Friday, November 15, 2019

Does God LITERALLY Harden Hearts?

Does God LITERALLY Harden Hearts?

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. (Exodus 10:27; King James Version)

But JEHOVAH permitted Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened, so that he would not send them away. (A Translation of the Old Testament Scriptures from the Original Hebrew By Helen Spurrell) 

Commentary: “Nothing but a total unacquaintance with the Oriental style could have, hence, given rise to the absurd idea, that God really hardened the heart of Pharaoh. Everywhere in Scripture God is said to do what he permits, whether good or bad, and especially if the thing done be uncommon, and out of the ordinary course of things. Let it suffice to have, once for all, made this remark…. Yet I will permit his heart to be so hardened that he will not let the people go.”

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Barrett, Richard A. F. A Synopsis of Criticism Upon Those Passages of the Old Testament in which Modern Commentators have Differed, Vol. I (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847), p. 208


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