This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

On Isaiah 28:20

QUESTION: Explain Isaiah 28:20, "For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than he can wrap himself in it."

ANSWER: This is a proverbial saying for the inadequate means for the defense of Jerusalem against a strong army. The Hebrew word for "covering" is used in chap. 22:8 for outworks of defense, the barrier of the city and of the country. The Jews were as poorly prepared for a siege as a tipsy man was for sleep whom I found one evening lying on the door of my veranda trying to keep himself warm by covering himself with the rubber doormat.

Steele's Answers p. 151, 152.

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