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fiii a ^ vol ^ mje . is said to be &Ged of < vengeance ^ " Vengeance boU > t \ $ pth unto m ^ e , salt 11 the $ ^ tik * t&&a& < dsky > & £ i ^ engeane e is ia my Learfe— -A will trea 4 them in
mine iiiager * I w . i 11 trample th em i % nay , ftsrj / ' Tie language of | hu $ prophet Nah um is ^ xceed i r > g-Iy strong upoa tibis . subject , chapv if 2 k " Gad j $ jealo-us * and the l # Qi"d rev * engeth ; thfc Loud * e-
vengeih , and is furious j iiie Lord Will take vengeance oa his adversaries , aad h # reserved wratii for bis eneaaies ^ By the psopfa ^ t Ezekiel God . says , chap , u . 13 , 6 sh
^ Thus all mine anger be accamplished r and I « will cause my |^» y to xes t » p ^ n th roy and I will be comianedS' cbap * xxxvi . 6 ^ . ct saith the Lord God ;
Behpitl ^ I have spokeaiii a * y jealausy ^ a ad io my frnry . * ' And xxxviii . lS f L ^ ^ My fury shall come up ia n&y , £ ace ; ibr in my jealousy ftod ia tfcie ftriofmy wrath have I S | 3 k 6 ke a * '' In . tb ^ New Testamen t JehOs Christ speaking of the
calan ^ li « s awaiting Jerusalem , says , ' ^ Ti *« se b& th # day& ofvengeanGe . '* Pa 4 al * ay ^ - ^ God \^ ill rendeF indignation aoid \ vrath tribulation fcDii aiiguash ,- n | K ) n ev ^ ry so u 1 of L niai )^ that docth eviL" And again ^ £ JMk&t Xesus Christ will be
revaaJed from heaven in flaming fire toting vengeance on them that kaotv net God *'* And the writer to thje Hebrews tells us , that .
S ^ JFi ^ ry indignation shall devour Una ^ clivieTsaries / ' Can tbo&e who declaim against vindictive punish * ^ tt % aod w 4 K >^ bioldly pronotince
all suet punishment to be unjust ^ dswaribe \* kbat they mean by vindicii »« piuriishnxent ih stronger l e « g « ag ^ th » n that cited from the ^ fao ve passages o / sc riptm ^? Wm ~ ^ iiKtp * puttiSumnlufl ^ h ^ cri « H «
R&l a mor » g fnen , who ftve siibj ect to all the pa ^ steits of fiwniftn nature ; bur is- it therefore unjust irt God ? "Is God unrighreous , bays the apo « tle , whotaketlr vengeance ? God forbid .
We are , it is true , exhorted not to avenge ourselves , but after the example of J ^ sus , to 4 C commit ourselves to him that judgeth righteously / ' And why ? The reason assigned by the apostle is 5 u Venge&nce is mine , I will repay saith the Lord . " Now can the
exercise of sueh vengeance as is ascribed to God in the scriptures , without the grossest perversion of language , be denominated salutary * correction , a fatherly chastisement , having for its end reformat tk > n ?
In p . 149 , Dr . Estlin has the following observation . ^ It may not be amiss to repeat the observation that the two words ( xohxtrw auvviov ) winch in Matthew are
translated everlasting punishment ^ meaa the chastisement of that period ; and that the two words ( oXebpov atwvtcv ) which , in the first Epistle to the Thessalonians , are translated everlasting destruction , mean the destruction of that
period . ' This the Doctor calls a repetition of the observation , referring us back to something of the same kind stated before . This ? we have p . 5 $ , whefe he says 44 These shall go away into ever * lasting punishment , has been shewn to mean the correction of
that period . " But how , orwherd has this been shewn ? Nothing * of the kind i& to be found in atjjp preceding part of the -work ; vfce lrave therefore merely hisipse dtxit that this i ^ the meaningoi i he words ; But why has the Doetott brought Uiesetwo pa&Mgeti togethier ? War
God Mr ^ . M ^ r ^ mi ^ S Strictures on ^ Dr ^ Emfiffs Wkm&foeti * 45
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 225, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/25/