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Principles of Interpretation that have Affected the Whole Scripture.

B. W. Newton (1807 -1899)

B. W. Newton
(1807 -1899)

There are few parts of Scripture that have been more erroneously interpreted than Psalm 18; and the error has hence extended itself to other parts of the Word of God, and introduced principles of interpretation that have affected Scripture as a whole.

For if solemn language of this Psalm, which describes so vividly the manifestation of God, can be explained away on the ground of poetic exaggeration and the like, it is very obvious that every similar passage may on similar principles be nullified.

If heightened language be employed here to produce fictitious effect, it may be equally employed in other parts of the Word of God, and how then could the Scriptures be called the Scripture of truth?

Psalm 18

7 Then the earth shook and quaked;
And the foundations of the mountains were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
8 Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And fire from His mouth devoured;
Coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
10 He rode upon a cherub and flew;
And He sped upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 He sent out His arrows, and scattered them,
And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.
15 Then the channels of water appeared,
And the foundations of the world were laid bare
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Will anyone affirm that God thus manifested His glory, and shook the heavens and the earth when the typical David was delivered from the hands of Saul? Or was there any such manifestation of glory when Jesus rose from the dead? He rose during the silence of night, unseen by mortal eye. The heavens were not bowed; the foundations of the round world were not discovered; the channels of waters were not seen, nor lightnings to discomfort… The Psalm, therefore, is clearly unfulfilled, It was spoken by the typical David prophetically. There is in it no empty metaphor – no poetic exaggeration. Every word will be fulfilled with close exactitude in the great day of coming visitation. (B. W. Newton)

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