Job 24* Wickedness often unpunished. (1-12) The wicked shun the light.(13-17) Judgements for the wicked. (18-25)1-12 Job discourses further about the prosperity of the wicked.That many live at ease who are ungodly and profane, he hadshowed, ch. xxi. Here he shows that many who live in opendefiance of all the laws of justice, succeed in wickedpractices; and we do not see them reckoned with in this world.He notices those that do wrong under pretence of law andauthority; and robbers, those that do wrong by force. He says,"God layeth not folly to them;" that is, he does not at oncesend his judgments, nor make them examples, and so manifesttheir folly to all the world. But he that gets riches, and notby right, at his end shall be a fool, #Jer 17:11|. 13-17 See what care and pains wicked men take to compass theirwicked designs; let it shame our negligence and slothfulness indoing good. See what pains those take, who make provision forthe flesh to fulfil the lusts of it: pains to compass, and thento hide that which will end in death and hell at last. Lesspains would mortify and crucify the flesh, and be life andheaven at last. Shame came in with sin, and everlasting shame isat the end of it. See the misery of sinners; they are exposed tocontinual frights: yet see their folly; they are afraid ofcoming under the eye of men, but have no dread of God's eye,which is always upon them: they are not afraid of doing thingswhich they are afraid of being known to do. 18-25 Sometimes how gradual is the decay, how quiet thedeparture of a wicked person, how is he honoured, and how soonare all his cruelties and oppressions forgotten! They are takenoff with other men, as the harvestman gathers the ears of cornas they come to hand. There will often appear much to resemblethe wrong view of Providence Job takes in this chapter. But weare taught by the word of inspiration, that these notions areformed in ignorance, from partial views. The providence of God,in the affairs of men, is in every thing a just and wiseprovidence. Let us apply this whenever the Lord may try us. Hecannot do wrong. The unequalled sorrows of the Son of God whenon earth, unless looked at in this view, perplex the mind. Butwhen we behold him, as the sinner's Surety, bearing the curse,we can explain why he should endure that wrath which was due tosin, that Divine justice might be satisfied, and his peoplesaved.
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