the body of our work. We will here add only a word, on the numbers ten and twelve, just to indicate to our readers that certain numbers cannot, in any case, be entirely arbitrary. The decimal which is taken from the number of our fingers, is, therefore, founded in the nature of things, since the Creator could not choose that number without reason. The same is true of the dozen. The different parts of the day and night, for example, could never have been divided in a different proportion. The four radical points, which serve as their base, two of which are in the horizon, the other two-in the zenith and nadir, necessarily cause twelve or twenty-four numbers, which, likewise, have a proportionate importance in the Holy Scriptures, as we will show.
Finally, the four elements, in all their immense details, offer, to the reflecting mind, moral emblems so numerous, that no philosopher can count them. The earth, as a solid foundation, as a basis sustaining the king of nature, man with the upright brow, refers to God, the eternal support of his creatures. As productive of all sorts of fruits agree-able to the taste and the sight, the earth may incessantly remind us of the human society, the church of God. The air, with its winged in-habitants, the atmosphere, with its innumerable phenomena, everywhere announce the invisible action of a hidden God, his immensity, his inexhaustible goodness towards all that breathe, united to a majesty equally imposing and terrible. Water, as transparent element, reflecting with the exactness of a mirror, the images of objects, (when it is calm,) rep-resents, with all the myriads that find life in it, the different kinds and degrees of truths; and that, in opposition to the habitable earth, which relates rather to goodness and substance. And as to fire, it refers us to the sun, from which it emanates; and, therefore, it represents charity, and knowledges among beings, weak images of their Author, who is untreated Love and Truth.
We believe that this sketch, short and imperfect as it is, will be enough to awaken the attention of all classes of readers, and to prove to them that our explanations of the Holy Books will not be arbitrary, like those which have been hitherto given.