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

But you'l reply, though it do not neceſſa-
rily conclude, yet ’tis probable, if there had
been another World, we ſhould have had ſome
notice of it in Scripture.

I anſwer, ’tis as probable that the Scripture
ſhould have informed us of the Planets, they
being very remarkable parts of the Creation; and yet neither Moſes, nor Job, nor the Pſalms,
(the places moſt frequent in Aſtronomical Ob-
ſervations) nor any other Scripture mention
any of them, but the Sun and Moon. Be-
cauſe the difference betwixt them and the
other Stars, was known only to thoſe who
were Learned Men, and had skill in Aſtrono-
my. As for that expreſſion in Job רקב וביןי
the Stars of the Morning, it is in the plural
Number, and therefore cannot properly be
applyed to Venus. And for that in Iſaiab ליגת
’tis confeſſed to be a word of obſcure Interpre-
tation, and therefore is but by gueſs Tranſla-
ted in that Senſe. It being a true and com-
mon Rule, that Hebræi rei ſideralis minime
curioſi cœleſtium nominum penuriâ laborant. The
Fews being but little skilled in Aſtronomy,
their Language does want proper Expreſſions
for the Heavenly Bodies, and therefore they
are fane ſometimes to attribute the ſame name
unto divers Conſtellations.


Job. 38. 7.
Iſa. 14. 12.
Veſta. t. 3.
cap. 2.
So 2 Reg.
23. 5.
Which is
ted both
for the
and for the
12 Signs.

Now if the Holy Ghoſt had intended to re-
veal unto us any Natural Secrets, certainly
he would never have omitted the mention of
the Planets, Zuorum motu nibil eſt quod de
Conditoris ſapientiâ teſtatur Evidentius apud eos
qui capiunt. Which do ſo evidently ſet forth
the Wiſdom of the Creator. And therefore


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