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versified, and performed in various parts of his native country: they were not frivolous tricks, calculated merely to excite wonder, and gratify curiosity, but acts of substantial utility and benevolence. They were publicly, but not boastingly nor ostentatiously displayed: in the presence not of friends only, but also of enemies--of enemies exasperated to malignity against him, because he had censured their vices and exposed their hypocrisy, and who were actuated by every motive which a spirit of revenge could suggest to incurable prejudice, to induce them to de. tect the imposition of his miracles, if false, and to deny and discredit them, if true. To deny them they did not attempt, but they strove to sink them in disrepute, and thereby furnished a striking specimen of those embarrassing dilemmas, into which infidelity is continually betraying her votaries. They ascribed them to the agency of Sa. tan; thus representing him, “ who was a liar from the beginning,” as contributing
to the diffusion of truth" the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience” as promoting the cause of holiness, and as co-operating in the overthrow of his own kingdom, with Him " who was manifested to destroy the works of the devil!"
The prophecies of our Lord, as well as his miracles, were many, and of great variety. They were not delivered with pomp and parade, but rose out of occasions, and seem to have resulted, for the most part, from his affectionate solicitude for those who then were, or who might af. terwards become, his disciples.
While the fulfilment of some of these predictions was confined to the term of his mission and the limits of his country, the accomplishment of others extended to all nations, and to every future age of the world.
Of the prophecies which have already been fulfilled, few, perhaps, are so interesting in themselves, or so striking in
their accomplishment as those which relate to the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple, and the signal calamities which every
where befel the Jewish nation. The chief of our Lord's predictions, relative to these events, are contained in Matt. xxiv. Mark xiii. Luke xix. 41-44; xxi. and xxiii. 27-30 : and we may with confidence appeal to the facts which verify them as conclusive and incontrovertible proofs of the divinity of his mission. Be. fore, however, we enter upon this illustration, it may be gratifying to the reader, and add considerably to the interest of many of the subsequent pages, to give in this place a brief description of that re. nowned city and its temple.
Jerusalem was built on two mountains. Three celebrated walls surrounded the city on every side, except that which was deemed inaccessible, and there it was defended by one wall only. The most an. cient of these walls was remarkable for
its great strength, and was, moreover, crected on a hanging rock, and fortified by sixty towers. On the middle wall there were fourteen towers only; but on the third, which was also distinguished by the extraordinary merit of its architecture, there were no less than ninety. The celebrated tower of Psephinos, before which Titus at first encamped, was erected on this latter wall, and even excelled it in the superior style of its architecture : it was seventy cubits high, and had eight angles, each of which commanded most extensive and beautiful prospects.
In clear weather, the spectator had from them a view of the Mediterranean sea, of Arabia, and of the whole extent of the Jewish dominions. Besides this, there were three other towers of great magnitude, named Hippocos, Phasael, and Mariamne. The two former, famed for their strength and grandeur, were near ninety cubits high; the latter, for its valuable curiosities, beauty, and elegance, was about fifty-five
They were all built of white marble; and so exquisite was the workmanship, that each of them appeared as if it had been hewn out of an immense single block of it. Notwithstanding their great elevation, they yet must have appeared, from the surrounding country, far loftier than they really were.
The old wall, it has just been remarked, was built upon a high rock: but these towers were erected on the top of a hill, the summit of which was itself thirty cubits above the top of the old wall! Such edifices, so situated, it is easy to conceive, must have given to the city a very great degree of grandeur and magnificence. Not far distant from these towers stood the royal palace, of singular beauty and elegance. Its pillars, its porticoes, its galleries, its apartments, were all incredibly costly, splendid, and superb; while the groves, gardens, walks, fouiftains, and aqueducts, with which it was encompassed, formed the richest and most delightful scenery