Job 6* Job justifies his complaints. (1-7) He wishes for death.(8-13) Job reproves his friends as unkind. (14-30)1-7 Job still justifies himself in his complaints. In additionto outward troubles, the inward sense of God's wrath took awayall his courage and resolution. The feeling sense of the wrathof God is harder to bear than any outward afflictions. What thendid the Saviour endure in the garden and on the cross, when hebare our sins, and his soul was made a sacrifice to Divinejustice for us! Whatever burden of affliction, in body orestate, God is pleased to lay upon us, we may well submit to itas long as he continues to us the use of our reason, and thepeace of our conscience; but if either of these is disturbed,our case is very pitiable. Job reflects upon his friends fortheir censures. He complains he had nothing offered for hisrelief, but what was in itself tasteless, loathsome, andburdensome. 8-13 Job had desired death as the happy end of his miseries.For this, Eliphaz had reproved him, but he asks for it againwith more vehemence than before. It was very rash to speak thusof God destroying him. Who, for one hour, could endure the wrathof the Almighty, if he let loose his hand against him? Let usrather say with David, O spare me a little. Job grounds hiscomfort upon the testimony of his conscience, that he had been,in some degree, serviceable to the glory of God. Those who havegrace in them, who have the evidence of it, and have it inexercise, have wisdom in them, which will be their help in theworst of times. 14-30 In his prosperity Job formed great expectations from hisfriends, but now was disappointed. This he compares to thefailing of brooks in summer. Those who rest their expectationson the creature, will find it fail when it should help them;whereas those who make God their confidence, have help in thetime of need, #Heb 4:16|. Those who make gold their hope, sooneror later will be ashamed of it, and of their confidence in it.It is our wisdom to cease from man. Let us put all ourconfidence in the Rock of ages, not in broken reeds; in theFountain of life, not in broken cisterns. The application isvery close; "for now ye are nothing." It were well for us, if wehad always such convictions of the vanity of the creature, as wehave had, or shall have, on a sick-bed, a death-bed, or introuble of conscience. Job upbraids his friends with their hardusage. Though in want, he desired no more from them than a goodlook and a good word. It often happens that, even when we expectlittle from man, we have less; but from God, even when we expectmuch, we have more. Though Job differed from them, yet he wasready to yield as soon as it was made to appear that he was inerror. Though Job had been in fault, yet they ought not to havegiven him such hard usage. His righteousness he holds fast, andwill not let it go. He felt that there had not been suchiniquity in him as they supposed. But it is best to commit ourcharacters to Him who keeps our souls; in the great day everyupright believer shall have praise of God.
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