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Rewarded, or "Gain of Godliness."
his brother: 10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Lk. 20: 25 He said unto them, Render therefore unto Cesar the things which be Cesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
Rom. 13: 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Ep. 6: 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness.
1 Th. 2: 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
1 Tim. 6: 11 Thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meek
Tit. 2: 11 The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. [See 56, 501, 659, 732.]
630. Righteousness and honesty rewarded, or the "gain of godliness" and loss by ungodliness.
Gen. 19: 15 When the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters which are here, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither: therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
2 Ch. 16:9 The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Ps. 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4: 3 Know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself.5: 12 Thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. — 15: 1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
Rewarded, or "Gain of Godliness."
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor. 5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. - 37: 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 9 For evil doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. 18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth, and his seed is blessed. 27-40.
Ps. 58: 11 Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. -84: 11 The LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. — 92: 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that he planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.-112: 1 Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Pr. 3: 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart: 4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 32 The froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 10: 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. 29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to
Rewarded, or "Gain of Godliness."
the workers of iniquity.-11: 17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. 18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him
that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. 20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. 21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sin13: 6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid. 22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.14: 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. 16: 8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right. - 20: 7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 21: 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy, findeth life, righteousness, and honor.-28: 16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. 18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved; but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
Is. 33: 15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. 58: 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rere-ward.
Dan: 3: 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Me
To Liberty and Justice.
shach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.-6: 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Mat. 6: 33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
1 Tim. 4: 8 Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation. 6: 6 Godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Pet. 3: 10 He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
[See Promises, in the Index, and 87, 286, 344, 362, 470, 550-1, 566, 733.]
RIGHTS OF MAN.
631. A right to liberty and justice — threats for infringing these rights.
Job 36: 6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
Is. 10: 1 Wo unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people.
Lam. 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High, 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.
Am. 5: 12 I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
Gal. 5: 13 Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [See 682.]
To Inquire freely - To Mental Culture - To the fruits of his industry, etc.
632. A right to inquire freely, and to express opinions.
Lk. 12:57 Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
Jn. 5: 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
1 Cor. 10: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
1 Th. 5: 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Jn. 4: 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
633. A right to pursue mental culture.
Pr. 4: 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.—23: 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Lk. 11:52 Wo unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. [See 363, 391.]
634. A right to enjoy the fruits of our own industry.
Ec. 3: 22 I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?-5: 18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
635. A right to our own wives and children.
Ec. 9: 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the
Mat. 19: 6 They are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Ep. 6: 4 Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 455