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ledge, and not of bodily Temperament : It would be ftill
the Gift of God, tho' fuch Qualifications were neceffary
for the receivin(> it.

5. As for your Inftances of fome Men's being under
fome Paffions, at the Time of their Revelation, anci there-
fore they muft be the Caufe of it. This is an Argument
v/ith a Witnefs. What tho' Elijlu called for a Minftrel,
muft therefore Mirth be the Caufe of Prophecy ? I fup-
pofe the Rcafon why he called for it, was to cpmpofe his
Spirits, which were ruffled at the Prefence of a wicked
JKing ; and it was therefore proper to render his Mind
fedatc, before he prefumed to offer up his Petitions to

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Cod, for che prophctick Influence of his Spirit. What
tbo' Mofis did predid the Slaughter of the ^y£^jptia^
Firft-born, when he was angry with Pharaoh, muft Anger
be the Caufe of Prophecy ? Indeed angry Men may wifli
111, but they feldom, I think, prophefie it ; for if they
did, the World would be in a fad Condition. But, I
think, Mo/es brought it to pafs too ; fo that it appears
thci-e was fomething more in this heavy Judgment than 3
little Scolding Threatmng, which you Tiheifts make of the
reft of the Prophecies. Cain was wroth when God fpake
to him ; but in thofe ancient Times, God was wont to
reveal himfelf to Mankmd in other Tempers. And when
Ez,ekiel is faid to be in the hot Anger of his Spirit^ before
his Prophecy, this muft not be underftood of natural
Anger, but only the violent Exagitation of the Spirit in
him. So the Spirit lifted me up-, and took me awaj-, ^md I
went in Bitternefs^ and in the Heat or Anger of Piy Spirit ;
hnt we Hand of the Lord wasfirong upon me. Which is i
moft lively Defcription of the Operation of the prophc-
tick Spirit in the Body of the Prophets, with all his
Struggles and Reludancies under it. 'Tis a Metaphor
taken from a hot fier)' Horfe, that ftruggles and contends, v
and is impatient under the Bridle of his Rider. It is a
Defcription not unlike that of Sibylla in Virg.



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