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SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS.-No. 202. JOB, XIX, 23.—"Oh! that my words were now written I oh that they were printed in a book! that they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever." I have often been struck with the idea that there may be some affinity between the written -mountains in Xr, bia. and the excavated mountains inHindostan; I mean only as far as relates to such records or memorials in time of remote an- tiquity. The book of Job ia allowed to be of a very ancient date; coeval, if not antecedent to the writings of Moses. In his memorable speech to his misjudging and uncharitable friends, uttered by the venerable sufferer, in strong faith and fervent hope, he not only makes this animated appeal, but ardently wishes to have it recorded for the consolation of the latest posterity. Printing, so improperly in- troduced by the English translators, was then unknown manuscripts were perishing, but the rock was permanent. On an Adamantine rock, therefore, did the pious prince wish that his words might be engraveu, the characters filled up with lead, and remain indelible for ever! All this must certainly allude to a custom then known: most probably the written mountains in Arabia,the very country in which they lived, were extant at the time, and familiar to his hearers. Engraving on stones was generally practised in Egypt: their hieroglyphics were cu t ill the hardest granite, the obelisks were sculptured in intaglio filled with cement of various colours; which is probibly what our translators have meant by lead. These memorials brought into Europe by the Roman Emperors, the remains of excavated hills and sculptured rocks still extant in Eg-ypt. united with the accounts of the Greek historians, undoubtedly prove the antiquity of works similar to those in India. The characters en- graved on the portals of the excavated moun- tains in Hindostan, and the adjacent rocks, have very lately been deciphered. I copied several lines from the entrance of the caves of Canara, which were then pronounced obsolete, and past finding out; Mr Wilford has proved the con- trary. Possibly, in this enlightened age, the characters on the Arabian mountains may yet be explained.-Forbes's Oriental Memoirs. The following beautiful and touching passage

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