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Chap. i r. An expofition upon the Boek. ofJ O B. Vert 7. 59 and Vthy unto loch ends ? God bath befiowed great skill upon fmallefl work!. Thirdly, Obferve, god is unfearchable. Canfl thou by fearching finde out god ? It is not in vain to feek God, but it is in vain to fearch him. God is not farre from any man (A61.17. 27.) but he is farre abor e all men. When a Phi- lofopher was asked by Hiero, What God was ? I cannot anfwer faddenïy (faid he) praygive me a claies time to confider ofit; when that day was ended , and the King demanded an anfwer , hedef- red a fecond day, and after that a third, till at Tall he gave it o- ver, profeffing he could not finde out God. God exceeds and fwallows up, not only the reafon ofnatural men,, but offpiritu. al. They who are enlightned by the grace of God , cannot fee all the light that is in God, or all ofGod, who is light. Fourthly, When Zophar faith, Canfl thonbyfearching finde oat God?,He feems to imply, That There is away to findeout much of God, though we cannot finds him byfearching. The bell knowledge of God is from his own revelation; not by our Rudy. Would you finde out God ? Donot think to do it by beating your brains , but by beating the heavens. The know-, ledge of God cometh down fromGod ; we know himwhen he makes himfelf known to us. And ufually he Both not make his fulneffe known to us, till we make our emptineffe known to him. We cannot finde Out God by reading but we may by praying, If any man lack wifdont (efpecially this wifdom to knowGod) let him aak,,of God, whogiveth liberally, andupbraideth not. It was Bene a,good fpeechofLuther, He bath fiudiedwell, who loathpraiedwell: beneguduiffe. Prater attains the key ofmyflertes, and faith enters into them. Luth. Hence , when Zophar had praied O that godwould Jfreak, and that he wouldopen his lips, and Phew thee the fecrets ofwifdoan, He prefently concludes all fearches about him íùccefrelefl'e ., without him, Canfl thou by fearchingfinde out Cod ? Fifthly, Ifbyfearching we cannotfinde ont God, then we muff not boldlypry andprefe into thefecrets of god. Yet this fhould not quench endeavour, but regulate it, and keep it in compaffe ; This should make us humble, but it mull not make us idle. Though we cannot know all of God , yet we are bound to learn all that may be known. It will be as much our Ia fin