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THE DIFFERENT END OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE
[Proverbs xi. 3.] 1. The integrity of the upright shall The memory of the just is blessed, guide them,
| But the name of the wicked shall rot. But the perverseness of transgressors He that walketh uprightly walketh shall destroy them.
surely, Riches profit not in the day of wrath, But he that perverteth his ways shall But righteousness delivereth from be known. death.
It is nought, it is nought, sayeth the The righteousness of the perfect shall buyer, direct his way,
But when he is gone his way, then he But the wicked shall fall by his own boasteth.
wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall | 3. A faithful man shall abound with deliver them,
blessings : But transgressors shall be taken in But he that maketh haste to be rich their own naughtiness.
shall not be innocent. When a wicked man dieth, his ex- | To have respect of persons is not pectation shall perish,
good: And the hope of unjust men perisheth. For, for a piece of bread that man The righteous is delivered out of will transgress. trouble,
He that hasieth to be rich hath an evil And the wicked cometh in his stead. eye,
And considereth not that poverty shall 2. When it goeth well with the right come upon him. eous, the city rejoiceth:
The fear of man bringeth a snare : And when the wicked perish, there is But whoso putteth his trust in the shouting:
Lord shall be safe. By the blessing of the upright the Good understanding giveth favor : city is exalted:
But the way of transgressors is hard. But it is overthrown by the mouth of Even as I have seen, they that plow the wicked.
iniquity, As righteousness tendeth to life: And sow wickedness, reap the same. So he that pursueth evil pursueth it to But the wicked are like the troubled his own death.
sea, when it cannot rest, Blessings are upon the head of the just, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. But violence covereth the mouth of There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
[Isaiah v. 20.)
Which justify the wicked for reward,
Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble,
So their root shall be as rottenness,
And their blossom shall go up as dust :
[Ecclesiastes viii. 11.) Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the
heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Though a sinner do evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet
surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. [Psalm xxxvi. 1.]
[Psalm xxxvii. 1.] 5. The transgression of the wicked 7. Fret not thyself because of evilsaith within my hcart,
doers, That there is no fear of God before Neither' be thou envious against the his eyes.
workers of iniquity. For he flattereth himself in his own For they shall soon be cut down like eyes,
the grass, Unul his iniquity be found to be hate And wither as the green herb. ful.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; The words of his mouth are iniquity So shalt thou dwell in the land, ana and deceit:
verily thou shalt be fed. He hath left off to be wise, and to do Delighi thyself also in the Lord, good.
And he shall give thee the desires of He deviseth mischief upon his bed; thine heart. He setteth himself in a way that is not Commit thy way unto the Lord; good;
| 'Trust also in him, and he shall bring He abhorreth not evil.
it to pass. Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, And he shall bring forth thy righteousAnd thy faithfulness reacheth unto the ness as the light, clouds.
And thy judgment as the noun-day. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
8. Rest in the Lord, and wait paThy judgments are a great deep. tiently for him :
Fret not thyself because of him who 6. How excellent is thy loving kind prospereth in his way, ness, O God!
Because of the man who bringeth Therefore the children of men put wicked devices to pass.
their trust under the shadow of ihy Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; wings.
Fret not thyself in any wise to do They shall be abundantly satisfied i evil.
with the fatness of thy house, For evil-doers shall be cut off, And thou shalt make them drink of But those that wait upon the Lord, the river of thy pleasures.
they shall inherit the earth. For with thee is the fountain of life; For yet a little while, and the wicked In thy light shall we see light,
shall not be ; O continue thy loving kindness unto Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his them that know thee,
place, and it shall not be. And thy righteousness to the upright | But the meek shall inherit the earth, in hcart.
And shall delight themselves in the Let not the foot of pride come against abundance of peace.
me, And let not the hand of the wicked 9. The wicked plotteth against the remove me.
just, There are the workers of iniquity And gnasheth upon him with his fallen :
teeth. They are cast down, and shall not be The Lord shall laugh at him ; able to rise.
| For he seeth that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn out the | 11. Depart from evil, and do good, sword,
And dwell for evermore, And have bent their bow,
For the Lord loveth judgment, To cast down the poor and needy, And forsaketh not his saints ; And to slay such as be of upright | They are preserved forever, conversation.
But the seed of the wicked shall be Their sword shall enter into their own I cut off. heart,
| The righteous shall inherit the land, And their bows shall be broken. And dwell therein forever. A little that a righteous man hath
The mouth of the righteous speaketh Is better than the riches of many | wisdom, wicked;
And his tongue talketh of judgment. For the arms of the wicked shall be The law of his God is in his heart; broken,
None of his steps shall slide. But the Lord upholdeth the righteous. The wicked watcheth the righteous, The Lord knoweth the days of the And seeketh to slay him. upright,
The Lord will not leave him in his And their inheritance shall be forever.
hand, They shall not be ashamed in the evil | Nor condemn him when he is judged. time,
Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, And in the days of famine they shall | And he shall exalt thee to inherit the be satisfied.
land: But the wicked shall perish,
When the wicked are cut off, thou And the enemies of the Lord shall be
shalt see it, as the fat of lambs : They shall consume, into smoke shall 12. I have seen the wicked in great they consume away.
And spreading himself like a green 10. The wicked borroweth and pay- bay-tree : eth not again,
Yet he passed away, and lo, he was But the righteous showeth msrey and not; giveth.
Yea, í sought him, but he could not For such as be blessed of him shall be found. inherit the earth,
Mark the perfect man, and behold the And they that be cursed of him shall_upright, be cut off.
For the end of that man is peace. The steps of a good man are ordered But the transgressors shall be deby the Lord,
stroyed together; And he delighieth in his way.
The end of the wicked shall be cut Though he fall, he shall not be utterly off. cast down,
But the salvation of the righteous is For the Lord upholdeth him with his of the Lord; hand.
He is their strength in the time of I have been young, and now am old, trouble. Yet have I not seen the righteous And the Lord shall help them, and forsaken,
deliver them: Nor his seed begging bread.
He shall deliver them from the wicked, He is ever merciful, and lendeth, and save them, And his seed is blessed.
| Because they trust in him.
[Psalm lxxiii. 1.] 13. Truly God is good to Israel, For there are no bands in their death, Even to such as are of a clean heart. But their strength is firm. But as for me, my feet were almost They are not in trouble as other gone;
men; My steps had well-nigh slipped. Neither are they plagued like other For I was envious at the foolish,
men. When I saw the prosperity of the Therefore pride compasseth them wicked.
about as a chain;
Violence covereth then as a garment. They are utterly consumed with
| So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou And their tongue walketh through the shalt despise their image. earth.
Thus my heart was grieved, And they say, How doth God know? And I was pricked in my reins. And is there knowledge in the Most So foolish was I, and ignorant, High ?
I was as a beast before thee. Behold, these are the ungodly, who Nevertheless, I am continually with prosper in the world :
thee : They increase in riches.
Thou hast holden me by my righe
hand. 14. When I thought to know this, Thou shalt guide me with thy coun It was too painful for me.
sel, Until I went into the sanctuary of God; And afterward receive me to glory. Then understood I their end.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? Surely thou didst set them in slippery | And there is none upon earth that I places :
| desire besides thee. Thou castedst them down into de- My flesh and my heart faileth : struction.
Bút God is the strength of my heart, How are they brought into desolation, | And my portion forever. as in a moment !
(Ezekiel xxxiii. 11.] 15. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the
death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn
ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The right
eousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression. As for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to
live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his
own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity' that he hath committed, he shall die for it. 16. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn
from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the
statutes of life, without committing iniquity, he shall surely live, he shall
not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath
done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal : hut as
for them, their way is not equal." When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity,
he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and * right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.
[Romans i. 17.) 17. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may ve known of God, is manifest in them; for God hath
showed it unto them: for the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
[Hebrews x. 26.] 18. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace ? For we know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again,
The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
(Matthew xiii. 40.] 19. As, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire : there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
[Romans vi. 23. For the wages of sin is death : but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.