Righteousness exalts a nation

(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
 or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a
 disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34

It is not valor in waróbut righteousness;
it is not policy in governmentóbut righteousness;
it is not wittiness of inventionóbut righteousness;
it is not civility in behavioróbut righteousness;
it is not antiquity of lawsóbut righteousness;
it is not largeness of dominionóbut righteousness;
it is not greatness of commandóbut righteousness
ówhich is the honor and the safety, the renown
and the security of a nation.

It is not rich mines of gold and silver, nor armies,
nor councils, nor fleets, nor fortsóbut justice and
righteousness which exalts a nation; and which will
make a lowly people to become a great, a glorious,
and a famous people in the world. That nation which
exalts righteousnessóthat nation shall be certainly
exalted by righteousness.

Ah! England, England! If injustice shall grow rampant,
and you shall brandish the sword of protection to the
desperate swearer, and to the cruel oppressor, and to
the roaring drunkard, and to the cursing monster; and
shall be a devouring sword to the upright and godly
in the landódivine vengeance will dig your grave, and
divine justice will tumble you into it!