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Vindicative justice of. pense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. 39. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no God with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live forever. If I whet my glittering sword, and my hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
Ps. 18. 6. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled
13. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Ps. 38. 1. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Is. 59. 17. He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies.—So shall they fear the name of the Lord.
Nah. 1. 2. God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he réserveth wrath for his enemies.
Rom. 12. 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. 2 T'h. 1. 7. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
Vindicative justice of.
heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know rot God, and that obey not the gospel. [See Punishment.]
234. Is Vindicative Justice in God amiable ?
Ex. 15. 6. Thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee.
Dt. 32. 43. Rejoice, 0 ye nations, with his people; for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.
Ps. 58. 9. He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Ps. 136. 1. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. 10. To him that smote Egypt in their first born: for his mercy endureth forever. And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth forever. [See the whole psalm ]
Rev. 18. 20. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you
Rev. 19. 1. I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. (See 548.]
Zeal of—Perfection of plan.
235. Is God zcalous ?
2 K. 19. 30. And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.
Is. 9. 7. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and
upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Is. 59. 17. He put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
Ezk. 5. 13. Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my
fury in them.
Jn. 2. 15. And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence: make not my Father's house an house of merchandize. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
236. Has God a perfect plan of operations ?
Dt. 32. 4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect.
Ps. 104. 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all.
Ps. 145. 10. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord, and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.
Immutable, universal, particular, &c. Ec. 3. 14. I know that whatsoever the Lord doeth it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
God's Purposes. 237. Are the purposes of God eternal and immutable ?
Job 23. 13. But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
Ps. 33. 11. The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Pr. 19. 21. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
Is. 14. 24. The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed so shall it stand. 27. For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Is. 46. 9. I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
Ep. 3. 11. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
238. Are the purposes of God universal and particular?
Job. 14. 5. Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bo uns that he cannot pass.
Is. 14. 26. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon
all the nations. Ac. 17. 26. And hath made of one blood all nations of men, for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
239. Do the purposes of God enable him to foreknow all things? Is. 46. 9. I am God, and there is none like me. De
In National election.
claring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
Ac. 2. 23. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.
Ac. 15. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
240. Does God ever elect one nation to privileges, in distinction from others ?
Ex. 4. 22. Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my first born.
Dt. 4. 20, The Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance.
Dt. 7. 6. The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Dt. 10. 15. The Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people as it is this day.
Dt. 32. 9. 'The Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of
Ps. 33. 12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Ps. 135. 4. The Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
Is. 45. 4. For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect.
Ezk. 20. 5. Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up my hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto to them in the land of Egypt.