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Monday, October 1, 2012

Comfort and Affliction

You have read this before here that repetition is one of the things that you look for in the Scripture.  It is like the teacher stomping their foot in the front of class to let you know something is going to be on the test.  It is one of the things for which I am constantly seeking as I study the Word.  Not just repetition of words but also themes, content, and structure.
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In 2 Corinthians 1:3 – 7 there is a little repetition.  Take a look and get back to me (by the way if you hover your mouse over any scripture reference in this blog you will see the verse, you also have the option to click on the reference and it will open in another tab in your browser).

You probably noticed the two concepts in the title are repeated in various form.  In these five verses we see comfort 10 times and affliction or suffering 7 times.  Now that we have that repetition, what do we do with it?  We ask questions:

  • What does the repeated term or theme mean? 
  • Why does the author repeat it?  
  • Why repeat it here?
  • What are the full implications of repeating these terms?
  • How does this repetition move the theme or argument of the book forward?

Take a shot at those.  I will share some thoughts tomorrow.

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