Esther 10** This book is so called from Job, whose prosperity,afflictions, and restoration, are here recorded. He lived soonafter Abraham, or perhaps before that patriarch. Most likely itwas written by Job himself, and it is the most ancient book inexistence. The instructions to be learned from the patience ofJob, and from his trials, are as useful now, and as much neededas ever. We live under the same Providence, we have the samechastening Father, and there is the same need for correctionunto righteousness. The fortitude and patience of Job, thoughnot small, gave way in his severe troubles; but his faith wasfixed upon the coming of his Redeemer, and this gave himstedfastness and constancy, though every other dependence,particularly the pride and boast of a self-righteous spirit, wastried and consumed. Another great doctrine of the faith,particularly set forth in the book of Job, is that ofProvidence. It is plain, from this history, that the Lordwatched over his servant Job with the affection of a wise andloving father. * The piety and prosperity of Job. (1-5) Satan obtains leave totry Job. (6-12) The loss of Job's property, and the death of hischildren. (13-19) Job's patience and piety. (20-22)
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