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If thou think not fit to believe me, yet believe the revelation, which I lately had concerning thee; for I had a secret intimation from God, wherein it pleased him to make known to me, what he judgeth of thine estate.
IV. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, When I was most seriously thinking of thee, in the very deep of the night, at such time as other men are overtaken and possessed with their dead sleep, • IV. 14 Fear came upon me, &c. There came a great fear and trembling on a sudden upon me, as a harbinger of that vision, which soon followed after it.
IV. 15 Then a spirit passed before my face ; the hair of my flesh stood up. Then a spirit appeared before me, the presence whereof made my hair to stand upright.
IV. 16 But I could not discern the form thereof. It stood still by me, but I could not discern what manner of ri,
IV. 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: If the best and most glorious creatures be compared with him, aļas, what are they? Behold; he finds not any such stability or absoluteness in his very angels, as that, setting aside his own gracious endowments of them, and his firm decree concerning them, they can stand out in the challenge of any perfection in themselves:
IV. 19 How much less on them that dwell in houses of clay, &c? How much less can miserable man stand upon such points with his Maker?
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V. 1 Call now, if there be any that will answer thee ; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn? Since thou standest upon thine own justification so much, I appeal to any of the saints of God upon earth: let any of them judge of this thy condition; and say, whether there be not reason to charge thee with hypocrisy.
V. 2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy (or indignation) slayeth the silly one. They will tell thee, in all experience; that God, in his most just judg. ment, meets with the man, not that is just, but that is wickedly foolish; and that his indignation falls heavy, even unto death, upon him
that is grossly ignorant of God and the things of his peace, V. 3 I have seen the foolish taking root : but suddenly I cursed his habitation. I have seen the wicked man, seemingly grounded and Aourishing in the world, but suddenly I gave him for gone; and in my thoughts, made full account of his utter extirpation.
V. 6 Although affliction cometh not out of the dust, neither doth spring out of the ground;
Yet this misery and affliction, that alights upon men, comes not either by chance, or of itself, or merely from the second causes, whether of men or other creatures, but it comes from above, and is inflicted by the Divine Hand of Supreme and Infinite Justice';
y. 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. And yet, even in the course of nature, man is born to trouble and vexation ; and it is no less natural to him, to be tried with manifold crosses here, than for the sparks of fire to fly upwards.
V. 14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the dark. They meet with unexpected crosses in their designs, and find contrary events to what they promised to themselves : when they made account of most joy, they meet with heaviness.
V. 19 He shall deliver thee from six troubles : yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. He shall save thee from sinking under many troubles ; and from the last and worst, he shall so rescue thee, that the evil of it shall not have so much as power to touch thee.
V. 23 Thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field. All the creatures, who are engaged in the quarrels of their Maker, shall now stand in good terms with thee, and join together to thy use and service.
V. 24 Thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin (or err.) Thou shalt oversee thine affairs with good success, and not err, or fail in the administration of them.
VI. 3 Therefore my words are swallowed up. Such is the greatness of my affliction, that it bereaves me of all words, whereby I should endeavour to express it.
VI. 4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirits. The grievous pains that I feel are so many poisoned arrows, shot into my flesh by the Almighty Hand of God; which have diffused their venom into all the parts of my body and soul, and have even spent and wasted iny spirits, with the woeful sense of them.
VI. 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass ? &c. Can ye imagine that I would cry out so bitterly, if I did not feel a just cause of my complaint ? Ye see the very dumb creatures do not make their moan, but when they find a sense of their want.
VI. 6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? Yet this is no small addition to my sorrow, that ye speak unto me words that have no savour of any comfort, but rather tend towards my further dejection : surely, there is no more relish in your speeches, than in the white of an egg without salt.
VI. 7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat. And yet these are they, that I am forced to feed upon, for the present, though they be such, as my soul hath too much cause to VI. 10 Let him not spare ; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. Let him do me this favour, to take away my life : let him not spave me to my further vexation ; for I have been faithful to him, and have not concealed the words of his mouth, but have freely declared them to the world.
VI. 13 is not my helpin me? and is wisdom driven away from me? However ye labour to dishearten me, yet have not I the testimony of a good conscience to bear me up? Is there not true spiritual wisdom yet remaining in me, to know both my God and myself?
VI. 15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully with me, as a brook, &c. My kinsmen, that came to comfort me, are like a deceitful current of land-waters in winter:
VI. 16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, &c. Which, in the cold season, seem to be strongly covered with a firm ice;
VI. 17 What time they war warm, they vanish. But when the heat of the sun bath risen upon them, and warmer seasons come in, they vanish away, as if they had never been.
VI. 19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. The troops of the Ishmaelitish merchants, that trade unto Tema, made account to refresh themselves with those streams in that dry wilderness; and so did the merchants that traffic to Sheba.
VI. 20 They were confounded.
VI. 21 For now ye are nothing. Right such are ye unto me; for now, howsoever ye formerly seemed, ye are as nothing ; having utterly deceived my hopes of kindness and mercy from you.
VI. 22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give, &c. ? Was I ever beholden to any of you for a favour? Did I ever crare of any of you, either gift or rescue?
VI. 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind ? Do you imagine that I speak nothing but light and idle words, and reprove me thereafter? Or do ye account the passionate complaints of a man, thus desperately miserable, to be no other than wind?
VI. 29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it. Bethink yourselves well of the cruel wrong ye have offered me; and go not on to charge me thus unjustly: iny righteousness and integrity is, and shall be apparent, in this whole carriage of the matter.
VII. 2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow. As a servant longeth after the approach of the night; when all things are shaded in a common darkness.
VII. 5 My ficsh is clothed with worms and with clods of dust.
My flesh, beyond all the ordinary condition of other men, is, even in my life-time, annoyed with worms, that grow in my ulcerous sores; and with cloddy scabs, that fall off from me.
VII. 12 Am I a seu, or a whale, that thou settest a watch oser me? Am I as some boisterous or raging sea, or some huge unruly whale, that thou shouldst need to set such bounds of restraint upon me, and hold me in from passing out of this my limited misery?
VII. 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling. So that my sonl would rather, if I might have my free choice, wish to have my sorrow ended with a present dispatch by strangling, than thus to linger in continual torment.
VII. 19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? How long shall it be, ere thou wilt release thy heavy hand, that is upon me; and give me but so much respite, as while a man may swallow down his spittle?
VII. 21 For now I sleep in the dust ; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be. For now I am dyisg; and, when that brunt is past, if thou wouldst make further use of me, for the manifesting of thy power and my patience, I shall not be at all.
VIII. 11, 12, 13 Can a rush grow up without mire ? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth, &c. And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish. Look how ordinary a thing it is, for the rush that grows up without mire, or the flag that sprouts up without water, to wither and die without any hand cutting it off; so usual a thing it is with God, to cause the ungrounded hypocrite to perish, after all the vain hopes that his profession have raised.
VIII. 17 His roots are wrapped about the heup, and seeth the place of stones. His roots are so vigorous, that, by the force of their own inward moisture, they can grow and spread, notwithstanding any opposition of rubbish or stones in their way.
VIII. 18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee. And, if his master have a mind to destroy him and root him up, the very place where he grew shall not be acknown of him; neither shall there be any mention left, that such a one grew there.
VIII. 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. Neither therefore will God leave thee in this extremity, (if thou be, as thou pretendest, upright with him); nor will desist from mitigating thy affliction, so as that thou shalt receive full and
IX. 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and scaleth up the stars.
Who, when he pleaseth, can command the sun not to rise in the morning, that it may make day; and can forbid the stars to appear in the evening, and restrain the succession of the night.
IX. 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Who ordereth all the set seasons of the year; and both maketh and disposeth of those remarkable constellations, by which the four seasons of the year are sensibly distinguished and governed ; Arcturus which ariseth in autumn, Orion in winter, Pleiades or the seven stars in the spring; and those other stars, which lie hidden in the southern coasts of heaven, which rise to us in the heat of summer.
IX. 21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul : I would despise my life. Though I were perfect, yet would I not stand out in the justification of myself before his presence; but, if he have determined my death, would willingly surrender my lite into his hands.
IX. 22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. This is one especial thing, that I have noted and justly stood upon, that the outward proceedings of God are indifferent towards all : he taketh away both the upright and the wicked man.
IX. 24 He covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he? He bringeth contempt upon the great rulers of the earth; and if it be not he that doth it, where and who is he besides, that hath this power, and executes these judgments ?
IX. 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. Let me seem never so pure in mine own eyes, yet, O Lord, the rigour of thy justice shall shew me as foul, as the man that is plunged in some filthy ditch; who is so defiled, that his very clothes inake bim more loathsome.
X. 3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress? O God, is it any profit or advantage to thy glory, that thou dealest so rigorously with me?
X. 10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? Hast thou not made me in a wonderful fashion ; while, of the liquid matter of my marvellous conception, thou hast forined this solid substance of my body, by several degrees of thy powerful work?
X. 13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart : I know that this is with thee. And though thou bestowedst so much cost upon me in my formation, yet thou didst from eternity retain in thyself this purpose of afflicting me: I know that this was from eternity determined by thee.
X. 17. Thou renewest thy witnesses against me.