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to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity; nevertheless through envy of the Devil came death into the world; and they that do hold on this side do find it: but the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastened they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself, as gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt-offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble*. They shall judge the nations and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever and ever. But the ungodly shall be punished according to

Zechar, xii. 6.

+ Isa. xxxii. 1. Psalm cxlix. 2 to 9. 1 Cor. vii. 2... Rev. xi. 27, and v. 10.

their own imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord." "Whose hope is like the dust that is blown away with the wind; like a thin froth that is driven away with the storm, like as the smoke which is dispersed here and there with a tempest, and passeth away like the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day. But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the Lord, and the care of them is with the Most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand; for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them. He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour, and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his enemiest. He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true judgment instead of an helmet; he shall take holiness for an invincible shield.

*See 1 Peter v. 4.

See Deuteronomy xxxii. 42, 43. Isaiah xiii. 3, 4, 5, and Micah iv. 13.

‡ See Isaiah lix. 17. 1 Thess. viii. 9, and Ephes. vi. 14–17, which saith," and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God."

His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword*, and the world shall fight with him against the unwise. Then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad, and from the clouds as from a well-drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. And hailstones full of wrath shall he cast as out of a stone bow, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them; yea a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away; thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty."

This does not differ that I see, from the scriptures which are esteemed to be canonical, nor is it the language of uninspired mortality. "Let us have grace, therefore, (ie. wisdom,) whereby (as St. Paul says,) we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear." This is the wisdom which is a gift from the Source of wisdom, which is able to preserve a people, that have not even the advantages of the

* In Job xxxviii. 22, 23. Zechar. ix. 15, 16. Rev. xi. 19, and Isa, xxxii. 19.

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made to reprove our thoughts. He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion. We are esteemed of him as counterfeits; he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is his father. Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies. Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience. Let us condemn him with a shameful death; for by his own saying he shall be respected. Such things, they did imagine, and were deceived; for their own wickedness hath blinded them. As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not, neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls. For God created man

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* Matthew xxvii. 39, 40. "They that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest th ple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross."

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to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity; nevertheless through envy of the Devil came death into the world; and they that do hold on this side do find it: but the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastened they shall be greatly rewarded for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself,

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gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt-offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble*. They shall judge the nations and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever and ever. But the ungodly shall be punished according to

Zechar. xii. 6.

+ Isa. xxxii. 1. Psalm cxlix. 2 to 9. 1 Cor. vii. 2. Rev. xi. 27, and v. 10.

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