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    The ways of God in Nature, as in Providence...

    Hi. Please help me to interpret this epigraph: "The ways of God in Nature, as in Providence, are not as our ways; nor are the models that we frame any way commensurate to the vastness, profundity, and unsearchableness of His works, which have a depth in them greater than the well of Democritus."
    Is there any synonym for "ways" here?

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    Re: The ways of God in Nature, as in Providence...

    ways = the way someone does things (general behaviour).

    There is a missing 'in'. The models are not 'in any way commensurate [='having the same dimensions as'] the vastness, profundity...'

    The Well of Democritus is probably covered somewhere in Wikipedia, but I can't find it. From the context I'd guess that it was Jolly Deep

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    Re: The ways of God in Nature, as in Providence...

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    As I understand it, the Greek philosopher Democritus proposed that nature was made up of atom-like particles, that there were an infinite number of these particles and that the universe itself was boundless. Poe is quoting a 17th century writer called Joseph Glanville, who employed the metaphor of the Well of Democritus to convey a sense of limitless profundity.
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