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"Sinners at the hand of an Angry God" By Jonathan Edwards
Transcript of "Sinners at the hand of an Angry God" By Jonathan Edwards
Ryan Maurer, Kyle Delima, Zoe Chapman-Campbell, Mackenzie Torrance
"The god that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked:" (Edwards 48)
"Haste and escape from your lives, look not behind you, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed" (Edwards, 50)
The world of misery, the lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad, under you. There is a dreadful pit of t glowing flames of the wrath of God...." (Edwards, 47)
"Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downward with great weight and pressure towards hell...." (Edwards, 47)
"The devil is waiting for them, hell is gapping for them, the flames gather and flash about them and would fain lay hold on them and swallow them up..." (Edwards, 46)
"There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell, since you have sat here in the house of god, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship" (Edwards, 48)
Edwards used figurative language to help us grasp the concept that god doe not like us, and the hell is enveitable because we, the congregation, are all sinners. Making you feel bad and strive for gods forgiveness, though its not likely you'll get it.
This is an example of a simile by Edwards because it uses "as" to depict that his congregation is full of sinners. As this quote goes on to relate about our assertion that he believes people are initially bad, and that we, his congregation, are sinking in our own sin, and headed to hell.
This is an example of personification because it is giving hell human characteristics. It is also talking about how the flash would lay hold on them , but given the fact the flash is not human, as said before, it is a personification. Edwards used it to explain that after death, for most of the congregation, that there was nothing but horror awaiting them bevause they had angeried God.
This is quote goes on to prove that Edwards believed that his congregation was nothing but a lot of sinners, and that God held a strong ire for them and there presance. Even though it was required for them, puritans , to attend church, but in attening they only made God angier and so their fate became worse.