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Scripture Testimony Against Intoxicating Wine

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Pages: 128

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Ritchie

Excerpt from book: drought which God calls to fall upon it ? Yet these are the incongruities and extravagances which we are forced to adopt, unless we believe that Tirosh denotes vine fruit. OBJECTIONS CONSIDERED. Here, however, it is proper to advert to the few texts that have been thought to countenance an opposite conclusion, and to prove that Tirosh denotes the juice in the grape, or newly expressed from it, — that is, " new wine." First of all, we are referred to Isaiah Ixii. 8, 9: " The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies, and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine (Tirosh), for which thou hast labored: but they that have gathered it shall eat it and praise the Lord: and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness." Does not this — it has been asked — prove that Tirosh denotes a liquid ? We fail to see that it does. First, this is but one passage, — the only one in the Bible, which represents Tirosh as drank: and a single text, whose evidence is not express, can not surely be held as nullifying the explicit proof of all others. Second, this passage itself contains an expression which subverts the inference deduced from the word," shall drink," as applied to Tirosh. We point to the expression, " they that have brought it together" and ask what can be made of this, on the supposition that Tirosh denotes a liquid ? The word employed almost uniformly denotes the bringing together of solid things, and is applied to the collecting of grain (Genesis xli. 35) : of spoils (Deut. xiii. 17) : of wealth (Prov. xiii. 11) : of persons (Judges xii. 4) : of lambs (Isaiah xl. 11): of sheaves to the threshing- floor (Micah iv. 11). Does not this phrase, then, har...  

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