Job 27* Job protests his sincerity. (1-6) The hypocrite is withouthope. (7-10) The miserable end of the wicked. (11-23)1-6 Job's friends now suffered him to speak, and he proceededin a grave and useful manner. Job had confidence in the goodnessboth of his cause and of his God; and cheerfully committed hiscause to him. But Job had not due reverence when he spake of Godas taking away his judgment, and vexing his soul. To resolvethat our hearts shall not reproach us, while we hold fast ourintegrity, baffles the designs of the evil spirit. 7-10 Job looked upon the condition of a hypocrite and a wickedman, to be most miserable. If they gained through life by theirprofession, and kept up their presumptuous hope till death, whatwould that avail when God required their souls? The more comfortwe find in our religion, the more closely we shall cleave to it.Those who have no delight in God, are easily drawn away by thepleasures, and easily overcome by the crosses of this life. 11-23 Job's friends, on the same subject, spoke of the miseryof wicked men before death as proportioned to their crimes; Jobconsidered that if it were not so, still the consequences oftheir death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matterin a true light. Death to a godly man, is like a fair gale ofwind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wickedman, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to destruction.While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing mercy; but now theday of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him hiswrath. When God casts down a man, there is no flying from, norbearing up under his anger. Those who will not now flee to thearms of Divine grace, which are stretched out to receive them,will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, whichwill shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a manprofited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?
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