Weightier Matter of Judging Against Vanity I – Eccl 8:14 (Judgment)

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Chapter 5 – Weightier Matter of Judging Against Vanity I – Eccl 8:14 (Judgment)

[Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, (judgment), mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”]

Ecclesiastes 8:14 “There is a [vanity] which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is [vanity].”

Isaiah 59:14-15 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.”

Ezekiel 21:3-4 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north.”

Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

The transgression of this Weightier Matter is often the answer to the age-old question “why do good people suffer”? Often times, good people suffer (like bad people) because “good people” don’t judge against vanity (Eccl 8:14).

The old saying “what you don’t know want hurt you” is a lie. And a very dangerous lie at that. What you don’t know can destroy you. But having knowledge will save your life or save you from misfortune.

Better to be unborn than untaught. For ignorance is the root of misfortune—Plato

Jesus plainly said to the Archaic Pharisees about the WML (Weightier Matters of the Law) “If you had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would have not condemned the guiltless”—Matthew 12:7.

So, the Lord prevents calamity (have mercy) from coming upon people if they have knowledge or seek after knowledge. But those who are ignorant, especially those who are ignorant on purpose, God will allow calamity to come upon them (“sacrifice them”), because they didn’t seek after knowledge.

Seeking after the knowledge of God and seeking after any other type of vital knowledge is a Weightier Matter of Judgment that supersedes the Regular Matter of being a “good person.”

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy (ethics), and not sacrifice (rituals); and the knowledge of God [more than] burnt offerings.”

Good people who keep the RML (Regular Matters of the Law) of being friendly (i.e. “love thy neighbor as thyself”), forgiving, patient, giving alms, being kind, longsuffering, temperance, and being merciful, suffer because they have no knowledge. Particularly, the knowledge of God’s Weightier Matters of the Law. And for good people’s lack of knowledge, God will “sacrifice them”—allow them to suffer.

Bad people who don’t keep the RML of being friendly, forgiving, patient, giving alms, being kind, longsuffering, temperance, and being merciful, may still prosper because they have a bunch of knowledge about a myriad amount of vital things. And for all the knowledge that these particular bad people have, God might have mercy on them (give them power to prosper). Instead of “sacrificing” them, which people may expect God to do unto them since they are “bad people.” Only bad people with no knowledge about anything significant are in trouble and will be “sacrificed” (suffer). Along with the good people—who will be “sacrificed” (suffer)—from not having any knowledge about anything vital to life.

Whether you and I agree with that or not, that is how things work with God. That seeking after the knowledge of God and every other kind of knowledge vital to life, with the application of all that knowledge (and with having a lack of fear of man), is first priority. With a secondary emphasis on striving to be a “good person.” If you will like to prosper and not suffer in this world.

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Since good people often suffer, proves in itself that mercy from God doesn’t always come by doing “good works” alone. Mercy from God comes by doing good works with knowledge. And also bad works with knowledge, because of the fact that “bad people” prosper.

You even supposed to do the good work of singing praise and praying unto the Lord with understanding (knowledge).

Psalm 47:6-7 “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”

I Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with [the understanding] also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with [the understanding] also.”

Absolutely no work can be considered good without it being done with knowledge and understanding. And absolutely no one can really be considered a “good person” without their works being done with knowledge and understanding.

The knowledge and understanding I am about to give to you now, that you may truly and fully be considered a [good person] who does [good works] before God, who God will not sacrifice (allow to suffer continuously), is to keep God’s Regular Matters of being friendly, forgiving, etc, along with having the knowledge to judge against vanity (Eccl 8:14) when you must.

Judging against vanity (Eccl 8:14) means that at certain times, you must not keep God’s Regular Matters of being friendly, forgiving, and so on, when you are dealing with certain kinds of people and are in certain situations.

In one of the beginning scriptures of this chapter, you read in the book of Ezekiel that God will “cut off the righteous and the wicked.”

Ezekiel 21:3-4 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north.”

Which is strange when you consider the Regular Matter of judgment. That a righteous God and a righteous servant of God’s will not cut off the righteous with the wicked.

Genesis 18:22-25 “And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked (Yes—cf. Ezk 21:3-4)? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right.”

When you have knowledge about the urgency of judging against vanity (Eccl 8:14), you will know exactly why a righteous God and a righteous servant of God’s will cut off the righteous with the wicked. Which is tantamount to saying that God sacrificed (allowed to suffer or destroyed) the righteous with the wicked. Which also means the righteous who were cut off (allowed to suffer or destroyed) with the wicked didn’t have any knowledge like the wicked—according to Matthew 12:7 “But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice…” The particular knowledge that the righteous—who were cut off with the wicked—didn’t have was the knowledge to judge against vanity (Eccl 8:14).

When you read [vanity] that Ecclesiastes 8:14 defines as “…that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous…,” it lets you know that intolerable vanity according to the Bible is simply something happening which appertains to some person or entity, yet it is happening to another person or entity.

The vanity which is defined in Ecclesiastes 8:14 is very evil! Like a servant who is given the accolades that appertains to his or her leader (prince). And the leader (prince) reducing himself to acting like a servant.

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 “There is [an evil] which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.”

If such evil and vanity which is defined in Ecclesiastes 8:14 as (… “that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous…”) continues to persist, it will overcome all good. Good is consequently defined as “there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of wicked men.”

To prevent evil (vanity, Eccl 8:14) from overcoming good, judgment must be brought upon all who perpetrate evil (vanity, Eccl 8:14). Some of the perpetrators of evil (vanity, Eccl 8:14) are the righteous or the “good people” who keep God’s Regular Matters of being friendly, forgiving, and so on. Keeping God’s Regular Matters of being friendly, and forgiving, will bring misfortune upon you or destroy you (and possibly some people who are connected to you) when you are friendly and forgiving to the wrong people. The wrong people are people who will take advantage of you and misuse you, for you being friendly and forgiving to them in your dealings with them.

Say if there is someone who keeps God’s Regular Matter of forgiveness when dealing with a merciless person. The merciless person will take full advantage of them, show them blatant contempt, and do everything that they can to the forgiving person in order to benefit the merciless person own self. So many bad things will happen to the good person because the merciless person is aware that the good person “has to forgive them” no matter what they do to the good person or say about the good person. According to the good person’s Biblical injunctions:

Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

If the good person is to constantly forgive such a merciless person, then they will be perpetuating evil and vanity (Eccl 8:14). Plus, all their good in being forgiving and keeping God’s Regular Matters will be wiped out and inevitably wipe them out. In the fact that the wicked-merciless person receives good treatment for doing wickedness, while the righteous-forgiving person receives bad treatment for doing righteousness.

If a “good person” don’t judge against the vanity (Eccl 8:14) of such a situation as I have described above, that they stop forgiving the wicked-merciless person, and cut them off entirely out of their life, than God is going to judge the situation and cut both of them off—the righteous and the wicked.

First, God is going to let the wicked-merciless person destroy the good person or bring misfortune upon them, because of the good person’s fear of man to not judge against the evil and the vanity (i.e. “there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous”) of their own doings. Of constantly forgiving a merciless person who consistently does wickedness on purpose.  And secondly, God will judge the wicked-merciless person for his evil and his vanity (i.e. “that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked”) of taking advantage of a good person who was keeping God’s Regular Matter of forgiveness when dealing with them.

So, it’s often the case that both the righteous and the wicked will be judged and cut off (sacrificed, suffer, or literally killed) by God for their particular vanity (Eccl 8:14) that they perpetrate. Now you understand why God said in the book of Ezekiel “Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

Understand that the Lord doesn’t cut off the righteous with the wicked for the righteous doing righteousness. The Lord cut off the righteous with the wicked (by the wicked) from doing vanity (Eccl 8:14). Which is a hidden evil that is often perpetrated by the righteous. That because of a lack of knowledge about the WML (i.e. “But if you known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice…”—Matt 12:7), the righteous mistakenly think such works of being friendly and forgiving to merciless people is righteousness in accordance with God’s Regular Matters of being at peace with everyone.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Galatians 5:21-23 “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, [peace], longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Nay, see Deut 7:1-2 & Deut 23:6).”

Hebrews 12:13-14 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow [peace] with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”

I Peter 3:8-12 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil (more on this later), or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek [peace], and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

You can’t be at peace with everyone. Jesus showed us that with how he dealt with the Canaanite Woman before she showed that she had faith (Weightier Matter) in God (cf. Matt 15:21-28). There are just too many wicked people in this world who will not learn righteousness. Who will still continue to do wickedly to you and everyone else no matter how much good (favor) you show them and do unto them, in being friendly and forgiving to them.

Isaiah 26:10 “Let favour (peace, goodwill) be showed to the wicked, yet will he (or she) not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.”

The Weightier Matter of Judging against Vanity I-Eccl 8:14 pertains to all the wicked people in the world who want learn righteousness no matter how good you treat them. This Weightier Matter doesn’t pertain to the wicked people in the world who will learn righteousness by a good person showing favor unto them.

Proverbs 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head (pangs of shame that will lead to reconciliation), and the LORD shall reward thee.”

The key to discerning whether a good person should show favor or not unto a wicked person that they may learn righteousness is that the good person must take into consideration the wicked actions of the wicked person. Were the wicked person’s actions merciless with understanding of you and your (or the) situation? Or were the wicked person’s actions coming from a misunderstanding? If the wicked person’s actions are merciless with understanding, then, it isn’t good that the good person show the wicked favor, it would be vanity (Eccl 8:14). For only those who are merciful, shall receive mercy (favor). And those who have shown no mercy, shall receive no mercy.

Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

James 2:12-13 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”

If the wicked person’s actions come from a misunderstanding, than it may be alright to seek peace and show “the wicked” favor that they may learn righteousness. Nevertheless, such wicked people who will learn righteousness in our contemporary times are far & few in between. So a good person must be kind of cynical when considering to show a wicked person favor, that the good person want be executing vanity (Eccl 8:14).

Executing vanity (“there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous”) like forgiving a merciless person and thinking that is the righteousness of seeking peace in accordance with God’s Regular Matters is foolishly being “righteous over much wicked.” Being “righteous over much wicked” will cause the righteous to perish (suffer, be sacrificed, or literally killed) in their righteousness. Which consequently prolongs the time that the wicked-merciless person is able to do their wickedness. While the life span of the righteous person, to be able to do their righteousness is shorten (or cut off). And that also is vanity!

Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 “All things have I seen in the days of my [vanity]: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. Be not righteous over much (much wicked); neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.”

The just men and women in the earth who perpetrate being “righteous over much wicked” will perish in their righteousness of keeping God’s Law (Regular Matters). Just because they didn’t keep God’s Law (Weightier Matters):

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also [perish] without law. and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.”

The exact law that the just didn’t keep is God’s Weightier Matter of the Law of Judging Against Vanity I-Eccl 8:14.

Isn’t all this ironic? That good people can keep God’s law which indeed makes them righteous;

Deuteronomy 6:24-25 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be [our righteousness], if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.”

But at the same time such good people can perish in their righteousness (cf. Eccl 7:15) in keeping God’s law (RML), just because they didn’t keep God’s law (WML) (cf. Rom 2:12).

Also, isn’t it ironic that bad people (who don’t keep God’s law, which makes them wicked) don’t perish but their days are prolonged (cf. Eccl 7:15). When according to God’s law, wicked people supposed to perish in their wickedness. And the good people who keep God’s Law supposed to have their days prolonged.

Deuteronomy 28:19-20 “Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.”

Psalm 37:19-20 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”

Deuteronomy 5:33 “Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess,

Proverbs 3:1-2 “MY SON, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”

The answer to the righteous perishing and the wicked days being prolonged is that doing “good” far as the RML of seeking peace with everyone doesn’t always overcome evil. Like it’s written in the book of Romans.

Romans 12:17-21 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live [peaceably] with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

The RML of seeking peace with everyone only overcomes evil, as I just mentioned, if there is a misunderstanding. When there is a clear understanding of the wickedness someone is doing to someone else, the good of the RML of seeking peace can’t overcome such evil. Instead, such evil will overcome the good of the RML and the good person(s) who is seeking peace. Then wicked people will prolong their days in doing their wickedness, while the righteous will perish in their righteousness and their days will be cut off. Only, the good of The WML of Judging against Vanity I-Eccl 8:14 can overcome such evil of the wicked works of a merciless person who has full understanding of the harm they are doing to someone else.

It’s a mistake and a lack of knowledge to think that only good people who keep God’s RML of being friendly and forgiving are the only ones who are after God’s own heart (thoughts). What most people would call wicked people are sometimes after God’s own heart as well. Meaning, these particular wicked people think like God when it comes to the WML. Especially the Weightier Matter of Judging Against Vanity I-Eccl 8:14. Despite their wickedness of say idolatry.

It’s written in the second book of Kings that Jehu who the Bible said “… took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart…” (cf. II Kings 10:31), still did which was right in eyes of the Lord. After Jehu executed the Lord’s judgment and slaughter the progeny of King Ahab, in accordance with the prophecy of Elijah.

I Kings 21:17-22, 25-26 “And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine. And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD. Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off (i.e. Ezk 21:3-4) from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin. But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work [wickedness] in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.”

II Kings 10:9-11 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these? Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah. So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.”

II Kings 10:30 “And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is [right] in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in [mine heart], thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”

Jehu did that which was right in the eyes (heart) of the Lord even though he didn’t keep the RML which we now know is righteousness (cf. Deut 6:24-25). Jehu did right (or righteousness) in the eyes of the Lord because Jehu kept the WML of Judging against Vanity I-Eccl 8:14.

As it was in the Lord’s heart, it was in Jehu’s heart (because the Lord put it in Jehu’s heart), to judge against the wickedness of the house of Ahab. Therefore, Jehu’s heart was after God’s own heart. Meaning, for that moment, both Jehu and God thought alike to do evil against the house of Ahab for their wickedness. Although Jehu did evil in not taking heed to walk in God’s Law (cf. II Kings 10:31). And Jehu did constant evil in committing idolatry—worshiping golden calves.

II Kings 10:28-29 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.”

Jehu and his progeny were blessed by God for Jehu keeping the WML of Judging against Vanity I-Eccl 8:14. Although Jehu had judged against a man (Ahab) who was doing the very same evil as he was doing—idolatry!

I Kings 21:25-26 “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

II Kings 10:29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.”

Considering Jehu was blessed by God (in this world) for doing evil against Ahab’s progeny, who did the very same evil as Jehu did in committing idolatry, lets us know that there are different kinds of “evil,” just as there are different kinds of “the Law” (See my book on this subject “The Apostle Paul and ‘The Law’: The Misuse of Paul’s Homonymic Way of Writing to Create a False Christian Way of Life”). Specifically, there are three different kinds of “evil.”  The first evil is plain disobedience to God’s commandments (Regular or Weightier Matters, when applicable). The second evil is vanity (Eccl 8:14). And the third evil is what I call righteous punitive evil, which is judgment against vanity (Eccl 8:14). Doing the third evil supersedes their actions of doing the first evil when that person executes judgment against the second evil. And so will that person be blessed by God in this world despite them committing the first evil—even if they are an idolater (or atheist).

Executing judgment against vanity (Eccl 8:14) is serious business! Based on ten years of arduous study of scripture, I find that vanity (Eccl 8:14) is the greatest evil of them all in God’s eyes (besides blasphemy against God). Thus, if good people—though they keep God’s commandments (Regular Matters)—don’t judge against vanity (Eccl 8:14), they are indeed idolaters. They would be no different from an idolater like Ahab who committed vanity (Eccl 8:14) against Naboth (cf. II Kings 21:1-16). So an idolater like Jehu—who don’t keep God’s commandments, but who judged against vanity (Eccl 8:14), is more in line with God’s heart than the good person who keep God’s commandments (Regular Matters), but who don’t judge against vanity (Eccl 8:14).

Understand that it’s just as much righteousness to judge (esp. against vanity—Eccl 8:14) and make war against man, when applicable, as it is righteousness to seek peace with all man and love thy neighbor as thyself, when applicable.

James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of [righteousness] is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

Revelation 19:2, 11 “For true and [righteous] are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and [in righteousness] he doth judge and make war.”

 

Weightier Matter of Judging Against Vanity I – Eccl 8:14 Translated to Marriage and Manhood 

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This was the Doctrine of the Gathering of Israel

 

Jehoiada Israel