Applied To Punishment

A few prominent instances illustrate the usage of the word connected with punishment. Ps. 9:5, "Thou hast destroyed the wicked." How? The explanation follows: "Thou hast put out their name forever and ever," (ton aiona, kai eis ton aiona tou aionos.) His is not endless torment, but oblivion. Solomon elsewhere observes: Prov. 10:7, "The name of the wicked shall rot," while David says, Ps. 112:6, "The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance." Ps. 78:66, "He put them (his enemies) to a perpetual reproach." Is. 33:14, "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" The prophet is here speaking of God's temporal judgments, represented by fire. "The earth mourneth; Lebanon is ashamed; the people shall be as the burnings of lime." Who will dwell in safety amid these fiery judgments? These aionian burnings? "He that walks uprightly." Earthly judgements among which the upright are to dwell in safety are here described, and not endless fire hereafter. Jer. 17:4, "Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger which shall burn forever." Where was this to be? The preceding verse informs us. "I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in a land which thou knowest not." Jer. 23:40, "I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you; and a perpetual shame which shall not be forgotten.' The connection fully explains this verse 39, "I will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers". See Jer. 20:11. Mal. 1:4, "The people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever." This is an announcement of God's judgements on Edom" "They shall build but I will throw down" and they shall call them the border of wickedness, and the people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever."

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