXIV.8. Carryed Captive into Babylon in the 8th year of Nebuchadnezzars Reign, as the 12th. v. is to be understood.
The Captivityreferr'd to by Ezekiel here commences in the 1st year of Iehoiachin.
5| Ezekiel began to prophecy, Cap. I.2.

Observations.

From the time that Daniel was carryed into Captivity to the Beginning of Ezekiel's prophecying are 13 or 14 years; viz, 8 of the Reign of Iehoiachim, 3 Months of Iehoiachin, and 5 Years of Iehoiackim's Captivity.

Ezekiel delivered not all his prophecy at one time, as appears C. I.2. VIII.1. XX.1. XXIV.1 XXVI.1. &c. Nay it is evident c. XL.1. that he prophecyed 20 years at least: whether longer or no, does not appear.

Supposing the XIVth Chapter of Ezekiel to have been delivered in the 6th year of the Captivity, Daniel was living at that time and many years after.

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Argumenta quibus Vir Doctissimus eorum sententiam impugnat, qui memoriæ merè spiritualis existentiam in homine tuentur.

Definit memoriam mentis facultatem quâ tum objecta præsentia ita percipit, ut ea jam vidiste se sentiat, tum objectorum absentium ideas revocat.

Memoria spiritualis illa est per quam mens ex se ipsa, et independenter à corpore \ideas/ revocare potest.

Corporea oritur ex quibusdam in corpore factis motibus, quibus destructis, simul sta\des/t\r/uitur.

Doctus ille vir adversus illos qui utramq in homine dari supponunt, his argumentis certat, uniusq posterioris existentiam statuere conatur. Ac 1ò hôc problematæ positô, memoriam spiritualem, si nulla existentiæ suæ argumenta in totô vitæ nostræ curriculô exhibeat, ut Philosophicum figmentum rejiciendam est, \l./ illud sequentibus rationibus demonstrare conatur.

1ô Si daret memoria spiritualis, quæ illi madarentur, nunquam deleri deberent, cùm ad ens incorporeum et indivisibile pertineret.

2ò Vtraq memoria uti possemus, quemadmodum eadem illectu ccipim vel phantasia pro lubitu imaginamus.

3ò Viri docti, ut Messata Corvinus, de quo Plinius, morbosâ affectione, oia obliti sunt; Hi saltem nihil memoriæ spirituali crediderant, cùm nullū ej remanserit vestigium. Quare cùm memoria coea sit maximè labilis, utpote, quæ ab affectioib coeis pendeat, spirituali, quâ verū Characteres nunquā obliterandi insculpti sunt, non utimur?

4ò Ne dicatur imaginaoem et objecta coea memoriā spiritualē cturbare, sicut objecta sensibilia intellectuales functiones turbant, obstat qd Ph de dogmate v.g. Metaphysico meditās et sēsi in somnū delaps \nullis somniis turbatū/ non meli meditet nullaq indelebilia memoriæ spirituali credat, eô ipsô tēpore quô mens qui \cois/ vinculis magis soluta videt, et objectorū sensibiliū oes occludūt portæ. È contra mēs iisdē gradib facultatū usū amittit, qui magis coeis vinculis solvit; coe somni oppressô, nri rei apta e, ab eô regit, sicut vigilās cous regit, adeò ut videat Imperiū eâdē raoe divisū quā cū Iove Cæsar, Nocte pluit totâ &c.

5ò Quare post apoplexiam, vel epilepsiā 2.os 3ve dies superātē, nra hoi Cogitaoum superest memoria, si reverâ det spiritualis, cùm eô tēpore mēs ntis aut saltē paucis machinæ motib turbata, spiritualia et coea medita\e/t cū juxta Cartesianos mens coe soluta utraq meditet, eorūq distinctissimas habent ideas; Cur de his eò majori sollicitudine et attentione non cogitat, cùm magis spicuè efficere poit: At nullū in his oib memoria spirituali vestigiū præbet

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6o Si daret memoria merè spiritualis, quare coeis affectionib temperamenti raoi ad hæresi quare viri inadultâ ætate doctissimi morbo vel seniô oia ferè coea ac spiritualia obliviscerent Quomodo fit ut memoria spiritualis nullâ raoe coeæ vitia corrigat, locūq, ex parte teneat? Quomodo Mens per se ac independenter à coe, exculta,pluribúsq dotib et cognioib ornata, ne ullū earū indiciū exhibet

Objiciētib mēti à coe separatæ nullā igit superee memoriā ac proīde mētē tūc tēporis cogitaois expertē ee, id {illeg} revera ex suâ hypothesi seqi, remq ita se habere respondet, Mētē tūc ee substātiā spiritualē sed otiosā et inertē qæ facultates exerat statī atq coi organico junget, vel alia pro dei lubitu dabit occao; faculatatē illi cogitādi per inertiā illā n destructū iri, sicut ej fac\u/ltas cois movendi ex quiete non perit.

Sic deinde ratiocinatur.

Hinc etiā n ieritò aut absilimilites supponēdū e, qd cū pœnis aut mercedib afficiēdi sīt in altera vita hoes, ideò de post certū elapsū temp, coa ipsis restituet, ut actionū benè aut malè actarū reminiscāt, dei justitiā agnoscāt, raocinari queāt &c. unde resurrectionē è mortuos, qā statuit revelao cfirma\t/ et necrio supponit ipsa sao. Intervallū verò mortis et resurrectionis, mer e mentis somn, mera quies, in qâ nta quies \cogitao/ nta idearū successio dat. Hinc fit, ut qui morit, qāvis per intervallū pluriū millenarū myriadū annorū vel sæculorū quieverit, ten eô momentô quô è mortuis resurgit, se mortuū fuisse credat. Hâc exposioe qædā Scripturæ Sacræ loca advers nos allata n ægrèsolvūt, qæ vitā alterā huic īmediatè succedere statuūt, sublatô enī tēporis elapsi sensu, vita altera nostrā absq intervallo excipit; Nisi respectu qorūdā, ut latronis servati, exceptiones admitti volueris Fortè etiā suppones, vel sensu ctinuo doloris aut voluptatis, qaten stat secuturi argumto mortuos Deū afficere, vel memoriā spiritualē ipsis ccedere. Verū cū ea sint mera figmenta, qæ nlū in observavib aut experiētia nra fūdamētū habēt, n magis admittēda qā qæcūq in aere exstructa castella sunt. Veritatē enī rerū scrutam, certis legib adstricti; n verò quidlibet in mentē venerit, supponere aut fingere possumus.

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Ezek. I.1. It came to pass in the Thirtieth Year – what this 30th Year refers to does not appear: whether to the Prophet's Age, or to the finding the Book of the Law in the 18th Year of Iosiah then 30 years ago; or to what is Uncertain.

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