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SEPTEMBER 5

 

 Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flameŚ

Song of Solomon 8:6.

 

 Jealousy is one of the great foes that confront every Christian. It should be slain on sight as an enemy of God and man and of every good principle; and to the extent that its presence had defiled the heart even for a mo­ment, a cleansing of the spirit of holiness and love should be invoked. Jealousy is not only a cruel monster of itself, but its poisonous fangs are almost certain to inflict pain and trouble upon others, as well as to bring general woe and, ultimately, destruction upon those who harbor it. Jealousy is sin in thought, wickedness in thought, and is very apt to lead speedily to sin and wickedness in action. The mind, if once poisoned with jealousy, can with great difficulty ever be cleansed from it entirely, so rapidly does it bring everything within its environment to its own color and character.

 

 

Parallel passages: Prov. 6:34; 27:4; Eccles. 4:4;Ex. 20:5; 34:14; 2.Cor. 11:2; Dan. 6:3-5; Jas. 3:14, 16; Gen. 4:5,6,8; 37:4-11, 18-28; 1.Sam.18:8-30; 2.Sam. 3: 24-27; Luke 15: 25-32.