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

That the Seas not overflowing the Land,
is a Miracle, was the opinion of Baſil, Chryſoſtom, Theodoret, Ambroſe, Nazianzen; and ſince them, Aqui- nas, Luther, Calvin, Marlorat; with 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. So
likewiſe, Prov. 8. 29. God gave to the Sea
his Decree, that the Waters ſhould not paſs his
Commandment. 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.


4. He@am.
in Job.
In Pſal.
l 3. c.2,3.
Orat. 34
part. 1.
queſt. 69.
art. 1.
in Pſ. 24.
Item in
Pſ. 136 6.

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 will


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