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-T

4;

Chap.

32, ;An

Expofition

upon

the

13eo{L

of.

J.

o

B.

Verf.

You

may eafier

reduce

a

man

that

is

indeedignoranc, then

him=

that

thinks himfelfe very wife,

or knowing,

but

-is

not. This

was

the

apprehenfion

of.

jobs friends

concerning him,

He

was

a

man.:

(:

thought they

and

fa they

faid

) righteous

rn

his

owne

_eyes.

There

are

three

forts of righteous perfons.

Pita,

fuch

as

are

righteous in

the

eyes of

God,

and

faille

Godly are

under

a

two

-,

.

fold

notion; Fitft,

as

being pardoned

for

or

juf}iified

from

their

w

.ighteouinel3e, through

faith

inChrifl';

Blefled are they

who

are thus accounted righteous

inthe

eyes

ofGod.

Secondly,

they

are righteous

, as

avoyding unrighteous

,

and

doing righteous

things.

There

is a

feed-

a

principle of, righteoufneife

to

perfons,

jutlitied

and

regenerated,

which dayly puts

it

felfe

forth in

righ,

teous

aaings

;,

Ile

,that

doth'righteoufneffe

is

righteous

(t

Joh:

3.

7.)

He

is

fo,

both

as

to

his

liate,,and

as

to his a6tions,

in

the

eyes of

God

and good men.

Secondly,.

Many

are righteous in

the

eyes of men., they

have

faire appearances

and

out,fides

;

you can

read nothing amine

irr

their

converfation,

yet

they are unrighteous,

yea

altogether

un-

righteous

in

the

eyes

of

God,

yea

and

pofïìbly

in

their

owne too

;

They

cannot

but

fee

their

own

wickedneffe, though they

can con

-

ceale

it

from

the

fight

of.

others

Hypocrites

are like

painted

e-

pulchers, faire without

(ás

Chrifi

fpake

of the Pharifees)

-but

within

full

of

rottennef1e.

They

femme

that

to

men, which

God

feeth they are not;They.can.fhew

their

heft

fide

toand

hide their.

worn

from

men, but they

cannot play

this game

with

God

;

he

feeth

their belt

is

bad,

becaufe

it

is

but the covering, not the ha-

ting, not the mortifying of that

which

is

bad.

Thirdly

,

There

is

another fort

who

are

righteous

in

their

own

eyes

;

fuch

Solomon

defcribes ( Prov, 3o.

i

a.)

T

here

is

a gene-

ration

that.

are

pure in

their

ozone

eyes,

and

yet

is. not

wafhed.from

their

filthineffe.

Thefe

have

a

great

opinion

of

themfelves; They

think

all

is rightand wellwith

.them, when

indeed

they are

fil-

thy

and

unclean,

their

hearts being yet unchanged,though

their

'wayes are fmoothed

;

and though

they may

have

left

off

to doe

many

fihhy things, yet they are not washed

from

their

filthineffe.

The text

in

hand puts Tob'into this

third

fort of righteous men.

But

was

it

thus with him

?

I

anfwer

;

Firll,

yob was

a

man

righ-

teous

in

the

eyes of

God,

in

both

the notions

mentioned

;

he

was

righteous

as

;unified

and

righteous

as

farctified:

Secondly,

fob

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