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Jonathan Edwards uses many metaphors and images in his sermon. In one case he uses a metaphor to dramatize human powerlessness. He states the the human has as much chance of keeping out of hell " as a spider's web would have to stop a fallen rock" He compares the wrath of God to "great damned waters" He then compares God's wrath a bow which is bent and "the arrow made ready on the string" to pierce the sinner's heart. He continues by saying that God holds people over the pit of hell 'much as a spider...over a fire "and that his wrath is like "fire".
The part of the sermon that it is many textbooks is just an excerpt. Historians say that the actual sermon lasted about two hours and was so effective people were crying and even fainting when it was over.
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