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chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. 11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. [See 363.]
128. Conscience will not always sleep.
Gen. 42: 21 They said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
Ex. 9: 27 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.
Mat. 22: 11 When the king came in to see the guests, he saw thei
a man which had not on a wedding-garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless.
Rom. 3: 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. [See 573(2.)] 129. Conscience should be enlightened and obeyed.
Ac. 23: 1 Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. - 24: 16 Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward
Rom. 13: 5 Ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
1 Tim. 1: 19 Holding faith and a good conscience; which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwreck.
Heb. 13: 18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
1 Pet. 2: 19 This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.-3: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
130. Conscientious feelings of others to be respected.
1 Cor. 8: 10 If any man see thee which hast knowledge, sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered
to idols ; 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died ? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. — 10: 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake. 28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other : for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
131. Conscience, the cause of great comfort or sorrow.
Pr. 14: 14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways : and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. 18: 14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
2 Cor. 1: 12 Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world. (See 573.]
132. Consideration required - inconsideration reproved.
Dt. 4: 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God. - 32: 29 Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end !
Job 37: 14 Hearken unto this, O Job : stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Ps. 28: 5 Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. - 50: 21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before
22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. — 111: 4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered.
Pr. 4: 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. — 6: 6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard : consider her ways, and be wise.
Duty and Advantages of Contentment - Courage required.
Ec. 7: 13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked ? 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
Is. 1: 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 5: 12 The harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts : but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands. 13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.
Hos. 7: 2 They consider not in their hearts, that I remember all their wickedness.
Hag. 1: 5 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. [See 693.]
133. Duty and advantages of contentment.
Ph. 4: 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
1 Tim. 6: 6 Godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.
Heb. 13: 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. [See 626.]
134. Courage and resolution required and exemplified — promises.
Dt. 31: 6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee, he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Josh. 1: 9 Be strong and of a good courage ; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1 Ch. 28: 20 David said to Solomon his son, Be strong, and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
2 Ch. 19: 11 Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.
Ezra 10: 2 Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed
Courtesy required - Covetousness prevalent--forbidden.
against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. 3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law, 4 Arise ; for this matter belongeth unto thee : we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. 5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word.
Neh. 6: 11 I said, should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.
Ps. 27: 14 Wait on the LORD : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
31: 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. (See 460, 461.]
135. Courtesy exemplified and required.
Mat. 26: 50 Jesus said unto him, [Judas] Friend, wherefore art thou come ?
Ac. 27: 3 Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
28: 7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
1 Pet. 3: 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. [See 459.]
COVETOUSNESS. 136. Prevalence of covetousness. Ph. 2: 21 All seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. [See 689, and “ Spurious” in the Index.]
137. Covetousness forbidden — cautions.
Ex. 20: 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor bis ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
Pr. 28: 16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong
Threatened and punished.
Lk. 12: 15 He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness : for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits ? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry.
20 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 ? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Ep. 5: 3 Fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints.
Ph. 2: 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Col. 3: 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Heb. 13: 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. [See 174, 413.]
138. Threats and punishment for the covetous.
Ps. 10: 3 The wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
Is. 57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
Mic. 2: 2 They covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. 3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
Hab. 2: 9 Wo to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil !
1 Cor. 5: 11 Now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such an one no not to eat.