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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.

The daughter of pride

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant:

I have formed thee; thou art my servant:

O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. (Isaiah 44:21)

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel, i.e., Remember these abominable idolaters, and enjoy their madness: learn wisdom by their folly.

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Therefore hear now this, thou

  • that art given to pleasures,
  • that dwellest carelessly,
  • that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. (Isaiah 47:8)

The daughter of pride is security, and pleasure is her niece.


Painting: The Hay Wain (1821), by John Constable

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