Identify three famous figures of speech that Edwards develops in his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
Edwards uses a simile, a comparison of two unalike things that uses like or as, when he writes, "That they were always exposed to destruction; as one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to fall." Here, he speaks of the Israelites who, he says, could not know from one moment to the next whether or not they would fall from grace, just as someone who walks on slick spots never knows when he or she will physically slip and fall.
Another famous simile occurs when Edwards writes, "God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost." He compares the Israelites' inevitable fall from God's grace to a person who is on a slippery hill near a pit; when that person is let go of, he surely falls and is lost forever, just as they will be....
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