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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

A Year with the Institutes, Day 14

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"[God's] power shows itself clearly when the ferocity of the impious, in everyone's opinion unconquerable, is overcome in a moment, their arrogance vanquished, their strongest defenses destroyed, their javelins and armor shattered, their strength broken, their machinations overturned, and themselves fallen of their own weight; and when their audacity, which exalted them above heaven, lays them low even to the center of the earth; when, conversely the humble are raised up from the dust, and the needy are lifted up from the dung heap . . .; the oppressed and afflicted are rescued from their extreme tribulation; the despairing are restored to good hope; the unarmed, few and weak, snatch victory from the armed, many and strong. Indeed, [God's] wisdom manifests [God's] excellence when [God] dispenses everything at the best opportunity; when [God] confounds all wisdom of the world . . .; when "[God] catches the crafty in their own craftiness". In short, there is nothing that [God] does not temper in the best way." (1.5.8)

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