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If God would resolve to deal with man according to his absolute power; if he should call back that life and soul which he hath given him; there were no abiding; all flesh should perish at once.

XXXIV. 11 Shall he that hateth right govern? He. Is it fit for thee, who fondly censurest the just proceedings of God, to overrule thy Maker?

XXXIV. 20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight.

He shall fetch away the great commanders of the earth, in a time when it is least expected; even in the deepest of security, shall he cause astonishment and tumult in the death of the mighty ones.

XXXIV. 23 That he should enter into judgment 'with God. That man should hereupon have any just cause of contestation with God, or any ground of cavil against him.

XXXIV. 30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

Yea, not only doth God execute his judgments upon the vulgar people only, but on the great potentates of the earth; so as he strikes wicked tyrants with his plagues, lest the people should be too much oppressed with their injustice.

XXXIV. 33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I.

Dost thou think it meet, that God should proceed in his judgments according to thy conceits? If thou and I should determine what were fit for him to do; he will take what course he thinks best; whether thou or I like it, or dislike it.

XXXV. 6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him ? of if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

If thou sinnest, what dost thou hurt him? Is his holiness, justice, power ever the less, because thou hast transgressed? Is ought diminished from his essence by thine offence?

XXXV. 10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night?

Many make formal flourishes, but none doth heartily acknowledge the powerful and just hand of that God, who gives due and seasonable comfort to the soul, in the deepest and darkest night of our sorrows.

XXXV. 12 Therefore they cry, but none heareth them, because of the pride of evil men.

Therefore they cry out, and complain of the pride and oppressions of wicked men; but God giveth them not answer, by reason of their impatience and unbelief.

XXXV. 14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him. Although thou sayest, that God gives thee no assurance of his presence by any sensible demonstration, yet certainly he will be sure to execute true (though secret) judgment, in all the casesof men; and therefore do thou acknowledge him, and trust in him.

XXXV. 15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in kisanger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity.

But now, because thou dost not approve thyself to him as thou ooghtest, tlierefore he hath afflicted thee in his anger: yet Job doth not consider, that his suffering is not in such extremity, as his sin hath deserved.

XXXVI. 13 They cry not when he bindeth them.

When he afflicteth them, they do not humble themselves under the hand of God, and repent them of their sins.

XXXVI. 20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Do not thou wish for night, as thinking that that silent and quiet time might give thee ease from thy thoughts ; while thou hast to do with a God, that can in an instant cut off whole nations, much more thee, who art one weak and frail man.

XXXVI. 21 For this hast thou rather chosen than affliction. Thou hast rather chosen to tax the proceedings of God in thy weak impatience, than meekly to suffer his affliction.

XXXVI. 30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

Behold, when the heaven is overcast with clouds, he sendeth forth his bright beams, and enlighteneth and cheereth the face thereof; and again sendeth such gloomy and dark clouds, as that the blackness and obscurity thereof shadeth even to the bottom of the sea.

XXXVI. 33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.

The noise of thunder, which is in the cloud, sheweth and presageth the rain, which will pour down from it; and the very cattle have a kind of notice, and give a certain intimation, by signs and tokens, of the falling of that moist vapour.

XXXVII. 2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice.

While we are now speaking, hear how dreadfully the noise of his thunder sounds in the clouds, &c.

XXXVII. 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

Out of those hidden chambers of his, which are the southern coasts, the strong winds arise; and the cold winds come from the north.

XXXVII. 11 By watering he wearieth the thick cloud. He spends out all the moisture of the thick cloud, in watering the earth.

XXXVII. 13 He causeth them to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

He sendeth abundance of rain, whether for the punishment of men, or for the fruitening of the earth, or for the refreshing of men.

XXXVII. 17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind.

How it comes about, that the air is so hot as that thou canst not abide thy clothes on; when, in a calm season, the south sun shines upon thee, and the warm southern winds blow in thy face.

XXXVII. 18 Which is strong, and as a molten looking glass. Which seems unto us so firm and solid, as if it were a looking glass of some strong polished metal. ,

XXXVII. 19 We cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. We know not how to order or dispose our speeches to him, by reason of that gross darkness of ignorance wherewith we are inwrapped.

XXXVII. 20 If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. If a man will be opposing him in his speech, and questioning his justice, surely he shall be confounded.

XXXVII. 21, 22 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds; but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible vijesty. If men be not able with their weak eyes to behold the brightness of the sun, which shineth in the lightsome clouds, when the wind passeth through and disperseth them, and when the air is cleared by the north winds, how shall they be able to look God in the face, and to hold contestation with him, whose majesty is terrible beyond the powers of our apprehension?

XXXVII. 24 He respecteth not any that are wise in heart. The best wisdom of men is but foolishness to him: he makes no reckoning therefore of that vain wisdom, with the conceit whereof men are wont to please themselves.

XXXVIII. 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Who is this, that ignorantly casts unjust aspersions upon the most wise and holy decrees and proceedings of the Almighty?

XXXVIII. 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.

When the glorious stars, in their first creation, did, in their kind, celebrate the praises of their Maker; and the angels of God, created by that Omnipotent Word of his, testified their joy and thankfulness to the God, that made them such.

XXXVIII. 9, 10. When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and the thick darkness as the swaddling-band for it, and brake up (or, set) my decreed place.

Whose power, when he had brought forth the sea as a new-born infant, wrapped it about with clouds, as with clouts and swaddling bands; and set upon it my everlasting decree, for the bounds and motion thereof.

XXXVIII. 13 That the wicked might be shaken out of it. That evil doers, who hate the light of the day, might be affrighted, by the rising of it, from their wicked projects.

XXXVIII. 14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

The earth is, by the coming of the light, changed into divers

I forms; and differs upon the impression thereof, as wax or clay doth at the stamping of a new seal, so as it seems quite other than it was; and men, especially guilty malefactors, are shifted by the breaking forth of the light, like to so many several garments.

XXXVJIL 22, 23 Treasures of snow, He. which I have reserved against the time of trouble?

Didst thou ever enter into that my storehouse of meteors, which I have decreed to bring forth upon all occasions of my judgments upon men?

XXXVIII. 24 By what way is the light parted, which scatttreth the east wind upon the earth?

Dost thou know how the lightning comes to break forth of the cloud; and how that vapour there included doth, with great violence, scatter a blustering wind upon the earth?

XXXVIII. 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

See chapter ix. verse 9. Canst thou alter the seasons of the year; or cause a restraint of the spring, summer, autumn, &c.?

XXXVIII. 32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

Canst thou bring forth those hidden stars of the south; or direct the northern constellations in their courses?

XXXVIII. 33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? and canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

Knowest thou what laws God hath made for the motions and influences of the heaven; and what power he hath given to their operations on the earth?

XXXIX. 1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?

Canst thou understand, or dispose of, the conceptions and births of the wildest creatures?

XXXIX. 19 Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Hast thou enabled him to neigh so loudly and strongly, as if it were the rattling of thunder?

XXXIX. 24 Neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

Neither doth conceive any terror at all in the alarum to the battle.

XXXIX. 26 And stretch her wings towards the south. Is it by thine appointment and instinct, that the hawk wasteth her nimble and swift wings, to fly into the warmer climates of the south?

XXXIX. 30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

Whereas other fowls drink water, the young eagle is wont (and who taught it him ?) to suck in the blood of his prey; and where carcasses are, thither, by a strange sagacity of nature, is drawn to resort.

XL. 15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

Look but upon two of my creatures; the one on the land, the other in the water; both high and mighty: behold the elephant first, which I have formed and placed in thy view, and made apt to thy use; which, though he be so vast that his very stature is enough to terrify the beholder, yet I have caused him to eat grass like the ox, and to feed on no prey but these slight vegetables.

XL. 17 He moteth his tail like a cedar: and the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

In his lust, he moveth his generative part, like to some cedar; and the sinews of his stones are wrapt together, like to the roots of those tall and strong trees.

XL. 24 He taketh it with his eiIes: his nose pierceth through snares, (or, as the margin rather, Will any take him in his sight, or, bore his nose with a gin ?)

Will any man be able by open force to take him, while he sees and is forewarned of the enrerprize? or can he be taken by the nose, as a fish with a hook? Is he not able to break through all the dangers of a violent taking? © ©

XLI 1 Canst thou draw up leviathan with an hook? In like manner, cast thine eye into the deep waters, and see there the great whale that I have framed; canst thou think to angle for him, as for small fish, &c.?

XLI. 1 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? Canst thou pierce his skin with barbed hooks?

XLI. 8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

If thou lay thy hand upon him to strike him, thou shalt have so much reason to feel the smart of this conflict, that thou shalt not meddle with him any more.

XLI. 11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? Who hath done me any favour in helping me to make or govern the world, or in furthering my actions, that I may repay it unto him?

XLI. 13 Who can discover the face of his garment? Who is able to turn over that skin, wherewith he is covered as with a garment?

XLI. 18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

When he neeseth, he maketh, as it were, a fire to break forth at his nostrils and eyes; and when thou beholdest his eyes, thou wouldest think thou sawest the sun rising in the morning.

XLI. 22 And sorrow is turned into joy before him. And if from any other creature, there be occasion of trouble and vexation offered to him, he takes pleasure therein, as that which he will turn to his advantage and triumph.

XLI. 25 By reason of breakings they purify themselves.

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