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with her, and in my doings I was exact: I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her. I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness : I have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be forsaken. My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good possession. The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him therewith. Draw near unto

23 To the unlearned, that wisdom me, ye unlearned, and dwell

is free which maketh wise unto salin the house of learning. ration : therefore, the poor have no Wherefore are ye slow, and excuse for neglecting religion.what say ye of these things, without price.” (Is. Iv. i.)

Come, buy, without money, and seeing your souls are very thirsty ? I opened my mouth and said, Buy her for yourselves without money.

Put your

26 “ For my yoke,” saith the Lord neck under the yoke, and let of life, “is easy ; and my burden your soul receive instruction: light.” she is hard at hand to find. Behold with your eyes, how that I have had but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest. Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her. Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, and be not ashamed of his praise. * Work your work betimes,

30 Work the work which God hath and in his time he will give given

thee to do ; fulfil thy religious

and social duties faithfully ; be not you your reward.

deterred from thy faithfulness by any trials through which thou mayest pass : nor let a sense of thine own unworthiness keep thee back from a work so arduous ; seek that spirit of holiness and strength, which is to correct your infirmities and relieve your weaknesses ; seek its aid, and follow its guidance, and rejoice in its consolations-then, be sure that when this painful life shall be ended, the just and merciful Judge will

, for Christ's sake, give you your rich reward in a life of rest, and joy, and glory, for ever.

EVENING, JOB i. There was a man in the

1 Uz was in Arabia. Job is called land of Uz, whose name was perfect, not absolutely, but rela

and that man was per- tively—the term indicates his willing fect and upright, and one

and careful endeavour to obey the that feared God,

and eschewed perfect law of God. (See Matt. v. 48.) evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance

3 It is not the possession of riches

thousand which destroys the soul, but the sheep, and three thousand abuse of them, and the trust in them. camels, and five hundred (Mark x. 24.) yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great

Job ;

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houshold; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 4 And his sons * It was customary among the Perwent and feasted in their sians to celebrate their birth-day houses, every one his day; with great rejoicings. and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, 5 The Patriarch wished to sanctify when the days of their feast- his family—to make them holy, by ing were gone about, that due acts of worship.

So now, let Job sent and sanctified them, family worship be thy daily sacrifice. and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. 6 Theangels stood before the throne; 6 Now there was a day when awaiting the Almighty's pleasure. the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

7 Satan— the enemy—is always ? And the LORD said unto

restless. Indeed, when are the Satan, Whence comest thou ? wicked ever other than ill at ease; Then Satan answered the tossed to and fro, and never at rest !

Turmoil is their element. LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect

, and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made

10 We owe all our blessings and an hedge about him, and about comforts to the superintending Prohis house, and about all that vidence of God. he hath on every side ? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power ; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house : and there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them : and the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the

to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword ; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house : 19 and, behold, there

19 What a succession of calamities! came a great wind from the

wave after wave they roll in, and wilderness, and smote the destroy every comfort, save that, four corners of the house, and

which storm and tempest cannot it fell upon the young men,

reach-the peace of God. and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither : the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Never was Job so eminently great—so truly noble—as now : no, not even when in earthly possessions, “ he was the greatest of all the men of the East.” (ver. 2.) Stripped of all his worldly goods, he stands, unshaken as a rock amid the waters of affliction. His hope is anchored on his God. Reader, art thou a child of afliction ?—Remember, that the Patriarch's God is thy God.

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MORNING. JOB xxiv, xxv. Why, seeing times are not 1 It is strange, that since God is hidden from the Almighty, confessedly supreme, men should not do they that know him not see that he hath placed in his own

hands—a future day of recompense. see his days?

Some remove the landmarks ; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. They drive away the ass of the fatherless, and hearted, and cruel.

3 Wickedness is alwaysselfish, hardthey take the widow's ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves to

5 The wild asses are proverbially gether. Behold, as wild

of untameable fierceness: so these asses in the desert, go they wicked ones are of uncontrolled pasforth to their work; rising sions. betimes for a prey : the wilderness yieldeth food for them and

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for their children. They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. & They are wet with the showers of the mountains, state of the naked and oppressed.

8 These expressions picture the sad and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

They

• No exaction is too severe for then

to practise. pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry ; which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

12 The oppressed cry; and God 12 Men groan from out of the

often delayeth to charge the op. city, and the soul of the pressor with his sin. But punisiwounded crieth out : yet God ment is sure, though delayed. layeth not folly to them. 13 “ If ye had not known me,” 13 They are of those that rebel saith Christ,“ ye had not known sin." against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

14 The awful progress of sin is most murderer rising with the light powerfully depicted in this and the killeth the poor and needy, following verses. and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. For the

17 The wicked shun the day. Light morning is to them even as

exposes their evil deeds. Strange! the shadow of death : if one that men dare do that in God's sight, know them, they are in the

which it would shame and overwhelm terrors of the shadow of death.

them to do in the presence of their

fellow-creatures ! He is swift as the waters ; 18 The wicked shall be removed. their portion is cursed in the Quickly as the rapid stream, shall he earth : he beholdeth not the pass away; and mingle with the way of the vineyards. Drought great ocean of eternity. (ver. 24.) and heat consume the snow waters : so doth the grave those which have sinned. The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered ; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow, He draweth also the mighty with his power : he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth ; yet his eyes are upon their ways. They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as

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the tops of the ears of corn. And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

The perfections of the Almighty, and the nothingness of fallen man, are here strikingly contrasted.

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his armies ? and upon whom doth not his light arise? 'How then can

4 Man is indeed “far gone from man be justified with God? original righteousness born in sin,” or how can he be clean that and by nature, “ a child of wrath.” is born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. • How It must be so.

6 Compared with God, all is vanity.

What can the thing much less man, that is a created be, but immeasurably below worm ? and the son of man, the perfections of the Creator? which is a worm?

EVENING. Job xlii. The Almighty had deigned to reply to Job’s false reasoning. The Patriarch humbles himself. Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 3 Who is he that

3 Ever let us exalt God, and humble hideth counsel without know

ourselves. ledge ? therefore have I uttered that I understood not ; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak : I will demand of thee, and

5 The more clearly we declare thou unto me.

see God SI

spiritually-in his works of Provihave heard of thee by the dence and grace—the more shall we hearing of the ear: but now feel self-abased. mine eye seeth thee. Where- 6 A noble heart is ever most humble fore I abhor myself, and re

in its prosperity. pent in dust and ashes. And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends : for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

8 The prayer of the righteous • Therefore take unto you availeth much. now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you : for him will I accept : lest I deal with you after your folly, in that

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