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- adjective Grievously painful; distressing; afflictive. -- Af*flict"ing*ly,
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- verb Present participle of
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To return to the unpleasant question of Gaza, Jon Chait had a post the other day explaining that the kind of bloodshed and suffering the Israelis are afflicting is okay because of the asymetric subjective desires of the parties to the conflict:
Nice job Kentucky in afflicting the rest of us with this piece of horsecrap.
For (Job 28: 1-28) the ways of divine wisdom in afflicting the godly are inscrutable: all that is sure to man is, the fear of the Lord is wisdom (Job 28: 28). by the hand -- rather, concerning the hand of God, namely, what God does in governing men. with the Almighty -- the counsel or principle which regulates God's dealings.
God's waves with which he afflicted him, which rolled upon him, one on the neck of another, so that he scarcely recovered from one dark thought before he was oppressed with another; these waves beat against him with noise and fury; not some, but all, of God's waves were made use of in afflicting him and bearing him down.
He is righteous, and did me no wrong in afflicting me; he is gracious, and was very kind in supporting and delivering me.
We cannot answer God's end in afflicting us unless we consider why and wherefore he contends with us.
God is angry with them, and contends with them, and they are full of that only, and take no notice of his wise and gracious designs in afflicting them, never enquire wherefore he contends with them, and therefore nothing appears in them but anger at
God's end in afflicting them; their consciences were not awakened, nor their hearts softened and humbled, nor were they driven to seek unto
Therefore, because the affliction is mitigated and moderated, and the rough wind stayed, therefore we may conclude that he designs their reformation, not their destruction; and, because he deals thus gently with us, we should therefore study to answer his ends in afflicting us.
God's design in afflicting his people is their probation, not their destruction; their advantage, not their ruin: a trial, as the word signifies, is an experiment or search made upon a man, by some affliction, to prove the value and strength of his faith.