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Opposition doth not weaken, but waken, heroic spirits

Job 17:8 And the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.

He shall learn of me not to be baffled out of his sincerity, to be mocked out of his integrity, but to maintain and take comfort therein against all his false accusers.

Opposition doth not weaken, but waken, heroic spirits, #2Sa 6:21,22.

They proceed so much the more vigorously in the ways of holiness; like as lime burns the more for the cold water cast upon it, and as the palm tree, which, although it have many weights at the top, and many snakes at the bottom, yet it stirreth up itself, and flourisheth, taking for its posy, Nec premor, nec perimor. Nothing hurteth or hindereth me.


They have (as swine) their souls for salt only, to keep their bodies from putrefying

Job 15, Ver. 27. Because he covereth his face with his fatness.

This is given in as one chief cause of his insolence;

he is a belly god, he maketh plaits upon the paunch, so Broughton rendereth it;

he hath fattened his guts, so Calvin;

he maketh it his business to pamper his body;

his heart also is as fat as grease, #Ps 119:70.

Bene curavit cutem suam in hoc mundo – He takes good care of his skin in this world. (Vat.).

He is waxen fat, that is, prosperity proud, and kicketh, #De 32:15.

Pride and fulness of bread were Sodom’s twin sins, #Eze 16:49.

When people are provender pricked, as we call it, they easily turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, #Jude 4, and

that fulness breeds forgetfulness;

as the fed hawk soon forgets his master, and the moon at fullest gets farthest off the sun. Sensualists who love feasts, #Jud 5:10, are void of the Spirit, #Jude 19.

A full belly maketh a foul heart.

The rankest weeds grow out of the fattest soil; and those that make their gut a gulf, well, they may have collops in their flanks, but they have leanness in their souls; indeed, they have (as swine) their souls for salt only, to keep their bodies from putrefying.

It is not safe for a man to indent with God

Job 13:20 Then will I not hide myself from thee] i.e. I shall have no cause, either through fear or shame, to hide myself.

It is not safe for a man to indent with God, and make a bargain with him; for so one may have the thing he would have, but better be without it; as those workmen, #Mt 20:9-14, who bargained for a penny a day, and yet when they had it, were no whit contented.

Socrates thought it was not fit to ask of God any more than this, that he would bestow good things upon us; but what, and how much, to leave that to him, not being overly earnest, or presuming to prescribe aught.

Sir Thomas Moore’s wife was mightily desirous of a boy (that was her word), and she had one that proved a fool.

About God’s providence

Job 12, Ver. 10. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing.

That is, the life of every beast, flowing from a sensitive soul, #Le 17:10,11. This, God both giveth to the creature and conserveth it; he suffereth it not to be taken away from little sparrows, or the like, without order from him; much less befalleth any such thing to man without his singular providence, since our very hairs also are numbered, #Mt 9:30 Lu 12:7.

The Jewish doctors do therefore offer manifest injury to Job when they say, that he held indeed that God created, and doth preserve, the several kinds of things, but permitteth the particulars and individuals to be hap hazard; whereas here he delivereth his judgment plainly to the contrary, when he saith,

And the breath of all mankind] Heb. The spirit of all man’s flesh (and so Broughton readeth it), that is, of every man’s body: hence God is called the God of the spirits of all flesh, #Nu 16:22, and the Father of spirits, #Heb 12:9, and the former of the spirit of man within him, #Zec 12:1. “My times are in thy hand,” saith David, #Ps 31:15. God preserves our lives as a light in a lantern, and we may be glad it is in so safe a hand; we should therefore honour him, as Daniel telleth Belshazzar, #Da 5:23; yea, “let everything that hath breath praise the Lord,” #Ps 150:6; or, as the Hebrew hath it,

Let every breath praise the Lord: as oft as we breathe we are to breathe out the praise of God, and to make our breath like the smoke of the tabernacle;

this we should do the rather because our breath is in our nostrils, #Isa 2:22, every moment ready to puff out, and the grave cannot praise God, death cannot celebrate him, #Isa 38:18.

The poor shall shine most brightly

Job 12, Ver. 5. He that is ready to slip with his feet.

He who is in a declining, tottering condition, ready to fall and perish under the burden of his afflictions, though formerly he was looked upon and made use of as a lamp or torch, yet when he is at an under, and brought low, is shamefully slighted by such as have the world at will; like as a torch when wasted and waxen short is cast out of the hands, and trodden on with the feet of him that held it.

The holiest men, if afflicted, do but smother instead of shining.

When Christ himself was a man of sorrows, he was therefore despised and rejected of men, who hid, as it were, their faces from him, and esteemed him not, #Isa 53:3.

The prodigal’s elder brother speaks scornfully of him, because poor, #Lu 15:30, “This thy son.” He saith not, This my brother, &c.

Gregory saith, that the poor just man is here compared to a lamp extinct, because he shineth inwardly by the virtue of an upright heart; but outwardly is as it were extinct, because there is nothing outward to commend him; no glorious apparel, no goodly houses, &c.; whence they are slighted by the rich wretches of this world. But such a lamp (saith he, following the Vulgate translation) is set for an appointed time; that is, the day of judgment, when he shall shine most brightly, even as the sun, &c., when the world’s favourites shall be thrust into utter darkness.

The picture: “Little Beggar Girl & Woman Spinning” by Ceruti, 1720.

A wolf flieth not upon a painted sheep

Job 12:4 The just upright man is laughed to scorn

“Shame shall be the promotion of fools,” #Pr 3:35, and such a dissembler as Doeg may well be derided, #Ps 52:6,7. But what hath the righteous done? And why should just, upright Job be laughed to scorn? But this is no news. Christ and his people have ever been for signs and for wonders in this mad world, always beside itself in point of salvation. “He that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey,” or is accounted mad: (Isaiah 59:15) Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. Continue reading “A wolf flieth not upon a painted sheep”

Hope is the daughter of faith

Job 11:Ver. 18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope.

It is a spiritual security that is here promised, which is a fruit of faith, quelling and killing distracting and distrustful fears; faith, I say, unfeigned, #1Ti 1:5, which produceth hope unfailable, #Ro 5:5.

Hope is the daughter of faith, but such as is a staff to her aged mother.

Fame followeth virtue, as the shadow doth the body at the very heels

Job 11: Ver. 17. And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday.

The rest of thy life which thou givest for lost, shall be the very prime part of thy time for glory. Continue reading “Fame followeth virtue, as the shadow doth the body at the very heels”

To be freed from the fear of evil is better than to be freed from evil

Job 11:15 And shalt not fear.

sc. The loss of those enjoyments. To be freed from the fear of evil is better than to be freed from evil; and a great part of the saints’ portion both on earth and in heaven lies in their deliverance from fear, #Lu 1:74 Ps 112:7 Zep 3:13 Isa 17:2.

Repent, and thou shall fear no more a revolution of any thy troubles.

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