Job 30* Job's honour is turned into contempt. (1-14) Job a burden tohimself. (15-31)1-14 Job contrasts his present condition with his former honourand authority. What little cause have men to be ambitious orproud of that which may be so easily lost, and what littleconfidence is to be put in it! We should not be cast down if weare despised, reviled, and hated by wicked men. We should lookto Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners. 15-31 Job complains a great deal. Harbouring hard thoughts ofGod was the sin which did, at this time, most easily beset Job.When inward temptations join with outward calamities, the soulis hurried as in a tempest, and is filled with confusion. Butwoe be to those who really have God for an enemy! Compared withthe awful state of ungodly men, what are all outward, or eveninward temporal afflictions? There is something with which Jobcomforts himself, yet it is but a little. He foresees that deathwill be the end of all his troubles. God's wrath might bring himto death; but his soul would be safe and happy in the world ofspirits. If none pity us, yet our God, who corrects, pities us,even as a father pitieth his own children. And let us look moreto the things of eternity: then the believer will cease frommourning, and joyfully praise redeeming love.
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