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24. If I have done iniquity, I will do no more. O restore, heal, and bless thy servant. - Thou canst accomplish all things, Lord of might, And every thought is naked to thy sight. But, oh! thy ways are wonderful, and lie Beyond the deepest search of mortal eye. Once and again, (with grief I now deplore) My tongue has err’d, but shall presume no more. Oft have I heard of thine almighty power, But never saw thee till this favour'd hour. My voice once seem'd in lasting silence bound, But now with heavenly happiness I'm crown'd. Transporting view! the Lord of life I see, Resign myself, and give my soul to Thee. Nor shall my weakness tempt thine anger more; Man was not made to question, but adore."
66 At last the Almighty in the cause appear’d,
His righteous acts to clear and to defend,
And joy and comfort bless'd his latter end."
1. The Almighty then accepted Job, and spake unto Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shubite, and Zophar tbe Naamathite, and commanded them to offer burnt offerings.
2. They all, therefore, obeyed, according as the Lord commanded.
3. Job's trials and patience were thus prov. ed; no temptations allured him; no calamities occasioned his revolt from the path of
4. Through all his sufferings, the Most High was his sure defence, and the Holy One of Israel his refuge.
5. And the prayer of Job was heard and accepted in behalf of his friends by the Al. mighty, who proclaimed that there were done like him in all the earth for uprightness and integrity.
6. And the Lord turned Job's captivity into the joy of salvation, and restored to him his former dignity and honour, and raised bim to double prosperity.
7. So that, by happy experience, he found in the event, that though the face of Provi. dence may sometimes be veiled with dark. ness, yet light is shown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in beart.
8. Then came unto Job all his brethren, and his sisters, and those of his former ac. quaintance, presenting their gifts, comforting him, and partaking of bread and rejoicings.
9. Thus the Lord blessed the latter end of Job, more than the beginning; by increasing bis wealth in numerous flocks and herds of cattle, and by enlarging his family.
10. And in all that land were no women found so fair, as the daughters of Job : and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
11. After this Job lived an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
12. Thus Job died, being old and full of years.
day of his birth._SEC. III. Speech of Eli-
. CHAP. VI.
Sec. 1. and 11. The opening of this chapter con
tains an extract froni a speech of Eliphaz, with bitter sarcasms, reproaches, &c.-SEC. HII, Advises Job, however, to humble himself before God, who will in the end bestow on bim his grace and favour.
Sec. 1. 11. and 111. Job complains of his
friends' derision and severity,-- observes that a man's worldly condition, whether prosperous or adverse, is no criterion of his moral character, laments his hopeless condition, often in excesses of grief and despair, reflects irreverently on his Maker, &c.concludes by anticipating a future triumph, &c. &c.
Job denies the guilt imputed to him by his friends--places full confidence in his Maker
expresses bis adiniration on the immensity of his power, &c. &c.
Elihu, calculated to exasperate the wounds
Exhibits the deplorable condition of man in the
grave, in a train of gloomy ideas, rising successively in a mind like Job's, &c. &c.
Contains speeches collected principally from
Bildad, representing in a lofty strain the
singular favour of God to his person, family
Being a contrast to the foregoing, represents Job's disappointment,--the insults he re. ceived, the sad condition of his body, and the despairing state of his mind.- The passions expressed herein are grief and in. dignation.- Concludes in a fervent wish, that his words may be preserved as a memento to posterity. • . -
SEO. I. and 11. Wherein Job and his friends dis.
play God's power and dominion in his won-