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most decided evidence to the contrary. For during the abovementioned period, there are only three persons of eminent piety of whom the scripture has given us any record, Abel, Enoch, and Noah : with respect to all of whom it is certain that they were not properly speaking the subjects of such a distribution. The first was taken off by a premature death, as the very consequence of his piety: the second had his reward, but it was eternal and not temporal: the third can have enjoyed no large measure of temporal felicity, living as he did at a time when all flesh had corrupted its way before God, and when the wide spread wickedness of those around him was wholly incompatible with that happiness which man as a social being is framed to enjoy.
307. 1. (1) A promise relating to the effect of prayer is contained 2 Chron. vii. 12, 13, 14. where God appears to Solomon after the dedication of the temple. But even here it is remarkable, that the promise is not general. For first, it is confined to prayers offered up in one particular place, namely, the temple. Secondly, it is confined to those prayers in which temporal blessings are the matter of the petition.