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Vain and trarsi ory.
way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity : the dumb Ass, speaking with man's voice, forbade the madness of the prophet. See [133, 742–3.] 627. Riches vain and transitory.
Pr. 23: 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not ? for riches certainly make themselves wings ; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Ec. 1: 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of ranities; all is vanity. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun ; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 2: 4 I made me great works ; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards : 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits : 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees : 7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house ; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me; 8 1 gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings, and of the provinces : I gat me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for
my hcart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there wus no profit under the sun. 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 18 Yea, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labor, wherein I have labored, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun.
This is also vanity. 5:10 Ile that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with incr«use: this is also vanity. 11 When goods increase, tlay are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the oviners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes. See 118.)
Proper use of riches - Righteousness and honesty required.
628. Proper use of richus.
1 Tim. 6: 17 Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, realy to distribute, willing to communicate ; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. [See 406.]
629. Righteousness, impartiality, truth, and honesty in spiritual and tem se ral things required and exemplified.
Lev. 19: 15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment; thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge ihy neighbor. 36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Dt. 6:18 Thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee. 16: 20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
1 S. 12: 1 Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and bare made a king over you. 3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed; whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you. 4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken aught of any man's hand.
Ps. 51: 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Pr. 21: 3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. - 24: 23 It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
İs. 56: 1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice : for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Mic. 6: 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Zec. 7: 9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to
Rewarded, or “Gain of Godliness.'
his brother: 10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Lk. 20: 25 He said unto them, Render therefore unto Cesar the things which be Cesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
Rom. 13: 7 Render therefore to all their dues : tribute 10 whom tribute is due ; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Ep. 6: 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness.
1 Th. 2: 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
1 Tim. 6: 11 Thou, () man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meek
Tit. 2: 11 The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us, that denying ungodli. ness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. [See 56, 501, 659, 732.]
630. Righteousness and honesty rewarded, or the “ gain of godliness' and iuss by unsjödliness.
Gen. 19: 15 When the morning arose, then the angels hast. ened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters which are here, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do
any thing till thou be come thither: therefore the name of the city wa: called Zoar.
2 Ch. 16: 9 The eyes of the Lord run to and fro through out the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Ps. 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sittetlı in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night, 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season ; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. — 4: 3 Know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself. — 5: 12 Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. — 15: 1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy will?
Rewarded, or (ain of Golitess,''
2 He that walkeih uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor. ☺ He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent, Ile that doeth these things shall never be moved. 37: 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good ; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 9 For evil doers shall be cut off : but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. 18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth, and his seed is blessed. 27–40.
Ps. 58: 11 Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. —81:11 The Lord God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. — 92: 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that he planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. — 112: 1 Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Pr. 3: 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart : 4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 32 The froward is aboinination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 33-The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but be blesseth the habitation of the just. - 10: 9 Ile that walketh uprightly walketh surely : but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. 29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to
Rewardeil, or ' Gain of Godliness.”
the workers of iniquity. -11: 17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. 18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work : but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 19 As rightcousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. 20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. 21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth : much more the wicked and the sin
- 13: 6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid. 22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. 14: 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation : but sin is a reproach to any people. — 16: 8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right. — 20: 7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 21: 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy, findeth life, righteousness, and honor. — 28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. 18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved; but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
Is. 33: 15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks : bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
- 58: 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, anul thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousnuss shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rere-ward.
Dan: 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Me