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A System of Temporal Retribution, Vindicated by Various Considerations Drawn ...
William Thomas Wishart
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acts admit affect allow Almighty appears argument becomes body bring career cast cause character chastisement christian close conscience considerable considered continual countries course crime dark death deed divine doctrine doom earth escape eternal evil exhibit existence fact faith fear feelings frequently future give God's guilty happiness heart heaven holy human inflict influence instances Jehovah judge judgment justice less lives look Lord matter means mechanism method mind misery moral nature notice notion observe offender opinion parent passion peace portion practice present providence punishment question reason regard render rule scene scheme Scripture seems seen sins society strong suffered sufficient sure taken TEMPORAL RETRIBUTION things thought tion traces true turn vice virtue wherein whole wicked
Page 23 - 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.
Page 23 - When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street, The young men saw me, and hid themselves : and the aged arose, and stood up. The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
Page 23 - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a Esther to the poor and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Page 9 - And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? What shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
Page 51 - Bodily exercise profiteth but little ;" but of the latter sort, he added, "but godliness is profitable to all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come :" and this indeed is our exactest measure.
Page 13 - ... forbear to bring forward a multitude of other examples, the mention of which would lead us into too long a detail. The Jewish commonwealth was a theocracy of which Jehovah was the declared, acknowledged, visible ruler. There runs through this history a system of strict retributive justice, whereof the God of Jacob is the administrator. Within the pale of this peculiar dispensation, virtue met its recompense and vice its punishment with a regularity that was at once unfailing and notorious —...
Page 15 - The angel of the Lord smites him, and he is eaten of worms — fit punishment for a worm that so far forgot its weakness, as to aspire to be.
Page 52 - ... asperity of temper, a proneness to doubt the sincerity, to censure the motives, and depreciate the virtues of those whom they are accustomed to treat with so much rigour. Conceiving themselves to be a highly privileged class, as the only legitimate members of his church, they are almost inevitably exposed to think more highly of themselves than they ought to think...
Page 14 - ... chastisement to the ungodly. Nay more, in every situation we observe the people alive to this scheme, admitting it in opinion, however weakly it may influence their conduct. And we notice their teachers and prophets constantly bringing up the fact, employing it as a motive of action, doing so uncontradicted, and vindicating it by surveys of the past history of the nation. The New Testament ushers in a dispensation which in many leading circumstances differs essentially from the older plan. Thus...
Page 5 - ... to meet with those who acknowledge a high veneration for the power and wisdom of the Almighty, who admit that he has power sufficient to ordain, knowledge to foresee what is to come to pass, and who in a general manner are ready to acquiesce in all that the Scriptures allege on these heads — -who yet when their creed is probed and examined, are found to be devoid of any well grounded, rational and consistent belief in a system of terrestrial retribution, which would seem a necessary consequence...