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Forbearance of God- -His goodness and condescension.


alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 119: 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations.

1 Th. 5: 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. [See 4, 235, 515-517, 725.]

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· 227. Forbearance and long-suffering of God.

Neh. 9: 30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear.

Ec. 8: 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

Rom. 2: 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?-9: 22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction?

1 Tim. 1: 16 Howbeit, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

1 Pet. 3: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

2 Pet. 3: 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [See 62•]

228. Goodness and condescension of God.

Ex. 34: 6 The LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

1 Ch. 16: 34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Ps. 8: 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 33: 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 52: 1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. -107: 8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his

Holiness and beauty of God.

wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.— 113: 4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, 6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth? — 119: 68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.-145: 7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Is. 57: 15 Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.

Zec. 9: 17 How great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty!

Mat. 19: 17 He said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

[See 60, 61, 224, 233, 254, 372, 672.]

229. Holiness and beauty of God.

Ex. 15: 11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Lev. 11: 44 Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

1 S. 2: 2 there is none holy as the LORD.

Job 4: 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his Maker? 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.34: 10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

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Ps. 5: 4 Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.— 22: 3 Thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 27: 4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. 45: 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness.-71: 22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. 90: 17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us. - 99: 9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.-111: 9 Holy and

Holy grief and displeasure of God.

verend is his name.— -145: 17 The LORD is righteous in all is ways, and holy in all his works.

Is. 6: 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, oly, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.. 28: 5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.. 33: 17 Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Hab. 1: 13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.

Zec. 9: 17 How great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty!

Rev. 15: 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.56.]

230. God's holy grief, displeasure and controversy with sinners.

Gen. 6: 5 GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Num. 32: 14 Behold, ye are risen up in your fathers' stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel.

Dt. 25: 16 All that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Ps. 7: 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrow against the persecutors. -- 10: 3 The wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.— 11: 5 The LORD trieth the righteous but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.-78: 40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! 95: 8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. 10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation.

Pr. 11: 20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. 15: 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD; but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Impartiality of God.

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

Jer. 12: 8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.

Hos. 7: 2 They consider not in their hearts, that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face-9: 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. -12: 2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.-13: 7 I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them. 8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion.

Nah. 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

Mic. 6: 2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

Mk. 3: 5 When he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.

Heb. 3: 17 With whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

Rev. 6: 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

[See 208, 236, 362, 418, and Punishment, Future.]

231. Impartiality of God.

Gen. 18: 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Dt. 10: 17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: 18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

Justice and Righteousness.

2 Ch. 19: 7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you: take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

Ezk. 18: 25 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

Ac. 10: 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.

Rom. 2:11 There is no respect of persons with God.

Ep. 6: 9 And ye, masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

1 Pet. 1: 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. [See 556.]

232. Justice and righteousness of God.

2 Ch. 19: 7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you: take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

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Job 8: 3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? 34: 12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.-37: 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice; he will not afflict.

Ps. 33: 4 The word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment. -48: 10 Thy right hand is full of righteousness. - 92: 15 To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.-97: 2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.-111: 3 His work is honorable and glorious; and his righteousness endureth for ever.—119: 137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. 138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 145: 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

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Jer. 9: 24 Let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

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