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The Diversity of Scripture


   “The parts of Scripture were penned by diverse secretaries, published in diverse places, in diverse ages, on diverse occasions, for diverse ends:  so the argument and subject matter, the method and manner of composing, the texture and the style of writing are likewise different.  Some parts of Scripture were delivered in prose, others in verse or numbers: some parts of the Scripture are historical, showing what hath been done, some are prophetical, showing what shall be done; others are dogmatical or doctrinal, showing what we must do, what we must believe.  Again, some parts of Scripture are clear and easy, some are obscure and very knotty:  Some parts of Scripture show what God made us, others, how sin spoiled us:  A third, how Christ restored us.  Some parts of Scripture show forth acts of mercy to keep us from sinking; others record acts of judgment to keep us from presuming.”


    -- Joseph Caryl (1602-1673)