The Poetry of the Pentateuch

The Poetry of the Pentateuch

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...And in the greatness of thine excellency. Patrick has some good observations on this clause. "All words being too low to declare the greatness of God's power, which appeared in the overthrow of the Egyptians, he endeavours to rise higher and higher in his expressions, to show how much he admired it." It is certainly true that the expressions do rise considerably in dignity as the inspired bard proceeds, as if, in proportion as he warmed with the fire of his subject, sublimer phrases rose to his mind, and he became animated with a more exalted fervour. He loses no opportunity of magnifying the divine attributes, but continues to dwell upon them, as the means of his and of his country's deliverance from Egyptian bondage. See Patrick's note on the passage. Thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee. This refers to Pharoah's rebellion against God, in pursuing his people Israel, after the numerous warnings which he had already received that they were under the divine protection; for this had been sufficiently proved to him by repeated miracles wrought for their deliverance. He therefore placed himself in daring opposition to the will of heaven, and consequently, at length provoked the terrible exercise of that omnipotency which he had so often and so wantonly defied. I think Kennicott has given additional force to the last line, by adopting the present instead of a past tense, as it expresses the Almighty power, not only as it was exhibited in the one stupendous manifestation, when Pharoah and his hosts were the victims of its potency, but in its general and universal supremacy. He translates the line, to my feeling, with much judgment: --And in the greatness of thine excellency, Thou overthrowest them that rise against thee. Here more

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