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Literary Traits of the Bible

Literary Traits of the Bible

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D.


The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words;
And that which was written was upright,
Even words of truth.
The words of the wise are as goads,
And as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies.

— Eccl. 12. 10, 11.
By Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D.


The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words;
And that which was written was upright,
Even words of truth.
The words of the wise are as goads,
And as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies.

— Eccl. 12. 10, 11.

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LITERARY TRAITS OF THE BIBLEBy Jesse Bowman Young, D.D., Litt.D. The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; And that which was written was upright, Even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, And as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies.  — Eccl. 12. 10, 11. Seek ye out of the book of the Lord and read: o one of these shall fail, one shall want her mate; For my mouth it hath commanded, And his spirit it hath gathered them. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: But the word of our God shall stand for ever.  — Isa. 34. 16; 40. 8. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.  —Col. 3. 16. This Book, this holy Book, on every line
 
Marked with the seal of high divinity, On every leaf bedewed with drops of love Divine, and with the eternal heraldry And signature of God Almighty stamped From first to last ; this ray of sacred light, This lamp from off the everlasting throne, Mercy took down, and in the night of Time Stood, casting on the dark her gracious bow; And evermore beseeching men with tears And earnest sighs, to read, believe, and live.  —Robert Pollok. CHAPTER V LITERARY TRAITS There are certain rhetorical features of the Bible which have put it in the foreground of the world's attention, and have kept it there for ages in undis- puted literary supremacy. A few of these may now be indicated, in brief, and yet in some detail, and with illustrative citations. Some men, among those whose writings are found in the Bible, deal with the grandest themes, and move on the very highest plane of thought and expression. It is difficult to represent their work fitly without using superlative terms. These writers were first of all men of unrivaled genius; then they had a passion for God and an aptitude for religious truth, and an insight into its meaning and worth which made them a class by themselves; they had extraordinary literary gifts; and in addition we are told that these men "spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit." 2 Pet. 1.21 With such varied qualifications, it is no wonder that their writings in certain respects are of surpassing rank.
 
1. The^sublimity of certain passages in Scripture is a quality which stands foremost on many pages. What, for instance, can the literature of the world present to match the opening verses of Genesis? o matter what interpretation may be put upon the chapter 60 CHARMS OF THE BIBLE from which the verses are taken, it can scarcely be debated that the ineffable magnificence of the theme finds fit embodiment in these majestic words: Gen. 1. 1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called ight. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Of like scope and magnificence are the opening verses of the Gospel according to John: Johnl. 1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. How noble and adequate, also, are the words of the psalmist in which he symmetrizes his lofty concep- tions of the power of Jehovah, with his grateful acknowledgment of the condescension of the Most High:

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