It Is That They Shall Be Destroyed Forever

Thomas Boston, Works, Volume 1, “Of the Providence of God”:

Pieter Aertsen 019Sometimes we see men walking contrary to God, and yet providence smiling on them, and caressing them, as if they were the darlings of heaven. This has puzzled the best of men. It put Jeremiah sore to it, chap. xii. 1. 2, ‘ Righteous art thou, Lord, when I plead with thee : yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments : wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper ? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root : they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit ; thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.’ It was near carrying Asaph quite off his feet, Psal. Ixxiii. 13. ‘ Verily, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. But, O! is there not a beautiful harmony in this with scripture-examples ? How did all Israel as one man back Absalom in his rebellion ? How did Haman rise till he could come no higher, unless he had got the throne ? And the tyrant Nebuchadnezzar carries all before him according to his wish, &c. And scripture-doctrine unriddles the mystery, Psal. xcii. 5, 6, 7. ‘ O Lord, how great are thy works ! and thy thoughts are very -deep. A brutish man knoweth not : neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish : it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.’



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