A Critical Commentary and Paraphrase on the Old and New Testament and the Apocrypha Volume 4
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...of it, for it is that which is here spoken of, may be defined to be a despair of succour, when a man sees his affairs desperate, and that reason suggests no expedients to him, nor application or industry any probable means of a recovery, and emerging from a calamitous estate, he abandons himself to despondency, and sinks into the deepest melancholy; but such a fear as arises from an evil conscience may be defined to be, a great concern of the soul, upon a view of its inward guilt, and an apprehension that it is deserted of all succour, is sinking into misery, in despair of help, and has not one comfortable glimpse of hope to speak any peace to it. Upon which account it has been wisely observed by some moralists, that there is not such a true coward as a wicked man; that he is suspicious of every thing, but afraid of himself most: that fear in general has the effect ascribed to it by this writer, that it betrays and indisposes a man from following the wholesome advice which reason offers, that it often deprives men of those helps and succours which might keep dangers off, and hinders them from guarding against many evils, which by a prudent and timely application might have been prevented, seems evident; because fear, when it is sudden and violent, suspends, as it were, for a time, the use of a man's reason, puts all things in confusion about him; he judges not truly of his present state, and has not resolution or forecast to amend it. The historian, speaking of the Persians, who in their flight flung away their weapons of defence, adds this very pertinent observation, "Adeo timor ipsa auxilia reforraidat." And Seneca, mentioning how people's senses are affected with fear upon great occasions, such as earthquakes, &c. has the...
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