Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v2

156 Chap. 4.. An Expoftion upon the Bookof J O B. Ve-f r9. is obnoxious to the violent affaults of death every day, and all houres of every day : From the morning when he riles, to the evening when he goes to bed, he walkes among armies of dan- gers, and within the Gunfhot of deflruc` ion, The Apoftles ca- talogue of perils is true to this day, 2 Cor. r I. a6. In perils of waters, in perils of robbers, 'in perils of mine own Countreymen, in perils by the Heathen, in perils in the City, in perils in the IVildernefs., in perils in the fia, in perils among falfe brethren : Every place is aperil, and every perfon a peril. Where can we go, withwhom can we meet, and not go among or meet with perils? And do not all there perils (peak deitruófiion from morn- ing to evening ? Paul's experiences both in regard of a natural, but efpecially of violent death, brought forth thefe conclufions, which comefull up to the point./ day daily,( FCor. }5 °3 t .)in deaths often (2 Cur. II. 23.) we are killed all the day long, (Rom.8.36. ) Secondly, Take the words as aproverbial fpeech, by which the fhorteft time is Lignified. As (ifa. 38. 12.) Hezekiah complain- ing, Pets out his mortal fìèknefs, thteatning prefent death and cutting off, thus ; Mine age is departed and removed from me as a fdoephesrds tent ; I have cut off like a weaver my life, be will cut me off with pining ficknefs, from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me, that is, either continually or fudden- ly : from day even to night wilt thou make au end of me, I am wafting perpetually : or befóre night, within the compafs of this day thou wilt deftroy and make an end of me ; there were the thoughts of my heart, when I was in tie hands of that acute difpatching difeafe. The Pfalmift (Plat, go. 5, 6.) describes man as grafs, In the morning it flourifheth and growetb up, in the evening it is cut down and withered); that is,man con- tinueth but a very fhort time. His life is but a fpan long, or but a day long. Jonah: Gourd came up in a night, and pe- rifhed in a night ; and man cometh up in themorning, and pe rifheth in the evening. The Naturalifts fpeak of a Fly they call Ephemeron, a creature of one day, which comes forth in the morning, is very aóiive about noon, but when the Sun declineth, it declinestoo, and fits, with the letting of the Sun. Man is an Ephemeron, a creature of one day; fór howfoeverhis life confifteth of many dayes, and is often lengthened out to many years, yet between morning and evening, or from morn- ing to evening he is dettroyed. The fu it fig) he fcts up- on