Even the Righteous Will Die

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(George Lawson, “A Practical Exposition of the Book of Proverbs” 1821)

“The wicked will be cut off from the land–and the unfaithful will be torn from it.”Proverbs 2:22

Must not the righteous leave the earth too?
Yes! But the earth is a very different thing to the righteous, and to the wicked.

To the righteous–this world is a place of preparation or Heaven.
To the wicked–this world is all the Heaven they will ever have.

Death is a kind messenger sent to the righteous by their heavenly Father–calling them to the possession of their eternal inheritance!
To the wicked, death is a messenger of wrath–summoning them to the abodes of misery!

Death is the beginning of happiness to God’s people.
Death is the final conclusion of all that the wicked counted their happiness.

To the righteous–death is a translation to a glorious eternity!
To the wicked–death is everlasting destruction and woe!

“If only they were wise and would understand this–and discern what their end will be!” Deuteronomy 32:29

“So teach us to number our days–that we may gain a heart of wisdom!” Psalm 90:12

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The Wicked’s Motives

1800254_362879683850107_616264576_n(George Lawson, “A Practical Exposition of the Book of Proverbs” 1821)

“The plowing of the wicked is sin.” Proverbs 21:4

How is the plowing of the wicked, sin–when they are commanded to plow, and severely reproved for the neglect of that work by which they ought to support themselves and their families?

Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do–we are required to do all to the glory of God. But the wicked man neither eats nor drinks, nor plows, nor sows, to the glory of God–and therefore he lives in a course of sin, even when he is employed in those actions which are most innocent or necessary.

His soul is infected deeply with the venom of sin, which spreads itself over all his life. For to the unbelieving and impure, there is nothing holy. They are corrupt trees–and no fruit that grows upon them can be good. Their hands are defiled with sin, and their fingers with iniquity–and, therefore, everything they touch must be defiled by their impurity!

What then must the wicked do? Must they leave off all work, lest they should sin in doing it? By no means. Their business is to get free of that plague of sin which spreads infection to everything they meddle with. Let them have recourse, like the leper, to Christ–that He may make them clean–and then being pure, everything will become pure to them.