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39 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypo. crite's hope shall perish:
(Job, viii. 13. Jesus said in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the market-places, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts, which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. (Mark, xii. 38, 39, 40.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord : I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand to tread my courts? bring no more vain oblations : incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with : it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth : they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
(Isai. i. 11-15. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
(James, i, 8.
IDLENESS AND SLOTH.
Sleeping up and
Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise : which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, o sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands-to sleep : So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
(Prov. vi. 6-11. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold ; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
(Prov. xx. 4, 13. The desire of the slothful killeth him ; for his hands refuse to labour.
[Prov. xxi. 25.
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IDLENESS-IDOLATRY. The slothful man saith, there is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
Prov. xxii. 13. Drowsiness shall cover a man with rags.
Pror. xxiii. 21. By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
(Eccles. X. 18. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
(Prov. xix. 15. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding ; and lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well, I looked upon it, and received instruction, (Prov. xxiv. 30-32.
IDOLATRY. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me : And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my com. mandments.
[Exod. xx. 3-6. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. (Exod. xx. 23.
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed. (Exod. xxii. 20.
Thou shalt not bow down to the gods of the Amorites, nor serve them, nor do after their works; but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
[Exod. xxiii. 24. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me : for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee. (Exod. xxiii. 32, 33.
Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. (xxxiv. 17.
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God.
(Lev. xix, 4.
Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.
(Lev. xxvi. I. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves, (for ye sa w no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire,) lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female; the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air; the likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the carth: and lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to wor. ship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all uations under the whole heaven.
[Deut.iv. 15-19. Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.
(Lev. xxvi. I. Ye shall utterly destroy all the places wherein the nations which ye shall possess served the gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: and ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
(Deut. xii. 2, 3. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image, which the Lord thy God hateth.
[Deut. xvi. 22, Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the
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IDOLATRY. Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger; I call heaven and earth to witness against you, this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it ; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall be utterly destroyed. And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
(Deut. iv. 23-28. The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not; they have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
(Ps. cxxxv, 15-18. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to wor. ship, to the moles and to the bats : to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. [Isai. ii. 18-21.
They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, ye are our gods.
[Isai. xlii. 17. They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
[Isai. xliv. 9, 10, At that day shall a man look to his maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
[Isai. xvii. 7, 8. For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of IDOLATRY-INDUSTRY-JUDGMENT. 43 silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.
(Isai. xxxi. 7. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
(1 Cor. x. 7. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
(1 Cor. x. 14. Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it, in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
[Deut. xxvii. 15.
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. [Prov. xiii. 11.
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the sloth. ful shall be under tribute. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
(Prov. xii. 24, 27. The soul of the slaggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
(Prov. xiii. 4.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judg. ment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what mea. sure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Matth. vii. 1-5.
Why dost thou judge thy brother or why dost thou set at nought thy brother for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block, or an occasion to fall, in his brother's way.
[Rom. xiv. 10-13,