The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans : with notes, comments, maps, and illustrations .. . er thinks as hespeaks, and corrects, modifies, inserts his parentheses and, as it were, his interlineations ashe dictates. The thought grows in expressing ; the inadequacy of language oppresses him;he turns the truth back and forth in endeavor to shed its full light; an imaginary objector.starts before him ; he phrases for himself the objection, replies to it in one short, .sharpsentence, or sweeps him and his puerile objection away with an exclamation of impatience,or even leaves it contemptuous

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans : with notes, comments, maps, and illustrations .. . er thinks as hespeaks, and corrects, modifies, inserts his parentheses and, as it were, his interlineations ashe dictates. The thought grows in expressing ; the inadequacy of language oppresses him;he turns the truth back and forth in endeavor to shed its full light; an imaginary objector.starts before him ; he phrases for himself the objection, replies to it in one short, .sharpsentence, or sweeps him and his puerile objection away with an exclamation of impatience,or even leaves it contemptuous
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans : with notes, comments, maps, and illustrations .. . er thinks as hespeaks, and corrects, modifies, inserts his parentheses and, as it were, his interlineations ashe dictates. The thought grows in expressing ; the inadequacy of language oppresses him;he turns the truth back and forth in endeavor to shed its full light; an imaginary objector.starts before him ; he phrases for himself the objection, replies to it in one short, .sharpsentence, or sweeps him and his puerile objection away with an exclamation of impatience,or even leaves it contemptuously to bear its own refutation by the bare statement of it.*Or the truth of his experience passes beyond all bounds of exposition, and he breaks outinto a rhapsody of praise, Oh, the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledgeof God, or into a magnificent Psalm which scarcely lacks even the rhythm and meter to bea song fit for service in the kingdom of God.^ Wliatever philosophy may be found inthe beginning of his letter, practical godliness and goodness is sure to be its outcome. The. TuMUS ALONG THE APPIAN VVAl. Compare Acts ix : 8,9, with Gal. iv : 15. Rom. iii» Like Romans, Chap, viii; or 1 Cor. Chap. xiii. 5-8 ; vi : 1, 2 ; vii : 7 ; 1 Cor. xv : 36 ; Gal. i: 9,10 ; iii :3. » PAUL THE WRITER. 41 letter finislied, he has neither time nor patience to revise; to do so would be to rewrite.He adds a Sivlutation ; sometimes, personal remembrances of individuals ; and appendingliis autographic signature, closes and sends it to its destination. Such letters, written by a man so endowed, are not to be interpreted as theological jtreatises, or literary or religious essays. They are neither books, sermons, nor tracts ; theyiare exactly what their name indicates : Letters; and as letters they are to be read unthstudied. > 2 Thess. iii: 17. CHAPTER V. THE PAGAN WORLD. BEFORE passing from this rapid survey of Pauls life and character to a study of hisWTitings, we must stop

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