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of the Truth and its Spirit; but second-deathers will not dwell therein (30). The teachings of the faithful bring forth the Truth; but perverse teachings shall be rooted out (31). The teachings of the faithful appreciate what is pleasing; but the teachings of second-deathers utter perversions (32).

 

Chapter 11 continues the contrast between righteousness and wickedness and between their respective doers. False standards as to faith and practice are abhorrent to God; but true standards of faith and practice are a joy to Him (1). Pride leads to degradation and disgrace; but the humble have the Truth (2). The good character of the godly will lead him aright; but the depravity of the sinners will bring destruction upon them (3). The wealth of the rich will not deliver them in the great tribulation; but a godly disposition will be delivered from the second death (4). The good character of those perfect in love will lead them aright amid life's mazes; but second-deathers will come to ruin by their wilful sins (5). The good character of the faithful will deliver them from death; but sinners will be entrapped by their own wrong-doings (6). When second-deathers die their hope is forever ended; yea, the hope of the unjustified also dies, though temporarily (7). Like Mordecai, the faithful are delivered out of trouble; and like Haman, second-deathers take their place in trouble (8). By his utterances a hypocrite overthrows his neighbor; but through the Truth the faithful are saved (9). When the faithful prosper, the Church as God's embryo religious government is glad; but when second-deathers die, there is loud approval of God's sentence upon them (10). By the good deeds of the saintly the Church, God's embryo religious government, is exalted; but it has often been temporarily defeated by the errors of second-deathers (11). Those lacking the Truth contemn their neighbor; but the discreet tactfully are silent (12). Tattlers expose things that should be kept secret; but those loyal in spirit conceal secrets (13). Where good advice is lacking, people go wrong;

 

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but many wise advisers make one safe in his ventures (14). He that partisanly supports a power-grasper and lord over God's heritage will come to grief, as will be the case of many Societyites, etc.; but they who abhor partisanship and the sectarianism which it engenders are safe and sound (15). The faithful Church, full of grace, retains the honor of Christ's Bride; and the Christ, Head and Body, strong in the Divine character, retains all the possessions of Heirs of God (16). The merciful people of God reflexly elevate themselves, as well as gain mercy; but the hard-hearted bring tribulation upon themselves (17). The second-deathers do works of error that deceive the unstable; but they who practice justice and love will gain great rewards (18).

 

The habitual practice of justice and love develops God's people unto fitness for everlasting life; but those who habitually practice wickedness fit themselves for eternal death, the second death (19). Those who are of a perverse heart are abhorrent to God; but those who are faithful in justification and consecration as their way of life rejoice God's heart (20). The united front of the second-deathers shall not escape God's complete wrath; but the Seed of Abraham will be delivered from all evil into God's everlasting Kingdom (21). As Divine ornaments are unbefitting to those who wallow in sin; so is the beauty of holiness unfitting to Levite sects without the Spirit of the Truth (22). Faithful new creatures aspire to perfection of character alone; but punishment is the lot that awaits second-deathers (23). Those who give liberally of their grace, knowledge and service, increase in these blessings; but those who withhold these things become spiritually poor (24). Cheerful and large givers increase their Divine store; and they who abundantly pour out upon others the waters of Truth will receive all the more of them (25). Those who withhold from others the bread of life will be evil spoken of by their neglectees; but God will pour out blessings of mind, heart and will upon those who trade spiritually in the Truth (26). They who zealously seek

 

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to develop good characters attain increasingly to God's favors; but those who try to do wrong, wrong doing and reaping will be their lot (27). Those whose trust is in their own spiritual possessions as the cause of their acceptableness with God, and not in Christ's merit, will fall from God's grace; but those who, trusting in Christ's merit for their acceptableness to God, faithfully develop justice and love will as a branch in Christ, the Vine, produce much fruit (28). Those who cause trouble in their ecclesias will gain unprofitableness; and those destitute of the Truth and its Spirit will become the serving subjects of the Truth-hearted (29). The effects that the faithful produce prove to be life givers and preservers of others; and those who gain others for truth, righteousness and holiness prove themselves to have the Truth and its Spirit (30). The faithful practicers of duty and disinterested love are rewarded in the Truth and its Spirit; but the recompense of second-deathers and crown-losers shall also be in relation to the Truth and its Spirit, in that the former will eternally, the latter temporarily lose them (31).

 

In Prov. 12 the contrast between righteousness and wickedness and between the righteous and the wicked is continued. The lover of correction has good will toward intelligence; but the hater of reproof is brutish (1). God bestows His grace upon the good; but the concocter of evil plots receives God's condemnation (2). A human will not be established by lawlessness; but the foundation of the just will not be shaken (3). An upright wife is her husband's glory; but a real decay in his very being is the wife who puts her husband to shame (4). The plans of the just are right; but the plans of the evil are error (5). The teachings of second-deathers are deadly; but the utterances of the upright will free them (6). Second-deathers suffer defeat in controversy, and pass out of existence; but the Church is victorious (7). One is to be praised in proportion to his prudence; but the perverse in heart are to be disesteemed (8). It is better

 

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to be disesteemed and to have helpers than to be esteemed and to lack sustenance (9). The just are merciful even to animals; but the kindest deeds of second-deathers are murderous in their purposes and effects (10). Those industrious in their field of labor will have a sufficiency; but the follower of worthless men lacks sense (I1). Second-deathers crave the prey of their own class; but the foundation of the saintly is enduring (12). By the erroneousness of their utterances are second-deathers entrapped; but the saintly come out of distress (13). By the results of his teachings a man of God will be fully pleased; and the reward of his works will be given him (14).

 

Dullards think their courses are right; but the obeyer of truth is wise (15). The dullard at once manifests his vexation; but prudent is he who ignores an insult (16). The spreader of the Truth manifests holiness; but the teacher of error spreads delusions (17). The speech of some wounds like a sword; but the Truth uttered spreads health and life (18). The teachings of the Bible shall endure forever; but the teachings of error last but a short time (19). In the hearts of speculators is error; but peace-spreaders give joy (20). No spiritual evil will befall the saintly; but seconddeathers shall be filled with spiritual evils (21). Erroneous teachings are supremely abhorrent to God; but Truth believers and practicers are God's joy (22). The tactful keep back from the immature too strong meat; but it is the delight of dullards to tell inappropriate and harmful things (23). The power of the diligent will exercise rulership; but the lazy will be subjugated and subservient (24). Heartfelt sorrow makes one bow down in anguish; but the truth fitly spoken comforts and gladdens the mourning soul (25). A saintly man guides his neighbor in right ways; but the teachings and practices of second-deathers deceive them (26). The lazy even when they begin a work bring it not to a successful conclusion; but the industrious increase unto great worth their property (27).

 

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The course of holiness brings life; and in its ways there is no second death (28).

 

Chapter 13 continues the same general contrast as between righteousness and wickedness, and as between the saintly and second-deathers, as was set forth in chapters 10- 12. A true Epiphanite heeds the teachings of the Epiphany messenger; but a scoffer heeds not his rebukes (1). A Truth teacher and practicer will appropriate the Spirit of the Truth as the product of his Truth teachings; but the very being of the treacherous shall appropriate the spirit of evil (2). He who controls his teachings in the Truth guards his life; but he who pours out erroneous utterances as a deluge brings destruction upon himself and others (3). Though the very being of the lazy longs to obtain its desires, it gains nothing; but enriched will be the very being of the industrious (4). The saintly hate error; but second-deathers are very abhorrent and will inherit infamy (5). Holiness keeps the saintly in the Truth and its Spirit; but the evil mind of sinners against their consecration overthrows them from the high calling (6). Some by gaining earthly riches impoverish their New Creatures; and others by sacrificing their human all make their New Creatures rich (7). If one sacrifices his human all as his wealth, he purchases as his gain eternal life; but those who are impoverished of the Truth and its Spirit refuse to heed correction (8). The Truth that the righteous have gives them great joy; but the Truth that the second-deathers once had goes out in complete error (9). Those who desire to shine before, and to exalt themselves above others arouse angry controversy; but with the wisely modest is the Truth (10). Wealth of spirit gathered by greed shall be lessened; but that gathered by a proper industriousness shall be enlarged (11). People often become discouraged by long-deferred things that are desired and expected; but the gratification of godly hopes energizes one to more life (12).

 

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Whoever of God's people despises His Word will be ruined; but he who reverences God's precepts shall be greatly recompensed (13). The Word of God taken in the heart by Truth people becomes the source of present and future life to them to enable them to escape the errors and sins that bring into the second death (14). The Truth taken into head and heart increasingly brings one God's grace; but violators of their covenant of consecration bring themselves into difficult experiences (15). Every one wise in heavenly Truth acts in harmony therewith; but a dullard spreads error (16). A second-death messenger brings mischief to himself and others; but a saintly ambassador for God spreads spiritual vitality and life (17). Spiritual poverty and disgrace shall be the portion of the rejector of correction; but he that esteems correction shall be esteemed (18). The fulfilled aspiration is gratifying to one's being; but to give up error and sin is abhorrent to the lawless (19). To fellowship with the Truth-instructed makes one Truth-instructed; but to fellowship with dullards makes one foolish (20). Calamity follows upon calamity for covenant-breakers; but the saintly shall be rewarded (21). The Little Flock provides an inheritance for the Youthful Worthies and for the latter's children—the restitutionists; but the privileges of crown-losers are given faithful Little Flock members who gain the formers' lost crowns (22). The fallow ground of crown-losers could under cultivation have yielded much blessing; but it was swept away because of their lack of the Truth and its Spirit (23). The spiritual father who spares the rod of correction from his spiritual son does him an injustice akin to hatred; but the spiritual father who loves his spiritual son very carefully corrects him (24). The saintly partake of spiritual food to satisfy their new creaturely cravings; but second-deathers famish (25).

 

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wickedness and the saintly and the unsaintly. The Church consisting of wise virgins develops itself in every good word and work; but the Great Company while unclean, consisting of foolish virgins, pulls down their fellows while in Azazel's hands (1). Those who practice saintliness reverence God; but he who has turned away from the straight into the crooked way despises God (2). The mouthpieces of dullards have powers of haughtiness; but the teachings of the Truth-instructed will save them (3). Where there are no Truth-teachers there is no spiritual food; but in the strong Truth-teachers there is much spiritual growth (4). The teachers of the Truth will not teach error; but false teachers teach error (5). A scoffer seeks, but does not find the Truth; but to the discerning the Truth becomes easy (6). Avoid the dullard, even if he is highly regarded as a teacher, when you perceive that he does not have the Truth (7). It is wise in the prudent to learn to understand his course in life; but the error of dullards is a fraud upon the Truth, since it counterfeits it (8). Dullards make very light of and at sin; but grace is among the saintly (9). The affections know their grief; and one not acquainted therewith should not busybody therein with inappropriate gladness (10). The congregation of second-deathers will be destroyed; but the Church of the saintly shall prosper (11). Many a person thinks that his course is a proper one; but it eventuates in the ways of the second death (12). There are cases when externally one seems joyous, but internally he is in grief, and the outcome of such joy is sorrow (13). Those who heartily forsake the Truth and its Spirit will become over-satiated with their course; but by the fruits of his efforts will the saintly be satisfied (14). The unwary are gullible; but the prudent exercise cautiousness in all their thoughts, motives, words and acts (15). The prudent is cautious and avoids evil; but a dullard is impetuous and overconfident (16). Those easily angry work folly and a wicked plotter is abhorred (17). The uninstructed

 

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in the Truth have error as their inheritance; but the wise are crowned with the Truth (18).

 

Abased are the second-deathers before the saintly, and that in the publicity of the saints (19). The crown-losers are disliked even by one another; but those rich in grace have many lovers (20). The despiser of his fellows transgresses; but blessed is he who favors God's Little Flock in its afflictions (21). Do those not go into error who plot evil? but God's grace and Truth shall be with those who plan good (22). In every good work there is gain; but erroneous utterances effect spiritual poverty (23). Their riches of grace and truth is the crown of the Truth-instructed; but the error of dullards increases error (24). A witness of the Truth saves souls; but a false teacher spreads error (25). In reverence for God there is strong assurance; and God will be the refuge of His children (26). Reverence for God is a source of life, enabling one to escape the traps of the second death (27). It is honorable to be the executive of a very numerous Truth people; but the lack of them brings destruction to leaders (28). The fore bearing are great in discretion; but those easily enraged bring error to the fore (29). A healthy disposition tends to life; but an envious disposition corrupts character (30). The oppressor of the lowly reproaches God; but he honors God who shows mercy to the lowly (31). Wilful sins drive the second-deathers away from God, the Truth, and His people; but the saintly are hopeful even when dying (32). In the disposition of the intelligent the Truth lodges; but the error of dullards makes itself known (33). The saintliness of the Little Flock lifts it up highly as God's holy nation; but sin is a reproach to the Great Company while unclean as a class and to second-deathers as a class (34). God as the supreme King shows special favor to a faithful servant; but His displeasure is exercised toward an unfaithful servant, who causes disgrace to God and His cause (35).

 

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Still continuing the same general contrasts of chapters 10-14, chapter 15 makes other applications of the pertinent contrasts. A mild answer to a wrathful person appeases his indignation; but cutting words arouse angry passions (1). The teachings of the Truth-instructed give ornaments to the Truth; but the mouthpieces of dullards pour out error (2). God's knowledge is all pervasive, taking note of the good and evil in thought, motive, word and act (3). Sound teachings give life-giving food; but crookedness in teaching injures the disposition (4). A foolish son spurns the teachings of his spiritual father; but he who gives good heed to a needed reproof exercises prudence (5). In the Church as the assembly of the saintly are large treasures of the Truth, its Spirit and its service, while the gains of second-deathers is great disturbance (6). The teachings of the Truth-instructed spread God's Word; but the disposition of the dullard is not right (7). The ministries that second-deathers offer to God are abhorrent to Him; but God takes much pleasure in the requests of the saintly (8). The course that second-deathers take is very abhorrent to God; but the Lord takes a loving pleasure in those who practice good (9). There is grievous correction in store for the forsaker of truth, righteousness and holiness; and the wilful abhorrer of the corrections of the Truth will die the second death (10). God understands and has in His power both Hades and Gehenna; how much more so then the dispositions of humans (11). A scoffer has no good will toward one who corrects him; nor will he seek the help of the Truth-instructed (12). Joy of heart makes the face bright; but heavy grief not committed to the Lord discourages and makes one despair (13). The desire of the prudent is richly to increase their truth store; but the mouthpiece of dullards appropriates error (14). The entire time of those in tribulation is sorrowful; but the happy disposition has a continual feast of the Truth, its Spirit and its work (15). It is better to have small possessions of grace,

 

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mercy and truth with reverence for God than to have much of earth's riches with unrest (16). It is better to partake of but a little of Truth with love in all the participants than to partake of very many teachings with hearts of hatred (17). A vindictive disposition arouses bitter controversies; but the long-suffering calm such controversies (18).

 

The course that the lazy pursues brings piercing experiences to him; but the course of the Little Flock is a safe and clear one (19). A Truth-instructed symbolic son causes him who started him in the spiritual life to rejoice; but an erring symbolic son contemns those who seek to develop him in grace, knowledge and service (20). Error gladdens those who are destitute of the Truth, as many cases in great and little Babylon prove; but the faithfully Truth-instructed live saintly lives (21). Plans go wrong where consultations are absent; but usually they succeed when a multitude of Truth-instructed brethren advise (22). Joyful to a man it is when he gives a helpful answer to needy inquirers; and a timely advice or statement works much good (23). The narrow way is one constantly ascending in grace, knowledge and fruitfulness in service for the faithful, enabling them to escape Gehenna, reached by a descending course (24). The Lord will destroy both great and little Babylon as products of arrogant ones; but He will keep eternally abiding the Church developed by a symbolic widow (25). The teachings of second-deathers are very abhorrent to the Lord; but the teachings of the purified Little Flock are joy-inspiring and delightsome (26). Power-graspers and lords over God's heritage disturb the sects that they develop; but those leaders immune to being bribed by unholy ambitions offered them will gain life (27). The determination of the saintly is to weigh carefully their answers to questions that arise for solution; but without due thought second-deathers utter evils of doctrine and life (28). The Lord keeps Himself far off from second-deathers; but He lends a ready and responsive

 

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ear to the prayers of the faithful (29). Joyous knowledge makes its possessor and others glad; and the Gospel message makes the main graces richer (30). The understanding of faith accepting life-ministering correction continues with the Truth-instructed (31). Truth-rejectors actually think little of their own beings; but he who accepts needed reproof increases in his comprehension of the Truth (32). The teachings of the Truth arouse in the true heart reverence for God; and if one would attain real honor he must first be filled with humility amid abasement and exaltation (33).

 

Chapter 16 continues the contrasts, with different applications, found in chapters 10-15. It is for us under God's grace to develop our dispositions; but from God comes the Truth with which proper answers come (1). People in self-conceit consider their conduct in harmony with right; but God infallibly by life's experiences tests their dispositions (2). If one submits his doing unto the Lord's will, his plans will be maintained in success (3). God works all things to the accomplishment of His plan; yea, even second-deathers are by Him fitted for the great tribulation (4). Those who love to be arrogant are very abhorrent to God; though they have very many confederates, God will not account them guiltless (5). By the consecrated exercising the Truth and its Spirit, depravity is more and more cleansed out of their dispositions; and reverence for God leads to reformation from evil (6). When one's course in life pleases God, even those who have been the opponents of his course become less and less oppositional and in the end become reconciled to it (7). Better is a little had in righteousness, than much profit gained by wrong (8). The dispositions of God's people plan out their course; but God rules and overrules their experiences (9). As an oracle of God should His executive deliver His judgment, to the end that as God's special mouthpiece he err not in his considered opinions (10). It is of the Lord that one mete out to others matters of justice, since all justice lodges in God (11).

 

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To act wickedly is especially abhorrent in God's executives; for their authority is only to be exercised along the lines of righteousness (12). Teachings in harmony with the Divine character should be the pleasure of such executives; and Truth-lovers they love (13). The displeasure of God's executive at wrongdoing might announce a second-death manifestation; and the Truth-instructed will appease such wrath (14). By the Truth that his favor manifests comes life; and his teachings are antitypes of the latter rain (15).

 

Incomparably better is it to obtain the Truth than to gain gold; and to attain discretion is to be preferred to amassing silver (16). The course of the saintly avoids wrong; and he who guards his course in life will preserve his being (17). Pride produces destruction; and an arrogant disposition brings to disaster (18). Preferable it is to be of a lowly disposition as an associate with the humble than to be a participant of profits with the arrogant (19). The tactful executive will produce good results; and favored are those who exercise faith in God (20). The Truth-instructed disposition is regarded as prudent; and the appreciation of the true teachings enlarges one's truth store (21). Discretion flowing out of the Truth becomes to its possessor a giver of life; but the correction that errorists give is erroneous (22). The dispositions of the Truth-instructed guide their utterances, and increase learning to their teachings (23). The happifying teachings of the Truth are incomparably sweet to the beings of God's people and impart soundness to their characters (24). The incorrigibly wicked think that their course is right; but it ends in the second death (25). One's appetite impels him to labor for the satisfaction of his hunger (26). Second-deathers originate wickedness; and in their teachings is utter destruction (27). A perverse person stirs up bitter controversy; and the secret spreader of evil surmises alienates the best of friends (28). A ruthless sinner entraps his friend, and misleads him into a wrong course (29). He shuts out

 

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the Truth from his disposition to plot wrong; and sets forth his teachings to effect wrong (30). To be full of wisdom is most highly honorable, if it perseveres in truth, righteousness and holiness (31). The longsuffering are greater than great warriors; and the self-controllers than conquerors (32). God's people in uncertainty take a course on a matter that calls for their activity according to their best judgment as to what is the Lord's will; and God rules and overrules in the disposal of it for their good (33).

 

Chapter 17 continues the same general contrasts as chapters 10-16, with application to different lines of thought and action. It is better to live very sparsely in a peaceable atmosphere than to have very much combined with much strife (1). A prudent servant will by his master be put in charge of a disgraceful son, as can be seen in the case of the Parousia and Epiphany messengers; and shall be made a joint-heir with his sons (2). As the firing pot refines the silver and the crucible refines the gold, so God tests His Great Company and Little Flock children (3). Second-deathers obey false teachings; and false teachers heed mischievous teachings (4). Those who ridicule the humble reproach God; and he that rejoices over others' distresses shall suffer the punishment of the guilty (5). An honor of the most deeply Truth-instructed, e.g., Paul, our Pastor, is to have fathered those who father others, e.g., Timothy and the Epiphany messenger, as the latter's honor on earth is to have had such spiritual fathers (6). It is not fitting that the Truth be with the erroneous; much more so does error become a leader among God's people (7). An office in the Church in its occupant's esteem is a gift like one of the twelve graces, since it gives one the opportunity to exercise all of these, and rightly used effects good results (8). Those who hide others' faults do so because they desire them to appreciate them; but betrayers of others' faults break up friendship (9). A correction given a faithful Truth-instructed one affects him reformatorily more than a

 

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hundred stripes do a dullard (10). A second-deather plots rebellion against the Lord, the Truth and the brethren; and the cruel messenger of destruction will be sent out against him (11). Destructive physical things menacing one are less to be dreaded than an errorist spreading his error (12). Those who return evil for good, like second-deathers, shall continually have calamity as the portion of themselves and their followers (13). To lose the Truth is the start of much controversy; therefore, contention should be given up lest it cause the loss of the Truth (14).

 

He that approves of second-deathers, and he that disapproves of the saintly are alike very abhorrent to the Lord (15). What profit is there in a dullard's sacrificing himself ostensibly to gain the Truth, since it is folly in one without sense to seek the Truth (16)? A real Truth brother always exercises love for the brethren, and is just the one to give sympathy and help in distress (17). Those who lack discretion pledge partisan help to their misleaders, and guarantee them before their brethren (18). They who delight in contentions take pleasure in sin; and they who over heighten their places court great injury (19). The crooked-hearted attain no blessing; and those who pervert their teaching shall stumble into wickedness (20). A dullard's begetter incurs thereby grief and not gladness (21). Joy increases both spiritual and physical health; but crushing grief is detrimental to both kinds of health (22). Second-deathers receive bribes with avidity to pervert Truth teaching (23). The Truth guides the discreet; but the intelligences of the dullard encompass the depravities of society (24). A dullard causes distresses to his spiritual father and deep disappointment to his spiritual mother (25). To chastise the saintly is surely not good; nor is it in order to smite the noble-minded for their goodness (26). The one who esteems intelligence guards sparingly his words; and a man of discretion is 'of a noble disposition (27). Even a dullard who keeps silence when silence is golden

 

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is regarded as discerning; and he who speaks not out of order is appreciated as a discreet man (28).

 

Like the preceding eight chapters, chapter 18 contrasts the good and the evil and good and evil, with different applications from those given in the preceding eight chapters. To gratify their own desires and to sift themselves and others, evil-doers speculate at, and busybody in all kinds of knowledge (1). A dullard takes no pleasure in discretion, but delights to expose his own disposition (2). When second-deathers come among God's people, the despising of these comes into vogue; and with the sham that they introduce, blame prevails (3). The teachings of God's mouthpieces are deep truths; and an avenue of Divine truth like a bubbling stream are they (4). It is certainly of evil to favor second-deathers to the casting off of the saintly in matters of truth (5). The teachings of dullards arouse bitter controversy; and their utterances cry out for deserved blows (6). His utterances bring ruin upon him; and his teachings entrap his very being (7). The betraying language of tattlers inflicts deep grief entering into the innermost heart (8). The lazy waste time, talent, strength, means, health, reputation, character, opportunities—in a word, life (9). God's character and office are a fortress to which the saintly go confidently in tribulation and find safety (10). A person conceited over his spiritual or physical wealth regards it as his secure protection and as his great power (11). Before entering into the second death one's disposition is arrogant; but humility precedes exaltation (12).

 

It is erroneous and reproachful to prejudge any matter (13). One's determined disposition will bear well his weakness; but very few can endure a dejected disposition (14). Those loving intelligence gain it; yea, their understanding pursues truth to gain it (15). A benefaction gives one influence and position, and gives him access to the leaders among God's people (16). He is justified who is preeminent in a case requiring a decision; and the examiner gives him a

 

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searching investigation (17). The Divine decision ends bitter controversies, and distinguishes between strong opponents (18). To offend a near intimate makes him harder to be won than a fortress; and his bitter controversies are in strength like the strongest protections of a fort (19). By a Truth-man's utterances will he gain spiritual nourishment; and by his teachings' results will his heart be filled (20). By the power of true teaching one gains life, and death by the power of untrue teachings; and by whatever teachings one loves will he gain fruitage after its kind (21). Our Lord in obtaining the Church gains a great blessing, whereby God shows Him His special favor (22). As a rule the humble set forth lowly and piteous requests; and as a rule the proud answer rudely (23). To gain real brethren one must act as a real brother; and Jesus is a brother adhering to us closer than all other brethren (24).

 

Chapter 19 continues the same contrasts differently applied from what we found in chapters 10-18. The humble conducting themselves in faithfulness is better than one perverted in his teachings, and is a dullard (1). It is not good to be without the Truth; and he whose conduct is too quick goes astray in faith and practice (2). The erroneousness of a man makes crooked his course in life; and his disposition is displeased with God (3). One's spiritual and earthly riches make him corresponding friends; but those in spiritual and physical poverty usually lose respective friends (4). To teach falsely in the name of the Lord will bring condign punishment; and an inventor of errors will not evade God's wrath (5). Many will beg humbly for the favor of a leader among God's people; but the bribed will favor their bribers (6). The brethren of one bereft of the high calling despise him; and much more so do his intimates stand quite aloof from him. He follows after them with entreaties, yet they fail him (7). He that acquires sense loves his own being; and he that guards discretion is favored indeed (8). To teach falsely in the name of the Lord will

 

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bring condigned punishment; and an inventor of errors will not evade God's wrath (9). Unseemly to a dullard is pleasure; much more so is it for a subordinate to rule over leaders among God's people (10). Wisdom in a man teaches him to be longsuffering; and it is honorable for him to overlook and forgive wrongs done him (11). The wrath of the Parousia Messenger or of the Epiphany messenger has been as a strong threat; but refreshing has been the favor of either of them (12). Swallowed up in calamity to his spiritual father is an erroneous son; and a continuing handicap are the oppositions of his supporters (13). Class standings and abundance of spiritual possessions one inherits from his spiritual father; and wise supporters come to one from God (14). Laziness makes one deeply oblivious to his surroundings; and the spiritually lazy shall be spiritually famished (15). He who obeys God's Word preserves his being; but he who contemns God's paths shall pass out of existence (16). He who practices mercy toward the destitute is treated by God as though He became his debtor, who will recompense to him his beneficences (17). While a son is reformable let his father chastise him, nor for his good should his pleas to be spared be granted (18). A very vindictive man must be chastised; but if he be spared, he will require another punishment (19). All should heed good advice and receive correction that in old age they may act as Truth-instructed ones (20). Plans successively displacing previous ones come into people's minds; but God's plan will remain unto completion (21). The attractiveness of a man is his loving kindness; and it is better to be a cleansed Great Company member than a teacher of error with a large following (22). Reverence for God leads to everlasting life; its possessor shall remain fully satisfied; nor will spiritual misfortune become his (23). A lazy man keeps his hand in inactivity, and will not work that he might eat (24). If one rebukes a scoffer, the undeveloped will avoid his wrongs;

 

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but if one corrects a discreet man he will receive instruction (25). He that brings loss upon his spiritual father and drives away his spiritual mother is one that brings them disgrace and a bad reputation (26). Let the spiritual children of the Epiphany messenger give no ear to the teachings of errorists leading astray from Truth-teachings (27). Second-deathers as witnesses despise the Truth; and their mouthpieces appropriate sin and error (28). Judicial punishments are in reserve for scoffers, and blows for errorists (29).

 

In chapters 20-29 a great number of warnings and corrections are given, in practically every case preceding ones differing from succeeding ones. Thus a new division of Proverbs begins with chapter 20. A little error is a scoffer of God and great error is a loudmouthed boaster against God; and their deceivelings are not Truth-instructed (1). The righteous wrath of the Parousia Messenger or of the Epiphany messenger has been a great threat; and whoever has provoked it has endangered his prospects of life (2). It is worthy of high appreciation for a child of God to cease from contention; but an errorist will busybody therein (3). The lazy one will not work in or out of season; therefore, while others have abundance, he will beg and be poor (4). Deep Truth is the Divine plan in one's heart; and a man of discretion will draw it out for others to receive it (5). One may call a kind man a great man; but a faithful man is rare, so rare that over 1900 years of the Gospel Age have witnessed only 144,000 in about 20,000,000,000 of human beings (6). The saintly Little Flock conducts itself according to its faithfulness, and the restitutionists will be happy indeed (7). The Parousia and Epiphany Messengers, exercising their Divinely-given offices, have driven away by their Truth-knowledge all error (8). None of Adam's fallen children can truthfully claim that they have perfected in right their dispositions and are actually free from sin (9). Impure teachings and practices are alike very abhorrent to the Lord (10). The

 

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characters even of children are revealed by their acts, whether they are true and just (11). God has made both the knowledge that perceives and the understanding that comprehends (12). One should not be a lover of indolence, lest he become impoverished in grace, knowledge and service; rather let him take knowledge of opportunities of industriousness and enter into them, which will bring a supply of all his needs (13). Selfish purchasers dispraise the articles that they desire to buy, in order to depress their price; and after they have gotten them at the depressed price, they boast of their shrewdness as buyers (14). Natural wealth often takes the forms of gold and precious stones; but the teachings of the Truth are the real ornaments (15).

 

He who becomes a partisan supporter of one of a different class from his own, will lose his graces and official prerogatives; he should be made responsible for a harlot sect (16). Deceitful spiritual food is appetizing to such; but afterward it will be very distasteful, like ashes grating on his teeth (17). God's people should form their plans according to God's Word; and they should enter controversy only on sound principles (18). The busybodying tattler betrays confidences; therefore God's people should not deal with those who spread flattering teachings (19). Whoever speaks evil of his spiritual father or mother shall find that the Bible will cease giving him light and will leave him in deep darkness (20). Illy and hastily gotten things at the outstart will end in a curse (21). Let not God's people declare that they will avenge themselves of the wrong done them. Let them rather wait upon the Lord to recompense the wrong; and if they so do, He will deliver them from their wrong-doers (22). False practices are very abhorrent to God; and false standards of practice are evil (23). The course of God's people as one of faith is mapped out by Him; hence truly they cannot see at the time the meaning of its various steps (24). It is a trap for a man rashly to profess consecration; and afterwards question whether he should keep

 

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his vows (25). The Parousia and Epiphany Messengers acting in Divine wisdom separatingly scattered from among God's people second-deathers, and have driven over them the Truth of God's plan (26). The disposition of God's people containing within it the Divine Truth is God's light in them examining every part of their minds, hearts and wills (27). Loving kindness and the Truth have preserved the Parousia and Epiphany Messengers; and their offices have been by them supported by their loving kindness (28). The honor of God's warriors is the Truth as their strength; and the ornament of elders is their wisdom (29). The blows that are severe are a cleansing away of wickedness, as are smittings that enter the innermost recesses of the inner man (30).

 

The hearts of the Parousia and Epiphany Messengers have 'been by God's power resting upon their streams of Truth; and God has turned them into such courses as He has chosen (21: 1). People approve all the courses of their dispositions; but the Lord is the tester of hearts (2). God is more pleased with our practicing Truth and justice than with our sacrifices not in harmony with, and accompanied by them (3). Haughtiness of views and self-exaltation in heart as the work of second-deathers are sin (4). The plans of the industrious put into operation go in the direction of abounding prosperity; but the inconsiderate haste of people reduces them to poverty (5). The piling up of supposed spiritual treasure by deceitful teaching is a shaking, unprofitable thing on the part of those whose course of seeking them sends only to the second death (6). The violence of second-deathers shall bring them to destruction, because they refused to practice the Truth (7). The way of the wicked is perverse and foreign to God's ways; but the work of the pure in heart is righteous (8). It is better to have a small sphere of service than to serve with a quarrelsome sect among a large number of adherents (9). The very being of a second-deather loves sin; and he becomes