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Destitute of holiness- Full of selfishness.
for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
Jer. 21: 12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppresor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. [See 490, 526-7.]
688. Sinners destitute of holiness.
Is. 1:5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more : the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Jn. 5: 42 I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
Rom. 6: 20 When ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.-7: 18 I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.—8: 8 They that are in the flesh cannot please God.
1 Cor. 2: 14 The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Ep. 2: 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. [See 165, 589.]
689. Sinners full of selfishness and unrighteousness.
Job 21: 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Is. 56: 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Jer. 6: 13 From the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.— 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.
Enemies to God.
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.-33: 31 Their heart goeth after their
Hos. 10: 1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.
Mat. 5: 46 If ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Lk. 6: 32 If ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Ph. 2: 21 All seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
1 Tim. 6: 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
2 Tim. 3: 2 Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud.
[See 137, 191, 194, 411, 609, 623, 728, 732-3.]
690. Sinners enemies to God, children of the adversary, and prone to wicked works.
Ps. 36: 1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.-53: 1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. 2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. 3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.-55: 9 I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.-73: 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression:
Disobedient to God.
they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
Hos. 4: 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
Mat. 13: 38 The tares are the children of the wicked one. -23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Jn. 7: 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.—8: 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do: he was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth; because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.—15: 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen, and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
Ac. 7: 51 Ye stiff-necked, and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.-13: 10 O full of all subtilty, and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
Rom. 1: 30 Haters of God.- 3: 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood. 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.-8: 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [See 68, 86, 165–6, 511, 702, 740.]
691. Sinners disobedient to God.
Ex. 5: 2 Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
Dt. 31: 27 I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death.
Neh. 9: 26 They were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
Prone to forget God.
Ps. 81: 11 My people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
Pr. 1: 24 Because I have called and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof.
Is. 1: 2 I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.—30: 8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: 9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD.
65: 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face.
Jer. 5: 23 This people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.- -25: 4 The LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
Ezk. 2: 7 Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house.
692. Sinners prone to forget God.
Dt. 32: 18 of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
Jud. 3: 7 The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim, and the groves.
1 S. 12:9 When they forgat the Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera.
Ps. 9: 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.-50: 22 Consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. 106: 21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt.
Jer. 2: 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
-3: 21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
Ezk. 22: 12 Thou, hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God. [See 22.]
Stupid and inattentive to God-depart from God-hate his government.
693. Sinners stupid, and inattentive to God.
Ps. 10: 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.50: 21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself. —94: 8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
Pr. 6: 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Is. 5: 12 The harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Jer. 4: 22 My people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.-8: 7 The stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle, and the crane, and the swallow, observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
Hos. 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart. [See 132, 707, 739.]
694. Sinners depart from God.
Gen. 3: 8 They heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Job. 11: 12 Vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Jer. 2: 5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 13 My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Hos. 7: 13 Wo unto them! for they have fled from me.
695. Sinners hate the divine presence, government, and restraints.
Job. 27: 22 He would fain flee out of his hand.
Is. 30: 11 Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Lk. 19: 14 His citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 27