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HEB. 9: 27. It is appointed unto men once to die, and after death, the judgment.

REV. 20: 11. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works and death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

CHAPTER V.

BLESSEDNESS OF THE PENITENT
BELIEVER.

§ 1. DIVINE PROTECTION IN LIFE.

ISA. 26: 1. We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

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; he shall dwell on hight: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

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not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. 10. Neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted! Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established. Thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

right, and hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbor's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, and hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath cov ered the naked with a garment; he that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just; he shall surely live, saith the LORD God. - 21. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him; in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the LORD God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live ?

¶ 55: 1. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

T GEN. 39: 2. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well-favored. And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prisBut the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave

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DAN. 12: 2. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.

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64: 4. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

EZEK. 18: 5. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and

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41: 39. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had.

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DEUT. 32: 9. For 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 his eye. eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

TPs. 37: 3. Trust in the LORD and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desire of thy heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD, and he will bring it to pass:and he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noon-day. - 16. A little that a righteous man hath, is better than the riches of many wicked.-18. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time; and in the days of famine, they shall be satisfied. — 25. I have been young and now am old; yet have I never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

28. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved forever.... The righteous shall inherit the land.

91: 1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall dwell under the shadow of the Almighty. - 4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day: nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the defear-struction that wasteth at noon-day. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, there shall

TPs. 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; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

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..

23: 1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, and leadeth me beside still waters; He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for his name's sake.--6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

1 TIM. 4: 8. Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

12: 5. For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD, I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

16: 5. The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup. Thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

25: 12. What man is he that eth the LORD... his soul shall dwell at ease, and his seed shall inherit the earth.

34: 9. Fear the LORD, ye his saints, for there is no want to them that fear him.

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CHARACTERS AND SERVICES.

ISA. 1: 19. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

§ 2. SUPPORT IN DEATH.

Ps. 37:37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.

23: 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

PROV. 14:32. The righteous hath hope in his death.

Ps. 116: 15. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

NUM. 23: 10. Let me die the death of the righteous; and let my last end be like his.

ISA. 57: 1. The righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace.

2 COR. 5: 8. We are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

PHIL. 1:21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.-23. I have a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better.

2 TIM. 4: 6. I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.... 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 shall never fade away.

ACTS 7:59. They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge; and when he had said this, he fell asleep.

REV. 14: 13. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the. Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them,

ISA. 3: 10. Say ye to the righteous, it shall be well with him, for they shall eat of the fruit of their doings.

MAT. 5: S. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye

when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

7: 24. Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.

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10:42. Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

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

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ner did their fathers unto the pro- | the day. But he answered one of phets, them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few cho

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T MAT, 19:27. Then answered Peter, and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. (Luke 18:28.) But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

20: 1. For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penuy. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of

26: 13. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall this also, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

MARK 12: 41. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily, I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury. For all they did cast in of their abundance: but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (Luke 21: 2,)

9: 41. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily, I say unto you, He shall not lose his reward.

2 COR. 5: 1. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life, Now, he that hath wrought us for the self-same thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (for we walk by faith, not by sight:) we are con

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