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ALFRED OADSET, STEAM MACHINE PRINTER, CRANE CODRT, FLEET STREET.
The Book Op 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 afl 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.i'—' 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.
rEEE was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and 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. C); but his piety was pro- his heart was turned from evil. As
portionate—had a completeness of there is a great deal of difference be
parts—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 sius;
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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