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  • Chapter II.—An exhortation to virtue.

    Chapter II.—An exhortation to virtue.

    “Wherefore, girding up your loins,”344

    344 Comp. 1 Pet. i. 13; Eph. vi. 14.

    “serve the Lord in fear345

    345 Ps. ii. 11.

    and truth, as those who have forsaken the vain, empty talk and error of the multitude, and “believed in Him who raised up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and gave Him glory,”346

    346 1 Pet. i. 21.

    and a throne at His right hand. To Him all things347

    347 Comp. 1 Pet. iii. 22; Phil. ii. 10.

    in heaven and on earth are subject. Him every spirit serves. He comes as the Judge of the living and the dead.348

    348 Comp. Acts xvii. 31.

    His blood will God require of those who do not believe in Him.349

    349 Or, “who do not obey him.”

    But He who raised Him up from the dead will raise350

    350 Comp 1 Cor. vi. 14; 2 Cor. iv. 14; Rom. viii. 11.

    up us also, if we do His will, and walk in His commandments, and love what He loved, keeping ourselves from all unrighteousness, covetousness, love of money, evil speaking, false witness; “not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing,”351

    351 1 Pet. iii. 9.

    or blow for blow, or cursing for cursing, but being mindful of what the Lord said in His teaching: “Judge not, that ye be not judged;352

    352 Matt. vii. 1.

    forgive, and it shall be forgiven unto you;353

    353 Matt. vi. 12; 14; Luke vi. 37.

    be merciful, that ye may obtain mercy;354

    354 Luke vi. 36.

    with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again;”355

    355 Matt. vii. 2; Luke vi. 38.

    and once more, “Blessed are the poor, and those that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”356

    356 Matt. v. 3; 10; Luke vi. 20.


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