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Ascribed to God-Spurious repentance.

Zec. 1: 3 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mat. 5: 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Lk. 15: 21 The son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry. [See 357.]

608. Repentance, as ascribed to God.

Gen. 6: 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Jer. 18: 7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it: 8 If that nation against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

- 26: 2 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD'S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD's house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word: 3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings. 13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; And the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

Ezk. 33: 14 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; 15 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.

Jonah 3: 10 God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them: and he did it not.

609. Spurious repentance.

Mat. 27: 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he

Required and encouraged - Exemplified.

saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

2 Cor. 7: 10 The sorrow of the world worketh death. [See 191, 194, 411, 623, 689.]


610. Faithful reproof required and encouraged.

Lev. 19: 17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.

Pr. 6: 23 The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. 19:25 Reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. - 24: 24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him : *25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. - 28: 4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them. 23. He that rebuketh a man, afterwards shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue.

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Ezk. 16: 1 The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.

Mat. 18: 15 If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

Lk. 17: 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

Ep. 5: 11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Col. 3: 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

1 Th. 5: 14 We exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. [See 109.]

611. Reproving others exemplified.

Neh. 13: 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together,

Received by the humble-Rejected by the proud.

and set them in their place. 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.

Dan. 5: 22 Thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified. 24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

Hos. 5: 2 The revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.

Mat. 16: 23 He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan; thou art an offence unto me: for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Lk. 23: 40 The other answering, rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

Gal. 2: 11 When Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. [See 66, 461.]

612. Reproof gratefully received by the humble.

Ps. 141: 5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Pr. 25: 12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. 28: 23 He that rebuketh a man, afterwards shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue.

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613. Reproof rejected by the proud.

`Pr. 1: 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof. 13: 1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. — 15: 12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

Wisdom of receiving it - Reprovers should be faultless.

Am. 5: 10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Lk. 3: 19 Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.


Jn. 3: 20 Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. — 7: 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

614. Wisdom of receiving reproof-folly of rejecting it.

Pr. 6: 23 The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. 10: 17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.-12: 1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 13: 18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored. 15: 5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the and he that hateth reproof shall die. 31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.-29: 1 He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.


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Ec. 4: 13 Better is a poor and a wise child, than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

615. Reprovers should correct their own faults.

Mat. 7:3 Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Rom. 2: 21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest, a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest, a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 23 Thou that maketh thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonorest thou God?

Value of Reputation

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616. Value of reputation — sin of abusing it.

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General Resurrection.

Pr. 22: 1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. — 25: 18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Ec. 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

[See 729, 730.]

617. General resurrection of the dead.

Job 19: 26 Though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Hos. 13: 14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues, O grave, I will be thy destruction.

Lk. 20: 37 That the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living.

Jn. 5: 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth. - 6: 40 This is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

- 11: 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Ac. 4: 1 As they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 24: 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead both of the just and unjust. -26: 8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

Rom. 6: 8 If we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 8: 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan


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