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Then now to Man I so shall come;
The truth from thee it came.
I did him justify;
His God he'd give the lie;
If he'd denied the whole. But the first lines call thou to mind—
Thy word did hasty fall: Had lie denied then I must lie
That upright he appear'd.
The same I'll answer here—
Then fearing of thy God,
But let them fear my rod: Because from thee the truth they'll set
But Job's friends thou hast found. 1 know they've spoken so by thee,
Bnt let them hear the sound, When at the last the truth do burst*
And 1 in power appear; 1 shall condemn thy every friend*
That act as Job's did there. My Bible so all flesh shall know,
I plac'd it for the end; These Wondrous things I order'd so*
Because 'twas my .intend,
To work my Bible through,
The way 1 shall go through,
That will with Me dispute; The likeness I have shew'd in all,
So let mankind stand mute. For God or Man they must condemm.
In what was said before: And will they answer from thy hand.
That Job the most did err? If they say no: I'll answer so,
That silent all must stand; Because with he do all agree,
And Men alike condemn j As thou say'st here, 1 now shall clear,
The truth in all 1 know. Sufferings that no one here could bear,
That thou ha -1 all gone through, Unless that 1 who dwell on high
Had strengthcii'd thee in all. Therefore thy friepds at first did lie,
When t to ihee did call;
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Because thy friends they did pret«»nd .
To act like Job's before;
That thou would'st answer here.
That I'd afflict thec so:
That all shall know my Name.
Should 1 .nii.it one Man
By Satan's artful hand?
Had I not ends behind.
The Tempter I should bind. ,.
Satan did try the man,
But sec how he did stand,
As 1 had dcarxl before;
The grief that he did bear
And yet ho did submit:
And lay him at Men's feet.
I say, the following day: , •"
And'other mysteries wilf appear,
I shall before thee lay;
The Type of Job stands deep:
He did iti grandeur break;
They surely did repent;
And so my mind is bent:
Because the end, they ALLshall sec,
It just like Jou'sshalJ come." .• '.
The xxxviii chapter, ver. 11, Hitherto shalt thou
come, but no further; and here shall thy proud
waves be stayed.—The 13, 14, 15, verses. That
t might take hold of the ends of the earth, that
the wicked might be shaken out of it, it is turned as
clay to the seal: and they stand as a garment; and from the wicked their light is withholden ; and the
... high arm shall be broken.
“Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer:
For his proud waves have been so strong,
My friends cannot enjoy
I shall reason with thee on the morrow.”
* On Sunday morning we received a hamper with poultry, frem Mr. Cole, a fariner, in Devon, who was Joanna's great opposer, and said she ought to be hanged, when she was in Devon; but now all the family are coine in stioug believers; as the harvest in Devon A as
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Monday, Oct. lstt 1804.
"And now I shall come to answer the man, who wished thee to enquire of Mb concerning him. Let not his heart be cast down, nor his spirits grieved, at any arts or subtlety that the Devil may try to blast his comforts. But let him weigh deep the Book of Job, and see the judgment thou drawest from it, and the answer that I have given thee. For now I tell thee, Satan will try many, as he tried Job; but let men stand out like Job, and I shall arise to plead for man, as I pleaded for Job. But he that falleth by temptations, will fall on the corner stone, which is the foundation that was laid in the Fall; and then, that Promise will break him off from obtaining it. But now is the time for that corner stone, and that ProMise to fall on the head where it was laid, which was on the head of the Serpent, that is, the Devil: and it shall grind all his power, like powder, So now let men take care they do not fall on that Promise : that meaneth, not to believe it, and stumble at its fulfilment; for then they may fall to be broken off, when the stone falls on the head of the woman's betrayer, and men's accuser* But now let the man stand stedfast in his faith, and he shall live for ever in Mb, whether in this world, or that which is to come. Now let him weigh deep the xli. ch. of Job. My answer to Job was never discerned by any man; neither was it ever understood by man, what I meant in the following words—"Canst thou draw out Leviathan with a hook, or his tongue with a cord, which thou lettest down ?. Canst. thou put a hook into his nose, or bore his jaw through with a thorn?" These are the words men never understood. The Leviathan meaneth the Devil; and by his contending against Job, I d/ew him out with the hook of his words, and by the cord that I let down to give him the power, then I put the hook into his nose, and bored his jaw through with a thorn, that he could never more condemn Job. But now do men vainly suppose this
was done for Job only I tell them no : it stands a Type for all men; and like the Leviathan in the sea is the power of the Devil against man, which man of himself can no more destroy, than he can destroy the Leviathan in the sea. But by My wisdom I shamed the Devil concerning Job, and confounded the Devil concerning Job, and I took Satan's power from Job, that he could no more accuse him, and no more condemn him ; as he tried to the utmost, and found Job what I said he was.-And now I AM come the same to justify all men, that are longing for My coming ; and shew Satan, it was their being dead to knowledge that made them clamour for my Blood, and put ME to death ; and so I fell on the coRNER stone of the proMise : and though I was broken at that time to be put to death, yet when the fulfilment of the PRomise comes, know it must fall on him, to grind him to powder. This is the fulfilment of the PALL. But if men fall on that PRoMrse, as the Jews did, they will fall to be broken off. But set them know, that I fell to rise again, to throw all his power, and cast the corn ER stone on him : for all men must know that that corn ER ston E meaneth the PROMISE that was made in the FALL. Now let the learned answer, what they make of that corner stone But I answer, they can no more explain it, than they can draw out the Leviathan with the hook: neither can they explain the mysteries of my Bible, in what manner, and for what purpose, all
Types and Shadows were placed, and all these words were spoken. -
So now to Man I bold shall come: