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In Moral Evils and Delusions.

267. God's providence in moral evils and delusions.

Ex. 7: 3 I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.-9: 12 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had spoken unto Moses.-10:1 The Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants; that I might shew these my signs before him.-14: 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel. 17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host.

Dt. 2: 30 Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thine hand, as appeareth this day.

Jos. 11: 19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle. 20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them.

Jud. 7: 22 The Lord set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host.

2 S. 24: 1 Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

1 K. 22: 23 Behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets.

Job 17: 4 Thou hast hid their heart from understanding; therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

Ps. 28: 3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity.-105: 25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilely with his servants.-119: 36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. -141: 4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity.

Is. 19: 14 The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof.-29: 10 The Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.-44: 18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.—45: 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.-63: 17

Brings Good out of Evil.

O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?

Ezk. 14: 9 If the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

Zec. 8: 10 Before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbor.

Lk. 10: 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Jn. 12: 39 They could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

Rom. 9: 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.-11: 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

2 Thes. 2: 10 They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Rev. 17: 17 God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [See 252, 256, 435.]

268. God brings good out of evil

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or sin the occasion of good.

Gen. 45: 5 Be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Ex. 9: 16 In very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.-10: 1 The LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh : for I have hardened his heart,

Not the author of confusion.

and the heart of his servants; that I might shew these my signs before him: 2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

Ps. 76: 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

Mat. 18: 7 Wo unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Rom. 3: 5 If our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man,) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8 And not rather (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.. 5: 20 Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

-6: 17 God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin; but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.-8: 28 We know that all things work together for good, to them that love God.

1 Cor. 11: 19 There must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. [See 277.]

269. God, not the actor, or instigator of sin.

Jer. 7: 9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?

1 Cor. 14: 33 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Jam. 1: 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. -3: 14 If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie

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Different motives.

not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

1 Jn. 2: 16 All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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270. God and mankind often have different motives in effecting the same

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Gen. 45: 4 Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you: and they came near: and he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. -50: 19 Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Is. 10: 5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. 6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

Mk. 15: 9 Pilate answered them saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 10 (For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.)

Jn. 3: 16 God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ac. 2: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.

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Freedom and activity under.

271. Freedom and activity, under the providence of God.

Ex. 8: 32 Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.-9: 27 And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.-10: 16 Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat the LORD your God that he may take away from me this death only.

Dt. 30: 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.

Jos. 24:15 If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve.

2 S. 24: 1 Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. 10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Pr. 1: 29 They hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.-23: 26 My son, give me thy heart.

Song 1: 4 Draw me, we will run after thee.

Is. 66: 3 Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

Hos. 13: 9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself.

Mat. 13: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed.18: 7 Wo unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Lk. 22: 22 Truly the Son of man goeth as it was determined: but wo unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

Jn. 5: 40 Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. Ac. 4: 27 Of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

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