For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. (Prov. 3:2)

For length of days…

A sweet mercy, and generally desired. {What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?, Ps 34:12} Short life is reckoned as a curse, {Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?, Ps 89:47} yet in some cases it is a blessing. {And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam, 1Ki 14:13; The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come, Isa 57:1}

Ωκυμοροι οι θεοφιλεις—God taketh away his from the evil to come, as, when there is a fire in a house or town, men carry out their jewels; but then God makes them up in his cabinet. “They do enter into peace”; their souls go to heaven; “they rest in their beds”; {He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness, Isa 57:2} their bodies rest sweetly and safely in the grave till the resurrection of the just.

And is not this far better than the longest life here? Length of days may prove a curse, when it brings shame, sorrow, &c., as it did to Cain, Ham, &c.

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