"Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God." Matt. 5:8.
NOTE. -By reading Gen. 6:1.13, it will be readily seen that social impurity was the chief cause of the deluge. It was also the principal reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Gen. 19:1-11 God at one time destroyed 24,000 of the Israelites because of their laxness in this respect. Num. 25:1-9. One notable case is brought to view in the early Biblical record, which shows the reward of virtue. Joseph was sorely tempted (Gen. 39:7-12); but he resisted his insidious tempter, though at the expense of his personal freedom. God rewarded him, however (Gen. 41:38.44), by raising him to a place he never could have attained had he yielded to the impure suggestions of his mistress. This should be a lesson to all, knowing that in the day of judgment all will render an account, even of the secrets of their hearts. Eccl. 12:14.
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