21. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
The wise man obviously limits his observation to an inheritance gotten dishonestly. The advancement of Joseph in the glory of Egypt,† of Mordecai in the Persian† courts, of Daniel in Babylon† — was gotten hastily; in a moment; yet under the special Providence of God. The evil eye, hasting to be rich† or great, may get an inheritance at the beginning; but the end thereof shall be blasted,† not blessed. Absalom† and Adonijah† reached after a kingdom to their own ruin. One king of Israel succeeded another, treading on each other hastily; and each hurrying on to destruction. (1 Kings 16:8-22.) In our own history, Richard the Third ended his hastily gotten crown in shame. In our own day, Napoleon rose with astonishing rapidity to a magnificent inheritance. Yet he finished his course in disgraceful banishment. Less splendid possessions end in the same disappointment. What a curse was that hastily gotten inheritance of Naboth’s vineyard to the reckless oppressor!† Let not the warning be in vain — “They that will be rich” What is the fruit? — “Many foolish and hurtful lusts, many piercing sorrows.” What is the end? — “Destruction and perdition.” (1 Timothy 6:9, 10.) Place the cross and crown of Jesus in view. The world fades, selfishness dies, at the very sight. One object only attracts and satisfies. “O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord; the portion of mine inheritance.” (Psalm 16:2, 5.) Here is blessing beyond conception; without end.