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is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the windo? Treasures of wickedness profit nothing For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon himo? The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered; he openeth his eyes, and he is not®. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave'; with kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves ; or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver There the prisoners rest together, they hear not the voice of the oppressor; the small and the great are there, and the servant is free from his master h. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all'.
The wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorrethk. He bath said in his heart, I shall not be moved; for I shall never be in adversity'. But they that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can redeem bis brother, nor give to God a ransom for him"; that he should still live for ever, and not see corruption; for he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless, man being in honour, abideth not; he is like the beasts that perish. This their way
is their folly; yet their posterity approve their sayings, Like sheep they are laid in the grave, death shall feed on them, and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning, and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling". Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is
Eccles. v. 16.
Psal. x. 6.,
• Prov. x. 2.
Job, xxi. 13.
a Job, xxvii. 8, 9. & Job, iii. 14, 15. * Psal. x. 3.
Psal. xlix. 9-14.
increased; for when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him°.
Take heed and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do, I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall these things be which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward Godd. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens which faileth not; where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth”.
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate full of sores, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift
eyes, being in torments; and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, bave mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented'. Wo unto
Wo unto you that are rich; for ye have received your consolation. Wo
* Psal. xlix. 16, 17.
Luke, xvi. 19--25.
P Luke, xii. 15—21.
4 Luke, xii. 33.
unto you that are full; for ye shall hunger. Wo unto you that laugh now; for ye shall mourn and weep'.
This I say, brethren, the time is short; it remaineth that both they that have wives, be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not ; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it; for the fashion of this world passeth away'. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content". Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; but the rich in that he is made low; because, as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the
grace of the fashion of it perisheth; so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways*. Go to now ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy, and sell, and get gain. Whereas, ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? it is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away'. Secr. 4. A vehement attachment to the enjoyments of
this life, stands in direct opposition to a right concern for our greatest interest.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you". Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also". No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the
u 1 Tim. vi. 7, 8.
• Luke, vi. 24, 25.
* James, i. 9, 10, 11. § 4. • John, vi. 27.
' 1 Cor.vii. 29,30,31.
Matt. vi. 19, 20, 21.
other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the