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shach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon. — 6: 21 Then said Daniel unto the king. O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before hiin irgocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Mat. 6: 33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
1 Tim. 4: 8 Bodily exercise protiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation. — 6: 6 Godliness with content ment is great gain.
1 Pet. 3: 10 He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers : but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good ?
See Promises, in the Index, and 87, 286, 344, 362, 470 550–1, 566, 733.]
RIGHTS OF MAN.
631. A right to liberty and justice — threats for infringing these rights.
Job 36: 6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
Is. 10: 1 Wo unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people.
Lam. 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High, 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.
Am. 5: 12 I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
Gal. 5: 13 Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [See 682.]
To Inquire freely – To Mental Culture - To the fruits of his industry, etc.
632. A right to inquire freely, and to express opinions.
Lk. 12: 57 Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
Jn. 5: 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life : and they are they which testify of me.
1 Cor. 10: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience ?
1 Th. 5: 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Jn. 4: 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 633. A right to pursue mental culture.
Pr. 4: 13 Take fast hold of instruction ; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. — 23: 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Lk. 11: 52 Wo unto you, lawyers ! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. [See 363, 391.] 634. A right to enjoy the fruits of our own industry.
Ec. 3: 22 I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion : for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him ? - 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the goou of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 635. A right to our own wives and children.
Ec. 9: 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity : for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the
Mat. 19: 6 They are no more twain, but one flesh. What Therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Ep. 6: 4 Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath : out bring thein up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Robbery forbidden and denounced - Sabbath instituted in Paradise -- Enjoined, ete.
636. Robbery forbidden und denounced.
Lev. 19: 13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
Pr. 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them, because they refuse to do judgment. — 22: 22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. — 28: 24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
Is. 61: 8 I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt-offering
Ezk. 22: 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore, have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.
[See 490, 682, 732–3, 736.]
637. Instituted in Paradise.
Gen. 2: 2 On the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Ex. 20:11 In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath-day, and hallowed it
638. Sabbath enjoined and recognized in the Decalugue, and other parts of the Old Testament.
Ex. 20: 8 Remember the sabbath-day to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God.
Recognized by Christ.
Dt. 5: 14 The seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God.
Neh. 13:15 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath-day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath-day? 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.
Ezk. 44: 24 In controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies ; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
639. Sabbath recognized, and its proper works of mercy asserted by Christ, the “ Lord of the Sabbirth."
Mat. 12: 1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath-day through the corn, and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath-day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did when he was an hungered, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shew-bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law how that on the sabbath-days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? * 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath-days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. [Mk. 2: 23–28. Lk. 6: 1–10.] - 24: 20 Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath-day.
Mk. 2: 27 He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore, the Son of
Appropriate Duties of.
man is Lurd also of the sabbath. - -3: 4 He saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath-days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? but they held their peace.
Lk. 13: 11 Behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift
up herself 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called lier to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath-day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath-day. 15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath-day? 17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed.
Jn. 5: 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath-day; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath-day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 640. Appropriate Duties of the Sabbath.
Lev. 19: 30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
Ezk. 46: 3 The people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the
Mk. 6:2 When the sabbath-day was come, he [Christ] began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Lk. 4: 16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, and stood up for to read. 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath