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RICHES. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the Publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others do not even the Publicans so Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

[Matth. v. 38–48. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

[Eccl. vii. 9. Let not the sun go down upon your wrath ; neither give place to the devil.

(Eph. iv. 26, 27. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink : for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

[Prov. xxv, 21-22.


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 suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those riches perish by evil travail; and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and he shall take nothing of his labour which he may carry away in his hand.

[Eccl. v. 10-15. Go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and come, take up the cross, and follow me. How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! How


95 hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

(Mark, x. 21, 23, 24, 25. He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

(Prov. xxii. 16. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. The rich and the poor meet together : the Lord is the maker of them all.

(Prov. xxii. 1, 2. 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 as an eagle toward heaven.

(Prov. xxiii. 4, 5. Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great trea. sure and trouble therewith.

(Prov. xv. 16. 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.

(Luke, vi. 24-25. He that trusteth in his riches shall fail, but the righte. ous shall flourish as a branch.

[Prov. xi. 28. There is that maketh himself rich yet has nothing ; there is that maketh himself poor yet hath great riches.

[Prov. xiii. 7. He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

[Prov. xxi. 17. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and con. sidereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

[Prov. xxviii. 22, He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

[Prov. xxviii. 20. The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

(Prov. x, 22. Let the rich rejoice in that he is made low, because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth : so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

(James, i. 10,11. Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his


RICHES. house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil.

[Hab. i.9. Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, Oman of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the liv. ing God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate ; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

1 Tian. vi. 6-12, 13-19. Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

[Rev. iii. 17. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew : surely they are disquieted in vain : he heapeth up riches, and know. eth not who shall gather them.

[Ps. xxxix. 6. As the partridge silteth on cggs, and hatcheth them not; so 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. ll. The care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word.

(Matth, xiii. 22. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Mas. ter, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto


97 him. Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said, unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful : for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved ? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regenera. tion when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

[Matth. xix. 16-30. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day : And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at bis gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table : moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip


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RICHES-RIGHTEOUSNESS. of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remem. ber that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things : but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, be. tween us and you there is a great gulf fixed : so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

(Luke, xvi. 19-26. Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your mise. ries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton ; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

[James, v. 1-6. If riches encrease set not your heart on them.

(Ps. lxii. 10. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall. [Prov. xi. 28.

For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as the eagle toward heaven.

[Prov. xxiii. 5.

RIGHTEOUSNESS. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

(Ps. xi. 7. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled. [Matth. v. 6.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

[Rom. x. 9, 10, Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous : with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

(Ps. v. 12.

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