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Commentary On Job 40:1-24

CHAPTER 40 Many humbling confounding questions God had put to Job, in the foregoing chapter; now, in this chapter, I. He demands an answer to them (v. 1, 2). II. Job submits in a humble silence (v. 3–5). III. God proceeds to reason with him, for his conviction, concerning the infinite distance and disproportion between him and God, showing that …

The City of God: Book 2: Chapters Nineteen and Twenty

Chapter 19 Take a look at your Roman republic. I am not the first to paint this picture. The writers, whose works we studied in school for a fee, told the tale before Christ’s coming. Remember? ‘From a state of virtuous splendor it sank by gradual change to one of shameful corruption.’ It was before Christ’s coming, and after the …

JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING

CHRISTIAN, the night of weeping Will soon be overpast, And we in Jesus’ blest embrace Will find ourselves at last. And now, with comforts many, We wend our way along, Learning to lighten present griefs With notes of Zion’s song. Christian, the morning cometh! Oh, do we watch its break, Letting each streak of light come in, Our souls from …

Commentary On Job 39:1-30

CHAPTER 39 God proceeds here to show Job what little reason he had to charge him with unkindness who was so compassionate to the inferior creatures and took such a tender care of them, or to boast of himself, and his own good deeds before God, which were nothing to the divine mercies. He shows him also what great reason …

His smile, O how pleasant How pleasant!

1. While nature was sinking in stillness to rest. The last beam of daylight shone dim in the west, O’er fields by pale moonlight or stars’ trembling ray, In deep meditation, I wandered away. 2. While passing a garden I paused to hear, A voice faint and plaintive, from One that was there; The voice of the sufferer affected my …

The City of God: Book 2: Chapter Eighteen

Chapter 18 I shall now desist and let Sallust testify. He was speaking in praise of the Romans when he uttered those words which prompted the present discussion: ‘By nature more than by laws, justice and morality flourished among the Romans.’ He had in mind the time following the expulsion of the kings, when the state saw a brief interval …

Commentary On Job 38:1-41

CHAPTER 38 In most disputes the strife is who shall have the last word. Job’s friends had, in this controversy, tamely yielded it to Job, and then he to Elihu. But, after all the wranglings of the counsel at bar, the judge upon the bench must have the last word; so God had here, and so he will have in …

The City of God: Book 2: Chapters Fifteen thru Seventeen

Chapter 15 What determined the choice of these false gods was not so much reason as adulation. They did not think their demigod Plato worthy of a shrine, for all his efforts to check by argument those spiritual passions which corrupt men’s morals unless they are carefully controlled. Yet, they set their Romulus above many of their gods, though in …

Commentary On Job 36:1-33

Chapter 36 Elihu, having largely reproved Job for some of his unadvised speeches, which Job had nothing to say in the vindication of, here comes more generally to set him to rights in his notions of God’s dealings with him. His other friends had stood to it that, because he was a wicked man, therefore his afflictions were so great …