The Inner History Of The Chaldean Exile -- By: John Franklin Genung
BSac 73:289 (Jan 1916) p. 13
The Inner History Of The Chaldean Exile
Considered in itself, there is no more intrinsic virtue in surrender than in its opposite. To unreconstructed human nature, indeed, it is hardly dissociable from dishonor and
BSac 73:289 (Jan 1916) p. 14
shame: men deem it incomparably less heroic than to defy your enemy’s worst and die fighting. Its wisdom depends on the motive that underlies it, and on the place in a nation’s history or in the evolution of the human spirit where it fits in. Surrender would have been no virtue a century before, when, in 701 B.C., Sennacherib the king of Assyria, having “shut up [Hezekiah] like a caged bird within Jerusalem his royal city,” 1 was minded in his insolent summons to detach the people by deceitful promises from their king: “Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make your peace with me, and come out to me; and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern; until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive-trees and of honey, that ye may live and not die” (2 Kings 18:31–32=Isa. 36:16–17). It was the arrogant demand of what has been called “the most brutal empire which was ever suffered to roll its force across the world,”You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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