Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

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Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

The above is the final verse of Hosea (14:9), coming after the statement, “Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is your fruit found.” These statements and questions are the LORD speaking Salvation through Hosea, speaking of and to us, His people in this generation.

The LORD began this message’s assembly in 2 Kings 16, which describes the final descent of Judah into idolatry, led there by king Ahaz. Ahaz means to seize and possess, and refers to Ahaz not only thinking God’s people, His nation, but also the temple, were his to do with as he willed, according to his own thoughts and desires. His acts in accomplishing this are also recorded in 2 Chronicles 28, and are the topic of Isaiah 7, 8, and further also describing the darkness that results.

Here is a brief background for those who are unaware of this trail of descent into total darkness, which ends in Israel being carried away into servitude by Assyria, into Babylon and beyond (2 Kings 18:11), and Judah later suffering the same fate. Judah’s fall comes with the Babylonians seizing Jerusalem, burning the temple, and carrying everything from the temple and Zedekiah (the righteousness of Jehovah), the final king of Judah, away to Babylon (confusion replacing correctness: understanding and truth).

Saul is the first king, given because the people desired a king, so they could be like other nations. Saul is the one they desired, and he eventually stopped listening to God and did as he pleased. Then God chose David, one who the people didn’t know or desire, whose heart, his reasoning mind (motivations), God saw was in accord with His. Solomon followed David, built the temple, and in His prosperity, he began the fall by bringing in foreign ideas and ways. After Solomon came Rehoboam, who promptly oppressed all God’s people, which led to the separation of Israel (the ten northern tribes) into a separate kingdom under Jeroboam.

Jeroboam then set up calves, idols in God’s place, in the temples in Bethel in the south and Dan in the north. This was done to keep God’s people from going to Jerusalem to worship, where He told them He would meet with them, manifesting His presence above the mercy seat, in the holy of holies, in the temple. The capital of this idolatrous Israel, the ten tribes, is what became known as Samaria. 2 Chronicles 11 describes this as when all the priests and Levites left Israel and went to Judah, and as a result Jeroboam ordaining priests, which are (verse 15) defined as devils, in the temples of these idols (calves) the people were told are God. “14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD: 15 And he [Jeroboam] ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.” 2 Chronicles 11

The last king of Israel (in Samaria) was Hosea the son of Elah (the oak tree), who continues until (about) 611 BC, (not) coincidentally the same year as ends Hosea the son of Beeri, the writer of Hosea. (The names of Hosea and Beeri, translate into saying he is the Fountain of Salvation.)

Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz, is the king of Judah in 611 BC, and is ruling what seems to be the fall of Judah, that is coinciding with the fall of Israel. Judah is suffering this fate due to Ahaz having brought them into the same idolatrous state like Israel. This (would have) completed the total desolation of all the house (family) of David and Jacob.

As we know, Hezekiah repented and humbled himself before God, and the LORD made the sun return ten degrees backward. These degrees are steps, from the same word as is Assyria, and reversing them, reversing the degeneration, tells of the LORD delaying Judah’s end because of Hezekiah’s repentance and subordination of his will in leading God’s people.

Here is what 2 Chronicles 28 tells us Ahaz had done, and why Samaria has joined Syria (spoken of in Isaiah 7:1 and 8:6) against Judah, and why Ahaz (Judah) made a confederacy with the Assyrians. Isaiah tells us this confederacy includes taking the advice and counsel of the Assyrians (Babylonians) over God’s advice, the steps descending into confusion (Babylon) and darkness.

2 Chronicles 28
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel [putting idols in God’s place], and made also molten images for Baalim.
3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom [where children were offered in the fire to Moloch – what became Gehenna, the trash pit outside Jerusalem], and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
6 For Pekah [king before Hosea] the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king’s son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.
8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded [restorer]: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he has delivered them into your hand, and you have slain them in a rage that reaches up unto heaven.
10 And now you purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?
11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which you have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.

2 Kings 16 tells us Ahaz went to Damascus to meet the Assyrian king, and brought back the pattern of an altar, which he then made Urijah (Uriah – Jehovah is the light, see Isaiah 8:2, whose works witness against the king) put it in the temple.

2 Kings 16
8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.
9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir [fortress or wall – in which he trusted], and slew Rezin [in who Israel delighted].
10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser [{God} will uncover the bond {confederacy} that causes their confusion] king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah [Jehovah will bring this to light] the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
12 And when the king was come from Damascus [the place of stupor and sorrow – a product of the ideas {altar upon which} they worshipped], the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.

The above is clearly speaking of the ways, the ideas other nations put their trust in, which have proven to be vain thought and misplaced trust, which leads to destruction, and knowing this, those leading God’s lead them into the same desolation by these same failed abominations. This is the pattern of our time, and the leadership that is now taking us headlong into the same place – the same ideas that are now destroying Europe, which destroyed all the communist countries of the past, and which are now destroying Venezuela. These are the ideas that have taken hold here, which have replaced our better original foundations: Christ and liberty under the law of nature and nature’s God, and replaced them with communism and false religion. And yes, I am speaking all the Christian sects as idol worshippers with devils in their pulpits – all as insincere and counterfeit as all the others.

Revelation 3
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;
8 I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews [those who claim to be the true believers – who are following Satan, the spirit now at work in the children of disobedience: resisting and opposing this word of God], and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.
12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you wert cold or hot.
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

Friends, I tell you the truth as God delivers it.

Isaiah 7
10 Moreover the LORD spoke again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask you a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
13 And he said, Hear you now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
14 Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that you abhor shall be forsaken of both her kings.
17 The LORD shall bring upon you, and upon your people, and upon your father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim [Israel] departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
20 In the same day shall the LORD shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.
24 With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
25 And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.

Isaiah 8
1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take you a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
5 The LORD spoke also unto me again, saying,
6 Forasmuch as this people refuses the waters [the word of God, that are His teaching and the foundation of Jerusalem] of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the LORD brings up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? [Should they be looking] for the living to the dead?
20 [Or] To the law and to the testimony[?]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light [understanding] in them.
21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

Isaiah 9
1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before you according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
8 The LORD sent a word into Jacob, and it has lighted upon [given understanding to] Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. [The destroyers will not be permitted, as they desire, to rebuild with their same old corrupt patterns that build defiled altars].
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turn not unto him that smites them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
15 The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the LORD shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is a hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
18 For wickedness burns as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Manasseh and Ephraim, mean and describe what is causing them to forget, and the double ash heap (from which they are recreated) which becomes the double blessing. The blindness of mind, the forgetfulness, is described above by Isaiah, saying, “the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” What we must remember is these things are written to admonish us and bring to mind the patterns that have repeated and have now culminated in our generation. The self-righteous and pride filled, for these reasons refuse to accept these words as such, God’s admonition, and draw back from them into perdition. Those who will be made righteous, by putting on this the LORD’s righteousness, by His correcting, will become the children of the living God.

Hosea begins by telling us he is speaking in the days of these kings: “Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam [the second Jeroboam] the son of Joash, king of Israel.”

Hosea 1
1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto you a wife of whoredom and children of whoredom: for the land has committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
3 So he went and took Gomer [completion – the consummation] the daughter of Diblaim [two fig cakes {Israel and Judah} pressed together into one]; which conceived, and bare him a son.
4 And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel [a homonym of Israel – referring to Samaria]; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. [this telling of the end of Israel’s self-appointed kings – ending with Hosea and Israel’s servitude]
5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel [Samaria – by their own ways, following the advice of their idols].
6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah [meaning God will not have compassion – will not save their false kingship – until and as He will have compassion on Hezekiah and continue David’s house, Judah’s kings – the sure mercies of David]: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel [we see in verse 1, Hosea doesn’t recognize any of the kings of Israel who reigned during His time, other than Jeroboam – who is the cause. During Hosea’s time the kings of Israel were Jeroboam II, Zechariah, Pekahiah, Pekah, and the last Hosea {who I believe is actually this same Hosea}]; but I will utterly take them away.
7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah [Hezekiah], and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi [still Israel {Jezreel, Samaria} – not called God’s people – by His name]: for you are not my people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, You are the sons of the living God.
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together [pressed into one cake], and appoint themselves one head [one king in the house of David], and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel [when she has joined again with the one she was separated from – her king {David} and her brother Joseph – who is called Ephraim].

Hosea 13
1 When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he [Samaria] offended in Baal, he died.
2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.
3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passes away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
4 Yet I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt, and you shall know no god but me: for there is no savior beside me.
5 I did know you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
9 O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.
10 I will be your king: where is any other that may save you in all your cities? and your judges of whom you said, Give me a king and princes?
11 I gave you a king in mine anger [the false kings of Samaria – all as if Saul, sent to satisfy your lust], and took him away in my wrath.
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid [until now when Jehovah has brought it to light].
13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children [who is intended to sit on David’s throne].
14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be your plagues; O grave, I will be your destruction: [quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54 & 55, and said to come when what has become corrupt puts on incorruption, and then will the mortal put on immortality] repentance [ I will not change this, because it is God’s promise] shall be hid from mine eyes.
15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she has rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

Hosea 14
1 O Israel [O Samaria], return unto the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
3 Asshur [the Assyrian – with whom Judah made a confederacy and refused My advice] shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, You are our gods: for in you [for in our living God] the fatherless find mercy.
4 I will heal their back-sliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is your fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Psalms 49
1 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world:
2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 For he sees that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honor abides not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
16 Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, when you do well to yourself.
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20 Man that is in honor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.

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