Esther 10

** This book is so called from Job, whose prosperity,

afflictions, and restoration, are here recorded. He lived soon

after Abraham, or perhaps before that patriarch. Most likely it

was written by Job himself, and it is the most ancient book in

existence. The instructions to be learned from the patience of

Job, and from his trials, are as useful now, and as much needed

as ever. We live under the same Providence, we have the same

chastening Father, and there is the same need for correction

unto righteousness. The fortitude and patience of Job, though

not small, gave way in his severe troubles; but his faith was

fixed upon the coming of his Redeemer, and this gave him

stedfastness and constancy, though every other dependence,

particularly the pride and boast of a self-righteous spirit, was

tried and consumed. Another great doctrine of the faith,

particularly set forth in the book of Job, is that of

Providence. It is plain, from this history, that the Lord

watched over his servant Job with the affection of a wise and

loving father.

* The piety and prosperity of Job. (1-5) Satan obtains leave to

try Job. (6-12) The loss of Job's property, and the death of his

children. (13-19) Job's patience and piety. (20-22)

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