Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing (epiphany) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13
disfavorable to those who were once his brethren (10). When chastisement falls to the lot of the scorner, the immature become Truth-instructed; but when the Truth-instructed is corrected he advances in the Truth (11). God, the Righteous One, diligently studies the congregation that second-deathers gather together; and He stands ready to bring calamity upon them (12). Whoever heeds not the pleas of the unfortunate shall come into misfortune, and his pleas will go unheeded (13). A gift secretly bestowed quenches anger, as it also does strong indignation (14). It is the saintly's pleasure to practice the Truth; but annihilation shall be the portion of totally wilful sinners (15). A child of God who fully apostatizes from the way of discretion shall be gathered together with those who have entered into the second death (16).
God's people who delight in self-indulgence shall be remanded to the Great Company, impoverished of the High Calling; and those of them that delight in earthly luxury shall not be rich toward God (17). The second-deathers shall, like Haman, be substituted in punishment instead of the Little Flock, as seen in Mordecai; and a traitor instead of the saintly (18). It is better for God's people to be in the wilderness condition of isolation than to be in a nominal contentious and wrathful church system (19). There are the desirable riches of the Truth and its Spirit in the Church, the dwelling place of God's Truth-instructed people; but a dullard wastes them all (20). He who cultivates a God-like character shall attain life, the Spirit of the Truth and honor from God (21). A Truth-instructed soul overcomes the powers of a church-government led by mighty ones, and overthrows its trusted power (22). To control one's utterances and teachings guards well one's being against distress (23). One who exercises the wrath of haughtiness has the character of a self-exalting and arrogant person (24). Longing for idleness destroys its possessor; for he disdains to toil (25). Such a character is continually wrongly and
selfishly seeking others' goods; but the saintly gives without stint of his possessions to the needy (26). The services of second-deathers are very abhorrent, especially when he serves with deliberately wicked intent (27). A teacher of error will perish; but a man who heeds the Truth will speak the Truth effectively (28). A second-deather emboldens his countenance; but the saintly guides his teachings and practices aright (29). There is no truth, discretion or plan that can succeed against the Lord's opposition (30). Teachings are ordered for the time of controversy; but to Jehovah belongs the victory (31).
A good character is preferable to great wealth of knowledge; and God's and man's grace to Divine Truth kept in the head merely (22: 1). In God's Church those with large and those with small knowledge mingle in brotherly unity, since God is the Father of all of them (2). The faithful foresaw the coming great tribulation and hid themselves from it by the Truth and its Spirit; but the immature went on in ignorance of its coming and experience its distress (3). Through self-abasement and reverence for God come the wealth of grace, knowledge, fruitfulness in service, exaltation now and hereafter and life everlasting (4). Distressful experiences and delusions are in the course of the perverse; but he who guards his being against evil and for good will be kept far from them (5). Develop in a child a good character; and when well developed he will not lose it (6). Those rich in grace are set over the Great Company, impoverished by the loss of the high calling; and a Great Company member in debt to the priesthood is subordinate to it as its creditor (7). He that practices sin and error will reap unprofitableness; and the rod whose anger he aroused will not miss him (8). The knowledge that stirs up liberality shall be favored; for it gives sustenance of life to the Great Company (9). If the scoffer is rejected, unreasonable controversy will be given up, yea, fighting and disgrace will pass away (10). The Parousia and Epiphany Messengers
have given the favor of their teachings to those who love good intentions (11). The knowledge of the Lord maintains the Truth; hence He refutes the teachings of the treacherous (12). The lazy person thinks that there are dangers and death on all hands for the worker (13). The utterances of sectarian systems are deep snares; and he whom God abominates shall fall into them (14). Error cleaves to the affections of the immature; but God's corrections drive it away (15).
They who for personal aggrandizement burden weak brethren, and they who favor the strong as against the weak brethren, alike will lack supplies of grace, mercy and truth (16). In vs. 17-21 is found an instruction after the pattern of those in chapters 1-9. Let one be humble as to his understanding of things and give heed to the teachings of the Truth-instructed and study lovingly and diligently the Truth of the Lord (17). For they are happifying to those who inwardly digest them; and they are well adapted to their teachings (18). The Epiphany messenger has during the Epiphany given its Truth to the brethren, in order to help them put their confidence in the Lord (19), since he has written for them things superior in practice and doctrine (20), in order to make known to the brethren the demonstration of the teachings of the Truth, to equip them to answer with the teachings of the Truth those sent to them either for indoctrination or for refutation (21). Now follows a return to the general pattern of the teachings begun in chapter 20. Let none dispossess the impoverished crown-losers of the Truth that they have, as their leaders have done in varying measure, nor publicly lord it over God's distressed people (22), since Jehovah will take their part and impoverish the mind, heart and will of their devastators (23). Let none exercise companionship with a displeased man; nor fellowship with an enraged man (24), lest he develop the same characteristics and entrap his very being (25). Let none become partisan supporters of others, nor guarantee their obligations
(26), since, if one cannot meet the terms of such support and guarantee, there is no reason why he should give up his rest of the faith (27). Nor should we give up old truths which have come to us by the teachings of that Servant and his faithful pilgrims (28). If one observes one faithful in his ministry of the Lord, the Truth, the brethren and all others with whom he has to do, let him recognize that such an one has had the favor of the Parousia and Epiphany Messengers, and not that of power-grasping and lording Levite leaders (29).
If one is studying the teachings of misleaders in error, let him study carefully what is by them set before him (23: 1); and let him cease from such study, if he is given to great love of the pertinent error, which should be studied only to be refuted and avoided (2). Let him not love even the most specious of his errors; for they are misleading food (3). Let none ambitiously strive to be great in others' sight; and let him give up being wise in his own conceit (4). Let him not be covetous of what is not his own; for possessions so gotten will surely be so conditioned as to vanish from his possession, far out of his reach (5). Let none receive the alleged spiritual food of those whose knowledge is erroneous, nor love even the best things that they offer as feasts (6); for they are actually what their loved theories are; while they invite one to partake of deep and shallow thoughts, they do not mean it well for their victims (7). For he will repudiate what he has accepted, be it ever so small, and will lose the goodly truths that he once taught (8). Let God's people beware of trying to enlighten a fixed errorist; for he will despise the good sense of their teaching (9). Neither should they give up their old truths, nor devastate the little truth of those bereft of their spiritual fathers, despite the fact that that little truth is mixed with much error (10); for God their Deliverer is strong and will put Himself on their side as Defender (11). Rather let them fix their love on their own correction and their understanding Truth teachings (12). But let spiritual
fathers not abstain from correcting their spiritual children; for by rebuking them by their official powers they will save them from the second death (13). Yea, they should chastise them with their official powers and thus save them from entering Gehenna (14). The Epiphany messenger assures his spiritual children that if their affections and will are Truth-instructed, his very affections and will shall rejoice thereover (15); yea, his tested graces shall rejoice when their teachings shall declare just things (16). Moreover, he charges them not to be envious of Great Company members who are violating their covenant of sacrifice, however much they may seem to prosper; rather that they should exercise reverence for God always (17), since there is a hereafter, to which their hope holds (18).
He lovingly admonishes them to heed his teachings and thus become Truth-instructed and to direct their affections and will within the narrow way (19); but not to become intoxicated or intoxicate others with error, nor to be associated with those gorging themselves with wrong powers (20). For those drunken with error and gorged with wrong powers shall become spiritually poverty-stricken; and the unwatchful shall have as their covering the rags of their own unrighteousness (21). He encourages them to give heed to him as their spiritual father and not to contemn those who have nourished their spiritual life when stricken with infirmity (22), and to yield in effort their best powers of heart, mind and will as the price of acquiring the Truth, and for no consideration to betray it, nor its tactful use, correction and insight (23). The spiritual father of the saintly shall greatly exult, since the begetter of a Truth-instructed son shall have joy in him (24); yea, his begetter and developer shall be happy, even his spiritual developer shall be glad (25). As God's mouth the Epiphany messenger exhorts his justified symbolic children to give God their wills and to exercise their intellect on the Divinely-given teachings and practices (26); for the harlot sects of great and little Babylon
are deep in error and wrong; even such are a deceitful slanderer (27); yea, they are on the lookout for victims and increase the treacherous among the people (28). Who are those that experience the six woes of misfortune, grief, strifes, vain speaking, needless pains, and stupid knowledge (29)? Even those who continue long in error, who search much for a mixture of truth and error (30). God's people should not study into enticing error, when in its mouthpieces it is made to look attractive, and seems to be refreshing (31); for its after-affects are the pains of sin and the paroxysms of iniquity (32), and will make them favor a harlot sect, and will make their affections and will utter perversions of the Truth (33); yea, they will be like those who are exposed to the danger of being submerged under the sin-rebellious race or to the danger of a deep fall among those who have organizationally to do with it (34). The rebukings of these harlot sects will not pain them; their beating them will not evoke their attention, so hardened have these by them become; and if aroused they will seek again these sects (35).
God's people should not wish the seeming success of second-deathers, nor desire to be their associates (24: 1); for with strong intent do they meditate on destroying others; and their teachings manifest mischief (2). God's Church is developed by the Truth and by discretion is it made durable (3); with intelligence are its offices filled with all spiritual precious and beautiful attainments (4). A Truth-instructed son of God is powerful; and an intelligent son of God adds to his strength (5); for he enters controversy with Truth advice; and with many advisers he devises a safe course (6). The Truth is too sublime for an errorist, and cannot give instruction to the public (7). The concocter of schemes shall people call a master of plots (8). Error causes sin; and the scoffer is very abhorrent to the truly great (9). If one's strength is not equal to bearing adversity, it is insignificant (10). If one refrains to rescue those who are being drawn toward the second
death, even those who are on the verge of being thereby cut off (11), and if in excuse he alleges ignorance, shall not God, the Heart Searcher and the soul's Guard, consider and know it and recompense each one as his work is (12)? The Epiphany messenger lovingly encourages his spiritual children to appropriate the hope of the high calling, because it is good, or the hope of princeship as each one's case is, because it is sweet to one's appreciation (13). just so the intelligence of the Truth-instructed shall be his, when he gains it; for therein is a recompense and that hope shall not end in disappointment (14). The Epiphany messenger cautions second-deathers not to be on the lookout to injure the Church of the saintly and to devastate the Truth as his resting place (15); for the saintly in each epoch of the Church fell away from previously given Truth, but arose again after each fall; but second-deathers will fall irredeemably into the supreme calamity (16). Let not second-deathers, who consider the faithful their enemies, rejoice at their falls and stumblings (17); for God will take note of such rejoicing, which will offend Him; and by which He will be moved the more quickly to be appeased (18). God's people should not be worried over Great Company's evils, nor be jealous of second-deathers' seeming success (19); for the former shall have no reward for their evils; and the Bible will give the latter no light (20).
The Epiphany messenger encourages God's people to reverence God and His representatives, and not to have fellowship with the fickle (21); for suddenly misfortune shall overtake them; and none can foreknow their calamity (22). These things are known to the Truth-instructed: It is not good to be partial in judgment (23). Him that justifies second-deathers shall peoples denounce and nations curse (24). But to their reprovers shall come pleasure, even a blessed benediction (25). All will love the teachings of him who answers questions well (26). Let God's people make suitable preparations fitting for them; afterward shall they
develop the Church (27). Needlessly they should not witness against one another, since one may be made to tell too much (28). Nor should they deal with others as they have dealt with them, dealing to every one as he deserves (29). The Epiphany messenger contemplated the sphere of the sluggard's and the senseless man's work (30), and found ill growths there, and the Truth and its Spirit wasted there (31). He took particular note of it for his own profit, and learned from it needed correction (32). If one is self-indulgent in laziness (33), his poverty will come in as brought upon him by a highwayman, and his need as brought upon him by an armed bandit (34).
Solomon's proverbs from chapters 25-29 apparently were copied out separately from the preceding ones by certain ones instructed so to do by Hezekiah, typical of Bible publishers, which set these off as separate and distinct from his preceding proverbs (25: 1). It is to God's honor to hide in the Bible truth until due; and it has been the privilege of the Parousia and Epiphany Messengers to study these out in due time and set them before God's people clearly (2). The symbolic heavens can be investigated for sublime truths; and society for things of sin and error; but the minds, hearts and wills of the two Age-end Messengers could not be comprehended until it was due for them to reveal them (3). When crown-losers are refined from the dross of their selfishness and worldliness they will become for the Lord fitting vessels to bear God's message to others (4). Second-deathers are to be taken away from positions of service as to the Epiphany messenger; and his office powers will be made enduring in truth, righteousness and holiness (5). None should assume prerogatives as to him, nor should any presume to become great ones (6), since it is better to wait for promotion before him from the Lord than to be demoted before the leader whom one recognizes as such (7). Let none enter, controversy hastily, as Mr. Knock did with the Epiphany messenger, lest being
like him, unable to continue to maintain his viewpoint in the controversy to the end, one is put to confusion before his opponent, as Mr. Knock was (8). Once having entered a controversy which one can maintain victoriously let one continue it to the end; but let one not betray the confidences entrusted to him (9), lest the one to whom it is betrayed reveals the treachery, to one's confusion in a never-ending disgrace (10). To give appropriate teaching is a Divine grace expressed in truth's garb (11). A truth-directed reprover is to a believing understanding a Divine jewel and adornment (12). As cool weather refreshes harvesters, so is a true bringer of a message to those who send him; for he refreshes them (13). Whoever glories in a gift that comes to him as a result of his deceitfulness is as deceiving as clouds and winds coming without rain though threatening to rain abundantly (14).
By long perseverance is a judge convinced in one's favor, and mild speech overcomes a strong will (15). If one finds something delectable let him use it in moderation, lest over-indulging therein turn him into disgust against it (16). Let no one presume upon the hospitality of a friend, lest the latter weary of, and abhor the former (17). One becoming a false witness against a friend is to him a bruising hammer, a piercing sword and a penetrating arrow (18). To trust in trouble in a disloyal person brings one the sorrow of disappointed faith and evil conduct (19). As inappropriate as it is to divest oneself of his clothing in cold weather or to pour vinegar upon nitre, which ruins it, so inappropriate it is to sing merrily to a dejected heart (20). Let one relieve the need of an unfortunate enemy (21) and he will thus sharply reprove him; and the Lord will reward such a well-doer (22). As certain winds surely bring rain, so a sharp tongue produces indignant faces (23). It is better to be poverty-stricken than to live in a mansion with a quarrelsome wife (25). As refreshing as cold water is to the thirsty, so are good tidings from far-away loved
ones (25). As a fouled fountain and a polluted spring, so is a saintly one falling before second-deathers (26). As overindulgence in luxury is nauseating, so is it not glorious for one to seek his own honor (27). One lacking self-control is in character like a city ruined and with broken-down walls (28).
Chapter 26 contains further warnings and instructions. As unbefitting as snow is in summer and rain in harvest time, so unbecoming is honor to a dullard (1). As a bird in wandering away and a swallow in flying elsewhere do not come to one, so a causeless curse does not alight on one (2). As a horse needs a whip and an ass a bridle, so a dullard needs chastisement (3). Under some circumstances an errant one is not to be spoken to according to his errors, lest the one so doing become like him (4). Under other circumstances he is to be refuted as fits his errors, lest he becomes conceited as to his errors (5). He who sends a message by an errorist injures his conduct and appropriates wrong (6). As a parable in the mouth of an errorist limps, lacking balance, so are the legs of the lame (7). As inefficient as it is to tie a stone in a sling, so inefficient it is to promote an errorist (8). As pains afflict the work of those drunk with error and wrong, so a parable rebounds with evil effects when spoken by errorists (9). The Great Creator of all things will recompense the errorist and the sinner (10). As a dog turns again to his own vomit, so an errorist accepts again his repudiated teachings (11). There is more hope of recovering an errorist from his error than recovering a puffed-up person (12). The lazy conjure up all sorts of imaginary dangers as an excuse not to work (13). As a door clings to its hinges, so a lazy person clings to his bed (14). A lazy man refrains from doing the most elementary and easy work (15). In his own conceit he thinks that he is better informed than any number of well informed persons (16). As one who grasps hold of a dog's ears is courting a bite, so is the passerby busybodying in others' quarrels (17). As is an insane
man causing all sorts of damage with destructive instruments (18), so is a man who deceives his friend and in excuse alleges that he was merely joking (19). As there can be no fire without fuel, so where there is no tattler strife is stopped (20). As fuel is to combustion, so is a quarrelsome man to strife (21). The words of a tale-bearer wound others, cutting into the innermost recesses of the heart (22). Persuasive words coming from a second-deather's heart are like dross silver overlaid upon earthenware (23). An enemy dissembles with his teachings, but in his heart he frames deceit (24). Though he speak ever so beautifully he is not to be trusted; for his heart is completely filled with very abhorrent evils (25); for his enmity is clothed with guile and his second-death conduct will be publicized throughout the Church (26). Whoever seeks to plant a snare for others will himself be ensnared therein; and he that executes a work against another will be struck by its rebound (27). A liar hates those whom his lies afflict; and a selfish flatterer works destruction to his dupes (28).
Chapter 27 gives further warning and instructions. Let none boast of what he is going to achieve; for he does not know what the future has in store for him (1). Others' praise clings; self-praise stinks: therefore, let others and not self do the praising (2). An errorist's wrath outweighs a heavy stone and a load of sand (3). Wrath works cruel things and anger overflowing things; but they are easier to bear than envy (4). A public rebuke for wrong-doing is better than secret love that refrains from a needed rebuke (5). If a friend for our good hurts our feelings by his correction, he is faithful to our interests; but an enemy's expressions of affection are hypocritical (6). To a satiated person the choicest viands of truth are repulsive; but to one hungering after truth, righteousness and holiness their least appetizing parts are satisfying (7). Like a lost bird, so is a man who has lost his way to his home (8). Sweet-smelling savors are
the heartfelt loving advice of one's real brother (9). An Epiphany brother should not give up his friend, nor the friend of the Epiphany messenger; but in the day he is afflicted for the Truth's sake, let him not seek succor from fleshly brothers; for it is better to have a Truth brother than a fleshly brother (10). The Epiphany messenger exhorts his symbolic sons to be Truth-instructed, that thus he might answer those who accuse him of being a curse to those under his ministry (11). A discreet man foresees approaching calamities and resorts to protective measures; but the immature thoughtlessly overlook it, and are overtaken by it (12). Ones' powers are taken from him when he becomes the partisan supporter of alien leaders, and his powers are taken from him when he becomes the partisan of an harlot sect (13). If one very demonstratively and very industriously publicizes his friend, it will turn into a reproach to the latter in due time (14).
In discomforting one a continual leaking of rain upon one and the words of a quarrelsome wife are alike (15). To conceal her as to her conduct is like concealing the wind and the perfume that is on one's right hand (16). As iron makes iron sharp by rubbing therewith, so should one develop favorably his friend (17). He who takes care of his business will gain profit therefrom; and he that is faithful to his master's interests will be by the latter honored (18). As water reflects the image of him who looks into it; so the heart of a friend reflects that of another (19). As Hades and Gehenna are never satiated; so is a covetous man's heart never satiated with its gains (20). As the refining stove is adapted to silver and the crucible to gold for bringing out their real character, so is what one appreciates a revealer of his character (21). Though a confirmed errorist is sorely buffeted with worthy ones, his error will not by him be given up (22). Let the' Epiphany messenger be diligent as to his spiritual business and duties (23); for uncared for his spiritual possessions will not be lasting; nor will his spiritual
prerogatives automatically maintain themselves perpetually (24). With such diligence justified ones in their three Gospel-Age Levitical groups will flourish (25); Little Flock members will be his protection; and Great Company members will be for the acquirement of the Epiphany camp (26); and these shall yield sustenance for crown-losers coming into the Truth and the Epiphany campers and support for the serving Epiphany Youthful Worthies (27).
Further warnings and instructions are given in chapter 28. Second-deathers take to flight with no one chasing them; but the saintly are courageous, like the king of beasts (1). When in a sphere of teaching and practice there are many sins, many officials are needed to put down wrong-doers; but under an intelligent and discerning prominent one its stability is prolonged (2). A Great Company member who tramples down his fellow-members is as ruinous as a heavy rain that sweeps food away (3). Apostates from the Truth speak commendably of second-deathers; but the Truthloyal enter into controversy with them (4). Evil ones do not understand the Truth; but seekers of the Lord understand all of it as due (5). The lowly that conduct themselves in saintliness are far superior to the exalted who are crooked in their course (6). The Epiphanite who practices God's Word is Truth-instructed; but a squanderer disgraces his symbolic father (7). He who by taking selfish advantage of the Great Company and unholy power-grasping increases his office powers, will have to give up such powers to the one who truly favors the Great Company (8). Whoever refuses to heed God's Word will offer prayers that are very abhorrent (9). Whoever causes the saintly to err in doctrine and arrangement will become the victim of his own delusions; but the saintly who overcome such delusions will have a rich measure of the Truth and its Spirit (10). The exalted ones are as a rule conceited; but the understanding lowly ones investigating such read through them (11). When the saintly are glad there
is much glorying in the Lord; but when second-deathers are exalted, the one of real worth is in obscurity (12). He who defends his wrong-doings in self-justification will make no gains; but he who acknowledges and gives them up will find favor from the Lord (13). The man who has a holy fear continually is blessed; whereas he who by sin, error, selfishness or worldliness hardens his thoughts, motives and will, will come into distress (14).
A second-death leader over Great Company brethren is as destructive as a hungry lion, and a food-searching bear (15). The leader who lacks discretion is very likely to become a great tyrant; but he that hateth greed shall lengthen his life (16). One laden with the blood of the slain shall flee to and fall into a trap; but none should hold him back (17). The saintly shall be delivered; but he that is crooked shall suddenly fall into a trap (18). He who is diligent in his work for the Truth and its Spirit shall have an abundance of spiritual food; but he who follows after error and its spirit shall have plenty of spiritual poverty (19). A man of fidelity abounds in real prosperity; but one grasping greedily for riches of office among God's people shall not be guiltless (20). To be partial is evil; for such an one will do wrong for a mere pittance (21). The man that in haste greedily grasps for riches of office among God's people has bad intelligence, and does not realize that spiritual poverty will be his portion (22). He who corrects a wrong-doing leader will later obtain more consideration than a deceitful flatterer (23). Whoever takes away the rights of his spiritual father and mother and insists that he has not wronged them is a real waster (24). Those who are self-confident, self-satisfied and self-exalted are strife-breeders; but he who trusts in God shall grow rich in grace (25). Whoever is overweeningly self-confident and self-sufficient is a dullard; but whoever conducts himself as one Truth-directed shall be delivered from evil (26). Those who give liberally, to the needy Great Company brethren shall not come to
want; but those who give no attention to their need shall be evilly spoken of and to (27). When second-deathers mount to places of power, the real leaders of God's people must bury themselves in obscurity; but when second-deathers die the saintly prosper (28).
Warnings and instructions are concluded in chapter 29. Those who become second-deathers are described as those who, often rebuked, stiffen their wills against reformation and as resultantly suffering the loss of new-creatureship entirely and unchangeably (1). When the saintly are in a place of administration of God's affairs the people are happy; but when second-deathers usurp and use such work the people grieve (2). Whoever loves the Truth makes his spiritual father glad; but he who becomes one with harlot sects wastes his spiritual possessions of Truth and its Spirit (3). The Parousia and Epiphany Messengers, by their teaching have built up the Truth and its Spirit; but those bribed, misusing office powers, set aside the Truth and its Spirit (4). The one who inordinately praises his friend sets a trap to his undoing (5). The evil by their sin lay a trap for their own capture; but the saintly sing the Song of Moses and the Lamb with gladness (6). The saintly give helpful attention to the need of the Great Company; but second-deathers pay no attention to it (7). Scoffers bring a religious government into a trap; but the Truth-instructed turn punishment away from it (8). If a Truth-instructed one debate with a dullard, regardless of whether the latter shows wrath or jollity, there is no settlement of the matter (9). Sifters as murderers hate the saintly; but as for the upright the sifters seek their spiritual life (10). A dullard breaks out in all his anger; but the Truth-instructed by self-control restrains his anger (11). When a leader gives heed to error, his serving ledlings become second-deathers (12). Great Company brethren and those leaders who take selfish advantage of their proverty work together in fellowship; and the Lord sheds light upon their intelligence by Epiphany exposures (13).
The Parousia and Epiphany Messengers, who have faithfully served the humble with the Truth, will have an everlasting office of Jehovah's authorization (14).
Chastisement and correction make one Truth-instructed; but an immature one given no training will disgrace his spiritual mother (15). The more second-deathers there are the more sin increases; but the saintly shall see their ruin (16). A Truth servant should correct his spiritual sons, which will bring him peace and joy (17). Where God's plan is not seen people perish; but he who practices God's Word is blessed (18). Those of a servile spirit will not be reformed by teachings; for though he discerns them, he does not respond to them (19). There is more hope that a dullard will be helped than for a quick-tempered and loose-tongued person (20). He that tenderly trains a servant from childhood, shall in later life possess him for his son (21). An angry man arouses quarreling; and an over-wrathful man greatly increases sin (22). A man's pride will abase him; and a man lowly in spirit shall be exalted in honor (23). He who shares with a thief in thievery acts as if he hated his very being; and when put under oath he perjures himself to keep confidence (24). To fear human beings will lead one into a trap; but those who put their confidence in God are delivered (25). Many seek to ingratiate themselves with their leaders; but each is amenable in the end to God's decision of his case (26). The unrighteous man is very abhorrent to the righteous; and the saintly are very abhorrent to second-deathers (27).
Drs. Rotherham, Ginsburg and Young, whom we regard as among the best Bible translators, render chapter 30: 1 as follows: "The Gatherer [Solomon, a gatherer of Proverbs, knowledge, wisdom, riches and power], the son of an obedient one [David], the declaration and affirmation of the man [leader in Israel] I have wearied myself for God; I have wearied myself for God and am consumed." We believe this translation is by far preferable to that of the A. V.; for
evidently Solomon, the author of the book of Proverbs, wrote this chapter and the next also, in both indicating not his name but his work; for there was no king of Israel or of Judah by the name of Lemuel, which means "dedicated to God," which Solomon certainly was throughout almost his entire career and he was so when he wrote his inspired books. Accepting the above translation as correct and Solomon as the writer of this as well as the next chapter, we will begin our exposition, applying Solomon here to his Epiphany antitype. As the collector of Bible truths and as one loyal to that Servant as God's Parousia Messenger, J declares that his teachings are a declaration and an affirmation of the Divinely-appointed leader for the Epiphany, as he also declares that his zeal for the Lord, the Truth and the brethren have brought weariness upon him and the using up of his vitality in large measure up to now and will fully do so by the end of the Epiphany (30: 1). J, speaking from the standpoint of the Levite leaders and their ledlings, states their thought that he is the most brutal of Truth leaders, and that he is bereft of the due Truth above all other leaders among the Truth people (2), they denying that he has learned the Truth, nor God's intelligence can he acquire (3). They challenge him to declare the Truth as to the glorified Christ and His humiliation in carnation, and as to God as the Creator of the air forces by His full power, as the Confiner of the seas within their place, and as the Establisher of the remotest confines of the earth. They challenged him to vindicate God's character and that of Christ His Son, if he could (4). In answer J declared that every teaching of God is unmixed truth, and that He is the Protector of all who seek refuge in Him (5). He charged his opponents not to add to God's teachings, that God do not convict them as falsifiers of His Truth (6).
Two special petitions has he asked of God, and prayed that they might be, his portion as long as he lived (7). One was that God would keep far from him
errors of practice and of teaching. The other was that God do not give him a lack of Truth nor a superabundance of knowledge and power; but to nourish him with spiritual food appropriate to him in his office as Epiphany messenger (9), lest being full of speculations he exalt himself and challenge God, or lest bereft of Truth, he steal from God by speculations and thus do violence to God's character, office and Word (9). Turning to his opponents he charges them not to bring charges against him before God, lest he accuse them before God of their errors of doctrine and practice and God pronounce them guilty (10). He then points out the fact that there are Levites who speak ill of him as their symbolic father and the other Truth servants as their symbolic mother they do not praise (11), that they are righteous in their own esteem, and have not yet cleansed themselves of error and wrong (12), that they are proud of their alleged knowledge and position (13), that they are cruel and brutal and seek to plunder the Truth and its Spirit of the lowly and needy (14). The vampire recognizes but two powers: that of demanding hire and that of demanding more hire; and there are three, yea, four things that are never satisfied (15): (1) Hades, (2) an unfruitful Truth servant, (3) the sphere of speculation and its spirit which are destitute of truth, and (4) Gehenna. None of these are satisfied (16). The intelligence of those that ridicule their symbolic father and disdain to obey their symbolic mother, depressed sectarians will uproot it and those young in the Truth shall destroy it (17). J could not fathom three, yea, four things (18): (1) the course of the far and sharp sighted among the Levite sects as symbolic heavens; (2) the course of Satan toward the Truth and Christ; (3) the course of secular organizations in the rebellious state of man before Armageddon and (4) the course of the Levite leaders intent on corrupting the espoused Virgin of Christ (19). The harlot Levite sects indulging themselves in illicit unions with controlling
corporations and associations remove all evidence of their wrong and claim they have done no wrong (20). There are three, yea, four things that arouse to opposition the Truth and its Spirit and that are by them unendurable (21): (1) the power-grasping and lording of those who should be Truth servants; (2) an errorist satiated with his erroneous views (22); (3) an odious sect united with controlling corporations and associations; and (4) corporation officers as subordinates expelling the controlling majority of its directors from directorship (23).
There are four things, the four elect classes, in the sphere of the Truth and its Spirit that seem insignificant to men; yet they exercise more wisdom than the wise of this earth (24): (1) The Little Flock, not great in the world's esteem, yet they use faithfully their privileges and thus fit themselves for success in the future (25); (2) The Ancient Worthies, such as had no power in man's sight, yet with little Truth have made themselves a Millennial abode in all safety (26); (3) the Youthful Worthies, who have no special leader of their own class, yet they go forth to their work as a firm unit in unison of purpose (27); and (4) the Great Company, once defiled and ugly in usurpation, who finally attain a place before the Throne (28). There are also three, yea, four things that operate well and beautifully in harmony (29): (1) God's power, supreme above the power of all else, and standing in awe of no one (30); (2) God's wisdom, that is both graceful and swift to move through all obstacles; (3) God's justice as symbolized in the Lord's Goat; and (4) God's love, against which none can arise to fault or overthrow it (31). If any of the Lord's people have erred in self-exaltation, or if they have plotted evil, let them not seek self-justification (32). As surely as God's people faithfully submitting to tribulation develop love, and as surely as their submitting to physical violence consumes their vitality, so surely will oppression produce contention (33).
In chapter 31, in its Epiphany application, good instruction is given for J in vs. (1-9); and in vs. 10-31 he describes God's Little Flock servants as the personal part of the Sarah Covenant, God's symbolic wife. As said above, since no Israelitish king had the name Lemuel, he is to be understood to be Solomon, the word lemuel being not his name, but a condition of him, that of being dedicated to God, which the word means. It is the special Truth that mothered him during the 1908-1911 sifting, making him thereby Bro. Russell's fifth and final special helper and the candidate in line to become the Epiphany messenger. The section (1-9) was first taught him by those special truths and afterward taught by him (1). These Sarah Covenant truths made special inquiry in the way of exclamation as to what they should say to him, first, as their product, second, as the product of themselves and not of another, and third, as their product in connection with which their vows centered (2). First of all, they instructed him not to give his powers to the Levite sects, nor his course to what would destroy special servants of God, e.g., power-grasping, lording, false teaching, wrong arrangements, wrong characteristics (3). It does not become God's special servants to imbibe minor error, nor any of His chosen leaders to partake of deadly error (4), lest, partaking of error, they forget the Truth, and pervert doctrines, especially such as pertain to God's tribulated people (5). Let those who are about to become second-deathers partake of deadly error, and those who are Azazelites partake of minor error (6). Let the latter partake of their error and thus not realize their loss of their crowns, and let the former partake of their deadly error and thus not be reminded of their real miserable condition (7). Let J speak in defense of those who cannot speak in their own defense; and for those who have been bereaved of their symbolic father and mother, as this occurred in 1916 and 1917 in Bro. Russell's death and in the separation of antitypical Elijah from antitypical Elisha [the
Hebrew suggests this antitypical thought in its literal translation: "children left behind" instead of "such as are appointed to destruction"] (8). He is exhorted to administer his teaching office, to teach the Truth, and plead against the Levite leaders the cause of the Great Company, and the Youthful Worthies (9).
God's symbolic wife, as the personal part of the Sarah Covenant, is the one special among His servant classes hard to find and of greatest value (10). Jehovah securely trusts them, so that He can depend on their acquiring what He needs in the execution of His plan (11). They are efficient for Him and do Him no damage in the outworking of His plans unto all eternity (12). They seek for Him to gain the Truth and its Spirit and are very diligent to use all their powers for Him (13). They are like those bringing merchandise from overseas; for they acquire spiritual food from the spheres far away from the humans (14). Very diligent are they in the night of evil; they give their spiritual food to the brethren and to their helpers (15). They study the spheres of service and acquire them by hard work and produce God's people as His sphere of gain in grace and Truth (16). They make themselves strong for service and develop in strength their helpers (17). They recognize that the Truth and its Spirit which as merchandise they have for those who will pay their price are valuable; and the Bible does not cease to give them light during the night of sin and error (18). They diligently develop the graces as symbolic cloth for others by their ministries (19). They minister to crown-losers and Youthful Worthies as well as to the Little Flock (20). They fear not the time of trouble as evil for their symbolic children and servants; for they are clothed with Christ's righteousness, made available by His death (21). They make the Bible and Church histories give them graces; and they are covered with Christ's righteousness and royal powers (22). God is famous before all occupying His place as chief among leaders of the Truth and its Spirit (23). They
mothered New Creatures for those who would pay the price—consecration; and prepared opportunities of service for those who would acquire them (24). Here character and office are strong and honorable; and a most blessed prospect is before them (25). They speak forth the Truth and their teachings are the Truth of grace (26). They are faithful in administering their offices toward their spiritual children and helpers, and appropriate nothing but what their faithful industriousness acquired (27). Those whom they mother come to the fore in praise of them; especially does God, their symbolic husband, praise them (28). The numerous cleansed Great Company and Youthful Worthy groups will do well in their ministries; but Jehovah's symbolic wife is superior to all of them (29). The world's favor is delusive, and physical beauty unprofitable; but God's servants in the covenant are His symbolic wife and as reverencers of Him will be praised (30). They shall reap a great reward for their services of Him and His; and publicly before all angels and humans they will be praised (31).