Bible Society Record Volume 64-66

Bible Society Record Volume 64-66

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...to their claim, and therefore had the power to do as they asked. "He is musing"--so absorbed in meditation as to be oblivious of everything. "He is gone inside"--hence your appeal is inopportune. "He is on a journey"--gone beyond the reach of your cries. "Peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked"--as though he were a mere man. While this mordant sarcasm was calculated to arouse the priests of Baal to frenzy, as it did, so that they cried aloud more passionately still, it was meant especially to beget in the Jews a deep scorn of Baal as an impotent god. Upon those who heard this withering irony, Baal could have no further hold. One of the most serious books of the Bible is that of Job. It portrays the gloom and despair of a man overwhelmed by aflliction. Suffering physically, and more mentally, he needed to receive sympathy from his friends. Instead, they irritated him by persistently asserting that.he must have deeply sinned in order to be so greatly punished. Indignant at their pertinacious attempts to convict him of guilt, he calls them "miserable comforters," "physicians of no value," "forgers of lies." They arrogated to themselves such superiority in discernment and understanding that he retorted in this bit of cutting satire: No doubt ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you. '---Job 12: 3. The caustic quality of this remark has tickled all the ages since, and has often been used to prick overweening conceit. In the course of their debate Job accuses his friends of speaking unrighteously and deceitfully for God in endeavoring to uphold the orthodox doctrine of that day that all severe affliction was retributive and hence deserved (l3:7--12)....show more

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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 721g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746368
  • 9781236746368