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Plain Dress-Envy to be avoided.
thy foot shalt not stumble.-8: 12 I Wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.-11: 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.-12: 16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.-19: 11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Jn. 6: 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
173. Plain dress recommended.
1 Tim. 2: 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
1 Pet. 3: 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands.
174. Envy a common and foolish sin— prohibitions.
Gen. 30: 1 When Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
Job 5: 2 Wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
Ps. 37: 1 Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.—106: 16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
Pr. 3: 31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.-14: 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy the rottenness of the bones.-23: 17 Let not thy heart envy sinners.-24: 1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them: 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. 19 Fret not thy
Prevalent and destructive.
self because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; 20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.-27: 4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
Ec. 4: 4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor.
Mat. 27: 17 Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, which is called Christ? 18 (For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.)
Ac. 7: 9 The patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt.-13: 45 When the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.-17: 5 The Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
Rom. 13: 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Tit. 3: 3 We ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Jam. 3: 14 If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie 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.
1 Pet. 2: 1 Laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings, 2 As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. [See 137.]
175. Error prevalent, corrupting and ruinous.
Ps. 19: 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Pr. 19: 27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
Ec. 7: 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Mat. 16: 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Tries mankind-Errorists to be avoided.
1 Cor. 15: 33 Be not deceived: Evil communications corrupt good manners.
Gal. 1: 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.-5: 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
2 Th. 2: 11 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.
2 Tim. 2: 16 Shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker; of whom is Hymeneus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some.
Jam. 5: 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
2 Pet. 2: 1 There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
-3: 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. [See 183, 477.]
176. Heresies and errors designed and adapted to try mankind.
1 Cor. 11: 19 There must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
177. Fellowship with errorists to be avoided.
Gal. 1:8 Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
1 Tim. 6: 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Tit. 3: 10 A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
[See 112, 115, 477.]
Example, good, required and to be followed-Extravagance sinful.
178. Good examples required.
Mat. 5: 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Col. 4: 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
1 Tim. 4: 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Tit. 2: 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
179. Good examples to be followed — bad, to be avoided.
Ex. 23: 2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.
Mat. 23: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
1 Cor. 11: 1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Ph. 3: 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Heb. 6: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.-13: 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Jam. 5: 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience.
1 Pet. 2: 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
3 Jn. 11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.
180. Extravagance and prodigality sinful― Examples.
1 K. 11: 1 King Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites,
Nature of-counted for righteousness.
Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: 3 He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines : and his wives turned away his heart.
Ec. 2: 10 Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy.
Lk. 15: 13 Not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. 16: 19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day: 22 The rich man also died, and was buried: 23 And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments. [See 173, 199, 625.]
181. Nature of true fixith.
Rom. 10: 9 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
Heb. 11: 1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.
182. Faith counted for righteousness.
Rom. 4:3 What saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all of them that believe, though they be not circumcised, that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.