Sin of Uncleanness (6)

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Argument 5: It scatters your substance, and roots up the foundation of your estate, “it roots up all your increase” (Job 31:12). Again, “strangers shall be filled with your wealth, and your labours shall be in the house of a stranger” (Proverbs 5:10). Again, “for by means of a whorish woman, a man is brought to a morsel of bread” (Proverbs 6:26). It gives rags for its livery and though it be furthered by the fullness, yet is followed with a morsel of bread. This is one of those temporal judgments with which God punishes the unclean person in this life. The word Delilah, which is the name of a harlot, is conceived to come from a root that signifies to exhaust, drain, or draw dry. This sin will quickly exhaust the fullest estate, and oh, what a dreadful thing will this be, when God shall require an account of your stewardship in the great day! How righteous is it, that that man should be fuel to the wrath of God, whose health and wealth have been so much fuel to maintain the flame of lust! O how lavish of their estates are sinners to satisfy their lusts! If the members of Christ be sick or in prison, they may there perish and starve before they will relieve them, but to obtain their lusts, O how expensive! “Ask me never so much, and I will give it you” (Genesis 34:12), Shechem said. “Ask of me whatsoever you will, and I will give it you” (Mark 6:22), said Herod to the daughter of Herodias. Well, you are liberal in spending treasures upon your lusts, and believe it, God will spend treasures of wrath to punish you for your lusts. It had been a thousand times better for you, if you had never had an estate, that you had begged from door to door, than to have such a sad reckoning as you will shortly have for it.

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