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Reproof to be regarded.-Riches corrupting.
572. Ought just reproof to be kindly received and regarded?
Pr. 6. 23. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life.
Pr. 10. 17. He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
Pr. 12. 1. Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Pr. 13. 13. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored.
Pr. 15. 5. A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 10. Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. 31. The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
Pr. 29. 1. He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
573. Have great possessions and the desire for riches a corrupting and dangerous tendency?
Gen. 13. 10. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.
Gen. 19. 24. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Dt. 32. 13. He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape. But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness: then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
Jud. 8. 24. And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that you would give me every man the ear-rings of his prey. 26. And the weight of golden ear-rings that he requested, was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; besides ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were about their camels' necks. And Gideon made an Ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah; and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
Pr. 1. 32. The prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Pr. 30. 8. Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Ec. 5. 12. 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.
Jer. 22. 21. I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but
Worldly possessions and honors vain.
This hath been thy man
thou saidst, I will not hear. ner from thy youth.
Ezk. 16. 49. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
Ezk. 28. 5. By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic, hast thou increased thy riches, and thy heart is lifted up because of thy riches.
Mk. 4. 19. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 1 Tim. 6. 8. 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, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness.
574. Are worldly possessions and honors vain and transitory?
Pr. 23. 4. Labor 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.
Ec. 1. 2. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; 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.
Ec. 2. 4. I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water there
Riches, conformity to the world, ornaments, &c. with the wood that bringeth forth trees: 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; I 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. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor. 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 was no profit under the sun. 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. 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. 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.
575. Are the hoarding of riches, conformity to the world, and wearing ornaments forbidden?
Pr. 28. 20. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. 22. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Is. 5. 8. Wo unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
Mat. 6. 19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
Riches, conformity to the world, ornaments, &c.
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 24. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Mat. 19.23. 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. Lk. 18. 25.
Lk. 6. 24. Wo unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolatien. Wo unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger.
Lk. 12. 19. Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 33. Sell that ye have, and give alms: provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Lk. 21. 34. Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and