God, who does the work, ordains the instrument

Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 20

Quotation: “Sir,” I answered, “a wanderer’s repose or a sinner’s reformation should never depend on a fellow-creature. Men and women die; philosophers falter in wisdom, and Christians in goodness: if any one you know has suffered and erred, let him look higher than his equals for strength to amend and solace to heal.”

“But the instrument—the instrument! God, who does the work, ordains the instrument.
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Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part, especially the word "instrument" here. I guess "instrument" is the tool by which one could approach God for strength to amend and solace to heal. So I interpret the part as "God, who grants the strength and solace, predestines the the tool by which one could approach him for strength to amend and solace to heal"
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    The instrument is the person who does the work on God's behalf.

    This is part of the philosophy that God ordains (= arranges, decides) all things, and that humans are placed on earth to do his work.

    In a narrower sense, it could refer to an ordained minister (= a Christian priest).
     
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