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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That the Earth may be a Planet.
tions pillars of the Heavens, Job 26. 11. and
yet that will not prove them to be immova-
ble.
True indeed, we read often concerning
the Foundations of the Earth:
but ſo we do
likewiſe of the Ends, Sides, and Corners
of the Earth;
and yet theſe Scriptures will
not prove it to be of a long or ſquare form.
Beſides, we read alſo of the Foundations of
Heaven, םטשח תולמוט, 2 Sam.
22. 8.
And yet we muſt not hence infer, that they
are without all motion;
As alſo of the plant-
ing of the Heavens, Ifa.
51. 6. which may as
well prove them to be immovable, as that
which follows in the ſame Verſe concerning
the Foundations oſ the Earth.
Which phraſe (if I have obſerved right)
in ſeveral places of Scripture, is to be un-
derſtood, according to theſe three Interpre-
tations.
1. It is taken ſometimes for the lower
parts of the Earth, as appears by that place
2 Sam.
22. 16. The Channels of the Sea ap-
So Pſal.
18. 15.
peared;
the Foundations of the VVorld were
diſcovered.
2. Sometimes for the beginning and firſt
creation of it, Iſa.
40. 21. Hath it not been
told you from the beginning ?
have ye not un-
derſtood from the Foundations of the Earth?
And in many other places, Before the Foun-
Joh. 17.24
Ephef.1.4.
dation of the VVorld was laid;
that is, before
the firſt Creation.
Sometimes it ſignifies the Magiſtrates and
chief Governors of the Earth.
So many

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