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them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.-22: 17 Thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it. 18 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory! 19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

Ezk. 22: 12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD. 13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee. 14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.— 28: 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

1 Cor. 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Jam. 5: 3 Your gold and silver is carkered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

2 Pet. 2: 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly. [See 87, 138, 303, 362, 381, 478, 486, 489, 497, 513, 551, 555–6, 630, 735.]

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734. War and fighting have been prevalent.

Gen. 6: 11 The earth also was corrupt before God; and the earth was filled with violence.

2 K. 19: 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?

Is. 1: 15 When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear your hands are full of blood.-10: 13 I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant

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Ezk. 33: 25 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land? 26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbor's wife: and shall ye possess the land?

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735. Sin and folly of anger, and other warlike passions · pressing them.

Job 5: 2 Wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

Ps. 37: 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Pr. 11: 17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. 14: 16 A wise man feareth,and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. 17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. 29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.- 15: 18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. - 16: 32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.-19: 19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. - 22: 24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go.. 24: 17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 25: 28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city

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that is broken down, and without walls. 26: 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. - 27: 4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?-29: 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

Ec. 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

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Ep. 4: 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. [See 200,(21,) 733.]

736. Carnal fighting, and returning evil for evil, foolish, and forbidden · Threats.

Gen. 49: 5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united! for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. 7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

Ex. 20: 13 Thou shalt not kill. [Lk. 18: 20.]

Lev. 19: 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.

Ps. 5: 6 The LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful

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Pr. 17: 14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.-18: 6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. -20: 22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. 24: 29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. -26: 17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. -30: 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

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Ezk. 25: 12 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out my hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of De

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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 hast 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 if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 3:16 Where envying and strife is, there is confusion, and every evil work. 4:1 Whence come wars and fightings among you? come they

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not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 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.]

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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.

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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. 35 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: 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

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