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18 For the grave [Sheol] cannot praise [thank] thee, death [mavet] can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit [bor] cannot hope for thy truth [emes].
19 The living, the living, he shall praise [thank] Thee, as I do this day: the father [av] to the children [ banim] shall make known Thy truth [emes].
The people and the "reverend" Sin-spirituals who "guide" them, are a region of the shadow of death, into which the light cannot shine, so as to dispel the darkness, until "Yahweh the Spirit" is revealed in his glory.
Like the helpless heathen in Paul's day, who found the God of Israel without seeking after him, because he forced himself upon their attention, the moderns are living under "times of ignorance," which "God winks at." They have the scriptures, it is true, but the traditions of the schools, dogmas and institutions, imposed upon our generation by its darkminded progenitors, have enslaved the minds of clergy and people, so that they cannot and dare not think in opposition to established opinions; and being so thoroughly imbued with these, the scriptures to them have become sealed and unintelligible.
They are dead, and consequently "alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them." The Angel in Sardis was "twice dead," and since "plucked up by the roots;" but the moderns, never having had spiritual existence in God, will be less sorely dealt with; yet they will not rise to life, the primary sentence upon our race binding them hard and fast with chains of darkness in the dust (Gen. iii. 19; Isa. xxvi. 14; xxxviii. 18,19).