Then "self-control" receives the emphasis of an eight-fold repetition of "nots."
There is a busy time under the surface of those "nots" and "alls."
Let us consider why we are in authority, let us consider distribution, let us consider forget me nots.
The original distinction between the "haves" and the "have nots" has persisted throughout history and is with us to-day.
Notice the “nots” and “buts,” indicating the change from the negative to the positive statement.
In those days, they always put two nots together when they meant to speak strongly.
Deprive virtue of its "dare nots," and how many "would nots" and "should nots" might survive?
For instance run through John's Gospel, and pick out the negatives on His lips, the "nots."
These three nots together are enough to make a lady very ill indeed.
Possibly there is exactly the right number of "nots" in the Bible, but they have been wrongly distributed.