About defenseless resignation, how one should look only to God in all accidents [from Part III]

Book Title: Jezus en de ziel : Een geestelyke spiegel voor 't gemoed : Bestaaende in veertig aangenaame en stichtelyke zinnebeelden : Nevens Het Eeuwige Vaderland en deszelfs vreugde / [Jan Luiken]; in three parts

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: About defenseless resignation, how one should look only to God in all accidents [from Part III]

Scripture Reference:

Description: Jesus and the Soul watch a dog that bites a stone. The Dutch artist and poet, Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing and etching this emblem and composing the poem that accompanies it.

Poem: The Soul is resigned to take all from God’s hand.

Into whomever such a prickle still sticks,
Through the old Adam’s wicked powers,
So that he takes revenge upon his enemy,
With deeds, words or thoughts;
He acts like an angry dog,
Which, lacking true knowledge,
Stormed with his mouth upon the stone,
Which had been thrown at his body:
Such animal behavior does not reflect a Godlike image,
That comes to him from the cross of suffering;
What the anger tells him,
Even though the hurt hits him from all sides,
He looks upon God, in goodness and evil.
He accepts everything from God’s hands,
And does not avenge himself upon any creature;
He is honored with harm and shame,
And thanks his Creator night and day,
That he may his God in the suffering life,
Resemble a little.
Oh Messiah! Be willing to forgive her,
Though it is her mischief, it is my good,
Forgive her these unwise deeds;
So does a Christian prostrate himself before God,
And prays out of love for the evil ones.

God’s Answer:
“But I say unto you that ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39)

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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