Job 30

* Job's honour is turned into contempt. (1-14) Job a burden to

himself. (15-31)

1-14 Job contrasts his present condition with his former honour

and authority. What little cause have men to be ambitious or

proud of that which may be so easily lost, and what little

confidence is to be put in it! We should not be cast down if we

are despised, reviled, and hated by wicked men. We should look

to Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners.
15-31 Job complains a great deal. Harbouring hard thoughts of

God was the sin which did, at this time, most easily beset Job.

When inward temptations join with outward calamities, the soul

is hurried as in a tempest, and is filled with confusion. But

woe be to those who really have God for an enemy! Compared with

the awful state of ungodly men, what are all outward, or even

inward temporal afflictions? There is something with which Job

comforts himself, yet it is but a little. He foresees that death

will be the end of all his troubles. God's wrath might bring him

to death; but his soul would be safe and happy in the world of

spirits. If none pity us, yet our God, who corrects, pities us,

even as a father pitieth his own children. And let us look more

to the things of eternity: then the believer will cease from

mourning, and joyfully praise redeeming love.

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