*v*: Reward of the Righteous

We read in the fourth chapter of Solomon's Song that the bridegroom addresses his spouse, taking her and saying, "Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee; come, my love, and thou shalt be crowned." That true Bridegroom is Christ, who, taking that bride, which is the soul, without spot of any sin, brings her to eternal rest, and crowns her with a crown of immortality.
We read in the Apocalypse (chap. xxi.) that the angel of God caught John the Evangelist when he was in the spirit, and, wishing to show him the secret things of God, said to him, "Come, I will show unto thee the bride, the Lamb's wife." The angel speaks to all in general to come in the spirit, and witness Christ, the innocent Lamb, crowning the innocent soul.
Ps.xix.6 Like a bridegroom coming from his chamber Isa. lxi. 10 He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: as bridegroom, He hath crowned me with a crown.
Image: The Daughter of Sion crowned by her Spouse.
Image: Reward of the Righteous
Image: The Angel and John the Evangelist
The praise of a true soul I have thought to rejoice in for my spouse. The bridegroom loves his spouse; so doth Christ greatly love His fair bride.
Ezek. xxiv. 17 Bind thy crown upon thine head, and put thy shoes upon thy feet." Hosea ii. 19 I will betroth thee to Me for ever
Then souls rejoice in spirit when all good is given to them