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of its contents: but the reader must be upon his guard, particularly as to the application of the passage, because with the most anxious wish to be correct, misapprehension may occasionally have occurred.
May this attempt draw the attention of abler men to the important parts of Scripture it sets forth, that mistakes may be corrected, and clearer lights given, that this vital part of Christianity may be better understood, and mankind strengthened in their faith, and improved in their conduct. And may He, from whom alone all light and wisdom come, prosper every work which has for its objects the improvement and happiness of man, and the glory of God.
Prophecies, looking forward, &c. in David's time....
PROPHECIES-LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRIST AND CHRISTIAN TIMES.
FROM THE CREATION TO THE DEATH OF MOSES, 1451 YEARS
BEFORE THE CHRISTIAN ERA.
Contemplating Christ as "the Seed of the Woman," and "the Opposer and Vanquisher of Satan."
No. 1. THE Lord God said unto the serpent, "I will put "enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy a "seed, and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and "thou shalt bruise his heel." Gen. iii. 15.
Thy seed," i. e. the wicked," those who adopt Satan for their father, and he adopts for his sons.
"HER seed," referring probably, though covertly, to the miraculous conception.
"It," and "his," in the singular number-looking forward to one person only.
"Bruise thy head,” i. e. " wound thee mortally, and triumph over thee."-See Isa. xxv. 9. Hos. xiii. 14.-The head a vital part, the heel not.
e "Bruise his heel," i. e. "obstruct his progress:" give him every annoyance." It may also refer to the "sufferings" he should undergo in his human state.-Kidder's Demonstration, Pt. I. ch. 7. sect. 1. fol. ed. p. 69.-And Hale's Trinity, I. 113, 114.