Wisdom of Solomon 5:9

All those things are passed away like a shadow, and as a post that hasted by;
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
"The posterity of the godless will perish." This is because the posterity of the godless are their works. But we again see that the child of the godless prospers in the world and, at times, becomes righteous and prospers in Christ. Observe therefore how you must understand this, so as to open the roof and come to Christ. Do not understand this carnally, because you would fall into error. But the seed of the godless, all the works of the godless, will perish; they will not bear fruit. For the time being, in fact, they will have some value, but later they will look for what they have done and not find it. - "Expositions of the Psalms 36.3.10"

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Now is the time of mercy, then will be the time of judgment. Why is now the time of mercy? Now he calls to the one who is far away and forgives the sins of the one who returns. He is patient with sinners, until they convert, and once they convert, he forgets the past and promises the future. He exhorts the lazy, consoles the afflicted, teaches the zealous, helps those who struggle. He abandons none of those who labor and cry out to him. He gives to those who give to him; he gives the means by which they might please him. The great time of mercy should not pass in vain, brothers and sisters"it should not pass in vain for us! The judgment will come, and then also there will be repentance, but by then it will be fruitless. "Repentant, they will speak to each other, groaning in anguish of spirit" (these things are written in the book of Wisdom). "What has our arrogance profited us? And what good has our boasted wealth brought us? All this has passed like a shadow." Let us say now, "All the...


AD 606
The rich person dies and finds nothing"certainly nothing of the things that he had. In fact, the sin of those things is brought with him, even if all of that for which the sins were committed is left here. Consequently, now one can boast in what he has received, exalt himself over others, be proud of having what his neighbor does not have. A time will come when he will wake up, and then he will know how empty were the things he had while he was dreaming. It often happens that someone who is poor sleeps and dreams of being rich and of thus gaining a courageous soul, rejoicing over having what he did not have and seeking to despise those by whom he had the pain of being despised. But, suddenly waking, he bemoans the image of the riches he had while he slept. Indeed, he groans continually under the weight of poverty, oppressed by the anguish of his straits and, even worse, of having been rich for a brief and useless moment. The rich of this world, who boast of what they have received, are...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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