What are 3 rhetorical techniques used in the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God? Are there any examples of figurative language as well?
Edwards uses symbolism when he says that:
As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning.
He uses this example to describe how, just as one might physically slip and fall suddenly and without warning, people who have not accepted Christ and the gift of his grace are just as apt to slip and fall, spiritually, and without warning as well—except they will slip and fall into the pits of Hell.
He uses personification when he continues this point, saying that these people:
are liable to fall of themselves, without being thrown down by the hand of another; as he that stands or walks on slippery ground needs nothing but his own weight to throw him down.
Another person might throw us to the ground, but that is not what will happen here; when we are spiritually "thrown down," it will be by our own weight. This personifies our "weight" as something that can...
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