Discourses on the Malevolent Sentiments

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 228 pages
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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.1801 Excerpt: ... vyhich he makes a topic, is, that the Philistines would insult the children of Israel. "Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice; lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. The Psalmist says, (xiii.) "consider and hear me O Lord, my God: " the reason alledgcd is, "Lest mine enemy say, I have pre"vailed against him; for if I be cast down, they that '-trouble me will rejoice at it."--Again, (xxxv. 19.) "O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over "me ungodly: " a wish uttered with a view, not Sq much to the actual mischiefs attending such triumph, as to the mortification: we learn this from what follows soon after: "let them not triumph over me; let them "not say in their hearts, there, there, so would we "have it: neither let them say, we have devoured "him." (ver. 24, 25.) The feeling must have been lively when the Psalmist used these words; "But in my "adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves to"gcther: yea the very abjects came together against "me unawares, making mouths at me and ceased not. ', With the flatterers were, busy mockers, who gnashed "at me with their teeth."--The Prophet Jeremiah speaks the same language. "He hath caused thine "enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn "of thine adversaries." As to the third selection of passages of scripture in which the word malice (kakia) is actually made use of, though not in the proper or philosophical sense, such passages are rather numerous: were it not that one accustomed to the English scriptures might be apt to prefer the popular as seeming to be the scriptural sense, I know not that there would be a necessity, on our present subject, for referring to any of them: though indeed a sight of a few of them, ...

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