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DIVINE PROTECTION IN LIFE.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of
CHAPTER V. persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness ; looking
BLESSEDNESS OF THE PENITENT for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens
BELIEVER. being on fire shall he dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent $ 1. heat. Nevertheless, we look for a new heaven and a new earth, where
Isa. 26: 1. We have a strong ciin dwelleth righteousness.
ty ; salvation will God appoint for Acts 17: 31. He hath appointed walls and bulwarks. Open ye the a day in which he will judge the gates, that the righteous nation which world in righteousness, by that man keepeth the truth may enter in. whom he hath appointed, whereof Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, he hath given assurance, in that he whose mind is stayed on thee: behath raised him from the dead. cause he trusteth in thee.
JOHN 5: 28. All that are in the 33: 15. He th walketh rightegraves shall hear his voice and come ously, and speaketh uprightly ; he forth ; they that have done good, un
that despiseth the gain of oppresto the resurrection of life ; and they sions, that shaketh his hands from that have done evil, to the resurrec- holding of bribes, that stoppeth his tion of damnation.
ears from hearing of blood, and shut2 Cor. 5: 10. For we must all teth his .eyes from seeing evil; he appear before the judgment seat of shall dwell on higlt: his place of deChrist, that every one may receive fence shall be the munitions of rocks: the things done in his body, accord bread shall be given him; his waing to that he hath done, whether it ters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall be good or bad. Knowing therefore see the King in his beauty: they the terror of the Lord, we persuade shall behold the land that is very far
| off. Heb. 9: 27. It is appointed unto 40: 29. He giveth power to the men once to die, and after death, faint ; and to them that have no the judgment.
might he increaseth strength. Even Rev. 20: 11. And I saw a great the youths shall faint and be weary, white throne, and him that sat on it, and the young men shall utterly fall: from whose face the earth and the but they that wait upon the LORD heaven fled away; and there was shall renew their strength; they shall found no place for them. And I mount up with wings as eagles; saw the dead, small and great, stand they shall run and not be weary ; before God; and the books were and they shall walk, and not faint. opened : and another book
41: 17. When the poor and neeopened, which is the book of life : dy seek water, and there is none, and and the dead were judged out of their tongue faileth for thirst, I the those things which were written in Lord, will hear them. I the God the books, according to their works. of Israel will not forsake them. I And the sea gave up the dead which will open rivers in high places, and were in it; and death and hell de- fountains in the midst of the valleys: livered up the dead which were in I will make the wilderness a pool them; and they were judged every of water, and the dry land springs man according to their works : and of water. death and hell were cast into the lake 54: 2. Enlarge the place of thy of fire. This is the second death. tent, and let them stretch forth the And whosoever was not found writ- curtains of thy habitations: spare ten in the book of life was cast into not, lengthen thy cords, and strengththe lake of fire.
en thy stakes : for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left ; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt
not be put to shame: for thou shalt | right, and hath not eaten upon the forget the shame of thy youth, and mountains, neither hath lifted up shalt not remember the reproach of his eyes to the idols of the house of thy widowhood any more. 10. Israel, neither hath defiled his neighNeither shall the covenant of my bor's wife, neither hath come near peace be removed, saith the Lord to a menstruous woman, and hath that hath mercy on thee. 0 thou not oppressed any, but hath restored afflicted, tossed with tempest and to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled not comforted ! Behold, I will lay none by violence, hath given his thy stones with fair colors, and lay bread to the hungry, and hath cova thy foundations with sapphires. ered the naked with a garment ; he And I will make thy windows of that hath not given forth upon usuagates, and thy gates of carbuncles, ry, neither hath taken any increase, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. that hath withdrawn his hand from And all thy children shall be taught iniquity, hath executed trúe judgment of the Lord; and great shall be the between man and man, hath walked peace of thy children. In right- in my statutes, and hath kept my eousness shalt thou be established. judgments, to deal truly ; he is just; Thou shalt be far from oppression; he shall surely live, saith the Lord for thou shalt not fear : and from God. - 21. But if the wicked will terror; for it shall not come near turn from all his sins that he hath thee.
committed, and keep all my statutes,
and do that which is lawful and right, 1 55: 1. Ho, every one that thirst- he shall surely live, he shall not die. eth, come ye to the waters, and he all his transgressions that he hath that hath no money ; come ye, buy, committed, they shall not be menand eat; yea, come, buy wine and tioned unto him; in his righteousmilk without money and without ness that he hath done he shall live, price. Wherefore do ye spend mon- Have I any pleasure at all that the ey for that which is not bread ? and wicked should die ? saith the LORD your labor for that which satisfieth God: and not that he should return not? Hearken diligently unto me, from his ways, and live ! and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 1 Gen. 39: 2. And the LORD was Incline your ear, and come unto me: with Joseph, and he was a prosperhear, and your soul shall live ; and I ous man; and he was in the house will make an everlasting covenant of his master the Egyptian. And his with you, even the sure mercies of master saw that the LORD was with David.
him, and that the LORD made all 64: 4. For since the beginning that he did to prosper in his hand. of the world men have not heard, And Joseph found grace in his sight, nor perceived by the ear, neither and he served him; and he made him hath the eye seen, © God, beside overseer over his house, and all that thee, what he hath prepared for him he had he put into his hand. And that waiteth for him. Thou meet- it came to pass from the time that est him that rejoiceth and worketh he had made him overseer in his righteousness, those that remember house, and over all that he had, that thee in thy ways: behold, thou art the Lord blessed the Egyptian's wroth; for we have sinned: in those house for Joseph's sake; and the is continuance, and we shall be blessing of the Lord was upon all saved.
that he had in the house, and in the Dan. 12: 2. And many of them field. And he left all that he had in that sleep in the dust of the earth Joseph's band ; and he knew not shall awake, soine to everlasting life, aught he had, save the bread which ‘and some to shame and everlasting he did eat, And Joseph was a goodcontempt. And they that be wisely person, and well-favored. - 20. shall shine as the brightness of the And Joseph's master took him, and firmament; and they that turn many put him into the prison, a place to righteousness as the stars forever where the king's prisoners were and ever.
bound: and he was there in the prisEzek. 18: 5. But if a man be But the Lord was with Joseph, just, and do that which is lawful and I and showed him mercy, and gave
him favor in the sight of the keeper 84: 11. The Lord God is a sun of the prison.
and shield. The Lord will give 41: 39. And Pharaoh said unto grace and glory; no good thing will Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath he withhold from them that walk showed thee all this, there is none uprightly. : $0 discreet and wise as thou art: 23: 1. The Lord is my shepherd; thou shalt be over my house, and I shall not want. He maketh me to according unto thy word shall all my lie down in green pastures, and people be ruled: only in the throne leadeth me beside still waters; He will I be greater than thou. And restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I the paths of righteousness, for his have set thee over all the land of name's sake.--6. Surely goodness and Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his mercy shall follow me all the days ring from his hand, and put it upon of my life, and I will dwell in the Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in house of the Lord forever. vestures of fine linen, and put a 1 Tim. 4: 8. Godliness is profitagold chain about his neck; and he ble unto all things, having promise made him to ride in the second char- of the life that now is, and of that iot which he had.
which is to come. DEOT. 32: 9. For the Lord's portion is his people ; Jacob is the | Ps. 37:3. Trust in the Lord and lot of his inheritance. He found him do good; so shalt thou dwell in the in a desert land, and in the waste land, and verily thou shalt be fed. howling wilderness ; he led him Delight thyself in the Lord, and he about, he instructed him, he kept shall give thee the desire of thy him as the apple of his eye. heart. Commit thy way unto the eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth Lord, and he will bring it to pass: and over her young, spreadeth abroad he shall bring forth thy righteousness her wings, taketh them, beareth as the light, and thy judgment as the them on her wings: so the Lord noon-day. — 16. A little that a rightalone did lead him, and there was eous man hath, is better than the no strange god with him.
riches of many wicked. - 18. The
Lord knoweth the days of the upPs. 1: 1. Blessed is the man right, and their inheritance shall be that walketh not in the counsel of forever. They shall not be ashamed the ungodly, nor standeth in the way the evil time; and in the days of of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of famine, they shall be satisfied. — 25. the scornful; but his delight is in I have been young and now am old; the law of the Lord, and in his law yet have I never seen the righteous doth he meditate day and night. forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He shall be like a tree planted by — 28. For the LORD loveth judg
rivers of water, that bringeth forth ment, and forsaketh not his saints; ☆ fruit in his season: his leaf also shall they are preserved forever.... The
not wither, and whatsoever he doeth righteous shall inherit the land. shall prosper.
91:1. He that dwelleth in the se12: 5. For the oppression of the cret place of the most High, shall poor, for the sighing of the needy, dwell under the shadow of the Alnow will I arise, saith the Lord, I mighty. - 4. He shall cover thee will set him in safety from him that with his feathers, and under his pufferh at him.
wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall 16: 5. The Lord is the portion of be thy shield and buckler. 'Thou my inheritance and of my cup. Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by maintainest my lot. The lines are night; nor for the arrow that flieth fallen unto me in pleasant places; by day: nor for the pestilence that yea, I have a goodly heritage. walketh in darkness; nor for the de
25: 12. What man is he that fear- struction that wasteth at noon-day. eth the Lord ... his soul shall dwell A thousand shall fall at thy side, at ease, and his seed shall inherit and ten thousand at thy right hand; the earth.
but it shall not come nigh thee. Be34: 9. Fear the Lord, ye his cause thou hast made the LORD, saints, for there is no want to them which is iny refuge, even the most that fear him.
High, thy habitation, there shall
CHARACTERS AND SERVICES.
no evil befal thee, neither shall any plague come near thy dwell- | $ 3. REWARDED ACCORDING TO THEIR ing.
Isa. 1:19. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of Isa. 3: 10. Say ye to the rightthe land.
eous, it shall be well with him, for they shall eat of the fruit of their doings.
Mat. 5: 3. Blessed are the poor § 2. SUPPORT IN DEATH. in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven. Blessed are they that Ps. 37:37. Mark the perfect man, mouro: for they shall be comforted. and behold the upright, for the end Blessed are the meek: for they shall of that man is peace.
jo herit the earth. Blessed are they 23:4. Yea, though I walk through which do hunger and thirst after the valley of the shadow of death, I righteousness: for they shall be fillwill fear no evil; for thou art with ed. Blessed are the merciful: for me; thy rod and thy staff, they com- they shall obtain mercy. Blessed fort me.
are the pure in heart: for they shall Prov. 14: 32. The righteous hath see God. Blessed are the peacehope in his death.
makers: for they shall be called the Ps. 116: 15. Precious in the sight children of God. Blessed are they of the Lord is the death of his which are persecuted for righteoussaints.
ness' sake: for theirs is the king. Num. 23: 10. Let me die the death dom of heaven.
Blessed are ye of the righteous; and let my last end when men shall revile you, and perbe like his.
secute you, and shall say all manner Jsa. 57:1. The righteous is taken of evil against you falsely, for my * away from the evil to come. He sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding shall enter into peace.
glad, for great is your reward in 2 Cor. 5: 8. We are willing rath- heaven: for $0 persecuted they er to be absent from the body, and the prophets which were before to be present with the Lord.
you. Phil. 1: 21. For to me to live is 7: 24. Whosoever heareth these Christ, and to die is gain. — 23. I sayings of mine and doeth them, I have a desire to depart and to be will liken him unto a wise man with Christ, which is far better. which built his house upon a rock;
2 Tim. 4:6. I am now ready to and the rain descended, and the be offered, and the time of my de- floods came, and the winds blew and parture is at hand. ... I have fought beat upon that house, and it fell not, a good fight, I have finished my for it was founded upon a rock. course, I have kept the faith; hence- 10: 42. Whosoever shall give to forth there is laid up for me a crown
drink unto one of these little ones a of righteousness...which shall never cup of cold water only, in the name fade away
of a disciple, verily I say unto you, Acts 7:59. They stoned Stephen, he shall in no wise lose his recalling upon God, and saying, Lord ward. Jesus, receive my spirit. And he LUKE 6:20. And he lifted up his kneeled down, and cried with a loud eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessvoice, Lord, lay not this sin to their ed be ye poor: for yours is the charge; and when he had said this, kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye be fell asleep.
that hunger now: for ye shall be Rev. 14:13. Blessed are the dead filled. Blessed are ye that weep which die in the Lord from hence- now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed forth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that are ye when men shall hate you, they may rest from their labors, and and when they shall separate you their works do follow them,
from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy; for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like inan
ner did their fathers unto the pro- | the day. But he answered one of phets,
them, and said, Friend, I do thee
no wrong: didst not thou agree T MAT, 19:27. Then answered Pe- with me for a penny? Take that ter, and said unto him, Behold, we thine is, and go thy way: I will give have forsaken all, and followed thee; / unto this last, even as unto thee. Is what shall we have therefore? And it not lawful for me to do what I Jesus said unto thein, Verily, I say will with mine own? is thine eye unto you, That ye which have föl- evil because I am good? So the lowed me, in the regeneration, when last shall be first, and the first last: the Son of man shall sit in the for many be called, but few chothrone of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every 1 26; 13. Verily I say unto you, one that hath forsaken houses, or Wheresoever this gospel shall be brethren, or sisters, or father, or preached in the whole world, there mother, or wife, or children, or shall this also, that this woman bath lands, for my name's sake, shall re- done, be told for a memorial of ceive a hundred-fold, and shall in- her. herit everlasting life. (Luke 18: 28.) MARK 12: 41. And Jesus sat over But many that are first shall be last, agajnst the treasury, and beheld how and the last shall be first.
the people cast money into the treas20:1. For the kingdom of heaven ury: and many that were rich cast is like unto a man that is a house- in much. And there came a certain holder, which went out early in the poor widow, and she threw in two morning to hire laborers into his mites, which make a farthing. Avd vineyard. And when he had agreed he called unto him his disciples, and with the laborers for a penoy a day, saith unto them, Verily, I say unto he sent thern into his vineyard. And you, That this poor widow hath he went out about the third hour, cast more in, than all they which and saw others standing idle in the have cast into the treasury. For all market-place, and said unto them, they did cast in of their abundance: Go ye also into the vineyard; and but she of her want did cast in all whatsoever is right, I will give you. that she had, even all her living. And they went their way. Again (Luke 21: 2.) he went out about the sixth and 9:41. For whosoever shall give ninth hour, and did likewise. And you a cup of water to drink in my about the eleventh hour he went out name, because ye belong to Christ, and found others standing idle, and verily, I say unto you, He shall not saith unto them, Why stand ye here lose his reward. all the day idle? They say unto 2 Cor. 5:1. For we know that if him, Because no man hath bired us. our earthly house of this tabernacle He saith unto them, Go ye also into were dissolved, we have a building the vineyard; and whatsoever is of God, a house not made with right, that shall ye receive. So when hands, eternal in the heavens. For evening was come, the lord of the in this we groan, earnestly desiring vineyard saith unto his steward, to be clothed upon with our house Call the laborers, and give them which is from heaven: if so be that their hire, beginning from the last being clothed we shall not be found anto the first. And when they came naked. For we that are in this tabthat were hired about the eleventh ernacle do groan, being burdened: hour, they received every man a not for that we would be unclothed, penuy. But when the first came, but clothed upon, that mortality shey supposed that they should have night be swallowed up of life, received more; and they likewise Now, he that hath wrought us for received every man a penny. And the self-same thing is God, who also when they had received it, they hath given unto us the earnest of murmured against the good man of the Spirit. Therefore we are althe house, saying, These last have ways confident, knowing that, whilst wrought but one hour, and thou hast we are at home in the body, we are made them equal unto us, which absent from the Lord: (for we walk bave borne the burden and heat of | by faith, not by sight:) we are con