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The
History of Job.

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Frontispiece.

Elihu speaking to Job before his friends
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The
History of Job,


In
language adapted to children.

by the
Author of the Peep of Day, Line Upon Line, &c.

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London:
J. Hatchard and son, 187, Piccadilly;
and J. Harris, St. Paul’s Churchyard.
18421842.

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Preface.

The object of this little work is the same
as that of its predecessors, to obtain an
audience for its Divine Master.

The book of Job, especially the didactic
parts, contains many difficulties, which might
discourage a child from reading it—yet, if
these were removed, even a child might find
much in it to interest the mind and heart.
For children are born into a world of trouble,
and should be early made acquainted with
the highest human example of patience, and
the most wonderful instance of God’s restoring
mercy to a mere man. Those, indeed,
whose minds have been debilitated by readingB B1v 6
fairy tales and infantine novels, may be
indifferent to a history at once so simple and
so solemn. But there are others, who,
nursed in the lap of a praying mother, early
taught to kneel beside her, accustomed to
listen to her pious remarks, and to behold
her holy example—will accept with pleasure
from her hand this little gift,—read it, while
seated by her side, with attention, and afterwards
commit it to the nursery, or schoolroom
shelf—entreating to be allowed to look
at that sacred original, of which this work is
a feeble outline.

Such are the hopes with which this imperfect
production is presented to the parents
of the rising generation—a generation,
on which the eyes of the present are fixed,
expecting to behold in it, when sinking
themselves into the grave, the first-fruits of
their humble labours.

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History of Job.

Chapter I.
The first trial of Job’s patience.

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I am now going to relate the history of a
man named Job, who lived a long while ago.
I am sure that he lived after Noah, and I
think he lived after Abraham, but not long
after. He did not live in the land of Canaan;
he lived in a land called Uz, which
is somewhere near the great river called
Euphrates.

Job was the richest man in the land of
Uz. In those days rich men had a great
many animals: Job had seven thousand B 3 B3v 10
sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred
yoke of oxen, (that is one thousand, for two
oxen go in one yoke,) and five hundred
asses. His oxen went in a yoke when they ploughed his
fields, and his asses were for riding.

Job was not only the richest man in Uz, he
was something much better than rich; he was
good. Rich people often do not think of
God; but Job feared him, and hated sin.
He was upright in his behaviour to man,
and his heart was sincere in God’s sight.

He had also a wife, seven sons, and
three daughters. I believe his children were
grown up, for his sons had houses of their
own. There was a custom among Job’s
sons which showed that they loved each
other. They used each to give a feast to
the others by turns, on particular days that
they fixed upon; and they always invited
their sisters to come and dine with them.
I do not know whether they invited their
friends to come also, but I suppose they
did. I think that Job did not go to these
feasts, for he was a man that spent his time B4vr 11
chiefly in doing good to the poor, and in
judging the people, and in prayer; and he
had not much time for feasting. It is not
wrong to go to some kinds of feasts, for the
Lord Jesus went to feasts sometimes. Job
wished very much for his children to be
good. He was afraid lest, when they were
at their feasts, they should commit sin, even
in their hearts, by not thanking God for his
goodness: so this was what Job did. After
they had each given a feast, he rose up
early in the morning and sent for his children,
and prepared them for offering sacrifices
for their sins. I suppose he spoke to
them of their sins, and of their need of
God’s pardon. “Job sent and sanctified them.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.i.5.
Then he offered ten sacrifices
of sheep, and some other animal, and
prayed to God for his children. What a
good father he was! He loved his children’s
souls: he feared lest they should be
lost for ever. Perhaps, my dear children,
your parents pray with you sometimes, and
often pray for you with many tears when
they are alone.

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Do you not think that such a good man
as Job must have been very happy? And
so he was. He knew that God loved him, “O that I were as in months past, as in the days when
God preserved me; when his candle shined upon my head.
… When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
when the Almightly was yet with me.”
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and he thought that he should always be
happy. “Then I said ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply
my days as the sand.’”
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But O what sad afflictions came
upon him! You shall hear why Job was
at last so much afflicted.

Now there was a day when the sons of
God came to present themselves before the
Lord. Do you wish to know who the sons
of God were? I think they were the angels,
for angels are called the sons of God. “When the morning stars sang together, and all the
sons of God shouted for joy.”
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But now you will be surprised at what I am
going to tell you. Among the angels Satan
came. He is an angel too, a wicked angel.
But might Satan come into heaven? No
—he can never go there, but God is
everywhere; and Satan might come before 4 B5r 13
God without going into heaven. And the
Lord spoke to Satan and said, “Where do
you come from?”
Then Satan answered,
“From going to and fro in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it.”

You know why Satan walks up and down
on the earth. To tempt men, and bring
them, if he can, to be with him in hell. “Your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour.”
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And the Lord asked Satan whether he had
seen Job, and whether there were any man as
good as Job in all the earth? Satan does
not like people to be good. He does not
like God to love people. He is envious of
good people. Satan could not bear to hear
God praise Job, “The accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused
them before God day and night.”
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and he said that Job
obeyed God only for what he could get.
“Have you not taken so much care of him
and of his things? but only just hurt his
things, and he will curse thee to thy face.”

Satan said that Job was a hypocrite, but we
know that he was not; for God said that he
was the best man in all the earth.

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Would God let Job be hurt? Yes, he would,
that Satan might see, and that all people
might see, that Job really loved him. So
God allowed Satan to hurt all the things
that Job had; but not at first to hurt Job
himself.

How glad Satan must have been when
God allowed him to afflict Job, for Satan is
full of hatred and malice!

Now we shall hear what Satan did. One
of those joyful days came when Job’s children
feasted together. This time they were
all in the house of their eldest brother. Job
had not gone to the feast. But even when
fathers are at home, and their children are
out, they are pleased to think their children
are happy. Job little thought what sorrow
he was going soon to feel.

A messenger came suddenly to Job and
said, “The oxen were ploughing, and the
asses were feeding near, when the Sabeans
came and took them all away, and killed all
the servants with the sword, and I only am
escaped alone to tell thee.”

The Sabeans were robbers, who went B6r 15
about the country stealing cattle. Job must
have been sorry to hear his cattle were
stolen, but much more to hear that the poor
ploughmen were all murdered. But before
that messenger had done speaking, another
came, and brought still worse news. He
said, “The fire of God is fallen from heaven,
and has burned up the sheep and the servants,
and I only am escaped alone to tell
thee.”

This fire, I suppose, was a thunderbolt
that sometimes comes from heaven, when
there is a terrible storm. What a storm this
must have been! The oxen and the asses
had not only been stolen, but the sheep had
been burned, and the poor shepherds with
them.

Was there anything left to Job? Yes.
Were there not his camels? But before the
second messenger had done speaking, a third
man arrived, and said, “The Chaldeans
came in three bands, (a little army of soldiers,)
and fell upon the camels, and carried
them away, and killed the servants with the
sword, and I only am escaped alone to tell
thee.”

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Now Job had no animals left. He still
had a house, but he was not a rich man any
longer. His ploughmen, his shepherds, and
his camel-drivers, were all dead. But there
was greater trouble still to come. While
the third messenger was yet speaking, a
fourth arrived, and said, “Thy sons and
thy daughters were eating and drinking
wine in their eldest brother’s house, when
there came a great wind from the wilderness,
and smote the four corners of the
house, and it fell upon the young men, and
I alone am escaped to tell thee.”

Now everything dreadful had happened
to Job. His daughters were dead, as well
as his sons, and only his wife was left him.
Will Job now curse God, as Satan had said?
Listen, and I will tell you what Job did.

He rose up and he tore his cloak that he
wore, and shaved his head, and he threw
himself down upon the ground, and worshipped,
and said “I had no clothes, and
nothing at all when I was first born, and I
shall take nothing with me when I die. The
Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; C1r 17
blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Thus,
you see, Job blessed God instead of cursing
him. He was, indeed, very, very unhappy;
and he showed his unhappiness (as people
did in those days) by tearing his cloak and
shaving his head. But he did not say that
God was unkind. He did not know why
God had let these troubles come upon him,
yet he knew that God might do what He
pleased; for God gave him everything at
first, and might take them all back again
when He saw fit. Ah! my dear children,
when your parents punish you, do you behave
in this way? Are you not sometimes
angry with them, because they will not let
you have what you want? Grown-up people
sometimes feel displeased with what God
does to them. There is one thing which we
ought to remember in all our troubles. It
is this short sentence, “God is love.”

Job knew this, and he loved God even
when God afflicted him.

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Chapter II.
The second trial of Job’s patience.

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We have heard how Job became quite a
poor man, and how he lost all his children.
He bore these afflictions very patiently.

Would Satan still say that Job was a
hypocrite, and only pretended to love God?

Again there was a day when the sons of
God came before the Lord, and Satan came
with them. And God said to Satan, “Where
do you come from?”
And Satan answered,
“From going to and fro in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it.”

And the Lord asked him again whether
he had seen Job, and had observed how, in
all his troubles, he went on worshipping
the Lord. But Satan said that Job had not
been hurt himself; and that he would care
more if his body were hurt than for anything
else. “Touch his bones and his flesh, and he
will curse thee to thy face.”

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And the Lord allowed Satan to hurt him;
only not to kill him.

Would not Satan be much pleased to be
allowed to hurt Job?

He sent Job a very dreadful disease.
Boils covered his whole body from the top
of his head to the sole of his feet. Now
boils give a great deal of pain. They also
make a person look very frightful, and seem
very unpleasant.

How unhappy poor Job now felt! He
could not be comfortable for one moment;
nor could he lie down, or sit, or stand.
There was no part of him that was
well and sound. He clothed himself in
sackcloth, “I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xvi.15.
and sat down among some ashes,
to show his grief; and he took a piece of a
broken basin to scrape himself with, though
by doing so he made his sore places worse
than they were before.

Now, while he was sitting there, his wife
spoke to him. Perhaps you think she came
to comfort him. Not so. She came to tempt
him. I do not think she was a godly woman;C2v 20
for she asked Job to curse God, and
die. I suppose she thought that if he cursed
God, he would be struck dead by God.
What wicked advice this was! I am not
surprised that she was unhappy, for she had
lost her riches and children (though she
was not sick,) but I am surprised she could
advise Job to be so wicked.

But Job would not mind what she said.
He answered, “You speak like a foolish
(a wicked) woman. Shall we recieve good
at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not
recieve evil?”
O how grateful Job was to
God! He remembered how many things
God had once given him, and how well he
had felt day after day; and though now he
was in such pain, he still loved God.

I asked you before, my dear children,
whether you do not sometimes think your
parents unkind when they punish you? Do
you not forget how many kind things they
have done to you? If you were grateful, you
would never forget their kindness. Grownup
people sometimes are angry with God,
when he lets them be unhappy, and they
murmur against Him.

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You see that Job’s wife did not comfort
him; but Job had three friends who lived
in places a great way off, and who heard
of his great trouble, and they came to comfort
him. They were very old men, and
were thought to be very wise. “Elisha said, ‘I am young and ye are old.’ I said,
‘Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach
wisdom.’”
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Before they
came to the place where Job sat, they looked
up, and saw him; and they were so much
shocked to see him in such a dreadful state,
that they all began to weep aloud; for they
would not have known him, had they not
heard what had happened to him. They
tore their cloaks, and threw dust in the air
over their heads, to show their grief. Then
they sat down near Job for seven days and
seven nights, and never spoke to him all that
time, because they saw he was very unhappy;
for when people are very unhappy
indeed, it is best not to speak to them, but
only to sit with them and weep. It must
have been a little comfort to Job to see that
his friends had not forsaken him. They did C 3 C3v 22
not sit by Job without leaving their places
at all for a whole week; for they ate and
drank, and slept, part of the time; and Job
also sometimes lay on his bed, and tried to
sleep. “When I say, ‘My bed shall comfort me; my couch
shall ease my complaint, then thou scarest me with dreams.’”

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All this time, Job remained in great pain
and agony. His clothes stuck to his flesh, “By the great force of my disease is my garment
changed; it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.”

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and his skin was almost black with the heat
of his blood; “My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned
with heat.”
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his face was covered with
tears; “My face is foul with weeping.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xvi.16.
his flesh with clods of dust. “My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust.”
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He
could get no rest night or day, for when he
lay down he tossed from side to side, and
said, “When will the night be gone?” “When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise, and
the nights be gone?’
And I am full of tossings to and fro,
unto the dawning of the day.”
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And while he ate his food, he sighed, and
even cried out with pain. “My sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are
poured out like the waters.”
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At last he
opened his mouth, and began to speak. He
did not curse his God, but he did curse the
day on which he was born. This was wrong;
for God had let him be born that he might
at last live for ever in heaven. But Job was
in such pain that he spoke what he ought
not. He said, “Let that day be darkness.”
He wished there never had been such a day
at all. Then he wished that he had died
when he was a little baby.

Job was not so patient as the blessed Lord
Jesus
was when he was in the garden and
on the cross; yet he was more patient than
any wicked man could have been. We cannot
tell how much pain Job felt. If we did
know, we should not wonder at what he
said.

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Chapter III.
The greatest trial of Job’s patience.

The names of Job’s friends were El-i-phaz,
Bil-dad, and Zo-phar.

Now was the time for them to comfort
Job; but instead of comforting him, they
began to speak unkindly to him.

While they had been watching by him,
they had been thinking in their hearts that
Job must have done some very wicked things
secretly, for which God was now punishing
him. “Is not thy wickedness great, and thine iniquities infinite?
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother
for nought, and therefore snares are round about thee, and
sudden fear troubleth thee; thou sayest, ‘How doth God
know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?’”
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5—13.

But this was not true. Job was good—
but God let him have troubles to try him.

One of the friends, called Eliphaz, answered
Job; and he told Job, that if he were
good, God would help him. “Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being ininnocent?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.iv.7. “I would seek unto God, and unto God
would I commit my cause.”
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When Job found his friends did not feel
for him, he was still more unhappy, “To him that is afflicted, pity should be showed from
his friend.”
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and
wished that God would make him die. “O that God would grant me the thing that I long for,
even that it would please God to destroy me.”
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When Job had answered Eliphaz, then
Bildad spoke, and advised Job to repent of
his wickedness; and told him, God would
then help him. “If thou wouldest seek unto God, and make thy supplication
unto the Almighty; if thou wert pure, and upright,
surely he would not awake for thee.”
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Poor Job then answered
Bildad Then Zophar spoke the most unkindly
of all; “Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and
when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?”

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and Job answered him. In
this way the three friends went on speaking
to Job. They spoke by turns; and Job
answered each of them after he had spoken.

They were no comfort to Job—so that he
cried out, “Miserable comforters are ye all.”

These friends were wise, but they made
one great mistake. It was this. They C5v 26
thought that God only afflicted wicked
people; and that if He did sometimes
punish the righteous for their sins, He made
them happy again, as soon as ever they
confessed their fault. “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither
will he help the evil doers.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.viii.20. “Even as I have seen,
they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the
same.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.iv.8. “If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt
be built up. Then shalt thou lay upon gold as dust.”
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23,24.

Job knew that this was not true. He
said that God afflicted righteous people, as
well as wicked people. “This is one thing, therefore I said it; ‘He destroyeth
the perfect and the wicked. The earth is given
into the hand of the wicked.’”
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This was true.
Job knew, that though he was righteous,
yet God had afflicted him.

You must not suppose that Job was so
proud as to think he was not a sinner. He
knew that he had committed many sins, “Thou makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.”
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but still he felt that he really loved God,
and wished to serve him. “He shall also be my salvation, for an hypocrite shall
not come before him.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xiii.16. “My face is foul with weeping,
and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; not for
any injustice in my hands; also my prayer is pure.”
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16,17.
It hurt him very C6r 27
much to hear his friends say that he had
been unkind to poor people, taking away
their clothes, not giving water to the thirsty,
or bread to the hungry; and treating widows
and fatherless children very cruelly. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job xxiii.6—9.
Job
knew he had not done any of these things.
He felt so grieved that once he cried out,
“Have pity upon me, have pity upon me,
O ye my friends, for the hand of God hath
touched me.”
Another time he said, “My
friends scorn me, but mine eye poureth out
tears unto God.”

But it was not his three friends only that
behaved unkindly to him. His relations and
acquaintance would not speak to him, and
even the maids in his house behaved to
him as if they did not know him. When
he called his servant, he gave him no answer,
not even when he begged him to listen:
but worse than all, his wife would not come C6v 28
near him. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job xix.13—17.
Why did they all treat him in
this manner? They believed he was wicked,
because he was afflicted.

There were some children who laughed at
him, and even dared to spit in his face.
These children had been brought up by very
wicked fathers, who had been driven for their
wickedness to live among the bushes in the
wilderness. Once these children would have
been afraid of Job, knowing that they deserved
to be punished, but now they were
so mean as to mock him in his misery. “Children of fools, yea, children of base men; they
were viler than the earth. And now I am their song, yea,
I am their byword. They abhor me; they flee far from
me, and spare not to spit in my face &c.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job xxx.

Poor Job longed to be alone, away from
wicked people; and to be a brother to the
dragons who live in desert places, and a
companion to owls, who hide themselves in
the trees. “I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.”
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Job thought of the days that were past.
He remembered the time when his children D1r 29
were around him; when he was anointed
with oil from his olive-trees, that grew on
the rocks,—when he sat in the high seats
in the city where judges sat. He remembered
what respect people paid to him then,
—how the bad young men hid themselves,
and how the old men stood up, as he went
by,—how the ears of poor people were
pleased to hear his voice, and how their eyes
rejoiced to see him, because he had helped
them in distress.

Job said, “I was eyes to the blind, and
feet was I to the lame. I was a father to
the poor. I made the widow’s heart to sing
for joy.”
For Job had been kind to the
blind, and lame, and poor. When he sat
in the judgement-seat, every one listened to
him; they liked to hear him speak, because
he was wise and good; they were not tired
of listening, but longed for his words, as for
rain in a hot day. How pleased they were,
if Job looked kindly on them; and how
ready they were to follow all his advice! INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxix. The whole. “If I laughed on them, they believed
it not. I chose out their way, and sat chief, and
dwelt as a king in the army.”
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And now every one was turned against
Job. His friends had left off loving him, “They whom I loved are turned against me” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xix.19.
and the wicked struck him in the face, and
abused him.

Was ever any man so much afflicted as
he was? Yet he still kept on believing in
God. He said several things which showed
his faith.

He said—“Though God slay me, yet will
I trust in Him.” “They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they
have smitten me on the cheek reproachfully; they have
gathered themselves together against me. God hath delivered
me to the ungodly.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xvi.10,11.

He said that he knew God was trying
him like gold, which the goldsmith puts in
the fire, to make it bright. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xiii.15.

And again he said, “I know that my Redeemer
liveth, and that he shall stand in the
latter day upon the earth; and that though
worms destroy this body, I shall see him,
(with my own eyes.)” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxiii.10.
Job believed that he
should rise again when the Lord comes from
heaven. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xix.25—27.

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Job tried to persuade his friends that he
had not been a wicked man. He confessed
that he had committed many sins; but he
declared that he had not lived a wicked
life. He mentioned some of the chief things
that he had done right.

He had been kind to his servants, for he
had remembered that the same God had
made them who had made him. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.13—15.

He had not eaten his dinner alone; he
had sent some to the fatherless, and he had
given the fleeces of his sheep to warm poor
people who were old. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.17—20.

He had not loved his gold, and been proud
of it. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.24,25.

He had not worshipped the sun or
moon, by kissing his hand in secret to
them. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.26—28.

If a person had offended him, he had not
wished him to be hurt. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.29,39.

He had not let strangers lie in the street
at night, but had opened his doors to them.

D2v 32

Neither had he hidden his sins like Adam,
but had confessed them to God. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.33.

Neither had he refused to pay the wages
of the men who worked in his fields. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.38,39.
“If
I have done so,”
said Job, “let thistles grow
instead of wheat, and cockle instead of
barley.”

When Job had done speaking, his friends
did not know what to answer, for they found
they could not make Job own that he was a
wicked man. They had been very cruel to
Job in speaking as they had done. It was
time for them to leave off tormenting him.

Chapter IV.
How Great God Is In All His Works.

But there were some other people there
besides the three friends. One of them was
named Elihu. He had listened to all that D3r 33
Job and his friends had said, and he had
not liked what he had heard. He thought
that Job had spoken too much of his own
goodness, and that he had not praised God;
and he thought the friends had spoken too
much against Job. Still he had not chosen
to speak, because he was young, and the
three friends were very old; but when they
could not answer anymore, then he began
to speak. See Frontispiece.

Elihu did not say that Job was wicked,
as the friends had done, but he told Job
that he had boasted too much.

He said to him, “I heard you say that
you had no sin.” “I am clean without transgression, I am innocent, neither
is there any iniquity in me.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxiii.9.
Had Job said that? No,
he had not said that he had no sin at all,
for many times since he had been sick he
had confessed his sins. Elihu should not
have accused Job of saying what he had
not said. Yet Elihu gave good advice, but
in an unkind manner. He ought to have
pitied Job. We ought to be very kind to D 3 D3v 34
people who are sick; we ought not to be
sharp in marking what they say wrong.
Elihu could not tell what great pain Job
had been feeling all the time he had been
speaking.

Elihu said many unkind things to Job:
he said, “Job has not spoken wisely; he
has spoken against God; therefore God is
angry with him.” “Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words
were without wisdom. (He) mulipliethmultiplieth his words against
God.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxiv.37. “God hath visited in his anger.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxv.15.
Then Elihu spoke of
the greatness of God, “God is greater than man.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxiii.12.
and told Job he
ought to humble himself before God, “Surely it is meet to be said unto God, ‘I have borne
chastisement, I will not offend any more.’”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxiv.31.
and
that God would then comfort him. “Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait
into a broad place.”
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But while Elihu was speaking, a terrible
thunder-storm came on. Elihu called the
thunder the voice of God, and said that it
showed how great God was. “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great
things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxvii.5.
At last some D4r 335
brightness appeared among the clouds, and
this light showed how great God was. “Now men see not the bright light which is in the
clouds; but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. Fair
weather cometh out of the north; (or is brought by the
north wind;) with God is terrible majesty.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxvii.22.

Elihu’s heart had trembled at the thunder,
“At this (or the thunder) also my heart trembleth, and
is moved out of his place.”
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but he could not know that a greater
voice would soon be heard. When Elihu
had done speaking, the voice of God was
heard out of the whirlwind. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxviii.1.
God spoke to
Job, and asked him why he had said so many
unwise things. How frightened all the persons
must have been who heard this voice!
Zophar, one of the friends, had wished that
God would speak, “O that God would speak, and open his lips against
thee.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xi.5.
and Job had wished it
too; “Behold my desire is, that the Almighty would answer
me.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxi.35.
and now God did speak. He asked
Job some questions, to show Job how little
he knew. His first question was about the D4v 36
earth. Most children know that the earth
is like a round ball, and that it hangs in the
air, as the moon does, and that it is fastened
to nothing. God said to Job, “Where
were you when I began to make the earth,
and when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxiv.4—7.

Who saw God make the earth? The angels,
and they were glad, because the earth shows
forth the glory of their God.

Could Job answer this question? He
was not born when God made the earth.

God next asked Job where he was when
the great sea was shut up in the deep place
that God made for it. For the sea is almost
as great as the dry land, and it is always
tossing itself, as if it wanted to get out of
the deep place where it is; but it cannot get
out, for God has said, “Come so far, but no
farther.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxiv.8—11.

God asked Job whether he had made it
light every morning— “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days?”
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whether he had seen D5r 37
the great caves in the bottom of the sea,
where the precious stones are hid— “Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast
thou walked in the search of the depth?”
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whether
he knew where the darkness came from, “As for darkness, where is the place thereof?” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.19.

and where the snow and hail were kept that
came down in such quantities on the earth; “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow, or
hast thou entered into the treasures of the hail?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.22.

whether he could make the stars shine in
winter or in summer in the sky, “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Or
canst thou find Arcututus with his sons?”
or send out
the lightnings, “Canst thou send out lightnings, that they may go, and
say unto thee, ‘Here we are’?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.35.
or count the clouds, or stop
the rain from falling. “Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can
stay the bottles of heaven?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.37.
Could Job do any
of these things?

Then God spoke of the beasts, and birds,
and of the care he took of them.

I will describe to you some of these beasts
and birds of which God spoke to Job, and I
will tell you some things about them that
are not written in the Bible.

D5v 38

1. The Lion.—He is called the king of
beasts, because he has so terrible a look;
and has such enormous strength, that he can
break a horse’s leg with his tail. All the
beasts of the forest are alarmed at the sound
of his roaring when he is hungry. He lives
upon the flesh of animals, and he prefers
the flesh of man to that of any other animal.
He dwells in dark dens in secret places in
the woods, and comes out of them at night
to seek for food. Often in the day he lies
hid among the bushes, and bursts out upon
people who pass by. “They couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to
lie in wait.”

God spoke of this terrible lion to Job, and
asked him whether he could provide food for
the young lions. “Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite
of the young lions?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.39.

2. The Raven.— This bird is black like a
crow, but is much larger. It is a fierce
bird, and feeds upon chickens, and rabbits,
and other small animals. It brings them
home to its young ones in their nest, which D6r 39
is built in the hole of a rock, or in a high
tree. These young ones make much noise
when in their nest, to show their hunger.

God asked Job whether he knew who
provided food for the ravens when they cried
out for hunger. “Who provideth for the raven his food, when his young
ones cry unto God?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.41.

3. The wild goats.—Numbers of goats
live on the tops of high mountains, and leap
from rock to rock. They are fond of the
grass and plants that grow there; but when
they can they break into the corn-fields, and
get fat and strong upon the nice food they
find there.

God spoke to Job of these goats, who
bring up their little ones without any one to
help them. “Their young ones are in good liking; they grow up
with corn; they go forth., and return not unto them.”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxix.4.

4. The wild ass.—Every child knows that
the tame ass is a patient, stupid, slow animal;
but the wild ass is quite different.
Wild asses live in the deserts, and like best D6v 40
salt plants, and to drink salt water. “Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath
loosed the bonds of the wild ass? Whose house I have
made the wilderness, and the barren land (a salt place) his
dwelling.”
As
many as twenty asses live in a flock toge—
ther; and one of them watches to see whether
any one is coming near. If the ass on
the watch sees a man coming, he runs to
the other asses, and they all set off in a
very fast gallop; and so fast can they gallop,
that no horse can overtake them; indeed
they will sometimes stop to let a man on
horseback get almost up to them, and then
set off with more swiftness than before. If
any one does come near a wild ass, the
animal begins to bite and kick in such a
furious manner than he is soon killed. It is
therefore very difficult to catch wild asses.
Sometimes, however, they are caught either
by many hunters, who come round them on all
sides, and throw nooses over their heads, or
in pits dug for them, into which they fall.
When they are caught, they are exceedingly
fierce, and try to wound the people who An engraving of a rhinoceros standing on a grassy bank by a body of water To face page 41. E1r 41
seize hold of them. But all animals can be
tamed, and therefore the wild ass can be
made to draw a load, and to bear a rider on
his back.

God spoke to Job of the wild ass that lived
in troops near his dwelling.

5. The Unicorn.—This is a very large
animal, that has one horn between his eyes.
The name now given to it is the Rhi-no-ce-
ros. It is the strongest beast in the world,
and the largest except one. The skin of its
back and sides is so hard that nothing can
pierce it; so that it can run quickly through
the woods without being hurt by the thorns
and great boughs. It does not eat other
animals, but lives upon plants. None dare
to attack it, for even the tiger is soon pierced
through by its sharp strong horn. It is
hard to tame such an animal, “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or to abide
by thy crib?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxix.9.
or to trust it
even when it is tame, for it is sometimes in
a fury, and turns upon its masters, and destroysE E1v 42
them. “Wilt thou trust him because his strength is great? or
wilt thou leave thy labour to him?”
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How useful it would be if
ifit were like the ox, and would draw the
plough to prepare for the seed being sown;
or draw the harrow to cover up the seed
after it is sown; or draw the wagon to take
the seed home to the barn! “Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow?
or will he harrow the valleys after thee? Wilt thou
believe bimhim, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather
it into thy barn?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.10—12.
But the unicorn,
or rhinoceros, cannot be trusted to do
these useful services.

6. The Peacock.—God then spoke of the
beautiful wings he had given to the peacock;
that splendid bird whose feathers, when
they are spread out like a fan, shine with
purple, and green, and gold. “Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacock?” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.13.

7. The Ostrich.—This is the largest of
birds, and it is taller than the tallest man.
With its wings it cannot fly, but it stretches
them out, when it runs, to catch the wind,
and then the swiftest horse could not over engraving of an ostrich in the desert with an egg behind it To face page 42. E2r 43
take it. “What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth
the horse and his rider.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.18.
The feathers of its tail are very
beautiful. They are long and white, and
are used by princesses and great ladies to
adorn their heads. “Gavest thou wings and feathers unto the ostrich?” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.13.
Hunters pursue the
ostriches for the sake of its feathers; but
they would never be able to catch it, were
it not that the bird is so silly that it runs
crooked, first on one side and then on the
other, so that the hunters, who take care to
run straight, after some days can overtake
it; then the foolish bird often hides its head
in the sand, and thinks that no one can see
it. The ostrich puts me in mind of those
foolish people who think God cannot see
them, because they cannot see God. But
the ostrich shows its folly chiefly in the
little care it takes of its eggs; for instead of
making a nest in some secret place, like
other birds, it digs a hole in the sand, and
lays them in it, just covering them over with
sand. She leaves them in the day-time,
trusting the sun to warm them while she E2v 44
is gone, forgetting that the foot may crush
them, or that the wild beast may break
them. It is true that the ostriches sit upon
their nests in the night, and often in the
day, in order to hatch them: but they ought
to be watching the eggs, for when they are
away, not only do beasts tread on them, but
black men often come to rob the nests, and
feast upon the eggs, which are very large
and good to eat. But God has not given
the ostrich so much sense as he has given
to most other birds. “Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth
them in dust, and forgetteth that the foot may crush, or
that the wild beast may break them? She is hardened
against her young ones, as though they were not hers, because
God hath deprived her of wisdom; neither hath he
imparted to her understanding.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.14—16.

8. The horse.—God next spoke of one of
the most beautiful and glorious of animals.
The horse is both gentle and brave. He
will obey his master, and yet he will venture
into the battle. Indeed, the war-horse delights
in the sound of the trumpet, “He saith among the trumpets, ‘Ha, ha.’ He smelleth
the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the
shouting.”
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and E3r 45
rushes into the field, not afraid of the sword,
or of the spear. “He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted, neither
turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth
against him, the glittering spear, and the shield.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.22,23.
The horse does not behave
as the unicorn often does, who grows
furious in the battle, and sometimes kills his
own master, but he bears his rider in the
midst of the enemy, till he falls down dead
upon the field.

How sad to think that men should fight
so fiercely against their fellow-creatures!
They even did so in the days of Job, and
they have done so ever since. But when all
men love the Lord, they will turn the sword
into the share of the plough, which makes
furrows in the ground, and the spear into a
sharp hook with which to prune the vine
and the trees of the orchard. “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and
their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up
sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any
more.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa. ii.4.
What pleasant
times will those be! But God did not E 3 E3v 46
speak of those times to Job, but of the times
of war and bloodshed.

9. The Hawk.—There are some hawks
that like to live in a very hot country in
winter. The country which Job lived in
was hot, but not so hot as some others.
The hawk is so wise that it knows when the
winter is coming, and which way to go
through the air to find a hotter country.
Did Job make the hawk so wise, and teach
it where to fly? “Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her
wings towards the earth?”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxix.26.

10. The Eagle.—Though it is not so large
as the ostrich, it is a much braver, and
stronger, and wiser bird. There is no bird
whose wings are so strong, therefore none
can fly so high or so fast. It does not build
its nest on the sand, but on the very high
trees, or the rocks, and sometimes in places
where no creature can come. “Doth the eagle mount up by thy command, and make
her nest on high? She dwelleth and abideth upon the
rock, and the strong place.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xxxix.27,28.
Its nest is
made of strong boughs, like a floor; and they An engraving of an eagle bringing a lamb to its nest, which is on a crag and has two eggs inside. To face page 46. E4r 47
are placed like a bridge between two rocks,
or two branches. The eagle feeds its young
ones with lambs and kids, for it is so strong
that it can carry them in its claws to these
very high places. The eagle has sharpsighted
eyes, so that when she is flying so
high in the air that she looks only like a
little black speck, she can see the beasts
below in the meadow, and she can pounce
suddenly upon them, and carry them off before
they are aware, “From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold
afar off.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.29. “Her young ones also suck up blood.”
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to feed her young ones
upon their blood. When a battle has
been fought, and the field is strewed with
dead bodies, the eagles see them very far off,
and fly to the spot to feed upon the flesh. “Where the slain are, there is she.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.39.

Of this strong and brave bird the Lord spoke
to Job.

Then the Lord asked Job whether he
could answer him—for Job had said he
could—and that he wished God to speak to
him.

E4v 48

Job now felt, more than he had ever done
before, how great that God was, who had
made all these wonderful creatures, and
taught them all their different ways, and
this was the answer he made to God.
“Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer
thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.
Once have I spoken; but I will not answer.
Yea, twice; but (I will say no more.)”

This was the humble way in which Job
now spoke; for he felt that though he was
not a hypocrite as his friends had suspected,
yet that he was a great sinner in the eyes of
the high and holy God.

Chapter V.
How Good God was to Job.

But God had still more wonderful things
to speak of; and He bade Job listen again
to Him.

I. God spoke of Be-he-moth. What ani engraving of a "behemoth" (resembles the elephant) standing on a grassy bank drinking from a body of water, vegitation in background To face page 49. E5r 49
mal is that? It is a beast stronger than
any other, “He is the chief of the ways of God.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xl.10.
whose bones are like bars of
iron, “His bones are like bars of iron.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.18.
and whose tail is like a cedar-tree. “He moveth his tail like a cedar.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.17.
Yet this enormous beast eats grass and
plants, which grow upon the mountains,
where the deer and the goats play. “Surely the mountains bring forth food, where all the
beasts of the field do play.”
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It
likes to lie under shady trees, or in the
damp places where the seeds grow by the
river-side, and it drinks such large draughts
from the river, that it seems as if it would
drink it all up. “He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the
reeds and fens. The shady trees cover him with their
shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not; he trusteth
that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.21—23.
What animal can this be?
Is it the largest of beasts that we call the
elephant? But then the elephant has not
a tail like the cedar-tree, but a very small
one. Then it may be some beast, even E5v 50
larger than the elephant, that we have not
seen. The Mammoth, was, perhaps, intended. Some of its
bones have been found, and show that it was more than
twice as large as the elephant.
If this animal had been preserved upon the earth, many
other animals must have been destroyed to give it room;
for this reason, perhaps, it was permitted to perish, while
its bones remain to show forth its Creator’s power.

II. Last of all, the Lord spoke of an
animal called Levi-a-than.

This animal lives in the sea, so we suppose
it must be a fish. It is so large that,
when it swims near the top of the sea, it
seems to make it to boil. “He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xli.31.
It has large
bright eyes, “His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.”
and it has a wide mouth that
opens like doors, and is full of great teeth. “Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth are
terrible round about.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.14.

It is covered all over with hard pieces,
closely joined together, called scales; and
these are so strong that darts can no more
pierce it than straws. Nor can it be hurt
when it lies down on the sharp stones at E6r 51
the bottom of the sea. “His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a
close seal. One is so near to another that no air can come
between them. He esteemeth iron as straw. Darts are
counted as stubble; sharp stones are under him; he
spreadeth sharp-pointed things upon the mire.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.15,16,
27,30.
There is no creature
on the earth like Leviathan “Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without
fear.”
And who
is Leviathan? Is it the great whale? No;
for the whale has no scales, and no great
teeth, nor fiery eyes. It must then be some
animal that men do not know of now. Some have supposed the crocodile was intended, but
that animal neither is found in the sea, nor makes a path
after it in the water.

After speaking of the wonderful Leviathan,
God left off speaking; and Job again
spoke, even more humbly than before. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.xlii.

He owned that he knew nothing, and that
he had spoken what he did not understand;
for now that he had seen God, he knew
what a vile creature he was, and he saidI
“ abhor myself, and repent in dust and
ashes.”
Yes; even good Job, the very best E6v 52
man on the earth, felt that he was a sinful
worm in the sight of God.

What, then, dear children, are you?—You,
who are not the best of all people, but who
are often naughty? What must you be?

Do you think that God was angry with
Job? O no; though He had taught him
to be more humble, He was much pleased
with the way in which he had behaved in
his affliction. But God was angry with the
three friends for what they had said to Job:
and he told them to offer up sacrifices for
their sins, and to ask Job to pray for them.

How ashamed they must now have been
of their cruel speeches to Job! But they
were not wicked men. They did fear God,
but they were not as loving and merciful as
God is. Their hearts were too hard, and
they had unkind thoughts in their minds.
How glad they must have been to think
that God would forgive them! They took
seven bullocks, and seven sheep, as God
had commanded, and they asked Job to
pray for them. Would Job pray for them?
Would he forgive all their unkindness, and
ask God to forgive them? O yes; he was F1r 53
like the Lord Jesus. Job prayed, and the
Lord heard his prayers for his friends.
What a happy thing it is to have good
friends to pray for us when we have sinned!
We ought to ask our good friends to pray
for us, as God will hear righteous men. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of the righteous man availeth much.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.James v.16.

And we ought to pray for ourselves too.

But do you not long to know whether
poor Job got well? Yes; for the Lord had
now taken him from Satan, “The Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed
for his friends.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.10.
who had made
the dreadful boils to break out over his body.

All Job’s friends and relations came to see
him. They ate bread in his house, and
they pitied him, and comforted him. They
knew how poor he was, and they each
brought him a present of some money. No
doubt the friends had heard that God had
spoken to Job, and had been pleased with
him; so no one could think that God had
sent these troubles because he was angry
with Job.

Job soon grew rich again, for with the F F1v 54
money he would buy sheep and oxen,
camels and asses, and God made the flocks
and herds to grow larger and larger, till at
last Job had twice as many animals as he
had before his afflictions.

But Job had lost his children. God gave
him as many children as he had before. He
had seven sons and three daughters. The
names of the daughters were Jemima, which
means Days upon days; Kezia, or
Cassia, a sweet-smelling plant; and
Keren-happuch, or the horn of plenty.
These daughters were the fairest in all the
land, and Job gave them some of his riches.
Job lived long enough to see his children
grown up and married, and to see his grandchildren,
and even to see their children, who
were his great-grandchildren. I do not know
how old Job was when he died, but I know
that he lived one hundred and forty years
after his troubles had been taken away; and
when he died he was very old indeed, and
was like a shock of corn fully ripe, and fit
to be carried into the barn. “Thou shalt come to the grave in a full age, like as a
shock of corn cometh in his season.”
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Who was ever afflicted so much as Job?
Not one, except the Lord Jesus Christ.
Yet we see that he was delivered out of his
afflictions. All people in trouble should
think of Job, and hope that God will deliver
them. God does not like to let troubles
come; He is so kind that he would rather
be always doing us good; and when he does
send afflictions, he longs to make us happy
again. Ought we not, therefore, to be patient,
trusting the Lord to help us? “Take, my brethren, the prophets who have spoken in
the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering, affliction,
and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which
endure; ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have
seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is very pitiful, and
of tender mercy.”
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My little children, if you live you will
have troubles, but I cannot tell you of what sort;
perhaps you will have troubles of all sorts.
You may, perhaps, lose your things, as Job
lost his cattle. Thieves may steal your
money, or storms may destroy your corn, or
the fire may consume your house.

Perhaps you may lose your friends. You
may have a kind wife, or husband, or some F2v 56
sweet little children, that may be taken off
by a fever quite suddenly.

Perhaps you may lose your health. You
may be obliged to lie upon a sofa, or in a
bed year after year, even while you are
young.

Perhaps you may lose your character.
Unkind people may think you have done
wicked things, which you have not done,
and may speak against you, and laugh at you.

I have read of people who have had many
afflictions come upon them quite suddenly.
I heard of a man who lost all his property,
and almost all his family, in one night.
This man was wakened in the night by the
flames; he escaped through a door at the
top of the house with a child or two in his
arms: but his wife and four older boys, who
were trying to come after him, were suffocated
by the smoke in a moment. This poor man
was afterwards almost mad with grief. These calamities happened to a bookbinder in London,
in 1840-05May, 1840.
I
cannot tell you whether he knew where to go for
comfort. Whatever afflictions you may have, F3r 57
dear children, I hope you will go to the
Lord Jesus for comfort, because he was afflicted
in every way, and He knows how to
feel for those who are in any sort of trouble.

Jesus lost all He had, for He left his throne
to be very poor.

Jesus lost his friends, for they left Him
alone in his distress.

Jesus had no strength, for sorrow made
Him so weak, that He could not carry his
cross up the hill.

Jesus was spoken against by all, though
He had done no sin.

Jesus remembers how He felt when He
was in trouble, and He can feel for us more
than any one else can; and He alone can
always comfort us. “We have not an High Priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
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Go to Him, now, dear little ones, in all
your little troubles. Ask Him to help you out
of them, and to forgive your sins, and to take F 3 F3v 58
you at length to that place where no trouble
ever comes, (because no sin is there,) that
sweet place where God will wipe away all
tears from all eyes, and where there is no
death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor any
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The
Mysterious Glass.

An Allegory.

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The Mysterious Glass.
An Allegory.

“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for
me, until I went into the sanctuary of God.”
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16,17.

Emmeline.

What is that glass you’re looking through?

O let me look as well as you;

I see you smile, and then you weep,—

Dear mother, let me have a peep.

Mother.

Have patience, little Emmeline,

And you shall see the sights within;

This is the glass that shows us how

God treats his children here below,

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Before He takes them to his rest

To render them completely blest.

Come, look, and tell what you espy

To little Charles, who’s standing by.

Emmeline.

Emmy will tell you all she sees.

Behold a man upon his knees,

Lab’ring to fill a bag with gold

As full as ever it will hold:

He’s weary, now, and falls asleep,

But none are near a watch to keep.

Lo! now an aged man appears,

And in his hand a pair of shears.

He has a pallid, haggard look,

And wears a scanty, tatter’d cloak;

He pierces the great bag with holes,—

The gold through every opening rolls;

But while the pieces lie about,

Such pretty wings begin to sprout!

Their wings they spread, they mount, they fly,

Like stars they glitter in the sky—

Of golden fishes I have heard,

But never saw a golden bird.

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Oh! now the sleeping man awakes,

Alas! what piteous moans he makes!

And when his children call for bread,

What bitter tears I see him shed!

His empty bag he bids them feel,

Nor ask him for their evening meal.

O joy! an angel form descends,

And over him she gently bends;

Shows him a scroll, and lets him read,

“Thy shepherd shall supply thy need.”

He scarce has wip’d away his tears,

When, lo! a raven troop appears,

Some bearing flesh, and others bread,

Which on the grass they quickly spread,—

Then feed each child with tender care,

As angels kind, though not as fair.

But now I can no more discern,

For shades of night o’er all return;

O tell me what the things may mean,

That in the glass I just have seen.

Mother.

That aged man you saw appear,

Is Poverty, whom all men fear;

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Yet oft, when left without a crust,

The Christian learns in God to trust;

For in his sorrow, Mercy shows

The promises, which give repose.

Tis now my little Charlie’s turn;

Come, darling, what do you discern?

Charles.

I think the man that I behold,

Is he who lately lost his gold;

His little children, full of mirth,

Are sitting round his cottage hearth;

Their father looks so very glad!

But now, a man, in armour clad,

Roughly bursts through the cottage-door,

And loudly stamps upon the floor;

Then takes a child within his grasp;

It’s father’s neck it tries to clasp;

The warrior seizes every one,

And leaves the father all alone.

At first, he can no comfort take;

It seems as though his heart would break,

When, through an opening in the sky,

He sees his children all on high,

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Who, by their looks appear to say,

“O come, dear father, come away.”

Beside them is an empty place;—

How chang’d is now the father’s face!

Is it for him that place they keep,

That he so soon has ceased to weep?

Mother.

Yes, Jesus keeps a place above

For all the people of his love,

And often lets Bereavement come

To make them love that better home;

I need no more explain to you.

Let little Emmeline look through.

Emmeline.

I see him o’er his Bible bent,

Then looking up with calm content;

I see a figure ghastly grim,—

Its bony hand now presses him;

His skin is shrivelled by the touch,

He throws himself upon a couch,

He seems to feel tormenting pain,

When suddenly he smiles again;

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A tender hand him pillow smoothes,

A gentle voice his anguish soothes.

Is it an angel hovers near?

Is it an angel’s voice I hear?

Mother.

My child, remember Jesus said,

He will in sickness make our bed.

Charles.

Now, sister, let me look once more;

I see the man I saw before,

Poor and bereav’d, and racked with pain,

No earthly joys to him remain.

Yes, one; his friends sit round his bed,

And tears of sweet compassion shed,

And tell him that they gladly will

Attend him while he lies so ill.

Now some one softly opens the door,

His velvet slippers press the floor,

His face his hid within a hood,—

O tell me, mother, is he good?

Lo! from his mouth comes burning smoke,

And just beneath his velvet cloak

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A snaky curl is peeping out.

How cunningly he goes about,

Whispering in every person’s ear

Something which turns him pale with fear;

All look at the sick man with scorn,

And leave him on his bed forlorn.

O, mother, how I do detest

That wicked one in velvet drest!

Mother.

Yes, Slander hate, whose fatal breath

Inflicts a wound more deep than death.

But every grief that we can feel,

The Saviour has the power to heal.

Charles.

O yes, now joy lights up his eye,

He sees an open book on high,

With countless names in letters bright,

Written on leaves of purest white.

He gazes on its pages fair,

And sees his name, Ben-oni, Child of sorrow. there,

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Then cries, “My name on earth despis’d,

O is it by my Saviour prized?

Though now bereav’d, diseas’d, forlorn,

I bless my God that I was born.”

Mother, the glass has grown so bright,

I can no longer bear the sight.

Mother.

He now has left this world of sin

For one where foes ne’er enter in.

God could have given him back his wealth,

His children, character, and health;

(For often when his people pray,

God gives them all He took away:)

But what if he had done all this?

On earth there is no perfect bliss.

Beneath an ever-changing sky

The leaves of spring in autumn die,

But O! there is a heavenly shore,

Where leaves are seen that fade no more;

Through all the troubles of the way,

Be thou, my God, my children’s stay.

Children, when I lie in my grave,

Remember how the Lord can save.

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Whatever enemies assail,

There is an arm can never fail,

A bosom where my lambs may rest;

It is the blessed Saviour’s breast.

The End.

London:
printed by G. J. Palmer,, Savoy Street, Strand.

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