THE BIG TEN VOTER GUIDE

            Christians should be a part of influencing the politics in America as a part of responsible stewardship and to not only vote but vote from Biblical and moral values. The problem with politics is that when you vote for a man you also vote for the platform he stands on. The political party platform is what they are committed to shape their policy with. With every party platform there are numerous issues which interest individual supporters. There are many important issues but are they equally important? I don’t think so. Is there any help from God on what He thinks are higher priorities? I’d say yes. I would think if it made the BIG TEN (The Ten Commandments) it might suggest something about what God thinks as a high priority to social justice. I think you might find defense for the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage in them.

In the Bible God gave His Law to Moses (613 laws) to govern His man in his fallen state and fallen nature. They covered everything from agriculture, marriage, defense, property, taxes, economic issues, health and environmental issues. Out of those laws He gave the tenor or portion (Exodus 34:27) of those laws summed up in Ten (Big) Commandments Exodus 20:1-17. Keeping in mind God’s character is in His laws or there is something of His moral, righteous, holy, just, and good nature within those laws. The TEN also must be big things to Him or higher values/priorities to Him in order to be in the TOP TEN. It doesn’t mean other issues are not important but just not as important. Here’s the BIG TEN in summary notation.

1. No other gods.

2. No idols.

3. No profaning God’s name.

4. Keep the Sabbath.

5. Honor your parents.

6. Do not murder.

7. Do not commit adultery.

8. Do not steal.

9. Do not lie.

10. Do not covet.

Proverb 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” We have a moral problem in America that politicians cannot fix without God’s righteousness influencing their policy and politics. God is smarter than we are. Why not use the Ten Commandments as a voter guide to bring some righteousness back to politics and to exalt our nation. Please don’t say, “But we’re not under the law of the Ten Commandments, we’re under grace,” as if to say there can be no learning from God’s law in the O.T. or try to suggest that those laws aren’t repeated in various passages in the N.T. word of His grace. Why not ask yourself some of these questions about the candidates and their political party platform in the upcoming election?

A. Where are they (candidate or party platform) on the public acknowledgment of God (like the first four commandments suggest)?

(Anyone who wants a secular society will want an acknowledgment of God out of the public sphere. Our Founding Fathers were not out to keep God out of government but government out of religion/no state religion that forces adherence to its beliefs. Freedom of religion not freedom from religion).

B. Do they respect God’s delegated authority to parents and parental rights or are they for laws that could potentially undermine it?

(In case you didn’t know effective August 1, 2012 as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health care plans must provide “additional preventive services” to women. These unspecified “additional preventive services,” were later defined to be All Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, patient education and counseling for ALL women with reproductive capacity(reproductive capacity has been defined from the beginning of menstruation to menopause. Should the government be involved in these personal areas?)

C. Do they protect the right to life from conception to natural death or advocate abortion and embryo-destructive research? Do they believe in murder or shedding innocent blood?

(There’s not a child aborted that was guilty of anything and how can anyone say that it is not shedding innocent blood. Do you realize all those who believe in abortion are alive and have a choice who take away the life and choice of those they abort?)

D. Do they strengthen marriage as only between one man and one woman or do they promote no fault divorce and same-sex marriage? 

(Wouldn’t God’s laws against adultery and coveting be protection for marriage defined by Him as between a man and a woman Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6)? Marriage was not man’s idea that God adopted it was God’s idea from the beginning Genesis 2:24. Anything outside the definition of one man for one woman marriage weakens marriage and America.).

E. Don’t steal and don’t covet. Wouldn’t that be protecting property rights? Do they respect property rights or do they attempt to steal our freedom by acquiring more power for the government over property? 

(Do they covet and look with envy and greed to take people’s wealth through excessive taxation.)

F. Do they tell the truth or are they serial liars? Are they deceptive, misleading, leave false impressions, falsify facts or conceal truth?

I could go on and on but wouldn’t these Commandments be the best justice program for all in society?

According to a USA Today poll 60% of Americans cannot name five of the Ten Commandments but yet 74% can name the Three Stooges and almost 25% of Americans can list all seven ingredients of a MacDonald’s Big Mac sandwich. I believe many Americans would do better to name ten different beers than the Ten Commandments.

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SHOULD PREACHERS JUST SHUT UP ABOUT POLITICS?

If you do not yet realize it there is a battle for the soul of America going on as well as for the soul of the world. Jeremiah the prophet declared, “”The noise of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction.” (Jeremiah 50:22) Jeremiah often found himself battling the ever popular, crowd-pleasing lying prophets who told the people pleasing words from the delusions of their own minds. “Then the Lord said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds….they are saying ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish by sword or famine. And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword.'” (Jer. 14:14-16)

Many deluded preachers are trying to tell other preachers and Christians to stay out of the political realm because we are called to preach the Gospel. I guess one of the greatest preachers of the Gospel this world has ever known, Dr. Billy Graham, didn’t get the memo because he said in a past election:

“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November (3) and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”

Certain issues don’t become political just because a party decides now it is their issue and we should be quiet. They are Bible issues (like marriage/sanctity of life) and we have more than a Biblical right to influence Christians to think with biblical values without telling them who to vote for. This nation wouldn’t exist as it is today had it not been for preachers during the Revolutionary period and Founding period of our Independence. The British actually labeled preachers as the Black Robe Brigade and went after them and their churches. One British leader even said if it hadn’t been for those preachers America would still be a pretty British colony.

The first amendment put limits on Congress not Pastor’s or churches. Look at Jesus calling out Herod; the OT prophets and their relationship to the kings; did Samuel keep his mouth shut to Saul or the prophet Nathan to David? I believe Pastor’s should expound the application of the Word and its morality on all aspects of life. I feel we are free to also speak our personal views qualifying it with people before we say it that we are speaking from our personal opinion not a mandate in Scripture. I don’t think we should tell people who to vote for but are we not allowed to have an opinion?

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THE THREAT IS REAL – BUT WE CAN STAND

The fact that we continue to be the longest ongoing Constitutional Republic in the history of the world is not an accident but that God has shed His grace on us. It is being threatened and there is no guarantee of good government among men except that we the people influence it.

Today, in the American political arena, we are witnessing the rise of arguments supporting the failed system of socialism. Despite a record of creating oppression and poverty, this old and coercive ideology is being reintroduced and remarketed by politicians, media members, Hollywood activists and liberal sects of the Christian church. Many Christians who do not possess a Biblical worldview will be unaware of Biblical principles that argue against socialism. Furthermore, young people who are uninformed about socialism’s history and failed record might fall prey to socialist ideas that undermine this nation’s founding principles and lose the fight against socialism.

Jesus, in spite of the oppressive government said, “I will build MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it Matthew 16:18.” Saints, we are built for this day and hour. It is in our spiritual DNA. America may go through changes but Church will still prevail no matter what is going on in America.  Many American Christians seem to forget that Christianity was birthed in the midst of one of the most hostile and aggressive governments against Christianity. The Roman Empire was brutal in enforcing adherence to its religion of emperor worship. Facing persecution, opposition, and an anti-Christian government was commonplace. We have not known this kind of government in America in modern times. It is America that needs the Church. It is time for the true Church to stand up, keep preaching the Gospel, keep discipling the saved, keep living holy, keep speaking the truth in love and keep being salt and light to this sin-sick world.

            We should also be encouraged by the fact that Jesus gave us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11, 13), His fighting suit. Ephesians 6:13 says, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Notice the armor is able to withstand the EVIL DAY. We are living in an evil day but we should be encouraged because the armor of God has been pre-approved, tried and tested, and given to every child of God to withstand the EVIL DAY. It is built to take a hit and not quit but keep on fighting the fight of faith.

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NOT A CHOICE ANYMORE

I hear preachers say we need to focus on the Gospel and refrain from political discourse during a political season. That is a very narrow view of Scripture and the duties of Christians. It is a false view of Scripture to say, you can either spread the gospel or be politically involved. That has created the political mess within America today. If anything needs the influence of God’s righteousness and wisdom it is government. Matthew 22:21 says, …Render therefore to Caesar (the government of Jesus’ day) the things which are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Jesus was not suggesting an either or proposition but rather a dual responsibility. We have a civil duty and a spiritual duty (Matthew 6:33; Romans 13:7).

It is Scripture that gives us the right and command to preach the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20). If you go to Saudi Arabia (who do not have a Constitutional Republic) and try to openly preach the Gospel, you would quickly receive the revelation that it is not a politically protected right like it is in America. You would also see the need for Christian involvement in influencing, molding and shaping our government. This is so we do not get punished by bad laws, rulers or wicked government for being obedient to what God tells us to do.

Yes, we will preach the Gospel whether our government grants us freedom or not but should we relinquish the freedom that others paid a severe price to hand down to us? If we want to continue to enjoy political protection for our Biblically given rights, we must stay engaged and involved. Preachers should stop making it an either or proposition—doing the Gospel or doing government. We are to be salt and light in this world and that includes in the political arena.

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WOULD GOD ORDAIN GOVERNMENT AND THEN TELL US TO STAY OUT OF IT?

            We are in a political season where we are about to elect the next President of the United States. Many of us are tired of all the political ads we see on TV but we have to realize it is the season we are in (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and that seasons change. As Christians we believe the Bible is final authority to our faith, values, and practices. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” In America, for the godly or righteous to be in authority we have to vote for them.  It is true that America is not the Kingdom of God but in seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, it includes being salt and light in the world of politics.

Government is one of the three institutions God established along with marriage (the family) and the church.  Paul states in Romans 13:1 that “the (governmental) authorities that be have been ordained of God.”  Since God established the institution of government, and its right to exist, would He then tell His people to stay out of it?  No.  God expects us to get involved, be a positive impact, and influence our government toward righteousness just as Christians have done since the founding of this nation. If you wait for Election Day to be involved you will always get less than, “… men that fear God, men of truth, and who hate covetousness Exodus 18:21.”

Elections are a basic part of how our government works. One of the basic ways we can have a positive influence is to vote.  When we vote we help determine who will lead our nation, make our laws, and protect our freedoms.   Voting is a very simple act but it has a significant impact.  Many of the Founding Fathers considered voting as a sacred responsibility. Founding Father Samuel Adams said: “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote… that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” It is worth noting that in the 2016 Presidential election the turnout for Evangelicals was only 59%.

Many believers don’t even consider their Christian values when voting, and often choose candidates whose positions are against their own beliefs and values. Many politicians use Christian language and sayings, but when you look at their positions, voting records, and associations, it becomes evident that they do not line up with Biblical values. 

Don’t just listen to their campaign rhetoric, media ads, or political pundits, but do your own research and look at their records in office, and their positions on the issues. Don’t give all your allegiance entirely to a political party or a particular politician but put principles over party.  Our total allegiance needs to be to Jesus so we can be free to call all political parties and politicians to repentance when they violate biblical morality and principles. 

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Only Righteousness Can Make a Nation Great

Christians should be involved in influencing our government and the world of politics as a part of our civic responsibility and as a part of being salt and light in the world. The political world is part of the world Jesus commissioned us to go into. Proverb 14:34 says, Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. We have a moral problem in America that politicians cannot fix without God’s righteousness influencing their policies and politics. This is not the time to be silent and remove our salt and light. If Christians would vote their values, we could sway any election. We cannot afford to be apathetic and indifferent.

Reverend William John Henry Boetcker, American Presbyterian minister and public speaker (1873–1962), spoke of Seven National Crimes that I believe speak about many in America. The Seven National Crimes were:

1. I don’t think.
2. I don’t know.
3. I don’t care.
4. I am too busy.
5. I leave well enough alone.
6. I have no time to read and find out.
7. I am not interested.

We should repent if we are guilty of any of these national crimes. Repentance, prayer and righteousness is the way to restore America to her greatness. Preachers need to quit playing involvement with the Gospel against civic involvement with government as though it is an either or proposition. We are to be salt and light in this world and that includes the political arena.

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CENSORED BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Jeremiah 9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord. 5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

A major driver for Progressive’s lust for power and control is the use of political correctness to dull people’s consciences and to lessen the darkness of sin. It is more than just trying to rephrase things so as not to offend the sensitivities of a certain group or people. It is more than playing word games but rather a definite strategy of hijacking words and language to blur the lines of evil vs good and right vs wrong to advance a political agenda. Ultimately it is designed to change how we think and here in America along with contributing to the gradual destruction of our Judeo Christian values and morals. Political correctness is actually a severe form of judging others and censorship of free speech. It not only inhibits free speech but also free thinking and is a form of thought control.

In the area of our safety and protection political correctness is endangering our nation and making us vulnerable to attacks. Our own FBI under former FBI Director Robert Mueller purged its anti-terrorism training materials of certain material and words offensive to Muslims. I don’t know who to quote for this but I totally agree that, “A nation that chooses to pursue political correctness on the basis of moral relativism cannot be expected to recognize “evil.” If our government leaders cannot even describe our enemy in words, they will find themselves unable to defend us against them.” Very often political correctness is simply a lie with the objective to hide the truth. Webster’s dictionary defines a lie as:


1. To make a false statement (or action) that one knows to be false, especially with the intent to deceive;
2. To give a false impression through appearance, statement or influence;
3. A lie can be, not only a false statement, but also using words that confuse an issue in order to conceal or
evade the whole truth. It can be the deliberate use of ambiguity (or use of vague, incomplete statements)
to mislead.

I think it would be a good idea and feel compelled to send the politically correct word fascists a copy of Noah Webster’s 1828 “American Dictionary of the English Language,” as an act of language repatriation.

Listen to some of their nonsense:

A college campus Christian club was found guilty of discrimination because it required its leaders to be Christians.

A student at Colorado State was told that the phrase we often use “long time, no see” was derogatory toward Asians.

A college newspaper changed its newspaper name “The Bullet” because the editors were concerned that it propagated violence.

An elementary school in Seattle insisted that Easter eggs be called “spring spheres” so as not to sound too religious.

Jihad at a work place is “work place violence.”
War on terror” morphed into “overseas contingency operations.”
“Terrorism” is labelled by some as “man-caused disasters.”
Socialistic redistribution of wealth (theft) is called “social justice.”
Covetousness and confiscating by threat and or force, what belongs justly to others, is called “fairness.”
Division of our oneness (E Pluribus Unum) as Americans is called “multiculturalism.”
Perversion is now “sexual orientation.”
Illegal aliens are called “undocumented workers.”
Right is defined by “if it works and gets results” and if the “ends justify the means.”
Tolerance is “you must not disagree with me or question my morality, and if you do you must be silent.”
Our feelings of attraction toward anything to which we are addicted is called “Love.”

Anti-racism, which is not the same as being against racism, but labels you racist until proven innocent which isn’t actually possible to them if you are white due to white complicity in a racist system.

It’s time to take our freedom back!

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AMERICA IS NOT THE REASON FOR THE WORLD’S CHAOS

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

            Some political ideologues and Progressives believe that America is the problem in the world today and if we’d get out of the affairs in our world it would be a better place. Their new turf is to attack patriotism and say that America is no longer an exceptional nation but we are evil and always were evil. The Left’s tactic is to cherry pick history and say everything negative about our past and history, brainwash our children through education and media to believe the Marxist lie that all our history is evil and our country is worse. That everything we did was malevolent and the oppressed victim class need to revolt against the evil villain oppressor. They are using race as the current crisis moment to seize the opportunity to advance their Marxist cause. You will find that the farther one goes to the Left politically the more negative is their assessment of America.

            Along with our belief in liberty and some values from the Enlightenment, our Judeo Christian value system is what distinguishes America. This is what creates the idea of American exceptionalism or the view that our morals, our standard of right and wrong, is what makes our nation unique.  Our value system links us with a belief in the Biblical God of Israel, His Commandments, His Biblical moral laws, and ultimately morally responsible to Him. It is also the foundation to our strong identification with the Jewish people and nation of Israel. We don’t look to the U.N., European Socialists, or Islamic values. We don’t substitute the moral value systems of other multicultures as equal in moral value. Psalm 119:128 says it clearly, “I consider thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” Do we truly believe in the motto on our money, “In God we trust.” We have not always acted in the world by our own values but that does not make them less exceptional. Yes, we have evil things in our past and present but we have been a force for good in the world. We have to view history through the lens of Scripture and not cherry pick to create a narrative to incite hatred.

A spiritual worldview of mankind would see:

A cursed creation (fallen world) Romans 8:19,20.

Man is a sinner, and, apart from God, is not in himself good (fallen man) Ephesians 2:1-3.

There is a devil (fallen angel) lose in the Earth Revelation 12:7-12.

After man’s sin in Genesis 3:1-7, God posted an armed guard even in the Garden of Eden Genesis 3:24. Even God recognized a need for secure borders along with a strong and armed defense.

Man left to himself would destroy the entire human race Genesis 6:5, 11, 13 (only 8 righteous people left).

Today’s trend even among some spiritual leaders in Christianity is to co-op a secular narrative and support worldly methods for what is a spiritual problem that requires a spiritual solution. If their narrative and support doesn’t stem from a Biblical world view their efforts will only take them another lap around the mountain and get them nowhere. A national repentance and a mind altering change to a Biblical worldview is the hope and change that needs to happen.

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Exposing the Godless Socialist Agenda Threatening America

Socialism is most often talked about in economic terms and contrasted with capitalism. The Merriam Webster’s Dictionary describes one definition of socialism as a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.


Some simplify it and say it is public ownership of the means of production in contrast to private ownership which would be capitalism. In theory, the public is said to be the people; but in practice and reality, it is the government. At its core is about:


1. Control – The rights of the collective control what is protected and prioritized over the rights of individual.

2. Choice – Who decides and has freedom to choose; central planners over consumers in the free market. In reality it is the government and not the citizen.

3. Coercion – The use of the coercive power of the government over private individual rights and private property rather than to protect private individual rights and private property.

4. Censorship – Suppression or prohibition of any facts that contradict the narrative of those in power or those seeking power.

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SHOULD WE BE VOCAL OR SILENT DURING THIS POLITICAL SEASON?

            I believe as Christians that we should be involved in influencing our government and the world of politics as a part of our civic responsibility and as a part of being salt and light in the world.  The election season presents us with the opportunity to support or oppose the political party and candidates of their party’s stance on many issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, sexual identity disorders, free speech, gun ownership, healthcare, the economy ….

None of our individual rights matter if life isn’t protected. Without life, we have no other rights. Life made in the image of God is a fundamental human right. The Bible commands us to offer protection for the weakest and most vulnerable members of humanity. Psalm 82:4 tells us to, “Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.” Proverbs 31:9 says, “Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” Proverbs 6:17 proclaims that God hates, “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood” Consider the prophet Jeremiah’s command in Jeremiah 22:3: “Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”

The fundamental principle of life is even within our political founding documents. According to the Declaration of Independence, “All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The order is significant. Life is the first God-given right of every human being. If you don’t have life, you certainly can’t enjoy liberty or pursue happiness. Unfortunately, our God-given right to life in America has been undermined by abortion that more innocent human beings are put to death every day than those who died in the 9/11 attacks. Abortion ends the lives of more than 1.3 million unborn children in America every year. Nearly 25% of all pregnancies end in abortion, and the overwhelming majority of those innocent children are simply sacrificed on the altar of convenience.  Over 50 million babies and counting have been murdered by abortion.

A very familiar passage in the Bible concerning pre-born human life is Psalm 139.

“For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them Psalm 139:13-16.” Not only is a unique human being present in the womb, but God Himself is intimately involved in the developing process. To deliberately cut short a life in the womb, to destroy a child yet in the creative hand of God, is murder.

From heaven’s viewpoint, uniquely labeled guilt is also associated with murder. The Bible calls it “blood guiltiness,” or “the guilt of innocent blood,” which under the Law is imputed by God to murderers or accomplices. When Cain slew Abel, God came to Cain and said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10).The Sanhedrin, fearing blood guiltiness for Christ’s death, complained to the apostles, saying, “You intend to bring this man’s blood upon us” (Acts 5:28). God warned His people in the book of Exodus, “Do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty” (Exodus 23:7).

The concept is further extended in issuing warnings or speaking His truth. God spoke to the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel about speaking His warning to the wicked lest his blood be required of him in Ezekiel 3:18. The Apostle Paul in the New Testament seemed to speak of the same principle in Acts 20:26, 27 that he was “… pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

To be vocal about it at this time reminds people when they vote they are supporting the party platform and standing there with them in what the party supports. Everyone who supports them will give account for every vote at the Judgment Seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgment, for the shedding of innocent blood on earth reaches the ear of God in Heaven Genesis 4:10 (Psalm 9:12; Joel 3:21; Exodus 23:3; Numbers 35:33) If they plead they never knew or just never did anything about it God has His answer to them in Proverb 24:11, 12, “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those that are ready to be slain; v. 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not: doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

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