An Inquiry Into the Proper Mode of Rendering the Word God in Translating the Sacred Scriptures Into the Chinese Language

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Printed at the Mission Press, 1848 - Chinese language - 170 pages
 

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Page 76 - Christians then, or ever had been ; and they repeated after me an invocation of the gods and of your image, which, for this purpose I had ordered to be brought with the images of the deities : They performed sacred rites with wine and frankincense, and execrated Christ, — none of which things I am told a real Christian can ever be compelled to do.
Page 20 - Tien is called the ancestor of all things; the highest that is above. He is called the great framer, who makes things as a potter frames an earthen vessel. The Chinese also speak of the decrees and the will of Heaven, of the steps of Heaven or Providence. The sages who teach the people are sent by...
Page 76 - ... they repeated after me an invocation of the gods and of your image, which for this purpose I had ordered to be brought with the images of the deities. They performed sacred rites with wine and frankincense, and execrated Christ, none of which things, I am told, a real Christian can ever be compelled to do. On this account I dismissed them. Others, named by an informer, first affirmed and then denied the charge of Christianity, declaring that they had been Christians, but had ceased to be so,...
Page 152 - And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation. I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
Page 85 - Is. ,44: 6 Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts ; I am the first and I am the last ; and besides me there is no God. 8 Is there a God besides me ? Yea, there is no God ; I know not any.
Page 21 - Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
Page 21 - Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority? 3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me : 4 The baptism of John, was it •from heaven, or of men?
Page 25 - He.iven is not supreme over one nation merely, but all nations, it overspreads the whole world, and is looked to with reverence by every one: therefore we conclude, that by Heaven is not meant the chief God of the Chinese, but the Supreme ruling power, known and acknowledged in China and everywhere else; the word being used in almost every nation by metonymy for God.
Page 21 - It is no hard matter for many to be shut up in the hands of a few ; and with the God of heaven it is all one to deliver with a great multitude, or a small company ; For the victory of battle standeth not in the multitude of an host, but strength cometh from heaven.

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