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THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED,
AS DESCRIBED IN
THE WORD OF GOD.
A BIBLE STUDENT,
Author of “ Our Eternal Homes.”
“Come, ye blessed of my Father.”-Matt. xxv. 34.
NOTE TO THE READER.
This book is printed in such a manner as to afford, as far as
possible, on opposite pages, a contrast between the passages describing o the righteous " and those describing “the wicked :" consequently the passages relating to "the righteous” will be found on pages 6, 8, 10, &c., and those relating to “ the wicked" on pages 7, 9, 11, &c.
In presenting the following little work to the public, the compiler begs to offer a few words of explanation. It is true that books of a somewhat similar character abound, and their intrinsic excellence deserves even a larger circulation than they have obtained. All believers in the Word of God must be glad to see copies of the Sacred Scriptures multiplied; and it is especially desirable that those portions of the Divine Word which in the most direct manner tend to make men "wise unto salvation,” should be multiplied by the press in the form of manuals like the present. In this way may we write the Divine counsels upon our door-posts, bind them for a sign upon our hand,
and make them frontlets between our eyes (Deut. vi. 6–9).
Whatever value this little work possesses is to be attributed to the solemn beauty and impressiveness of those passages of the Sacred Oracles which are collected in its pages. The method of its arrangement may perhaps help to commend “ Bible Photographs” to public appreciation. So far as the compiler is aware, an arrangement similar in all respects has not previously been effected. He believes that his method is not only novel, but possessed of important advantages. The book presents the spiritual experience of the Christian, and in contrast thereto, a description of the mental states of the wicked.
If the contrast is frequently defective in pointedness, it may be ascribed to the compiler's deficiency of skill, on the one hand; and on the other, to the interesting fact-confirmed by a careful research that the Word of God contains many more promises to the righteous, exhibitions of their experience, and consolations for their sorrows, than threats, warnings, or denunciations addressed to the wicked. As the mental history of the wicked is necessarily less varied than that of the righteous, the description of their states must be less diversified. It is life which has variety, and the wicked are “spiritually dead.” The vicissitudes of the pilgrimage can only be realized in the experience of the pilgrim. Few elements of change operate within those who make their restingplace in evil.
This little work is designed to bring under the eye of the Christian a few of “the exceeding great and precious promises,” so grouped as to be adapted to his various spiritual states, and thus to afford him warning and consolation, instruction and encouragement, suited to his day. The passages are as draughts of “water out of the wells of salvation,” which peradventure may help those who “trust in God” to run and not be weary,” to “walk and not faint." As the arrangement brings together under their appropriate headings many impressive passages, the book may be found useful to ministers, Scripture-readers, and Sundayschool teachers. With all who find the work thus serviceable, the compiler hopes it may become a bosom friend, small enough to be a constant companion, and valuable enough to deserve so to be.
It unfortunately happens in our times, that much opposition is offered on critical grounds to the Divine inspiration of the Scriptures. Perhaps this critical spirit may, after all, be “the spirit of blindness and unbelief.” It may spring from the natural man," who, the apostle says, "receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness