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Consider how much more fit God is than you, to execute revenge

November 27, 2016


‘Consider how much more fit God is than you, to execute revenge and justice on your enemies.’ He hath the highest authority, and you have none: he is impartial and most just, and you are unrighteous and perverted by selfishness and partiality. He is eternal and omniscient, and seeth to the end, and what will be the consequent; and therefore knoweth the fittest season and degree; but you are shortsighted creatures, that see no further than the present day, and know not what will be to-morrow, and therefore may be ignorant of a hundred things, which would stop you and change your council if you had foreseen them. He is most wise and good, and knoweth what is fit for every person, and how to do good with as little hurt as may be in the doing of it; but you are ignorant of yourselves, and blinded by interest and passion, and are so bad yourselves, that you are inclined to do hurt to others.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 146–147.


Joukahainen's revenge by Akseli Gallen-Kallela - Scanned from a book: Eija Kämäräinen, Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Katsoin outoja unia, p. 81. WSOY, 2005. ISBN 951-0-19217-1., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3704863

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