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Where envying and contention is, there is inconstancy and every evil work. St. James iii. 16.

From whence are wars and contentions among you? Come they not hence ? from your concupiscences, which war in your members ?

You covet, and have not: you kill, and envy, and cannot obtain : you contend, and war: and you have not, because you ask not:

You ask, and receive not; because you ask amiss; that you may consume it on your concupiscences. St. James iv. 1-3.

COVETOUSNESS.

Covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as it becometh saints ;

For know ye this, and understand, that no fornicator, nor unclean, nor covetous person, which is a serving of idols, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ, and of God. Eph. v. 3, 5.

Having their hearts exercised with covetousness, sons of malediction. 2 St. Pet. ii. 14.

For they who would become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For covetousness is the root of all evils ; which some desiring, have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. 1 Tim. vi. 9, 10.

Go to, now, ye rich men ; weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Your riches are putrefied, and your garments are moth-eaten.

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Your gold and silver is rusted : 'and the rust of them shall be for a testimony against you ; and shall eat your flesh as fire. You have stirred up to yourselves wrath against the last days.

Behold, the hire of the labourers, who have reaped your fields of which you have defrauded them, crieth out ; and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. St. James v. 1-4.

DETACHMENT.

This therefore I say, brethren : the time is short : it remaineth, that they also who have wives, be as those who have not.

And they who weep, as they who weep not : and they who rejoice, as they who are not rejoicing: and they who buy, as if they were not possessing anything :

And they who use this world, as if they used it not: for the figure of this world passeth away. 1 Cor. vii. 29–31.

DISHONESTY.

But you do wrong and defraud ; and that to your brethren.

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God ?

... Neither thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor. vi. 7—10.

Let him that stole, steal now no more : but rather let him labour, working with his hands that which is

DIVINE THREATENINGS.

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good, that he may have to give to him who is in need. Ephes. iv. 28.

For he that doeth an injury shall receive for that which he hath done unjustly. Col. iii. 25.

And that no man overreach nor deceive his brother in business : because the Lord is the avenger of all such things : as we have told you before, and have testified.

He therefore that despiseth these things, despiseth not man, but God. 1 Thess. iv. 6, 8.

DIVINE THREATENINGS.

(God) who will render to every man according to his works.

To them who are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation.

Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil. Rom. ii. 6—9.

Be not deceived : neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,

Nor the effeminate, nor Sodomites, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10.

He that doeth an injury shall receive for that which he hath done unjustly ; and three is no respect of persons with God. Col. iii. 25.

He that shall lead into captivity, shall go into captivity : he that shall kill by the sword, must be killed by the sword. Apoc. xiii. 10.

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DIVINE THREATENINGS.

Evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse, erring and driving into error. 2 Tim. iii. 13.

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb. x. 31.

See that you refuse not him who speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke upon earth, much more shall not we, who turn away from him that speaketh to us from heaven. Heb. xii. 25.

The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things. 1 St. Pet. iii. 12.

And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the wicked and the sinner appear. 1 St. Pet.iv.18.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation ; but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented.

And especially those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise governments, and actions, pleasing themselves, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming :

These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved.

For, speaking swelling words of vanity, they allure in desires of the flesh of riotousness those who escaped a little from them who converse in error :

Promising them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of corruption : for by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave.

For if having fled from the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, being again entangled in them, they are overcome : their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.

DIVINE THREATENINGS.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than, after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment, which was delivered to them. 2 St. Pet. ii. 9, 10, 17—21.

In the last days there shall come scoffers with deceit, walking according to their own lusts, saying : Where is his promise, or his coming ? For since the fathers slept, all things continue so from the beginning of the creation.

For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth, out of water, and through water, consisting by the word of God.

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

But the heavens which now are, and the earth, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of wicked men. 2 St. Pet. iii. 3–7.

Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of his saints,

To execute judgment upon all, and to reprove all the impious of all the works of their impiety, whereby they have done impiously, and of all the hard things which impious sinners have spoken against God. St. Jude 14, 15.

And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and the tribunes, and the rich men, and the strong men, and every bond-man, and every free-man hid themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains :

And they say to the mountains and to the rocks : Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.

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