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Chap. 27. , _An Expofition /span the .Rook of Jo B. "Verf,.2o. 175 Secondly, Terrour is taken for the effect it felfe,caufed in the mind of man, by things either in their own nature, or in their appearances rerrible.Thus :tromíah begs of the Lord(Chap. i 7. s7,) Be not a terrour to me tu the evill day ; that is, doe not thou O Lord,terrifiemy Spirit within,when troubles are without.It is Paid of the Magiftrate ( Rom. I 3. 3. )That he is not a terrour to good work!, but to the evill,that is he doth not terrific (if he aft according to his ttult and duty ) chore that doe good works,but cviil workers. The terrours fpoken of and intendedby yob in this text, may be taken (as I conceive) in either fence. TerribleJudgments without,and terrible feares wtthin,take hold ofhim. The fecond thing to be enquired, is, how theft terrours take hold of the wicked man. TheHebrew word here ufed, liignifies ,w in Hiphtt not barely tò take, but to take by over-taking,or to take hold by erupt, app it a violent or forceable laying hold either upon perlons or things, hendir, affétu It is a metaphor alluding either toan enemy purfuinghis fleeing nu ea. enemy, who when he bath overtaken him, taketh holdof him,and either kills him or takes him prifoner; or the metaphor referrs us to the Notion of hunts-men, who follow thegame to make prey ofit ; or laftly, to Sergeants or Officers of Juï{ice, who follow debtors andmalefa&ors, to urea, attach, and apprehend them. Thus the word is ufed (Zec, a. 6.) Did not my words takebold on your Fathers? furely they did. If the word do not take hold of us in the rule, caufing us toobey, it will take hold of us in the threatning, and caufe us to fmart for not obeying. And David complaints ( Pfal. 4o. r z. ) Mine iniquities have taken hold upon fo that I anm not able toTooke up. Iniquity takes hold of the foul threewayes. Firft, in the power of it, overcoming man to do it Secondly, in the guilt of it, making man lyablc, and accordingly binding himover to beare the punifhment of what he hath done. , Thirdly, in all the puni(htnents which man a&ually beareth. Thus doe thofe terrours threatned in the text, take hold of a wicked man. They take hold of him, as an enemy doth his enemy: in the battle, as the Hunter doth the wildbeati, oras theOfficer taketh hold of him that is fallenunder the penalty of force Law.. They take, firft, a violent hold of him ; fecondly, they takea firong hold of him, fo chat he cannot get lode ; thirdly,they take a refolved hold of him, they will not loofe him, nor let him go.. We.