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REMARKS On the 22nd Chaptor of Genesis. V.1." And it came to pass after these things that God did tempt Abraham.” After these things, -forty-nine years from the time that God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, and promised to be his God-twenty years after the child, so re. peatedly promised, and so earnestly looked for, had been given after that child had passed through the periods of infancy and childhood, to an age when he was capable of becoming the intelligent companion, the prop and support of his father's declining years-after these things, it came to pass, that God did tempt Abrahain. . The word tempt is used in Scripture in two senses; Ist. positively to move to evil; as is the case with Satan; (1 Thess. iii. 5.) with wicked men, who endeavour to persuade each other to practise wickedness; and with our own corrupt hearts. “Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed :" but, in this sense, “Let no man say, when he is tempted, I am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted of evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James i. 13.) 2dly. To tempt, means to prove; and, in this sense, God is said to tempt men, as in this instance of Abraham and in others. (Deut. viii. 2. 2 Cor. xii. 7-9.).
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