It is in vain we know that Nimrod became mighty even to a proverb, if the nature and means of his elevation cannot be understood; or, that Babylon was the beginning of his kingdom, unless we can find the means of learning for what purposes and upon what principles that city was established, which in after times
was so conspicuous in the history of the world, and especially in that of God’s people. And when we farther learn that the language of men was diversified, and
their original union dissolved and scattered into a variety of fragments, at and from that place, a subject of no small interest in itself invites our consideration, and by illustrating those events we may perhaps counteract at least one great and growing evil, the positive disbelief of them.
If it should be made to appear that the more important predictions of Holy Writ have foretold the recurrence of events or characters so similar to certain others, which existed in the most ancient times, as to be worthy of bearing in some instances the same names, and if we should be able to show of what nature and spirit those ancient ones essentially were, and so to hold up the
future as a mirrour to the past, the word of prophecy would acquire something like a certainty as to it’s general drift or it’s quiddity, although the particulars of
modes, times, and places, are and must for some time continue beyond the reach of reasonable conjecture. The thing which hath been, it is that which shall be again, and there is nothing new under the sun.
Ref: NIMROD, Volume 1: Discourse on certain passages of history and fable