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Chap. 3 g. an Expofstionupon the Book of Jo B. Verf. 7. ELhu proceeds further to prove, that as Tb could not hurt Godby his fins , fohis righteoufnefs and innocency were no ad- vantage to him ; and therefore it muff needs follow, that his in could only burr, and his righteouinefs only profit himfelf, and fuch as were like hitnfelf. Vert'. 7, if thoube righteous, what giveff thou him ? and what received) he at thy hands'? Verf. S. Thywickednefs may hart a man, ae thou art ; and tl y righteoufnefs may profit the fon ofman. Ehhu having (hewed in the former verle, that the fin of m:n cannotderrad}any thing from, nor in the leafs hinder the happi- -nets of God ; proceeds in the 7th verle to (hew, that the (Inlet.- wnels, yea that the righteournefs of man cannot advantage, nor ad- vance thehappinefs of God : And therefore left he (hould Teem .to make both the finand the'righteoufnefs of man to be cf no tile, he hates thematter in the 8thverle, and tells us both to whom the wickednefs of man is hurtfull, and to whom the righteoufnefs of man is profitable ; Thywickednefs may hurt aman as thou art, -and thy righteoufnefsmay profit thefon ofman; but neither can thy wickednefs hurt, nor thy righteoufnefs help or advantage God. what's the furnme of thefe two verfes. Verf; 7. If than be righteous, what giveff thou him ,a As if he had faììd ; There is no reafon (O 7o6 ) that thou /hotel- deft at any time ( as thou oftentimes haft) proclaim thy own righte- oufnefs,.ne ifthat added any thug to God. fob was not ignorant of ahat;But the fpeech ofElihithad this (cope in into reprovehim for -complaining that hisgoodnefs profited himfelf nothing , becaufe though. he-was far from wickednefs, yet he wasaffliled, whereas -many wicked menprofpered and lived in full content ; to which poynt .his other frièuds had not anfwered. And further, elihu urgeth .Tob with this, becaufe he had fo induflrioufly defended his -own righteoufnefs, as if he wouldintimate that God was a gainer by it ; whereas if God at any time rewar loth our good deeds, that proceedeth from his owngoodnefs and Free Grace,not from -any obligation which we have put upon'him, by what we have done, howwell foeverwe have done it,If thou be rghteous,wbàt givetthou him_? This fuppofition, if rhombi righteous, bath in is a