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Chap. 3 5. 4a Expofition upon the Book of J o a. VerC. ro. pear for their deliverance ; which yet he hath declared himCelf ready to, as Davidafterward defcribeth him, ( Pfa. r a. S.) For the opprefon of thepoor, for the fighingof the needy, now will I arife (faith theLord) Iwill fee him in fafèty from him that pufreth at "him. But yobhearing this cry of the oppreffed, or crying out of his own opprei`lion, andGod eerringnot to regard ir, was Rum- bled at the matter. To remove this, Elihn anfwers in the next verfe. Verf. a o. Bast nonefaith, Where is God my maker,whogiveth fangs in the night ? There is a two-fold Expofition of there words, arifing fr ni a doubt about the Antecedent to none, or who is meant by thofe that fay not, where is Gcd my maker ? Who are thofe ? The firfl Interpretation givesit to the oppreffors,to the migh- ty men before fpokenof ; 7hey make theoppreffed to cry by reapon of the multitudeof opprefons; but none of thofe mighty oppreffors fay, Where is God my maker, thatgiveth fangs in the night ? Thus the verle is tranflated quite through, with relpe& to wicked op- preffors, who can God out oftheir thoughts, never faying, Where is God my maker, who hath fet me up , who hath given me this power, and given me fongs, ( that is, occations ofjoy) in the night ? The wickedhave abundance, they can feafl it and fing it day and night , yet mind not God the fountain and beflower of a truth in it feif ; and becaufe the interpretation is in- filled uponby fome as the truth intended in the prefent Text, Take this Note from ir. Oppreffors put away the thoughts of God, or rmnd not God, when they do, or are about to do,mifchief. Theymake theoppreffed cry, but they fay nor, Where is God ? They neither (peak nor think of God , who bath cloathed them with power, and made their arme mighty. We finde this frame frequently alcribed in Scripture to oppreffors; Elihu chargeth 3-ob with it, ( Chap. 22d ) where having told him to his face, of many ails of oppreffìon ; Thou haft (tripped the naked of their clothing,( v. 6.) Thou haft withb®lden bread from the hungry, (y. 7.) And the armes ofthe fatherlefs havebeenbroken, (v. 9.) Having (I fay) reckoned up there his fuppofed oppre ífiions,hecon- cludes,