The irony is that despite man's puniness
, God does magnify him, loves him, died for him, and would redeem him.
With superb artistic skill the author uses the terms of going down [yarad] and great [gadol] as counterpoints, the puniness
of man against the power of the Almighty.
The immense disproportion between the magnitude of the problem Gore had described and the puniness
of what he was asking us to do about it was enough to sink your heart.
Neither "abyss" moves him to Pascalian awe or to a sense of the puniness
of the human mind.
This was not mere titillation, as a roller coaster ride might give, but a profound encounter with objects whose immense magnitude and implacable severity overwhelms us with despair at our own puniness
But that's where you suddenly feel the puniness
of your powers of prediction.