Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
I. THE BENEFICIAL POWER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Righteousness being regarded as the produce of Christianity. If the precepts of the Bible were acted out by the members of the community, there would be banished all that tends to produce discord to its security. The influence of religion is of supreme value on the duties, and also on the trials of life.
II. AN OBJECTION DRAWN FROM THE DISCORD TO WHICH CHRISTIANITY HAS GIVEN RISE. It must be admitted that Christianity has, all along, been the occasion of much disquietude and unhappiness. But the fault lies, not with Christianity, but with man, who perverts God's blessings. Admitting the fact, we must strike a balance between the produced wretchedness and the produced happiness.
Parallel VersesKJV: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.