Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer

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Author: Jonathan Edwards

Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer

Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758

"Will he always call upon God?" Job 27:10

Concerning these words, I would observe,

1. Who it is that is here spoken of, viz. the hypocrite; as you may see, If you take the two preceding verses with the verse of the text. "For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God bear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call up on God?" Job’s three friends, in their speeches to him, insisted much upon it, that he was an hypocrite. But Job, in this chapter, asserts his sincerity and integrity, and shows how different his own behavior had been from that of hypocrite. Particularly he declares his steadfast and immovable resolution of persevering and holding out in the ways of religion and righteousness to the end; as you may see in the six first verses. In the text, he shows how contrary to this steadfastness and perseverance the character of the hypocrite is, who is not wont thus to hold out in religion

2. We may observe what duty of religion it is, with respect to which the hypocrite is deciphered in the text, and that is the duty of prayer; or calling upon God.

3. Here is something supposed of the hypocrite relating to this duty, viz. That he may continue in it for a while; he may call upon God for a season.

4. Something asserted, viz. That it is not the manner of hypocrites to continue always in this duty. Will he always call upon God? It is in the form of an interrogation; but the words have the force of a strong negation, or of an assertion, that however the hypocrite may call upon God for a season, yet he will not always continue in it.

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Chicago: Jonathan Edwards, "Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer," Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer in Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (New York: G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830), Original Sources, accessed August 2, 2021, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=X1UPFFFAK2E4JSI.

MLA: Edwards, Jonathan. "Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer." Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer, in Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer, New York, G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830, Original Sources. 2 Aug. 2021. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=X1UPFFFAK2E4JSI.

Harvard: Edwards, J, 'Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer' in Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer. cited in 1830, Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer, G. & C. & H. Carvill, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 2 August 2021, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=X1UPFFFAK2E4JSI.