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z Chap. 3 s. e.,4nExpfition upon the Book of Jos. Verf.. `Unafrdelis .duos parietal. dealbaba. Druï. i1SJ7 Sodas semrcus, fa- .C'liliarta qui s4imulpafcitur, tonvillor. hart thee, and thy righteoufneffa advantage thy fel f ; therefore lay downfoci; wicked anddefperate thoughts as theft, fay not, what pro,. fit will redound to meif1 be cleanfedfrom n., fin ? &c. That's his anfwer, our Tranflation. Other readings prefent us with other forms of anfwer ; but I (141! not day upon them. Verf. q.. I will anfiver thee, and thy Companions with thee. Elihu makes overture of anfweringbefore he anfwers,and tells him he will, before he Both it ; I will anfwer titre, or I will retarra thee words. Anfwering is the returning of words towords; yet rot of empty words, but of words cilia with Reafon and Autho- rity to refolve him that is doubting, or to convince hire that is gain- faying. I will anfwer thee, end thy Companions with thee. I will (peak that which (hall not only take oFf thyOhje6lions, but theirs alto who are of thy mind,or joyn in Opinion with thee ; Iwill anfwer thee, and thy Companions with thee: I will do both at once ; when I have anfwered thee, they alto will be anfvvered one anfwer will ferve thee and them. One Line will mark and rneafure.both Walls. Theword which we render Companions,fignifies any Friends or Familiars, with whom we ufually converfe, with whom we ear, or whoeat bread with us, (2 Sam, t 3. 3.) (Prov, 17. I7.) We may take it either more ftrialy for a Ipecial intimate bofome friend, who is to a man as his own foul, as Mofes fpeaks (Drut. 3. 6.) or fora friend at large, fuch as is called a Neighbour, (Eaod, 2o. 16.) Levic, x9. 18. Yet the quetiion may be, Whom doth eau mean by robs Companions, when he faith, Iwill anfwer thee, and thy Compani- oass with thee ? Some by bis Companions underfland chore who came to vißt him in his afl3iiIion,and maintained that long Difcourfe with him, chore three friends of whom we read (Chap. z. I 1.) Elipbaz the 7emanite, Bildad the Shatite, and Zophar the Naamathite. The xo; rag vii. Septuagint conclude Elihu meant them only,for thus they render, - 041A0.4 a , Iwill anfwer thee, and thy three friends. Sept, But why lhould Elihu joyn, themwith lob, feeing they held Opinions contrary to fob.? Ttue, they did, yet they were not able