Jonathan Edwards – Analyzing Revenge

27 Jul

Saturday morning, Aug. 24. Have not practised quite right about revenge; thought I have not done any thing directly out of revenge, yet I have perhaps omitted some things that I should otherwise have done; or have altered the circumstances and manner of my actions, hoping for a secret sort of revenge thereby. I have felt a little sort of satisfaction, when I thought that such an evil would happen to them by my actions, as would make them repent what they have done. To be satisfied for their repenting, when they repent from a sense of their error, is right. But a satisfaction in their repentance, because of the evil that is brought upon them, is revenge. This is in some measure a taking the matter out of God’s hands when he was about to manage it, who is better able to plead it for me.

~Jonathan Edwards~



The Works of Jonathan Edwards (Peabody, Massachusetts; Hendrickson Publishers; 2007) p. lxxiii.

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