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dan shall fall by the sword. 14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God.
35: 5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and has: shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: 6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: since thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
Hos. 4: 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
Am. 1: 11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof: because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever.
Hab. 2: 12 Wo to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!
Mat. 26: 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword.
Lk. 3: 14 The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Rom. 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather_give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Th. 5: 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Jam. 2: 11 He that said, Do not commit adultery ; said also, Do not kill. Now, if thou commit no adultery, yet it thou kill, Thou art become a transgressor of the law. -3:10. Where en. vying and strife is, there is confusion, and every evil work. – 4:1 Whence come wars and fightings among yon? come they
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not hence, eren of your lusts that war in your members? 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save, and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Rev. 13: 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword. (See 488—490, 630, 733.]
737. How to treat enemies, and to prevent war and fighting.
Pr. 10: 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. — 16: 7 When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. — 18: 24 A man that hath friends must show himself friendly. — 25: 15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. — 29: 8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare but wise men turn away wrath. Mat. 5: 38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye
for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil : but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you ; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.
Lk. 6: 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. 3) But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged : condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
Rom. 12: 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 20 Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Pet. 3: S.Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9
Fighting the Christian Warfare.
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrari. wise, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 13 And who is he that will hair
ye be followers of that which is good ? [See 62, 201, 203, 204, 437, 498–9, 660.]
738. Watchfulness, and fighting the good fight of faith, required, exemplified, and encouraged.
Mat. 26: 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mk. 13: 33 Take ye heed, watch and
know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of mun is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work ;and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.
Lk. 12: 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily, I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
1 Cor. 10: 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall. — 16: 13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Ep. 5: 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. — 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
1 Th. 5: 6 Let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Tim. 6: 12 Fight the good fight of faith.
2 Tim. 2: 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good sol dier of Jesus Christ. — 4: 5 Watch thou in all things, enduro afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
1 Peter 4: 7 The end of all things is at hand: be ye there fore sober, and watch unto prayer. [See 18, 477, 724.]
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739. The world, ignorant of God.
Jn. 17: 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee.
1 Cor. 1: 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world ? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Ps. 82: 2 Lo, thine enemies make a tumult; and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation ; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.
Mat. 10: 22 Ye shall be bated of all men for my names sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Jn. 17: 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. — 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Ep. 2: 1 You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Jam. 4: 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
1 Jn. 2: 16 All that is in the world, the lust of the fesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
[See 68, 85, 467, 511, 690.] 741. The world corrupting and dangerous — cautions. Mat. 13: 22 He also that received seed among the thorne
1:8 idols forbidden.
is he that heareth the word ; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Lk. 21: 34 Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Gal. 1: 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.
Ph. 3: 18 (Many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
2 Tim. 4: 10 Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. [See 122, 625.]
742. Worldly idolatry forbidden - the contrury required.
Jer. 45: 5 Seekest thou great things for thyself ? seek them not: for behold, I will bring evil ipon all flesh, saith the Lord.
Mat. 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 24 No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 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.
Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added
Mk. 8:36 What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Lk. 6: 24 Wo unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Wo unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. 12: 19 I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink mi