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and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

Jer. 12. 1. Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins. 3. But thou, o Lord, knowest me: thou hast seen me,

and tried my heart toward thee.

Mat. 6. 1. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. . 2. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily, I say unto you, They have their reward.

Lk. 6. 20. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor; for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for

shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for

shall laugh. Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But wo unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Wo unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Wo unto you that laugh now! for ye

shall mourn and weep. Wo unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Lk. 16. 24. And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. But Abra



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ham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime re-
ceivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tor-
Jam. 5. 1. Go to now, ye

men, weep

and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; 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. 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. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

513. Will mankind be rewarded and punished according to their works, hereafter ?

Job 34. 11. The work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

Ps. 62. 12. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

Pr. 24. 12. Shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Is. 3. 10. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Wo unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

Jer. 17. 10. I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. Jer. 25. 14. I will recompense them according to

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their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.

Jer. 32. 19. Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men; to give every one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.

Mat. 16. 27. The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Mat. 25. 34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inberit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was a hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not : sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall be answer them, saying, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Rom. 2. 3. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judg

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est them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape, the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, and honor, and immortality; eternal life : But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness: indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil; of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile; For there is no respect of persons with God.

2 Cor. 5. 10. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

2 Cor. 11. 15. Whose end shall be according to their works.

Gal. 6. 7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption : but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit, reap life everlasting. 9.

Ep. 6. 8. Whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.

2 Tim. 4. 7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 1 Pet. 1. 17. And if ye call on the Father, who with

Not prevented by love and compassion. out respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work.

Rev. 2. 23. I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts : and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Rev. 20. 12. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works, -And they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev. 22. 12. Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (See 355.]

544. Can a God of love, mercy, and tender compassion, punish the guilty, either here or hereafter ?

Ex. 34. 6. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Jud. 2. 11. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim. 14. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about.

2 K. 17. 13. The Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers.

-Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but hardened their necks.- -And they rejected his statutes. 18. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight. 20. And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

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