O PROPHECY AD ITS ITERPRETATIO. BY THE REV. S. LEE, B.D. Prophecy, as found in the Scriptures, is of two kinds — general and particular. General prophecy is that which proceeds, on certain given principles or data, to instruct, encourage, deter, or to thi'eaten, those for whom it has been given. In one case it informs us, that God is the author and maker of all things ; in another, that those who fear the Lord shall want no manner of good thing; and, in another, that evil men live not out half their dai/s; and so on. Those who make these declarations, in the first instance, must of necessity be inspired teachers; in the second, they may be either inspired or uninspired ; and, in either case, they are termed prophets, particularly in the ew Testament. Par- ticular prophecy is that which foretells such particular events as could not be foreknown by the exertion of any human faculties or powers whatever ; and it is afforded for the pur- pose of giving effect to some religious or moral truth. Those who lay claim to the office of a prophet, in this sense, must necessarily be vested with supernatural powers, or be fa- voured with superhuman assistance. And, when there is good reason for believing that this has taken place, such declarations are binding upon all, to whose knowledge they have come. Again, prophecy, either general or particular, may be enounced in three different ways, — by words, or by signs, or by both taken together.* The import of the first must be made out by a diligent attention to the context, to the grammar, tiie » A further distinction may be made between symholicul and meta- phorical language ; the one exhibiting by action only the thing to be taught ; the otlier, though describing by words the thing to be taught, yet ex- pressing by these more or less of the imagery used in the symbolical.