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6. Who can deliver us?
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. (II. Pet. 2. 9.)
7. What did Christ promise the Philadelphian church? I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation. (3 Rev. 10.)
8. What is our security against the deceits of Satan? Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (6 Eph. 11.)
9. Are we commanded to resist the devil?
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (4 Jas. 7, 8.)
XIV. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED.
Character and happiness of the righteous-Character and misery of the wicked-God's regard to the righteous, and his anger against the wicked.
1. How does Solomon contrast the path of the just and the wicked?
The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day; the path of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble. (4 Pr. 18, 19.)
2. In what manner does the sinner "mourn at last?"
How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me. (5 Pr. 12, 13.)
3. Is one sinner very injurious?
One sinner destroyeth much good. (9 Ec. 18.)
4. Are the small possessions of the righteous preferable to the great wealth of the wicked?
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. (37 P. 16.)
5. Who is the most courageous?
The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (28 Pr. 1.)
6. Does God distinguish between the righteous and the wicked?
The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; of the ungodly shall perish. (1 P. 6.)
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7. How does God in prophecy describe the character of his divine Son?
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness. (45 P. 7. and 1 Heb. 9.)
8. Is God continually angry with the wicked?
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day; if he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. (7 P. 11, 12.)
9. How does God regard the sacrifice of the wicked, and the prayer of the righteous?
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (15 Pr. 8.)
10. How does God warn the wicked?
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (1 Is. 16.)
11. How does God command his prophet to address the righteous and the wicked?
Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him; for the reward of his hands shall be given him. (3 Is. 10, 11.)
12. Have the wicked any real happiness?
There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked. (48 Is. 22.)
13. Does God protect the righteous, and oppose the wicked? 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. (I. Pet. 3. 12.)
14. "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" (I. Pet. 4. 18.)
These shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal. (25 Mt. 46.)
Prayers for-Its nature-Its value and advantages-Commands to seek.
1. How did Solomon pray for wisdom?
I am but a little child; I know not how to go out or come in-give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart. (1 K. 3. 7, 9.)
2. Does St. James direct us to pray for wisdom?
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. (1 Jas. 5.)
3. What is the beginning of wisdom?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments. (111 P. 10.)
4. Is self-conceit opposed to wisdom?
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.-Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. (3 Pr. 5,7.)
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (26 Pr. 12.)
5. What is the wisdom of this world with God?
The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. (1 Cor. 3. 19.)
Does true wisdom promote happiness?
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding; for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (3 Pr. 13 to 17.)
7. Is wisdom of the utmost importance?
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (4 Pr. 7.)
8. Do wise children promote their parents' comfort? A wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish man despiseth his mother. (15 Pr. 20.)
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. (23 Pr. 24.) 9. Is a state of ignorance evil?
That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good. (19 Pr. 2.) 10. Is the " virtuous woman" wise?
She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (31. Pr. 26.)
11. Is a poor and wise child estimable?
Better is a poor and wise child, than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished. (4 Ec. 13.)
12. Are we required to blend gentleness with wisdom? Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (10 Mt. 16.)
13. What description of wisdom does St. Paul recommend to the Romans?
I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. (16 Ro. 19.)
14. How are Christians required to act towards unbelievers?
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (4 Col. 5.)
XVI. THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST THE SPREAD OF TRUE RELIGION.
Promises of Means by which advanced-Success.
1. What did God say to Moses, as to the universal diffusion of his glory?
As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. (14 Num. 21.)
2. What did the Psalmist prophesy?
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. (110 P. 3.)
3. What did Isaiah prophesy?
Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation. (33 Is. 6.)
4. How does Habakkuk prophesy the universal diffusion of divine knowledge?
The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (2 Hab. 14.)