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I forbore to take the maintenance allotted unto it, both of money and provision, in favour of the people, and respect to the common good.
V. 19. Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
O God, thou, that art wont to accept of and graciously to reward the good desires and works, that are wrought by thy Spirit in and by us thy unworthy servants, be thou pleased to receive and to crown, these my good intentions and endeavours towards this thy people.
VI. 10. To Shemaiah, &c. who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God.
I came to Shemaiah, who was, under pretence of devout humiliation and prayer for my safety, shut up in his house ; and he, pretending a tender care of my person, advised, that we shut up ourselves in the Temple.
VI. 11. And I said, Should such a man as I flee?
Have I taken upon me to be the governor of this people ; and have I, in a godly resolution, gone through this work hitherto; and shall I now bewray any base fear or cowardice : and seem to set such a price upon my life, as that I would protract it, by weak subducing of myself, and hiding my head in the temple ?
VI. 14. My God, think thou upon Tobiah, &c.
O my God, I do not, out of any private malice or spleen, or in any respect to the affronts offered to my person, but in a sincere desire of thy glory, beseech thee, to make known to the world how ill thou takest these treacherous plots of Tobiah, and his complices, &c.
VII. 65. Now the Tirshatha, &c. See Ezra ii, 63.
XI. 11. Seraiah, &c. the son Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God.
Seraiah the son of Ahitub, who was the man that had the charge of the oversight of the temple ; both for the fabric of it, and the good order to be kept in it.
XIII. 4. Having the oversight of that chamber of the house of our God.
Having the oversight of that chamber of store, which pertained to the Temple of the Lord ; wherein were laid up all things that were of use for the sacrifices. See verse 5.
XIII. 14. Remember me, O my God, &c. See chapter vi. verse
XIII. 25. And I cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair.
I rated them, and reviled them, and dealt so roughly with
them, as that I proceeded to blows, and to the tearing off their hair from their heads.
ESTHER. · I. 13. Wise men, which knew the times.
That were men of excellent judgment, and knowledge in all affairs ; able to give advice for the fittest times, and manners of performance, of all actions.
I. 19. That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus.
That Vashti be no more admitted into thy presence as thy wife, but be instantly dismissed.
II. 18. And he made a release to the provinces, &c.
For the honour of his marriage, he gratified the provinces, with pardons, and releases of those exactions, whereof they complained ; and gave bountiful gifts amongst them, &o.
II. 19. Then Mordecai sat in the king's gate. Mordecai, according to the place or office that he had in the court, sat in the gate of the king.
III. 2. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did reverence.
But Mordecai, whether for that he knew Haman to be of that blood which by God's charge were exposed to the hatred and revenge of Israel, or whether for that he thought the honour required was more than was fit for a man, bowed not, nor did that reverence which all others too officiously gave to Haman.
III. 7. In the first month, &c. they cast Pur, that is a lot, &c.
They did, by superstitious lots, seek to find out a day, which, by their vain conjectures, might be most likely to be prosperous for this their design.
III. Ibid. In the month of Adar.
IV. 16. If I perish, I perish.
I will put my life in hazard : I cannot venture it upon a better cause: I will do the act ; let God give what issue he pleaseth.
VI. 13. If he be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him.
I have ever observed a special hand of God upon that his peculiar people, the Jews : their friends are wont still to prosper; their enemies go still to the worst: I fear the nation, as much as I hate the man.
VIII. 9. The month Sivan.
IX. 26. Wherefore they called those days Purim.
In memory of those lots, which were cast by Haman, for the prosperous success of his bloody enterprise against the Jews, they, being now happily delivered, call the days of their deliverance by the name of Purim.
JOB. I. 1. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job ; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
In the land of Uz, which lieth upon the borders of the Chaldeans, Sabeans, and Canaanites, there was a man of the posterity of Abraham by Keturah, called Job; and he was sincere and true-hearted, and one that feared God, and conscionably avoided all known and wilful wickedness. .
I. 3. This man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
He was the greatest and wealthiest of all that posterity of Abraham, which were dispersed into the eastern countries.
I. 6. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
And, to speak after the manner of men, and to express the counsels and proceedings of God by human allusions, on a time God held his sessions ; and therein, the angels coming to present their service unto God for the behoof of his children, Satan also thrust him in amongst them into the presence of God.
I. 7, 8, 9. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou ? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, &c. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, &c.? Then Satan answered the Lord, Doth Job fear God for nought?
And, (as if there had been a real and vocal conference betwixt God and Satan, concerning the proceedings with Job; wherein God should inquire of Satan whence he came ; and, upon his answer, should, in a holy kind of confident insultation, commend Job's perfection to this enemy of mankind ; which Satan spitefully detracts from, and desires to have tried by several afflictions,) so God most holily decreed to give power to Satan, for the proof of Job's fidelity and patience; and yielded to the several trials and calamities, which were brought upon Job.
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II. 1, 2, 4, 5. Again there was a day when the sons of God came, &c. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou ? &c. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, &c. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh.
Satan, as not satisfied with that trial which he had taken of Job, in the loss of his oxen, sheep, camels, children, receives, as if it had been upon his importunate and personal suit unto God, commission from God, to take a further trial of him in his person ; in his flesh, and bones, with the reservation of his life only. II. 9. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity ? curse God and die.
Dost thou still stand upon the terms of retaining thine integrity, with God, since it speeds no better with thee? I wis, thou hast fared much the better, for thy so humble and patient resigning of thyself into the hands of God. It were as good for thee, to dispatch at once, and be rid out of this misery. Curse God; and he will, by his judgment, make speedy way for thee out of this lingering torment.
II. 12. They rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
They testified their exceeding sorrow for his great affliction, by rending their clothes, and strewing dust upon their heads.
II. 13. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him.
And they were so affected and astonished with his grievous sufferings, that they sat down silently by him, for the most part of seven days and seven nights, abridging themselves of their wonted rest and sustenance.
III. 1. After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.
At the last, Job himself began to break his silence; and, in a pitiful complaint of his misery, weakly cursed the day wherein he was born.
III. 3. Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night wherein, &c.
Would to God, that day had never come, wherein so wretched a man, as I, was born ; and now that it is unhappily come, let it be ever noted for direful and ominous.
III. 5. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
Let the deepest and horriblest darkness make it uncomfortable ; let a thick cloud cover it; and let a continued darkness make it terrible to all beholders.
III. 12. Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck ?
Why were the knees of the midwife ready to hold me, or why were the breasts ready to give me suck ?
III. 14. With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves.
With kings and great potentates of the earth, who, to raise glory unto themselves, build sumptuous houses in those places, which, through their desolateness and barrenness, seemed incapable of any cost or magnificence.
III. 23. Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
Why is light cast away upon a man, whom God hath made so miserable, that there is no way to be hoped for, of his evasion
from this calamity; whom God hath shut up in this distress, without all possibility of escape ?
III. 26. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet ; yet trouble came.
Indeed, when I was at the best, I never made any account of my life and welfare ; and yet this fear and moderation of mind doth not now excuse me from misery.
IV. 6. Is not this thy fear, thy confidence ?
Is not this thy storming and fretting at the hand of God, a plain argument, that all thy religion or pretended fear of God, was only upon a confidence that he would still bless and prosper thee?
IV. 8. Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
I have well seen and observed, that men speed according to their actions, and reap the fruit of their evil doings in evil sufferings.
IV. 11. The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered atroad.
The tyrants and oppressors of the earth, which are as strong and roaring lions, however they may prevail with men, yet they are by the just and powerful God disappointed of their purposed prey, and distressed with just want.
IV. 12. Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
If you think not fit to believe me, yet believe the revelation, which I lately had concerning thee: for I had a secret intimation from God, wherein it pleased him to make known to me, what he judgeth of thine estate.
IV. 13. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men.
When I was most seriously thinking of thee, in the very deep of the night, at such time as other men are overtaken and possessed with their dead sleep,
IV. 14. Fear came upon me, &c.
There came a great fear and trembling on a sudden upon me, as a harbinger of that vision, which soon followed after it.
IV. 15. Then a spirit passed before my face ; the hair of my flesh stood up.
Then a spirit appeared before me, the presence whereof made my hair to stand upright.
IV. 16. But I could not discern the form thereof.
It stood still by me, but I could not discern what manner of visage it had.
IV. 18. Behold, he put no trust in his servants : and his angels he charged with folly.
If the best and most glorious creatures be compared with him, alas, what are they? Behold : he finds not any such stability