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Posted 02 February 2016 - 10:19 AM

File Name: The Prophecies of Isaiah by Dr. J A Alexander

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File Submitted: 02 Feb 2016

File Category: Commentaries

Author: Dr. Joseph Addison Alexander
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HD (iPad) / LT (iPhone) version of the Commentary Titled "The Prophecies of Isaiah", an exhaustive and comprehensive verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Book of Isaiah, authored by Dr. Joseph Addison Alexander (1809 - 1860).
He is also the author of an excellent commentary on Psalms; and the following poem:

“There is a Line”

There is a time, I know not when -

A place, I know not where,

Which marks the destiny of men -

To heaven or despair.

There is a line, by us not seen -

Which crosses every path;

The hidden boundary between –

God's patience and God's wrath.

To cross that limit is to die -

To die as if by stealth.

It may not pale the beaming eye,

Nor quench the glowing health.

The conscience may be still at ease;

The spirit light and gay.

That which is pleasing still may please,

And care be thrust away.

But on that forehead God hath set -

Indelibly a mark,

By man unseen, for man as yet,

Is blind and in the dark.

And still the doomed man's path below -

May bloom as Eden bloomed.

He did not, does not, will not know,

Nor feel, that he is doomed.

He feels, he says, that all is well;

His every fear is calmed.

He lives; he dies; he wakes in hell -

Not only doomed, but damned.

Oh, where is that mysterious bourne

By which each path is crossed?

Beyond which God, Himself, hath sworn -

That he who goes is lost?

How long may man go on in sin;

How long will God forbear?

Where does hope end, and where begin -

The confines of despair?

One answer from the skies is sent:

Ye who from God depart -

While it is yet today, repent;

And harden not your heart.

This poem is also titled “The Hidden Line” and “The Doomed Man”. The first line of the last verse is sometimes given as: “An answer from the skies repeats”, which neither improves nor rhymes. That is the only line that perhaps merits change. Perhaps a better rendering would be: “One answer from God’s word is lent:”.

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