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BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

JOB TO ECCLESIASTES.

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BY REV. JAMES LEE, M.A.

VOL. III.

SUBSCRIBERS' EDITION.

101. f. 173.

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BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

JOB. THE BOOK OF JOB.—I call that, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with pen. One feels, indeed, as if it were not Hebrew; such a noble universality, different from noble patriotism, or sectarianism, reigns in it. A noble book! All men's book! It is our first, oldest statement of the never-ending problem, man's destiny, and God's ways with him here on this earth. And all in such free flowing outlines; grand in its sincerity, in its simplicity, in its epic melody, and repose of reconcilement. There is the seeing eye, the mildly understanding heart. So true, every way; true eyesight and vision for all things; material things no less than spiritual; the horse, hast Thou clothed his neck with thunder? '—' he laughs at the shaking of the spear!' Such living likenesses were never since drawn. Sublime sorrow, sublime reconciliation; oldest choral melody as of the heart of mankind; so soft and great; as the summer midnight, as the world with its seas and stars! There is nothing written, I think, in the Bible or out of it, of equal literary merit.-Carlyle.

CHAP. I. THERE was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and I that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Job is said to be perfect; that is, it is said, Job eschewed evil, this shows not holy as God, or sinless, for fault is that not only the hand and tongue of afterwards found with him (ch. ix. Job did not meddle with evil, but that 20; xlii. 6); but his piety was pro- his heart was turned from evil. As portionate-had a completeness of there is a great deal of difference beparts—was consistent and regular tween these two, the doing of good and He exhibited his religion as a prince, a delight in doing good; between being a father, an individual, a benefactor of at peace, and following peace,-a man the poor. He was not merely a pious may do good, and not be a lover of man in one place, but uniformly so. good, a lover of the commandments of He was consistent everywhere.-Rev. God, a delighter in them; he may be Albert Barnes.

at peace, and not be a lover and fol. Job • eschewed evil.' It is more to lower of peace; so a man may be one say a man doth eschew evil, than to that commits not such and such sins; say a man doth not commit evil. It he may do no hurt; and yet, in the had been too bare an expression to mean time, he may be one that loves say, Job did not commit evil; but when those sins that he commits not.Caryl.

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