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May 1, 2011

21 Will the righteous always thrive

Psalm vs Isaiah

The Psalm promises:
The righteous will flourish

  But wait! 

                             Isaiah says:
                             The righteous are perishing

The Old Testament Psalm 92 says that the righteous will thrive into old age

Psalm 92:12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.

But in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, Isaiah the prophet says the contemporary righteous are perishing so as to spare them from evil

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Recap: Well, okay, but the righteous couldn't continue to flourish if they perished. I say that Isaiah sounded as if he was rationalizing. 

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