moment of his conception. Tholuck, quoted by H. B. Smith System, 281 ? ?David confesses that sin begins with the life of man; that not only his works, but the man himself, is guilty before God.? Shedd, Dogmatic Theology, 2:94 ? David mentions the fact that he was born sinful, as an aggravation of his particular act of adultery, and not as an excuse for it.?
(b) <191912>Psalm 19:12 ? ?Who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults?; 51:6, 7 ? Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall he whiter than snow.
<241323> Jeremiah 13:23 ? ?Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil?;
<450724> Romans 7:24 ? ?Wretched man that I am I who shall deliver me out of the body of this death??
(d) <195106>Psalm 51:6 ? ?Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts?; <241709> Jeremiah 17:9 ? ?The heart is deceitful above all things and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? I, Jehovah, search the mind, I try the heart? = only God can fully know the native and incurable depravity of the human heart; see Annotated Paragraph Bible, in loco .
<181404> Job 14:4 ? ?Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one?;
<430306> John 3:6 ? ?That which is born of the flesh is flesh,? i e., human nature sundered from God. Pope, Theology, 2:53 ? ?Christ, who knew what was in man, says: ?If ye then, being evil? (Matthew. 7:11), and ?That which is born of the flesh is flesh? ( <430306>John 3:6), that is ? putting the two together ? ?men are evil, because they are born evil.??
Nathaniel Hawthorn?s story of The Minister?s Black Veil portrays the isolation of every man?s deepest life, and the awe, which any visible assertion of that isolation inspires. C. P. Cranch: ?We are spirits clad in veils; Man by man was never seen; All our deep communing falls To remove the shadowy screen.? In the heart of every one of us is that fearful ?black drop,? which the Koran says the angel showed to Mohammed. Sin is like the taint of scrofula in the blood, which shows itself in tumors, in consumption, in cancer, in manifold forms but is everywhere the same organic evil. Byron spoke truly of ?This ineradicable taint of sin, this boundless Upas, this all-blasting tree.?
E. G. Robinson, Christ. Theol., 161, 162 ? ?The objection that conscience brings no charge of guilt against inborn depravity, however true it may be of the nature in its passive state, is seen, when the nature is roused to activity, to be unfounded. This faculty, on the contrary, lends
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