This material was created by the Text Creation Partnership in partnership with Pro Quest's Early English Books Online, Gale Cengage's Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and Readex's Evans Early American Imprints.Eaven was too long a reach for man to recover at one steppe.And that it might be made habitable, the Lord separated the dry land from the waters upon the third day.Yet so as still they make but one Globe, whose Center is the same with the middle world; and is the point and rest as it were of all heavie bodies, which naturally apply themselves to it: and there are supported by their owne weight and equall poyze.(2) It hath seemed incredible (to such as measure the wonders of God by mans wisdome) that this massie part of the world should subsist by it selfe, not borne up by any outward prop, incompast onely with subtile and fleeting ayre, such as can neither helpe to sustaine nor resist the fall, could the earth be moved from her due place.Thus they were broke off from their impious attempt, and scattered upon all the earth (about an hundred years after the Flood) into seventy two severall Nations, as some have punctually numbred them.(13) Whether by his fathers curse, for discovering his nakednesse, roaved to the utmost parts of the earth, and peopled with his progeny especially those Countries which are most toucht in Histories for Barbarisme and Idolatrie. since himselfe had lost his father that should instruct him: and therefore could deliver no precepts to his children, but left every one to his owne inventions.And those that at the confusion spred where ever they came this diversitie of Customes and Religions, that possesse the world at this day. And for my part I will travell no farther in these hidden mysteries, then I find a path beaten before me.(16) This may satisfie the ingenuous, that I have (as farre as I might in this little roome) tract the first Nations from their first Founders which they had in the beginning.
Suppose we a knot to be knit in the midst of a cord that hath many ends: and those to be delivered to sundry men of equall strength, to be drawne severall waies round from every part, above and below, and on each side; questionlesse whilest every man drawes in the boes of the knots, it must needs become round: and whilst they continue to pluck with equall strength, it must rest immoveable in the middle betwixt them: since every strength, that would destroy, hath a strength equall to resist it.
But the wonder will cease if we remember, that He set it upon her foundations so that it shall never move. The waters would stand above the mountains, but at his rebuke they fled.
Yet he set them a bound which they should not passe, Psal.
Yet to satisfie (in some measure) such as are more inquisitive, I will touch at the severall conjectures, which have passed upon the place of this earthy As the place, so the time when it was founded is uncertaine: but the common conjecture gives it to be about two or three hundred years after the Creation, when the world was replenished; as well it might be within that compasse, if we compare it to our knowne Stories. And in this number we omit his other seed, of whom came twelve Princes.
Questionlesse after this proportion the people multiplied in the beginning, and so for 1656.