National Responsibility
Original Secession Magazine
Isaiah 26:2
Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.

(with Proverbs 14:34): — From these and suchlike passages it is evident that nations may be and ought to be righteous and truth keeping, and that nations which are of this character occupy the highest position in relation to other nations, and in the estimation of Him by whom kings reign, and to whom national as well as individual homage is due. That nations can possess such a moral character, and render such homage is denied by those who do not admit that nations, in their corporate capacity, are subjects of God's moral government. They hold that nations or states are impersonal, that they have no will and no conscience, and that therefore no responsibility attaches to national action, if indeed there can be such action at all. This is a serious mistake, and one which cannot but prove most pernicious in its influence and consequences. For nothing can be clearer, alike from the teaching of God's Word and the facts of universal history, than that nations are responsible subjects of Divine government; that they are dealt with by God according to their character and conduct, punished when they do evil, and blessed and prospered when they do well (Jeremiah 18:7-10).

(Original Secession Magazine.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

WEB: Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter: the one which keeps faith.

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