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XXXVII. 11. By watering he wearieth the thick cloud.
He spends out all the moisture of the thick cloud, in watering the earth.
XXXVII. 13. He causeth them to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
He sendeth abundance of rain, whether for the punishment of men, or for the fruitening of the earth, or for the refreshing of men.
XXXVII. 17. How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind.
How it comes about, that the air is so hot as that thou canst not abide thy clothes on ; when, in a calm season, the south sun shines upon thee, and the warm southern winds blow in thy face.
XXXVII, 18. Which is strong, and as a molten looking glass.
Which seems unto us so firm and solid, as if it were a looking glass of some strong polished metal.
XXXVII. 19. We cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
We know not how to order or dispose our speeches to him, by reason of that gross darkness of ignorance wherewith we are inwrapped.
XXXVII. 20. If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
If a man will be opposing him in his speech, and questioning his justice, surely he shall be confounded.
XXXVII. 21, 22. And 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 : with God is terrible majesty.
If men be not able with their weak eyes to behold the brightness of the sun, which shineth in the lightsome clouds, when the wind passeth through and disperseth them, and when the air is cleared by the north winds, how shall they be able to look God in the face, and to hold contestation with him, whose majesty is terrible beyond the powers of our apprehension?
XXXVII. 24. He respecteth not any that are wise in heart.
The best wisdom of men is but foolishness to him : he makes no reckoning therefore of that vain wisdom, with the conceit whereof men are wont to please themselves.
XXXVIII. 2. Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge ?
Who is this, that ignorantly casts unjust aspersions upon the most wise and holy decrees and proceedings of the Almighty ?
XXXVIII. 7. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
When the glorious stars, in their first creation, did, in their kind, celebrate the praises of their Maker; and the angels of God, created by that Omnipotent Word of his, testified their joy and thankfulness to the God, that made them such.
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XXXVIII. 9, 10. When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and the thick darkness as the swaddling-band for it, and brake up (or, set) my decreed place.
Whose power, when he had brought forth the sea as a newborn infant, wrapped it about with clouds, as with clouts and swaddling bands; and set upon it my everlasting decree, for the bounds and motion thereof.
XXXVIII. 13. That the wicked might be shaken out of it.
That evil doers, who hate the light of the day, might be affrighted, by the rising of it, from their wicked projects.
XXXVIII. 14. It is turned as clay to the seal ; and they stand as a garment..
The earth is, by the coming of the light, changed into divers forms; and differs upon the impression thereof, as wax or clay doth at the stamping of a new seal, so as it seems quite other than it was ; and men, especially guilty malefactors, are shifted by the breaking forth of the light, like so many several garments.
*XXXVIII. 22, 23. Treasures of snow, &c. which I have reserved against the time of trouble ?
Didst thou ever enter into that my storehouse of meteors, which I have decreed to bring forth upon all occasions of my judgments upon men?
XXXVIII. 24. By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth ;
Dost thou know how the lightning comes to break forth of the cloud ; and how that vapour there included doth, with great violence, scatter a blustering wind upon the earth?
XXXVIII. 31. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion ?
See chapter ix. v. 9. Canst thou alter the seasons of the year ; or cause a restraint of the spring, summer, autumn, &c. ?
XXXVIII. 32. Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons ?
Canst thou bring forth those hidden stars of the south; or direct the northern constellations in their courses ?
XXXVIII. 33. Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? and canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Knowest thou what laws God hath made for the motions and influences of the heaven ; and what power he hath given to their operations on the earth?
XXXIX. 1. Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?
Canst thou understand, or dispose of, the conceptions and births of the wildest creatures ?
XXXIX. 19. Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
Hast thou enabled him to neigh so loudly and strongly, as if it were the rattling of thunder ?
XXXIX. 21. Neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
Neither doth conceive any terror at all in the alarum to the battle.
XXXIX. 26. And stretch her wings towards the south.
Is it by thine appointment and instinct, that the hawk wasteth her nimble and swift wings, to fly into the warmer climates of the south ?
XXXIX. 30. Her young ones also suck up blood : and where the slain are, there is she.
Whereas other fowls drink water, the young eagle is wont (and who taught it him?) to suck the blood of his prey; and where carcasses are, thither, by a strange sagacity of nature, is drawn to resort.
XL. 15. Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee ; he eateth grass as an ox.
Look but upon two of my creatures; the one on the land, the other in the water ; both high and mighty : behold the elephant first, which I have formed and placed in thy view, and made apt to thy use; which, though he be so vast that his very stature is enough to terrify the beholder, yet I have caused him to eat grass like the ox, and to feed on no prey but these slight vegetables.
XL. 17. He moveth his tail like a cedar : and the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
In his lust, he moveth his generative part, like to some cedar; and the sinews of his stones are wrapt together, like to the roots of those tall and strong trees.
XL. 24. He taketh it with his eyes : his nose pierceth through snares, (or, as the margin rather, Will any take him in his sight, or, bore his nose with a gin?)
Will any man be able by open force to take him, while he sees and is forewarned of the enterprise? or can he be taken by the nose, as a fish with a hook? Is he not able to break through all the dangers of a violent taking ?
XLI. 1. Canst thou draw up leviathan with an hook ?
In like manner, cast thine eye into the deep waters, and see there the great whale that I have framed ; canst thou think to angle for him, as for small fish? &c.
XLI. 7. Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons ?
XLI. 8. Lay thing hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
If thou lay thy hand upon him to strike him, thou shalt have so much reason to feel the smart of this conflict, that thou shalt not meddle with him any more.
XLI. 11. Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him ?
Who hath done me any favour in helping me to make or govern the world, or in furthering my actions, that I may repay it unto him?
XLI. 13. Who can discover the face of his garment ?
Who is able to turn over that skin, wherewith he is covered as with a garment ?
XLI. 18. By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
When he neeseth, he maketh, as it were, a fire to break forth at his nostrils and eyes ; and when thou beholdest his eyes, thou wouldest think thou sawest the sun rising in the morning.
XLI. 22. And sorrow is turned into joy before him.
And if from any other creature, there be occasion of trouble and vexation offered to him, he takes pleasure therein, as that which he will turn to his advantage and triumph.
XLI. 25. By reason of breakings they purify themselves.
Out of the fear of his vehement and terrible motions, they are glad to make their peace with God, that they may be ready for that dissolution, which is threatened unto them thereby.
XLI. 32. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
Where he moves in the sea, he causeth a motion of his way in the waters ; leaving behind him a white kind of foam, on the face of the sea, discernible from the rest of the waves.'
XLI. 34. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
He doth, in the confidence of his great strength, overlook all other living creatures, and exalt himself over the proudest of them; as thinking himself more strong and mighty than they.
XLII. 9. The LORD also accepted of Job.
The Lord also heard the prayer of Job, that he made for his friends; and so accepted of his person and his devotion, that he forgave their offence upon his intercession.
XLII. 10. And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends.
And the Lord released that miserable affliction, under which Job was held bound; when, out of his meekness and charity, he was content to pray for those his persecuting friends.
XLII. 11. Every man also brought him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
They came to him; and, by way of gratulation brought him, each of them, a gift, a piece of coin usual in those times (stamped with a sheep or lamb) and an earring of gold.
XLII. 15. And their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
Their father, as the reward and encouragement of their virtues, gave them a possession of land, that they should be coheirs of his estate and territories, as their brethren were, and should share proportionally with them.
PSALMS. I. 1. Blesssed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Blessedness is the thing we all drive at: would ye then know who is a blessed and happy man? It is he, that first refraineth himself from all evil: and whereas there are three degrees of wicked men, ungodly in their thoughts, sinners in their actions, and scorners in their words and carriage ; this man holds aloof from them all; not yielding to frame himself, either to the counsels of the ungodly, to continue in the way and manner of life which is used by sinners, or to settle himself in a resolution to join with the scornful enemies of grace and goodness. .
İ. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
But, contrarily, instead of these lewd courses and sinful pleasures, his delight is wholly placed in the Lord his God; and for his sake, in the word of that God; and wherewith his heart is so taken up, that he spendeth his thoughts upon it day and night.
I. 6. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous.
For the Lord takes special notice of the actions and events of godly men : he graciously accepts of what they do, and wisely and mercifully ordereth the issues of all things to their good.
II. 1. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
What madness is this in the enemies of God and of his Anointed, thus to conspire against that kingdom and government, which he would have established in me, as a type of the Everlasting Sovereignty of his Son, Christ?
II. 7. I will declare the decree : Thou art my Son ; this day have I begotten thee.
That men may no longer pretend ignorance, I will declare and publish the eternal decree of God; who hath said, concerning his Son Christ, whose type I bear, Thou art my only Son, I have from eternity begotten thee; and now I do this day proclaim thee to the world, as the Everlasting King, and Governor thereof.
II. 12. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way.
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