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written since the time of Moses, give their testimony to his writings. The books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and most of those which follow, ali bear witness to them, besides several of the Heathen.
7. He asserts, that the genealogy from ADAM to SAUL takes up the first nine chapters of the first book of Cbronicles.
Now any man may see, that the descendants of DAVID to four generations after ZERUKBABEL are found in the third chapter ; and the succession of the high priests till the captivity, in the sixth chapter, with various other similar matters.
8. Mr. Paine considers the two books of Chronicles as a repetition of the two books of Kings.
It is easy to be convinced, however, that this is a very erroneous representation. The first book of Kingscontains an account of the old age and death of David, with the succession and reign of SOLOMON; the history of REH(BOAM, and division of the kingdom; JEROBOAM's reign, and several of his successors in the kingdom of Israel till the death of AHAB. It contains moreover, some account of AsA, JEHOSAPHAT, and other kings of Judub, so für as connected with the contemporary kings of Israel. The history of ELIJAH is also interwoven in the same book pretty much at length, with some notice of ELISHA.
The second book of Kings finishes the history of EliJAH, and carries forward the history of Elisha to some extent, with a kind of joint history of the kings of Israel and Judah, and those with whom they had war, till the captivity of the king of Israel by SHALMANESER, and of the king of Judah by NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
Let us now examine the contents of the two books of Chronicles.
The first book contains the genealogies before mentioned, and the history of DAVID, with the settlement of the temple service.
The second book of Chronicles contains the history of SOLOMON, REHOBOAM, ABIJAH, and all the succeeding kings of Judah, pretty much at large, till the Babylonisa captivity.
From this short review of these four books, it appears, that the reigns of Solomon and REHOBOAM, with some small variations, are common to the books of Kings and Chronicles ; but that, in most other respects, they are entirely different.
9. Mr. PAINE says, the book of Ezra was written immediately after the Jews returned from Babylon.
He should have known, however, that it was near fourscore years after.
10. Mr. PAINE says, EZRA and NEHEMIAH wrote an account of the same affairs in the return of the Jews from captivity.
He is as much mistaken here as he was concerning the four books of Kings and Chronicles : for NEHEMIAH relates few or none of the same events with EZRA.
11. He says, Satan is no where mentioned in the Old Testament but in Job.
Let any man consult 2 Sam. xix. 22; 1 Kings v. 4'; 2 Chron. xxi. 1; Ps. cix. 6; Zech. iii. I; and other places, and say what dependence can be placed on this mistaken man's assertions.
12. He pretends to prove the book of Job to be the work of some Heathen writer, from the words Pleiades, Orion, and Ar&turus, which are found in our translation. See ch. ix. 9; xxxviii. 31, 32.
In the original Hebrew, however, the words are Hus, Chesil, and Kima. Where then is his argument ?
13. He says, the Heathens were a just, moral people, not addicted to cruelty and revenge, neither were they worshippers of images.
This assertion is in direct opposition, not only to the Bible, but to the general strain of universal history.
14. Mr. PAINE makes himself merry with supposing we Priests are of opinion all the Psalms were written by David, and that he must therefore have composed some of them after his death.
But, where does he find any man of character, that asserts they were all written by David? The titles to the Psalms might convince him to the contrary. 15. He says, Priest's reject reason.
As a universal proposition, this is utterly false. There are none more reasonable men upon earth, than many
of the Christian priests.
16. He says, “ almost the only parts in the book called “ the Bible, that convey to us any idea of God, are some
chapters in Job, and the 19th Psalm. I recollect no 66 other.”
Very possibly. But then, is he not a very fit man to write against the Bible? What thinks he of the 8th Psalm, the 18th, the 24th, the 29th, the 33rd, the 34th, the 36th, the 46th, the 47th, the 50th, the 65th, the 93d, the 96th, the 98th, the 103d, the 104th, the 107th, the 139th, the 145th, and a vast variety of other passages, which speak more or less of the existence, perfections, and government of the Divine Being?
17. He says, “some chapters in fob and the 19th “ Psalm are true deistical compositions, for they treat of “ the Deity, through his works. They take the book “ of creation as the Word of God; they refer to no other “ book; and all the inferences they make are drawn from " that volume."
This declaration is so far from being true, that one half of the 19th Psalm itself is occupied in celebrating the perfection of the Law of Moses ! .
18. He says, the Jews never prayed but when in trouble.
That this is a vile slander, see 1 Kings iii. 6-9; I Kings viii. 23-53; and a variety of the Psalıns, which were composed upon joyful occasions.
The man who can thus wickedly slander a whole nation, is admirably well suited to declaim against the iniquity of priests and prophets ! BOLINGBROKE and VOLTAIRE were tolerably expert in perversion and defamation, but THOMAS PAINE, I think, excels them both in these estimable qualifications !
19. He says, king Ahaz was defeated and destroyed by PEKAH.
This is utterly false; he was defeated, but not destroyed. He died a natural death ; and the promise of the prophet ISAIAH was literally fulfilled.
20. He says, the book of ISAIAH is “ bombastical rant, extravagant metaphor, such stuff as a school-boy would “have been scarcely excuseable for writing.”
Better judges than Thomas PainE are of a very different opinion. And to go no farther, I challenge him, and all his friends, to produce, from any book, ancient or modern, an oration equally eloquent with the first chapter of this despised book, or any poem more sublime than that in the fourteenth.
21. He says, the prophet of Judah was found dead by the contrivance of the prophet of Israel.
Where does he find his evidence ? He can prove no such thing. There is an old-fashioned book of high authority, which saith-When the Devil speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.
22. SOLOMON had his house full of wives and mistresses at the age of one and twenty.
Let him produce his evidence. Where is it recorded ?
23. The infants were not butchered by HEROD, because the Baptist was not involved in the destruction.
Mr. PAINE ought to have known, that the parents of the Baptist did not live at Bethlehem, but at Hebron, which was at a good distance.
24. He intimates, that Christ had in view the deliverance of his country from the Roman yoke.
Assertions are not proofs; where is the evidence ?
25. He says, Christ was not much known, when he was apprehended.
Where did he learn this? Produce the evidence.
26. He affirms Christ did not intend to be apprenended and crucified. This is in direct opposition to the Gospels from whence ll his evidence arises.
27. He asserts, that Peter was the only one of the nen called Apostles, who appears to have been near the pot at the crucifixion.
It is very plain from this, that Mr. Paine knows very ttle about what he is so abusive. Where was John! 28. Mr. PAINE calls Luke and MARK Apostles.
P Let any person consult the list of these twelve honour. able men, and see if he can find these two names among them. 29. He says,
appears from the Evangelists, that the do whole time, from the crucifixion to the ascension, was apparently not more than three or four days.
This assertion shews the most consummate ignorance of the subject upon which he writes.
30. He says, all the circumstances of CHRIST's conduct, between the resurrection and ascension, are reported to have happened about the same spot.
Some happened at and near Jerusalem, others in Galilee, which was upwards of fifty miles from Jerusalem.
31. He affirms, that, according to Mathew, CHRIST met his disciples in Galilee on the day of his resurrection.
There is a plausibility in this assertion, of which many of the others are destitute, but, it is without due consideration
32. Mr. Paine insinuates, that Christ appeared only once after his resurrection.
Read the Gospels, and judge what credit is due to such a writer. He appeared upon various occasions.
33. He asserts, that we have only the evidence of eight or nine persons to the resurrection of CHRIST.
Such affirmations merit nothing but contempt. Were not the twelve Apostles witnesses of this event? And what does he make of the 500 witnesses mentioned by Paul?
34. He says, there was nothing miraculous or extraordinary in the conversion of St. Paul; he was struck down with lightning.
This is the apostle of infidelity? What strange credulity is necessary to make a complete Deist?
35. Mr. PAINE affirms, that St. Paul's discourse on the resurrection is “doubiful jargon—as destitute of mean“ ing as the tolling of the bell at the funeral.”
Well done, TOMMY PAINE, thou art a clever fellowworthy of a seat in the French Convention ! We shall expect, ere long, to hear thou hast obtained one of the most honourable niches in the National Pantheon, as a benefactor of mankind !