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Mankind, there were Persons bless'd with the Spirit of Prophecy, and charg'd with
Commissions of this Kind. Abraham, was Gen. xx. a Prophet ; as God tells Abimelech. And
Ifaac and Jacob both prophesied concerning the future State of their Children: As did Joseph to his Brethren concerning their Deliverance out of the Land of Egypt. And we find some, not long after, who, although thcy were not of the Hebrew Line, were endow'd with a prophetic Spirit: Such were Job and Balaam; and fome others.
But, of all those to whom this divine Faculty was imparted, none was so great a Prophet, as Mofes. This we are given to understand upon the Occasion of Miriam
and Aaron's opposing him; whom the Numb.
LORD reproves, thus; Hear now, my words ; if there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make my self known unto bim, in a vison ; and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not fo'; wbo is faithful in all mine house'; with him will I Speak mouth to moutb, even apparently, and
not in dark Speeches. Again, it is said; Deut. xxxiv. There arose not a prophet fince in Israel,
inst like unto Moses; whom the LORD knew ci face to face.
But, to lighten the Charge and Burden imix that lay upon Mofes, by this means, God ied a was pleas'd to take a Portion of the Spirit Calte that was upon him, and put it upon
seventy other Men, who were Elders of ad el
the People, and Officers over them, that
Some Prophets there were, after Mofes, during the Time of the Judges. We read, that, in those Days, The LORD sent a Judg. vi. prophet unto the children of Israel. And, i-Sam. üi there came a man of God unto Eli, and Jaid 27. unto him, Thus faith the LORD, &c. Soon after which Samuel grew up, and became a very. extraordinary Prophet. And the more so, because, the word of the LORD 1. Sam. was precious, in those days; there was no apen vihon. To him, while he was yet a Child, the Word of the LORD was re
1 Sam. iii. veal'd in Shiloh. The LORD was with 19, 20.
him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, knew that Samuel was eftablished, to be a prophet, of the LORD.
After the Death of Eli, we are told 1 Sam. that Samuel judged the children of Israel: vii. 6. Who was, not only, a very great Prophet
himself, but presided, over the College or Seminary of Prophets, with great Success: Insomuch that, from his Time to that of the Captivity, there appears to have been a constant and plentiful Supply of them.
That there was a School of the Prophets, where they were instructed in expounding the Law, and in whatever Studies might best qualify them for the LORD's bestowing a prophetic Spirit upon them, is plain from the following Passage; which relates to David, when he fled from the Persecution of Saul. It is said;
David fled, and escaped, and came to Sa1 Sam. xix. 18, muel to Ramah; and told him all that Saul
bad done to him : And be and Samuel went
There, in a quiet Retirement, from the Hurry and Bustle of the World, they prepared themselves for the Infusion of the Holy Spirit, whenever God should vouchfafe them such a Favour.
And, among them, we may conclude, Samuel chose to spend all the leisure Time he could get, from the necessary Avocations of his publick Duty.
Thither he went, with David; at once to conceal and protect him from the enrag'd Saul, and to instruct him in the most sublime and noble Arts: How to make Mankind happy by being, a pious, a mild, and a public-spirited King; and to exalt and refine his own Nature to such a Degree, as to qualify himself for the Reception and Utterance of those heavenly Predictions, relating to the Meffab, with which God should, from time to time, inspire him.
And it was told Saul, saying, Bebold, David is at Naioth in Ramah. And Saul sent messengers to take David. And when they saw the company of the Prophets propbesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messen4
gers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And
However, this is not the first Mention
fhould be King of the Ifraelites. Among 1 Sam. others, this is one: After that ; thou falt come to the bill of God, where is the garrison