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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1899That the Earth may be a Planet. with all thoſe myſteries which later Ages
have diſcovered;
becauſe when God would
convince him of his own Folly and Igno-
rance, he propoſes to him ſuch queſtions, as
to him were altogether unanſwerable;
notwithſtanding, any ordinary Philoſopher
in theſe days might have reſolved:
As you
may ſee at large in the thirty eighth Chap-
ter of that Book.
The occaſion was this: Job having 11 Cap. 1 fore deſired that he might diſpute with the
Almighty concerning the uprightneſs of his
own ways, and the unreaſonableneſs of thoſe
aſſlictions which he underwent, do’s at length
obtain his deſire in this kind;
and God vouch-
ſafes in this thirty eighth Chapter, to ar-
gue the caſe with him.
Where he do’s ſhew
Job how unfit he was to judge of the ways
of Providence, in diſpoſing of Bleſſings and
Afflictions, when as he was ſo Ignorant in
ordinary matters, being not able to diſcern
the reaſon of natural and common events.
As † why the Sea ſhould be ſo bounded
22† V. 8. 10
from overflowing the Land?
What is
the breadth of the Earth?
What is the 33Ver. 18.
† Ver. 22.
ſon of the Snow or Hail?
What was the
44 V.28, 29. cauſe of the Rain or Dew, of Ice and Froſt, and the like.
By which queſtions, it ſeems
Job was ſo utterly puzled, that he is fain af-
terwards to humble himſelf in this acknow-
I have uttered that I 55C. 42. 3. not, things too wonderful for me, which I knew
Wherefore I abhor my ſelf, and repent in
duſt and aſhes.

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