Absent from his selection is any mention of the moderation and patience that continues in Luke 13:8-9: "let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
And if it bears fruit, well." By omitting these verses of scripture, Edwards hopes to move his audience by his calling rather than at their own leisure.
His knowledge of biblical verse, skillful use of visual imagery, and comparisons between a doctrine and application combine to form a strong and moving argument that revolves around his intense desire for salvation.
Authors convey their tones by using a variety of rhetorical techniques.
By providing a chronological argument the listeners are able to not only grasp his viewpoint but also observe the soundness of his argument.
For instance, in pages 7-9, when Edwards describes why God’s wrath is transcendental, he breaks his argument into bits: one leading to the other, creating separate strands that are intertwined into a weave to achieve his argument.
Often Edwards uses parts or sections of biblical verse rather than complete text because too much information might diminish the importance of his primary intent.
These instances of manipulation occur in the doctrinal section where Edwards attempts to prove the basis of his application. ", Luke 13:7, is used by Edwards to illustrate God's justifiably immediate destruction of those guilty of sin.
As many religious leaders before and after him, Edwards's source of inspiration and guidance is the Bible.
His understanding of this cornerstone of New England society enables him to reinforce a persuasive dissertation with biblical quotes and passages; however, not all the quotes cited by Edwards support his interpretations exclusively.