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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

by Jonathan Edwards

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What is the mood of paragraph 8 in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

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If this is not the right paragraph, let me know.  I am talking about the second numbered list -- the one that actually has a paragraph with a number 8 on it.  It starts "Natural men's prudence..."

I would agree that the mood here is hopeless.  This is because the whole point of the paragraph is that all people die.  He is saying that there is nothing that you can do to save yourself from death.  He ends it with the idea that wise men die just like fools.

So, just in this paragraph, there seems to be no hope for people.  There is nothing that we can do that will prevent our death or even (back then) to make death less likely at any given moment.  Saying "there's nothing you can do" about anything is definitely hopeless.

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