This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXVIII. EVERLASTING FATHER. 'For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.' Isa. ix. 6. Only one of these titles will claim our attention here, as the others will be found in their appropriate places. This is the only instance where this phrase presents itself. It is rendered by some, the Father of the everlasting age; i. e. of the Christian dispensation, which is to continue to the end of the world. Bishop Lowth gives that view. By some, it is rendered the Father of eternity. 'The Hebrew word here rendered everlasting in its general import "denotes beyond, further, or besides somewhat else. As a particle of time, yet, still, moreover, a long while, until, whilst, during the time that, all along, perpetually." It is used Isa. xlvii. 7, where it is rendered for ever. The words under consideration are rendered by the LXX, pater tou mellontos aionos, and in the Latin of the Bibla Sacra, referred to above, pater futuri seculi, the father of the future age; and admitting the passage to be genuine, this is what we take to be its true import.' A very good critic, remarking on the passage, says, 'As to the epithet Everlasting Father, we understand it to mean, that the prince described in the verse should be the perpetual guardian and friend of his people. The rendering Father of Eternity, which is said to mean eternal, is neither so agreeable to the Hebrew idiom, nor so well suited to the epithets which precede and follow it, and has the support o.f few scholars of any denomination.' Cruden gives six different meanings to the word Father, which we need not particularly enumerate; merely observing that God ...
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