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Matt Christian
8/30/11
Giffin 3
Age of Faith PP

"Sinners in the hands of an Angry God"
Jonathan Edwards uses imagery, repetition and metaphors to invoke fear into those yet to repent and have no fear in the "power" god potentially

possesses. Edwards utilizes the literary device of a metaphor to show that God could unleash his wrath at any moment but his kindess happens to save them.

Edwards states "The bow of God's wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is

nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any prmoise, or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made made

drunk with your blood." (Edwards 38.) Edwards' metaphor invokes the fear he is portraying throughout this sermon, using "the arrow made ready on the string, and

justice bends the arrow at your heart" to show God's power and control over all. He belives that God is all knowing of every act you commit, and has complete

control of whether you shall live or die. The future of humans, according to Edwards and this metaphor, is determined by the way we act and treat others, and God's

arrow is bent and ready to punish those who deserve it. In addition to metaphors, Edwards' utilizes the literary device of repetition to portray urgency that God's

"wrath" will be unleashed and you will be end up with many of the souls of hell. Edward's repetition of the word "wrath" shows that God is angry and will unleash his

anger on anyone. He repeats this word to show that God is serious and you must change your ways our this wrath will be unleashed upon you. A line from the

repetition "Whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you as many of the damned in hell" (Edwards 39.) shows that his wrath will be as fierce upon

you as those already perishing in hell, and that is used to invoke more fear into the already petrified...
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