Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

That the Earth may be a Planet. ſhall aſcend or return by ten degrees? There
being not in the offer of this Wonder, any
the leaſt mention made concerning the Sun's
going backwards.

2. 'Tis likely we ſhould have had ſome
intimation concerning the extraordinary
length of the Day, as it is in that of Joſhua; but in this relation, the chief matter that
the ſtory takes notice of, is the alteration
of the Shadow.

3. Had it been by the ſuppoſed return of
the Sun's Body, this had been a greater Mi-
racle, than thoſe which were performed up-
on more ſolemn occaſions; it had been more
wonderful than its ſeeming reſt in Joſhua's
time; than the ſupernatural Eclipſe at our
Saviour's Death, when the Moon was in the
full. And then it is not likely, that the
Holy Ghoſt, in relating of this Miracle,
ſhould chiefly inſiſt in expreſſing how the
Shadow returned, and that only in the Di-
al of Ahaz.

4. This Sign did not appear in the Sun it
ſelf; becauſe in 2 Chron. 32. 31. 'tis ſaid,
That the Embaſſadors of the King of Babylon
did come unto Hezekiah, to enquire of the Won-
der that was done in the Land; and therefore
it ſeems the Miracle did not conſiſt in any
change of the Heavens.

5. If it had been in the Sun, it would
have been as well diſcerned in other parts
of the World, as in the Land of Judæa. And then,


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