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XXVI. 5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
What dost thou tell me of a Providence, ordering those heavenly bodies and motions? I know all this and more; and tell thee again, that the same Providence reacheth to all those obscure creatures, which are formed under the waters, and under the earth; so as they have not their being and continuance, but from him.
XXVI. 6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no catering.
Yea, the very lowest part of the earth lies naked and open to his all-seeing eyes: he knows the places, and ways, and means of the dissolution, of all the creatures which he hath made.
XXVI. 7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
He hath spread out this glorious hemisphere of the heavens, upon the void and empty space of the light and thin air; and hangeth the great ball of the earth in the midst of heaven, without any prop or foundation.
XXVI. 9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
He hideth the face of heaven, which is his throne, from our sight; by spreading his thick clouds betwixt it and us.
XXVI. 11 The pillars of the heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
The high mountains, upon which the heaven seems to rest as so many pillars, tremble and shake with his earthquakes.
XXVI. 13 His hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
His hand hath made the huge and mighty whale in the waters, and the monstrous and dreadful serpent on the land.
XXVII. 2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; who hath vexed my soul.
As God liveth, who hath not yet given any outward and sensible signification, that he hath taken notice of my cause, to clear and avenge me; but,contrari!y, hath laid many sore afflictions upon me.
XX VIII. 1 Surely there is a vein for silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
However you have pleased to pass your censure concerning the proceedings of God, certainly his ways and his wisdom are unsearchable: there is a certain and determinate place for these earthly treasures, where they maybe found out; there is a vein for silver and a place for gold.
XXVIII. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
And so it is with the coarser metals: iron is found in the earth; and brass is molten out of the ore, which is the rude matter of it.
XXVIII. 3 He seiteth an end to darkness, and searcheth cut alt perfection: the stones of darkness, and shadow of death. He setteth a stint or limit to the most obscure places of the earth; and, by the industry of man, finds them out; and works out of them the purity and perfection of the best metals and mines; and fetcheth thence those precious or useful stones, which lay hid in darkness and utter obscurity.
XXVIII. 4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
He disposeth of the waters also at his pleasure; so as, one while the flood breaketh out by a sudden inundation; and, soon after, is so dried up, that the passenger's foot takes not notice that ever any water was there.
XXVIII. 5 As for the earth, out of itcometh bread: and under it is turned up fire.
As for the earth, it yields bread corn in the surface of it, and the bowels of it yield combustible matter for the use of man.
XXVIII. 6 The stones of it are the places of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
Among the quarries of the earth, are sapphires and other precious stones found and digged up; and the ore of gold is also had amongst the dust and mould thereof.
XXVIII. 7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, He. There are indeed secret places of the earth, which never any creature came to the sight of, &c.
XXVIII. 12 But where shall wisdom be found? Hc. But in all these regions of the clouds, of the earth, of the waters, where shall wisdom be found?
XXVIII. 13 Neither is it found in the land of the living. Neither is it to be found amongst living men; since it is not an earthly, but a heavenly thing.
XXVIII. 25 To make weights for the winds.
However the wind is the most lightofall creatures, and uncapable of any ponderation; yet he, who made it, can make weights wherein to poise it.
XXIX. 3 When his candle shined upon my head, He.
When the light of his countenance shone graciously upon me, and gave me comfort and success in all my actions.
XXIX. 6 When I washed my steps with butter. When I had such abundance of all these outward things, that, in the plenty of my milk, I might have washed and suppled my feet with butter, &c.
XXIX. 18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest. Then did I please myself in the confidence of my continuing happiness; and durst boldly resolve, I shall die in peace and fulness of days in my own house.
XXIX. 24 If /laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they did not cast down. If by my smiles I gave intimation that I gave not assent to any report, it was presently distrusted by the hearers; or, if I sported with them, they had such an awful opinion of my gravity, that they did not think me to be in jest; neither did they forbear to give me all due reverence, and to hold their great respects to me.
XXX. 1 Whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
Whose fathers I would have disdained to have made the keepers of those dogs, which tended upon my flocks.
XXX. 2 Whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
For what use could I have made of them, which had wholly lost their time, and lived idly and unprofitably?
XXX. 11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
Because God hath bereaved me of that power and honour, which I formerly enjoyed, therefore they let loose the reins of their obedience and respects to me.
XXX. 18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat. Bv the running of my sores, my garment is all stained with purulent matter, and requires a frequent change; yea, it cleaveth so close unto my body, by the means of this loathsome moisture, as the collar of my coat is straitened to my neck.
XXX. 22 Thouliftestme up to the wind, jfc.
Thou tossest me up with thy judgments, as dust or chaff is blown up with the wind.
XXX 29 / am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. My pain forceth me to so lamentable cries and ejulations, that I might seem fit to be consorted with dragons and owls, in some horrible desert, whose howlings and shriekings are wont to be held most mournful and ominous.
XXXI. lf 2 I made a covenant, He. For what portion of God is there from above? He.
For if I had suffered my eyes and my heart to rove after these unlawful lusts, what could I have looked for at the hand of God, but due vengeance?
XXXI. 10 Then let my wife grind unto another, SCc. Then let my wife become false to my bed, and repay my sin with the like adultery: let me be plagued, as I deserve, in my own kind.
XXXI. 11 Yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. This had been a capital offence, worthy to be punished by the sword of authority.
XXXI. 21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate.
If I have used my power injuriously against the fatherless, when I saw that my sentence would have been seconded, and would have carried it, upon the bench.
XXXI. 26, 27, 28. If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; And my heart hath been secretly en
ticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were an iniuity, He.
f, when I have beheld thy glorious creatures, the sun and the moon, I have given way to any idolatrous conceits, and have ascribed divine honour unto them, as my heathen neighbours do; this were indeed a heinous and capital wickedness.
XXXI. 31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
If the people of my house were not so taken up with the offices and employments of my hospitality to others, that they had no leisure to feed themselves, and therefore complained for want of that flesh which they dressed for others..
XXXI. 33 If I have covered my transgressions as Adam. If I have made shifts and excuses to hide or diminish my offence, as the manner of men is, who do herein imitate our first father Adam, and from him have derived this corruption.
XXXI. 34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me?
Did I forbear to reprove or oppose any sin, because it was backed by a multitude of offenders; or, if I suffered myself to be disheartened by the fear of that contempt, which might fall upon me from large combinations and families.
XXXI. 35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
Oh, that I had a fair and equal hearing in this cause of mine! Yea, I could presume so far as to wish, that the Almighty himself would be pleased to undertake this business: and that my trial might be the more certain, oh that my adversaries would put in their bill of complaint in writing against me!
XXXI. 36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
Surely I would much rejoice and triumph in that indictment; and would account it the greatest honour, that could be done me.
XXXI. 37 I -would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
I would help such a one with such informations against myself, as he should never be able to find out; and when I have done, I would encounter him boldly and courageously, as some warlike prince would come into the field against a weak enemy.
XXXII. 7 / said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
I said, as in good manners I ought; Those, that are ancient and full of days, should speak; and those, that had many years' experience, should be most able to teach wisdom to their younger.
XXXII. 8 But there is a spirit in man. But I see, all is not in age: there is a spirit of God, which, breathing where it listeth, maketh a difference in men.
XXXII. 13 Lest ye should-say, ll'e have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
Do not think, or say, that you have, by your great wisdom, convinced Job, upon this ground, that God hath afflicted him, not man; and God, being just, punishes none but a sinner, therefore Job is a hvpocrite: I shall go another way to work with him.
XXXII. 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
I dare not sooth up and flatter any man in a false conceit: if I should so do, I know God would be sure to be speedily avenged of me.
XXXIII. 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, but man perceiveth it not.
Many times and divers ways, doth God solicit and admonish men; yet, such is the dulness and security of their hearts, that they either do not or will not hear and understand him.
XXXIII. 16, n. Then he openeth the ears of men, and scaleth their instructions, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Then, and by these means, he causeth men to hear, and imprinteth in their heart his instructions; that he may prevail with man, to withdraw him from those evil courses and resolutions, which he hath undertaken; and that he may convince him of his proud and insolent conceits, which he hath harboured in himself.
XXXIII. 23, 24. If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
When a man is thus soundly humbled, if a faithful messenger and minister of God, which is not easy and common to be found, shall shew that man his true estate, both in the truth of his repentance and in the safety of his faithful dependence upon his All-sufficient Redeemer; then will God be gracious to that man, and will administer seasonable comforts to his soul, and say, This man shall be delivered from hell; I have found perfect and absolute atonement and ransom for him, in the blood of that Saviour in whom he hath believed.
XXXIV. 6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without my transgression.
Should I belie myself in my own cause, so as to say, I have received hard measure from God, without any desert of mine; lam plagued, and have not offended?
XXXIV. 1 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorn like vater?
There is no man, that pretends to be so wise and holy as Job, that would thus expose himself to the scorn of the world, in his insolent challenges; or would thus turn off the grave admonitions of his friends, with scorn and contempt.
XXXIV. 14, 15 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish.
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