The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life
Either the fruit which grows upon Christ, the tree of life, and which they receive from him; even all the blessings of grace, peace, pardon, righteousness, and life, ( Revelation 2:7 ) ; or the fruits which the righteous bring forth under the influence of divine grace; they are trees of righteousness, and are filled with the fruits of righteousness by Christ, and have their fruit unto holiness, and their end everlasting life. Aben Ezra interprets it,
``the fruit of the righteous is as the fruit of the tree of life;''
that is, lovely, beautiful, desirable, salutary, and issues in life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise
antichrist trades in the souls of men, that is one part of his wares, ( Revelation 18:13
) ; but his negotiations about them are to the loss, and not to the saving of them: whereas wise and faithful ministers of the word, such as are here described, use all prudent methods to gain and save the souls of men, ( 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
) ; even their precious immortal souls, which are of more worth than a world, are the immediate production of God, made after his image, which by sin they come short of; and having sinned, are liable to eternal death; the redemption of which is precious; the charge of which Christ has taken, and therefore is called the Shepherd and Bishop of souls; and which he commits to the care of his under shepherds, who watch for them, as they that must give an account. To "win" them is to teach them, for the word