How blest the righteous are
          When they resign their breath!

Num 23:10

How blest the righteous are
          When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
          In such a happy death.

“Oh! let me die, said he,
          The death the righteous do;
When life is ended let me be
          Found with the faithful few.”

The force of truth how great!
          When enemies confess,
None but the righteous whom they hate,
          A solid hope possess.

But Balaam’s wish was vain,
          His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
          And sought a portion here.

He seemed the LORD to know,
          And to offend him loth;
But Mammon proved his overthrow,
          For none can serve them both.

May you, my friends, and I,
          Warning from hence receive;
If like the righteous we would die,
          To choose the life they live.

~ John Newton

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