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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Path

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the general course of any moving body. So we say the path of the sun in the heavens; and to this the wise man compares the path of the just, which is, he says, like daybreak; it increases in light and splendor till perfect day. It may be obscure, feeble, dim, at first, but afterwards it shines in full brilliancy (Proverbs 4:18). The course of a man's conduct and general behavior is called the path in which he walks, by a very easy metaphor; and as when a man walks from place to place in the dark, he may be glad of a light to assist in directing his steps, so the Word of God is a light to guide those in their course of piety and duty who otherwise might wander or be at a loss for direction. Wicked men and wicked women are said to have paths full of snares. The dispensations of God are his paths (Psalms 25:10). The precepts of God are paths (Psalms 17:5; Psalms 65:4). The phenomena of nature are paths of God (Psalms 77:19; Isaiah 43:16), and to those depths which are beyond human inspection the course of God in his providence is likened. If his paths are obscure in nature, so they may be in providence, and in grace too. (See CAUSEWAY).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Path'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/path.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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