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"of sinners, 698.
Seriousness, see Sobriety, 711.
SELFISH RELIGION, 191, 194, Soul, immortal, 422.
Standards, false, condemned, 46.
Sin, see Depravity, 157.
punishment of, 714.
cannot be blended with good, 505. Stupidity of sinners, 693.
"its destructive tendencies, 733.
Submission to God, 278, 298.
prone to forget God, 692.
stupid and inattentive to God,
depart from God, 694.
"oaths of conformation, 720.
"inclined to sensuality, 698.
prone to idolatry, 699.
general precepts, 685.
promises to kindness, 686.
duty to the oppressed, 687.
46 apt to murmur, 700.
ungrateful and cruel, 701.
Slavery, see Servitude, 676-687.
sleeps not, after death, 152.
outpouring of, 620.
agency of, 594-596.
Spurious faith and religion, 191.
"love to God, 411.
"love disinterested, 413.
"obedience to God, 302.
I required of all, 629.
"during the millennium, 442.
Utility of the right, 630.
"of the truth, 47, 51, 279, 433, 458.
Vessels of wrath, 256.
against the second death, 554.
corrupting and dangerous, 741.
"its idols forbidden, 742.
overcome by grace, 743.
the true exemplified, 749.
ACTIVITY AND DILIGENCE.
1. Activity and diligence required and encouraged-inactivity reproved.
Gen. 3: 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.
Ex. 20: 9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work. Jud. 5: 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
1 Ch. 22: 16 Arise, therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with thee.
Pr. 10: 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. · 12: 24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 13: 4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.· 22: 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. -27: 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds: 24 For riches are not forever. -28: 19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
Ec. 5: 12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much. 9: 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Is. 52: 1 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city.
Am. 6:1 Wo to them that are at ease in Zion.
Rom. 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serv
ing the Lord. 13: 11 Knowing the time, that now it is high time to wake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Ep. 4: 28 Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
1 Th. 4: 11 Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. [See 63, 358, 738, 749.]
2. Afflictions common to man.
Job 5: 7 Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. -7: 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?-14: 1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
3. Afflictions from God.
1 S. 2:7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
Job 5: 6 Affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground. 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Ps. 39: 9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. - 66: 11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidest affliction upon our loins. 89: 30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.-102: 10 Thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
2 Cor. 12: 7 Lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. [See 147, 260.]
4. Benefit of afflictions and fatherly chastisements.
Dt. 8: 2 Thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
2 Ch. 33: 12 When he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
Job 5: 17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. 23:10 He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Ps. 78: 34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God. 35 And they remembered that God was their Rock, and the high God their Redeemer. 94: 12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law, 13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.—119: 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. 71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Pr. 3: 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD 'loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Is. 26: 9 When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. -27: 7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him? By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin.-48: 10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Jer. 24: 5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.
Lam. 3: 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Dan. 11: 35 Some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. 12: 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly.
Hos. 5: 15 In their affliction they will seek me early.