Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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24161That the Earth may be a Planet.
That the Seas not overflowing the Land,
is a Miracle, was the opinion of 11Homil.
4. He@am.
Chryſoſtom, Theodoret, 22Commen
in Job.
33In Pſal.
l 3. c.2,3.
and ſince them, 55Orat. 3466Aquin.
part. 1.
queſt. 69.
art. 1.
nas, Luther, Calvin, Marlorat;
in Pſ. 24.
Item in
Pſ. 136 6.
ſundry others.
Which they proved from
theſe Scripture-expreſſions;
that in Job 38.
8, 11. Who hath ſhut up the Sea with doors,
when it brake forth, as if it had iſſued out of
the Womb;
when I did break up for it my de-
creed place;
and ſet bars and doors, and ſaid,
hitherto ſhalt thou come, and no further, and
here ſhall the pride of thy Waves be ſtaid.
likewiſe, Prov.
8. 29. God gave to the Sea
his Decree, that the Waters ſhould not paſs his
And Jer. 5. 22. I have pla-
ced the Sand for a bound of the Sea, by a per-
petual Decree, that they cannot paſs it:
and th@
the Waves thereof toſs themſelves, yet can
they not prevail;
tho they roar, yet can they
not paſs over, that they turn not again to cover
the Earth.
In all which places (ſay they)
’tis implied, that the Water of it ſelf, were
it not with-held from its own natural incli-
nation, by a more ſpecial Power of God,
would overflow the Land.
Others infer the ſame concluſion from that
in Eccleſiaſtes, where the Rivers are ſaid to
come from the Sea;
which they could not
do, unleſs that were higher.
I anſwer; They
ſhould as well conſider the latter part of that
Scripture, which ſays, that the Rivers re-
turn to that place from whence they came,
and then the force of this conſequence

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