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Chap. i. .fin Expoßtion upon the Bookof O'B Vear. io. a'17 And itnotes too that the enemies will take hold of any thing that belongs to the people ofGod; if they cannot get all, theywill get a hair if they can, why elfe is it exprefl that the very hairs of their heads are numbred?Thofe words at once intimate,,.Godr care ofall, and Satans malice againft all. It followeth, Haft thou.not made an hedge about him, &c. Thou haft bleffed the workofhitchands, and hid fubltance it increajedin the Land. Thou haft bleffed.] The root Barak, which from the word here ufed, doth fignifie to bow the knee as well as tobriefs, because men used to bow the knee in bleffìiag God orman. Bleflings-are carried three ways. Ertl, from man to man; one man bleffeth another. There were Prophetical or extraordinary blelfìngs, as Ifaac bleffed Jacob, and Jacobbleffed his Sons upon his deathbed ; and there is a popu- lar or ordinaryMelling, to with well to another is tobiefs another; every time wepray for our friends, we biefs our friends. So man from man. Secondly, Man blefreth God; and then man blefï'eth God when he praifeth God, when he takes notice of, and returns thanks for the hidings received from God. Blefs the Lord 0 my Soul, &c. (Pfal. x 3. 2.) andforget".not.all,: (Chat is,)forget"not anyof his be- nefits. Thankfully to remember benefits, is tobiefs the Lord. The Cup in the Sacrament of the Lords Supper, is called the Cup of 131effing, z Cor.1o.r6.,becaufetherein we commemorate the death of Chrift, and render thanks to the Name of the Lord, for theun- fpeaka"ble benefits conveyed-to us by his blood. Thirdly, As herein theText, Godbletfeth man. Now,Godbleï fet'h man,when hecaufeth that to profper which man undertakes: Mans blefling unto man, it is only a wish an optative blefling,but Gods bletlîngunto man is an operative blessing, as-Aquinas expref-, Dei benedicere eft benefacere, when.God wilheth us good, he doth usgood. So then the feria is, Thou-haft blefl'ed , that is, thou haft cau- fed him to profper and thrive in what he undertakes, as weMall fee in the objed..of-the bleffrng, Thou haft bleffed the,workof his, ,hands. , The workofhis hands.] We are not to únderfiand it uriUly, for manual or hand- labours, as if yob were a man implyed inor- diùaxy manual fervices, in, the labour of his"-hands, but according Q_3 to