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How to treat Enemies, and to prevent War.
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
599. How to treat enemies, and to prevent war and fighting.
Ps. 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Pr. 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all
16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
20:3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
Mat. 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the jist and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Lk. 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the chil
dren of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
Rom. 12: 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 20 Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. [See 196, 198, 386, 428, 429, 546.]
600. Watchfulness and fighting the good fight of faith required.
Ps. 391 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
Mat. 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mk. 14:38.
Mk. 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work; and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.
Lk. 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily, I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
1 Cor. 10: 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.
16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men,
Ep. 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days
6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ph. 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
1 Th. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make fall proof of thy ministry.
1 Pet. 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober. and watch unto prayer.
From the New Englander.
The design of this work is, to furnish scripture proofs of the doctrines of Revela tion, the duties of morality and religion, and of all the institutions of Christianity; and, on the other hand, to refute religious errors by the same authority.*** The sound judgment and accurate discrimination with which this plan has been car ried out, are worthy of praise. Diligent care appears to have been taken to avoid irrelevant quotations, and to select as proof those passages only which directly assert, or at least plainly imply, the truth of the points to be established. The work is the best of the kind within our knowledge.
From the New York Observer.
This is a work which must have cost the compiler a vast amount of labor, and will therefore, as its title shows, be a labor saving machine. Such an arrangement, executed with immense toil and much skill, must be of great assistance, both to ministers and private Christians, and we are not surprised that distinguished biblical students bestow upon the work their highest praise.
From the New York Evangelist.
The design of this volume is something like that of Gaston's Collection, though a far more complete and able work. It arranges passages of Scripture under ap propriate heads, in a systematic form, covering the whole field of didactic theol. ogy. It is most full on the most important points, and evinces in its arrangement a very nice skill, and great familiarity with theological systems. The author has shown great industry and accuracy in the compilation, and has a right to congrat ulate himself upon the successful performance of a much-needed and long-desired work.
From the Newark Daily Advertiser:
This is one of the most valuable volumes ever offered to the Christian reader; certainly, and beyond comparison, the most useful compilation of Scripture teachings of which we have any knowledge. It presents, in fact, a methodical and entire system of Christian duty and doctrine, drawn exclusively from the sacred volume, without mutilation or a word of comment, and so arranged, with an alphabetical index, that the reader may see at a glance the whole teaching of the Scriptures upon the leading topics of theological and moral inquiry-the doctrines and duties which are generally held to be of primary importance to us all. With this Manual in his hands, no man need hesitate for a moment as to the teaching or requirements of the Bible on any of the leading subjects affecting our religious duties and interests.
The compiler has been engaged upon the work for many years, and his labors have been carefully revised by some of the first divines of our country, who give the work now before us their most unqualified approbation.
From a Notice in the Christian Watchman, Boston.
In selecting and arranging texts of Scripture, the author has had particular reference to the prevailing errors of the times, and has adjusted his texts to meet them, so that it is, to a great degree, a book for the times.
From the Boston Recorder.
This book has met with a measure of public favor and patronage which indicates its value. Its preparation evinces sound judgment, as well as protracted and patient labor. It is an epitome of the Bible, and the passages illustrative of any particular subject are so arranged as greatly to facilitate the study of the Scriptures. To ministers, Sabbath school teachers, and families, the Manual will be of essential service, as the experience of many has already proved. In the notices of the work which accompany this edition, we believe all will concur who use the Scripture Manual sufficiently to know its worth.
From the Christian Intelligencer, (N. Y.)
Mr. Simmons, in executing this work, has expended a treasure of toil, and exerted much skill. The tribute he has thus paid to the doctrines of Inspiration, fully entitles him to the gratitude of all who reverence and study the Bible. It is a complete system of Divinity, exbibited in the very language of the Holy Spirit, and the collation is so extensive as to form a synopsis of sacred text. The book will be of great value to ministers of the gospel, students of theology, Sabbath school teachers and scholars, and is calculated to afford much facility to Christian families in the study of the Bible.
From the Christian Observer, Philadelphia.
This is a rich, copious, well-selected and well-arranged text book, exhibiting the results of great labor, in bringing together numerous proof texts, strictly allied in their meaning, on a very large number of subjects — so formed as to present in their beautiful symmetry the features of evangelical truth. It is justly regarded as the most valuable work of the kind ever published in our language, and we commend it to the attention of ministers, Sunday school teachers, and all persons who desire the aid of a manual in acquiring the most important knowledge.