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considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.—Prov. xxviii. 1 I. 20. 22.
Give me neither poverty nor riches: feed me with food convenient for me; lest I be full and deny thee, and say. Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.—Prov. xxx. 8, 9. Gen. xxviii. 20.
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, &c And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom, concerning all things that are done under heaven, &c. and behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit, &c. I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they, &c. and I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit: for in much wisdom, is much grief: and he that iocreaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow.—Eccles. i. 2. 13, 14. 16—18.
I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, Whatdoth it? I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, &c. I made me great works: I builded mehouses, 1 planted mevineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, &c. I got me servants and maidens, &c. 1 had great possessions of great and small cattle, &c. also silver and gold, &c. I got me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts, &c. whatsoever mine eyes desired, I kept not from them: I withheld not mine heart from any joy, &c. Then I looked on all, &c. and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit: and there was no profit under the sun,&c. I hated all my labour, Ac. because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me: and who knoweth whether he should be a wise man, or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour, &c. Nothing better for a man, than that he should
withholdeth more than is meet, but it tenduth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat,&c. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall.— Prov. xi.4. 24, 25. 28. Ezek. vii. 19. There is that maketh himself rich, yethath nothing; thereis that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches, &c. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, &c.— Prov. xiii. 7. 11. The poor is hated even of his own neighbour; but the rich hath many friends.— Prov. xiv. 20. xix. 4.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith, &c. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house.—Prov. xv. 16. 27.
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right: the lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.—Prov. xvi. 8. 33.
The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.—Prov. xviii. 11.
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.—Prov. jut. 21.
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; and he who loveth wine and oil, shall not be rich.—Prov. Jtxi. 17.
The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.—Prov. xxii. 2. 7.
Labour not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away.—Prov. xxiii. 4,5.
Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of man are never satisfied, &c. Riches are not for ever; and doth the crown endure to every geoeration?—Prov. xxvii. 20. 24.
The rich man is wise in his own conceit, &c. A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent, &c. he hath an evil eye, and
eat and drink, &c. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.— Eccles. ii. 1—11. 18, 19.24.
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice and to do good in his life; and also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour: it is the gift of God.—Eccles. iii. 12,13. v. 19.
There is one alone, and there is not a second: yea, he hath neither child nor brother; yet there is no end of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith be, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also ,vanity.-Eccles. iv. 8. Prov. xxvii. 20.
He that loveth silver, shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase; this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not sutler him to sleep, &c. Riches kept for the owners thereof, to their hurt, &c. What profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?—Eccles. v. 10—13. 16.
A man, to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, &c. All the labour of man is for his mouth; and yet the appetite (or soul) is not filled.—Eccles. vi. 2. 7.
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, &c. Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, &c. and the harp and the viol, &c. are in their feasts, &c—Isa. v. 8. 11, 12.
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? for his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him; for the fitches are not threshed, &c. This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts.—Isa. xxviii. 24—29.
Ail flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass withereth, the flower fadeth, &c—Isa. xl. 6—8.
Thou saidst, 1 shall be a lady for ever, &c. Hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly; thatsayestin thine heart, &-c. I shall not sit a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: but these two things shall come to thee in a moment, in one day, the loss of children and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection.—Isa. xlvii. 7—9.
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? &c. Art not thou he, O Lord our God ?—Jer. xiv. 22.
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom: neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches.—Jer. ix. 23.
He that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days; and, at his end, shall be a fool.—Jer. xvii. 11.
I have made the earth, the man, and the beast that are upon the ground, &c.—I have given it unto whom, &c.—Jer. xxvii. 5, 6.
Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord; they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels.—Ezek. vii. 19. Zeph. i. 17, 18.
Thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures, &c.—and their heart is lifted up because of thy riches; therefore, thus saith the Lord, &c. —Ezek. xxviii. 4—7.
She said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread, and my water, my wool, and my flax, mine oil, and my drink, &c. She did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold; therefore I will return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, &c.— Hosea ii. 5—9.
God threatens such who took their pleasures in those things, and were not afflicted for their sin.—Amos vi. 3, &c.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines: the labour of the olive shall fail, &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.—Hab. iii. 17, 18.
When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn; and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat? &c.—Amos viii. 5, &c.
Is it a time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, aud this house lie waste? &c. Consider your ways, ye have sown much, and bring in little: ye eat, but ye have not enough, &c. I did blow upon it: Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.— Hag. i. 4—9.
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain: so the Lord shall, &c. give them showers of rain. —Zech. x. 1.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through, &c. for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters, &c. ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, &c. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls, &c. are ye not much better than they! Which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit unto his stature? &c. Your heavenly Father knoweth that you need these things: but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.—Matt. vi. 19—21. 24—34.
When Christ had suffered the evil spirits to go into the herd of swine, so that they were drowned: the whole city came out, and besought Jesus to depart.—Matt. viii. 31—34.
He that loveth father or mother
more than me, &c. or son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that taketh not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. &c. he that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it.—Matt. x. 37—39. Luke xiv. 26.
He that received seed among the thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word,&c.—Matt. xiii. 22. Luke viii. 14. Mark iv. 19.
Herod, to please Herodias's daughter, and others, orders the cutting off John Baptist's head.—Matt. xiv. 3—10. Mark xv. 15.
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?—Matt. xvi. 26. Luke ix. 25. Mark viii. 36, 37.
Judas's covetousness made him to betray Christ into the hands of the Jews.—Matt. xxvi. 15.
Go and sell that thou hast, and give, &c. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus, &c. that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom ofheaven.—Matt.xix.21—23. Luke xviii. 24. Mark x. 21—28.
The disciples'ambition made them to envy each other. Christ rebuked them.—Matt. xx. 21, &c.
Those who were invited "to the feast, made light of it, and went their ways; one to his farm, another to his merchandise, <!tc.—Matt. xxii. 4, 5. Luke xiv. 16—21.
The devil tempted Christ with the things of this world.—Luke iv. 4—6.
Woe unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation : woe unto you that are full, for ye shall hunger: woe unto you that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep: woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you.—Luke vi. 24—26.
Christ said to one, Follow me -. but he would bury his father first; another would go bid them farewell which were at home. — Luke ix. 59—6l. Matt. viii. 21, 22.
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things; but one thing is needful, &c.—Luke x. 40, 41.
Jesus said, Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth, &c. The rich man said to his soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years: take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry: but God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.—Luke xii. 15—22.
The parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus.—Luke xvi. 20, &c.
Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life; and so that day come upon you unawares.—Luke xxi. 34.
Judas, for money, betrays Jesus Christ. — Luke xxii. 3—6. Matt, xxvi. 14, 15.
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour, that cometh from God only ?—John v. 44.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto everlasting life.—John vi. 27.
He is of age, ask him; he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue: therefore, said his parents, He is of age, ask him.— John ix. 21—23.
Judas, displeased at the use of the ointment, upon pretence of giving to the poor: but it was because he bare the purse, &c. Among the chief rulers also, many believed on him: but, because of the Pharisees, they did not confess him, lest they should
be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.—John xii. 4—6. 42, 43.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but, be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.—John xvi. 33.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.— John xvii. 15.
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered, &c.—John xviii. 36.
Pilate sought to release Jesus: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Ceesar's friend, &c. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, &c—Johnxix. 12,13. 15, 16. Matt. xv. 15.
What house will ye build for me? saith the Lord, &c. Hath not my hand made all these things ?—Acts vii. 49,50. xiv. 15. 17.
When Paul had cast the evil spirit out of the damsel, and her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, &c. and said, That they did exceedingly
trouble the city, &c. Acts xvi.
God, that made the world, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, &c. giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.— Acts xvii. 24, 25.
So Demetrius, a silversmith, and others of the same trade, who made silver shrines for Diana, &c. complained against Paul for preaching the gospel, and cried up Diana, because they were like to lose their gain, if men esteemed not Diana as a goddess.—Acts xix. 24—28.
Yourselves know that these hands have administered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me, I have shewed you all things; how that so labouring, ye ought to support the weak: and to remember the from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. —Gal. i. 3, 4.
The flesh lusteth against the spirit, ,Vc. so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.—Gal. v. 17.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom (or whereby) the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.—Gal. vi. 14.
Covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints, &c. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.—Eph. v. 3. 5. 2 Cor. vi. 10.
Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, whose glory is in their shame: who mind earthly things. —Phil iii. 19.
Let your moderation be known, &c. the Lord is at hand: be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, &c. I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content; I know both how to be abased, and how to abound: every where and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry; both to abound and to suffer need, &c. But my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory, by Jesus Christ.—Phil. iv. 5,6. 11, 12. 19.
Set your affection (or mind) on things above, not on things on the earth, &c. Mortify, therefore, your members,&c. inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.—Col. iii. 2. 5.
Meats, which God hath created to be received, &c. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused.—1 Tim. iv. 3, 4. 1 Cor. x. 25—27.
She that liveth in pleasure (or delicately) is dead while she liveth.— 1 Tim. v. 6.
words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.—Acts xv. 34, 35.
The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.— Rom. viii. 7.
Make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.-Rom. xiii. 14.
Ye see yourcalling, brethren: how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many noble are called; but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, &c. that no flesh should glory in his presence. —1 Cor. i. 26. 29.
All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any: meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.—1 Cor. vi. 12, 13.
The time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives, be as though they had none: and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not: and they that buy, as though they possessed not: and they that use this world, as not abusing it; for the fashion of the world passeth away, &c. He that is married, careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.— 1 Cor. vii. 29—34.
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached, &c.— 1 Cor.ix. 27.
The devil is called the god of this world.—2 Cor. iv. 4.
The sorrow of the world worketh death—2 Cor. vii. 10.
Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: that though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, that ye, through his poverty, might be rich.—2 Cor. viii. 9.
God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, &c—2 Cor. ix. 8.
Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us