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Job Blessed of God
FROM THE CELEBRATED EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE GREAT ENGLISH ILLUSTRATOR.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job.”—Job, 1, 1.
SHE book of Job has the form of a poetical drama.
It is, at least in part, the earliest of the poetic books
of the Bible, and the oldest drama in the world. It opens with a prose prelude, telling who Job was and how his difficulties arose. Job lived apparently about the time of Moses, so that we must associate with our ideas of him and of the scenes amid which he moved, the patriarchal simplicity of those early days. He might indeed, from the tone of the story, have been a contemporary of Abraham rather than of Moses, a dweller among vast herds and flocks in a time when men's simplicity still led them to speak of meeting God face to face, and of arguing with Him almost as with a fellow man.
In those ancient days Job dwelt in the “land of Uz." This has been sometimes thought to mean Arabia near Edom and the Red Sea; but it is more generally believed to refer to the region around Damascus, that oldest of all known cities. Here Job lived in wealth and peace, a man “perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil.”
PSALM LXXXIV-PEACE WITH GOD
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
8 He promiseth to
1 The psalmist, out of the experience of former mercies, prayeth for the continuance thereof.
ORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath; thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations ?
6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear-him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way
of his steps.