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Chap, r 5. An Expofition upon the B_)ok of J O B. Verf:2. 5 neither good nor evil no mans finger fhall ake, though their tongues ake with talking. The Prophet Hofea at once reproves and terrifies the lea's in this language .They haveTown the wind, and they lhallrtap to whirlwind t Hofea 8 7.) To Cow the wind is to do a vain Thing; our aions arc as feed : Such as we low, inch [hill we reap ; they Cowed fin, and they reaped trouble. Thetnielves fowed the wind by what they did, and they thought the Pro- phets Cowed the wind in what they fpake: And indeed the words of the Prophet were wind as the peoples works were, in reference to the iflue: Thofe produced a whirlwind to feat- Bull Jtat nrrgas. ter their contemners, as thefe did to fcatter their a1ors. The uef.;teJìouler old Satyrifi calls vain words, bubbly toys, becaufe fuch words lull umro are like a bubble, full of wind (poflibly full of wit) but empty pieni:, Pert' of wifdomand good infiruc ion. Sat. s. Should wife man utter vain knowledge ? The Scripture calls that vain : Firfi, which is unprofitable, thefe mutually expound each other, Eeclef. 1.2,3. Vanity of vanity, faith the Preacher, &c. What profit bath a man of all the labour which he taketh under the Sun. There'smoll vanity, where there is leali profit, and where there is no profit at all, there is nothing at all but va- nity. Turn not afide fromfollowing the Lord (faith Samuel) for thenJhouldyou go after vain things whichcannot profit, L Sam. 12, 20,21. Secondly, The Scripture calls that and thole vain, which Fiala or have no folidity in them :: Vanity hath fo little weight in it, that when the Spirit would exprefs men who haveno weight in them, he faith, They are lighter than vanity, Pfaim, 62. 9. Thirdly, The Scriptures calls that vain which is always moving, varying, and unlettled (Pia/. 144.4.) Ittan h like to vanity, his days are as afhadow that papa; away: He is there- fore like to vanity, becaufehe is fo like a fhadow, continually paLliing, but never continuing. Fourthly, The Scripture often callsthat vain which is fin- ful in praaife, or unfound and erroneous in opinion, I hate vain inventions ( faith David) but thy Law do 1 love. Whatfo- ever oppofes either truthofDorine, or purityof Worfhip, is a vain invention of man, and oppofite to the Law of God;. he