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ss is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the ss fon of man, that thou visitest him ? ss

Scriptural Interrogations are sometimes sharp remonlirances or rebukes : Gen. xii. 18. ss And ss PIARAOH called ABRAM, and said, What is ss his that thou hast done unto me? Why didft ss thou not tell ine that she was thy wife? why us faidst thou, she is my sister ? ss

Interrogations in Scripture convey a keen resentment: Matt. xvii. 17. - Then Jesus anss swered and said, O faithless and perverse gess neration ! how long shall I be with you ? how

long shall I suffer ss

Scriptural Interrogations are sometimes bitter Ironies and Sarcasms : 2 San. vi. 20. ss How ss glorious was the King of Israel to-day, who ss uncovered himself as one of the vain fellows I's and Jer. xxii. 23.

ss O inhabitant of Lebanon, :s that makest thy nest in the cedars, how grass cious shalt thou be when pangs come upon

thee, the pain as of a woman in travail pss

Interrogations in Scripture sometimes give vent to forrow and distress : Lanı. ii. 13. - What thing * shall I take to witness for thee? What thing ss shall I liken unto thee, O daughter of Jerufas lem? What shall I equal to thee, that I may si comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for

thy breach is great, like the sea, who can heal :5 theess

The pouring out our affictions before God, or holy pleading with him, may be observed in the Interrogations of Scripture, Psalm xxii. 1. " My

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* God, my Gon, why haft thou forsaken me? ss Why art thou so far from helping me, and s from the words of my roaring ? So Psalm

ss Will the Lord cast off for ever? ss and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone

for ever? Doth his promise ss fail for evermore? Hath. Gop forgotten to be ss gracious ? Hath he in

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his tenss der mercies ? ss

A pleasing hope may be expressed in the Interrogations of Scripture. Judges v. 30. ss Have

they not fped ? have they not divided the

prey, to every man a damsel or two? To SI* SERA a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers ss colours of needle-work, of divers colours of ss needle-work on both sides, meet for the necks ss of them that take the spoil.

Vehement desires are sometimes uttered by scriptural Interrogations. Romans vii. 24. ss wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me ss from the body of this death ? ss

Sacred praise and exultation are sometimes expressed by Interrogations in the sacred Writings. Exod. xv. 11. " Who is like unto thee, O ss Lord, among the Gods ? Who is like thee,

glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing ss wonders ?s And Pfalm lxxxix. 6. s Who in ss the heavens can be compared unto the Lord? s who among the sons of the mighty can be liss kened unto the Lord?'s and ver. 8. 5 O LORD si God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like un

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ss to thee? or to thy faithfulness round about ss thee ? ss

Though I may not have mentioned all the various forms in which an Interrogation occurs in Scripture, yet I shall only add, that both affirmations and negations are expressed by this Figure in the sacred Writings. As to affirmations, we may take the following instances. Gen. xiii. 9. s Is not the whole land before thee?ss

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27. * And there came a man of God unto jus Eli, and said unto him, Thus said the LORD, sDid I plainly appear 'unto the house of thy

father, when they were in Pharaoh's house? ss And did I choose him out of all the tribes of # Ifrael to be my Priest, to offer upon my altar, ss to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? sø And did I give unto the house of thy father ss all the offerings made by fire of the children si of Israel? Wherefore kick ye at my facrifice, ss and my offering ?" And 1 Cor. ix. 1. ss Am I s not an Apostle ? Am I not free ? Have I not şs seen Jesus Christ our Lord ? Are not you s my work in the LORD?" These Interrogations are evidently affirmatives, and declare what was actually and in fact the case.

On the other hand, fcriptural Interrogations are sometimes as strong deniels. Psalm lxxvii. 13; sę Who is fo great a God as our God?'s So Psalm cvi. 2. - Who can utter the mighty acts

of the LORD? Who can shew forth all his

praise ? is And Heb. i. 5. $ For unto which of as the Angels faid he at any time, Thou art my

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ss Son, » Son, this day have I begotten thee ? And

again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall s be to me a Son ?" And verse 13.' But to ss which of the Angels said he at any time, Sit s on my right hand, till I make thine enemies

thy footstool ?ss

$.4. might çite many more examples of the Interragation (as indeed scarce any Figure may be more common) but I shall rather produce the very just and suitable observations of fome eminent Writers upon this Figure. “ It is a " simple Interrogation, says QUINTILIAN, when so it is asked, But whence are you? or, from 46 what coast arrived ? But Interrogation be“ comes a Figure when it is employed, not 5 merely for inquiry, but for urging our point. $. For what did your sword do, Tubero, when " it was drawn in the battle of Pharsalia ? And « how long will you abuse our patience, ÇATI« LINE? and don't you see that your whole plot $ is laid open ? And, in a word, that whole

passage of Cicero's. What vehemence is there " in such Figures, beyond what there would s have been if it was only said, You abuse our

patience a long time; and your plot is laid

open? We also use these Interrogations to ex“ press our displeasure, as Medea in SENECA

says,
“ Say to what countries do you bid me fly?
or our distress, as Sinon in VIRGIL,
$6 Alas! what earth, what seas will shelter me?

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« This Figure is vastly various. Hereby we

may vent our indignation,

“ And who will Juno's deity adore ? “ or our wonder,

6 Where does the luft of riches drive mankind * ?”

Longinus has largely considered the Interrogation in the following passage ; which not only furnishes us with instances of this Figure, but likewise discloses its beauty and power in composition. “ But what shall we say concerning Interrogation and inquiry ? Does not DE“ MOSTHENES, by the help of this Figure, exert “ himself to infuse life and grandeur into his

“ discourse ? Simplex eft fic rogare ; Sed vos qui tandem ? quibus aut veniftis ab oris ! Figuratum autem, quoties non scisci. tandi gratia affumitur, sed inftandi. Quid enim tuus ille, Tubero, districtus in acie Pharsalica gladius agebat ? &, Quoufque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia noftra ? & to, tus denique hic locus. Quanto enim magis ardet, quam fi diceretur: diu abuteris patientia noftra; & patent tua confilia? Interrogamus etiam ut invidiæ gratia, ut Medea apud Senecam :

Quas peti terras jubes ?
Aut miserationis, ut Sinon apud Virgilium :

Heu quæ me tellus, inquit, quæ me æquora possunt

Accipere? Totum hoc plenum eft varietatis. Nam & indignationi convenit :

Et quisquam numen Junonis adoret ?
Et admirationi:

Quod non mortalia pectora cogis
Auri facra fames ?

Quintil. lib. ix. cap. 2. § 1

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