Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v6

Chap. 18. An espofition upon the Bookof JOB. Verf 13 77' fhadowes this in two Allufons, (1 Their. 5. 2,3.) Foryour(elves knowperfally that the day of theLord [o cometh as a thief e in the night ; for when they fballfay,peace andfafetj, then fuddaine de- ftrullion cometli upon them as travaile upon a woman with childe, and they pull act efcape.The theefe gives no warning,and the tra- vaile ofa woman with childe,many times gives, as little. Now as in the great day of ;judgement, God will come as a theefe, and as pane upon a woman with childe, fo alto in the leffer dayes of judgement, thofeofthis life. Obi.erve, thirdly ; There it no running away from that defruftionwhich God f nds Can a man run from his fide ?- deitrudion is at the fide ofa firmer ; where ever his fide is, theredefrutdion is Evills which have a Commiilion from above, never faile to finde the offen- der; we may e.'ape the evill which manplots, man may make . ready a thoufand deaths for us, and we out-live them all ; as 'Paul faithofhimfelfe;In Damafcacs, the çovernour under Aretas the Icing, kept the Citywith a Garrifon, defirotu to apprehend me : And thorow a -window in a basket, was I let downe by thewall, and efcap't his hands. Paulgot cleare away, though man laid deftru- dion at his fide; but if God lay deftruttion, there is no win- dow to get out at, nor basket to be let downe by ; we can nei-. ther Rand beforethe judgements of God, nor out-run them. Verf. y 3. It fhall devoure thefirengthofhis skin, &c. The 13thand 1q.111 verses containe the orftepof . the miseryof a wicked man. It (hall devoure the firengthof his skin. Deftruttion was readyat hisfide, in theformer verse, now it devoures ; theword fignifies tofwallowup at a bit and fo to devoure as to confume and bring to nothing; it notes thofe confumptions which fire and fword make. They are terrible confumers, cruell devourers ; thefe íhall devoure like a hungry moníter. The firength ofhis skin. The originali word which we tranflate.firength, fignifies pro- 1.11V "12 perly a bough or branch ofa tree ; it lignifies allo the barre of a.doore. And