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" I hold it for a most infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction will stand, the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst. "
The Catholic spectator, selector and monitor, or, Catholicon [formerly ... - Page 109
1815
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The Churchman's companion, Volume 3

1868 - 588 pages
...will only remind her of Hooker's "most infallible rule" that " in expositions of Sacred Scripture, where a literal construction will stand, the farthest from the letter is commonly the VOL. in. (N. s.) worst." (EP vc lix. 2.) But perhaps her difficulty may be in the word " fire."...
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Sermons Bearing on Subjects of the Day

John Henry Newman - Sermons, English - 1869 - 452 pages
...great authority in our Church, — "I hold it," he says, "for a most infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction...the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst 2." Indeed, these figurative interpretations have given special occasion to the infidel to scoff against...
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Choice notes on the Gospel of s. John, drawn from old and new sources

Bible - 1869 - 402 pages
...now disguised with a toy of novelty? . . I hold it for a most infallible rule, in expositions of Holy Scripture, that, where a literal construction will...farthest from the letter is commonly the worst. There is nothing more dangerous than this licentious and deluding art, which changeth the meaning of words,...
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The New Testament. With a brief comm. by various authors, Volume 1

1870 - 882 pages
...The wise and pious Hooker gives this rule: — "I hold it for a most infallible rule in expositions "of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction..."farthest from the letter is commonly the worst," And with regard to the unanimous consent of the primitive Church, the same writer affirms that "Of...
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The Doctrine of Immortality

James Herman Whitmore - Religion - 1870 - 324 pages
...1 Says Hooker : "I hold it for a most infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that when a literal construction will stand, the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst. There is nothing more dangerous and delusive than that act which changes the meaning of words, as alchemy...
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American Church Review, Volume 25

1873 - 638 pages
...at their source. Saith the judicious Hooker : " I hold it for a most infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction...the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst." And if we show that there are no real objections against the literal construction, and expose the sophisms...
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Our hope, ed. by W. Maude, Volume 1

William Maude (of Birkenhead) - 1874 - 408 pages
...Hooker gave to the word literal when He says " We must hold it for an infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction...the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst." MM THE DIVINE IMMUTABILITY. IN its vital and immeasurable importance to us as His absolutely dependent...
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Commenting and Commentaries: Lectures Addressed to the Students of the ...

Charles Haddon Spurgeon - Bible - 1876 - 336 pages
...his motto in translating, that saying of Hooker : " I hold it for an infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction...the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst." His notes are scant, but his dissertations in the second volume are most admirable. 440 JENNINGS (AC,...
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Commenting & Commentaries: Two Lectures Addressed to the Students of the ...

Charles Haddon Spurgeon - Bible - 1876 - 220 pages
...his motto in translating, that saying of Hooker : " I hold it for an infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture, that where a literal construction...the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst." His notes are scant, but his dissertations in the second volume are most admirable. 439 JENNINGS (AC,...
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The Rainbow, a magazine of Christian literature, Volume 12

1876 - 540 pages
...mind regarding the eternal home and reward of the righteous, which did not agree with it. "When the literal construction will stand, the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst. There is nothing more dangerous than this licentious and deluding art, which changes the meaning of words...
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