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poor vain thing he is! for, behold, he consumeth away, as a thing that is already rotten.
XIV. 11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up.
As waters, that, after some exundation of the sea or some great river, are left, upon the reflux thereof, behind the rest, upon the plain, which cannot return or continue, but dry up and evaporate; such is man.
XIV. 14 All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
All the days of my appointed time upon earth, will I patiently wait for that day, wherein my God shall change this my mortal condition for immortality: that so I may be ready for the happy day of my dissolution.
XiV. n My transgressions are sealed up in a bag. Thou dost not let go any of my transgressions, but hast made sure work with them, and hast packed and sealed them up, that they may be forthcoming for my present punishment.
XIV. 18 Aind surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
Certainly, if the hugest and strongest mountains do moulder away, and come to nothing; if the very hardest rocks be, through the powerful hand of God, removed out of their places:
XIV. 19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
If the very stones be worn with water falling upon them; and deluges bear down any thing that is fastened in the earth, &c.; how much less shall weak and frail man make account to continue upqn the face of the earth!
XIV. 21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought lower, but he perceiveth it not. When he is now in the agony of death, striving with those his last pangs, he little regards what honour his son is newly come unto, or what shame he hath incurred.
XIV. 22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
But his flesh upon him is in extremity of pain, which takes all his thoughts and senses; and his soul within him mourns for the present violence of his torment, and for the expectation or fear of the future.
XV. 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Is it for a wise man, under a pretence of knowledge, to speak vain words, and to have his heart filled with unprofitable and harmful imaginations?'
XV. 4 Yea, thou easiest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
I do now see that thou hast cast off the fear of God; and art not careful and devout to call upon God, in thy tribulation; yea, in all kind of inferred denial of the Providence of God, thou seemest to discourage others from calling upon him.
XV. 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints. See chapter iv. verse 18.
XV. 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of his years is hidden to the oppressor. The great tyrants of the world, however they may seem to flourish, yet have many secret girds and gripes of conscience, and are continually tormented within themselves; and yet, besides, they little know how long they shall be allowed to live upon earth; God keeps the stint of their life secret from them.
XV. 26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his buckler.
He maketh violent and presumptuous opposition to God, as if he could grapple with and overcome the Almighty; and fearlessly runs upon the most eminent judgments of God.
XV. 27 Because he covereih his face with fatness. Because he lives at ease, and prospers in all his designs, so as, through too much pampering, his cheeks are covered with fatness.
XV. 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, He. And he is able, through his power, to raise sumptuous buildings in those places, which others have forsaken as barren and uninhabitable.
XV. 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. Yet, for all this, though he can for a glory do these great matters, this wealth of his shall not continue long; neither shall this his flourishing estate hold any long while upon the earth.
XV. 30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth sfiall lie go away. He shall irrecoverably lie under those sad and remediless calamities, which are cast upon him; and if any hopes of comfort do begin to look forth, God shall presently scorch and defeat them by the flames of his displeasure, and shall utterly confound him by his just judgments.
XV. 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity. Let not the man therefore, that hath been heretofore carried away with the vain confidence in these earthly things, suffer himself to be so deceived any more.
XV. 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
That recompence of his shall be so accomplished, that he shall be cut off before his natural period; and his endeavours shall be blasted at their first putting forth, neither shall ever come to any perfection.
XV. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
He shall be as a vine, whose grape is perished in the very bud;
and as an olive, whose flower is cast off at the first putting forth; so as his hopes shall never attain to any maturity.
XV. 35 Their belly prcparelh deceit.
Their secret thoughts do but, in the event, deceive themselves.
XVI. 3. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou thus answerest? , When wilt thou have made an end of these vain speeches? Or what hath moved thee to make so uncharitable a reply to my words?
XVI. 7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.
But now, God hath loaded me with sorrow, till I am even weary of bearing it; yea thou, O Lord, hast put a distraction betwixt my family, my friends, and myself; and hast made us all miserable.
XVI. 8 Thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me.
The wrinkles, that are suddenly grown in my face, are a sufficient witness of my extreme suffering.
XVI. 9 He tcareth me with his teeth who hateth me, Hc. Mine enemy, who beareth deadly hatred against me, hath now his full scope of malice upon mc; and, in his cruelty, insulteth over me at pleasure.
XVI. 13 He cleaveth my reins asunder; hepoureth out my gall upon the ground.
His wrath reacheth to my inmost parts, even to my reins and gall; and leaveth no part of me free from his tormenting hand.
XVI. 15 And defiled my horn in the dust.
I have laid down all mine honour in the dust; and have justly humbled myself, in the very height of my glory, by casting dust and ashes upon my forlorn head.
XVII. 2 Doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?
Is not their unjust provocation continually in mine eye; so as I cannot but be a woeful witness of their injury?
XVII. 3 Lay down now, put me in surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?
I do much desire to have my case thoroughly tried; let me see thon, w ho will give security to maintain the suit with me, who will agree to join issue with me upon this point.
XVII. 5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
He, that flatters his friend, shall find God plaguing him, both in himself, and in his seed after him:
XVII. 6 He hath made me also a byword of the people, and before them I was a tabret.
fiut for me, this is not my case; I am scorned rather: it hath pleased God to give me over to so great misery, that I am become a byword to the world; and am the matter of minstrelsy and sport to mine enemies.
XVII. 12 They change the night into the day: the light is short because of darkness.
My great afflictions change my night into day; causing me to pass over that time of darkness without any rest, so as my thoughts are no less busy, than in the day-time; and so great is the darkness of my misery, that it eclipseth my day, and makes it either short, or none.
XVII. J 3 If I wait, the grave is my house, He. Tell not me of any restoration of myself, or of my estate: all that I can wait for, is the grave; that shall, I hope, receive and shelter me.
XVII. 14 / have said to corruption, Thou art my father: and to the worms, Thou art my sister, and my mother. I am even already entering into my grave; the corruption whereof hath already seized upon me; and I have yielded myself up unto it, and am as it were incorporated in it. ,
XVII. 16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
Those hopes, that you speak of, shall go down with me to the bottom of the grave, and shall rest with me together in the dust.
XVIII. 4 He teareth himself in his anger; shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place? Hear now, thou, that talkest of tearing thy flesh with thy teeth for indignation and sorrow, what, dost thou think that thy clamour and complaint can prevail to alter God's just administration; so as the earth should be forsaken because thou speedest ill, and the rocks removed because thy misery continues?
XVIII. 8 He is cast into a net by his oxvnfeet. He shall, by his own plots and devices, run himself into inextricable perplexities and miseries.
XVIII. 13 The firstborn of death shall devour all his strength. The most cruel and painful death shall make an end of all his power and glory.
XVIII. 14 And it shall bring him to the king of terrors. His confidence shall, at the last, lead him into the extremest of all terrors, that can be conceived.
XVIII. \5 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. Yea, this terror shall dwell and continue in his tabernacle, which, howsoever he possesseth, yet his conscience tells him is not his own, since he hath got it by extortion and violence; and God shall rain down brimstone upon it, as he did upon Sodom.
XVIII. 16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branches be cut off.
He shall be like unto a withered tree, whose roots, when they are once dried up below, the branches are presently cut down for firewood.
XVIII. 20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
Posterity shall be astonished to hear of the severe judgment of God executed upon him; and those, that lived in the same age with him, were affrighted at the sight of that vengeance which was inflicted upon him.
XIX. 3 These ten times have ye reproached me.
We have had ten several interlocutions, wherein you have most uncharitably and cruelly reproached me; ye have cast many and frequent aspersions of hypocrisy and wickedness upon mine innocence.
XIX. 6 Know now that God hath overthrown me. If I be (as I am) most miserable; alas! you should have considered, that it is God's hand that hath cast me down, which is both holy and irresistible.
XIX. 15 My maids count me for a stranger. My very maid-servants look strangely and overlie upon me, as if I were not their master: the very meanest of my family slight and neglect me.
XIX. 17 My breath is strange to my wife, though Untreated her for the children's sake of mine own body.
My wife, as she was ready to add unto my trial by her ill counsel, so now, she keeps aloof from me, and denies me the comfort and aid of her tendance in this extremity, though I intreated and importuned her, even by the remembrance of those children which she had borne from my loins, which were the dear pledges of our conjugal love.
XIX. 20 And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. I have nothing, that I can call skin, about me, but only that, which is of my gums; for the rest, the flesh hath shrunk from the skin, and the skin is gone into corruption.
XIX. 22 Why do ye persecute me as God? If it hath pleased God to afflict me, will ye afflict me too? He knoweth upon what holy and just reasons he proceedeth with his creatures; it is not for you to arrogate this to yourselves; let it be enough therefore, that God's hand is upon me, though yours be not.
XIX. 23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book, Sc!
I am now to speak a sentence so memorable, that I could desire it should be recorded to all posterity for ever.
XIX. 25 For / know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
However I am judged by you, yet this is my comfort, that I know I have a Judge and gracious Redeemer to come, who lives eternally when ye shall be gone to dust, and shall one day come down to judge the quick and the dead, and shall in that last day of our general account present himself here upon earth to the eyes of all flesh: