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Chap.

3

2.

An

Expo,

fimien

upon

the

Book

,of

J

o

s.

Verf. 2.

17

had

rather

a

thoufand

times

his

tòngue fhould

have been

cut

out

of

his

mouth, then

to juflifie

himfelfe with

it

rather then

God,

or

to

fpeak

a

word

to

the difparagement

of

Gods Juflice.

So

then

it

was

hard

for

Eau

to

charge

Job

thus, though

yob

had

let,

fall

fome

inconfiderate fpeeches,

which

adminiflred

occafion for fuch

a

charge. And one

of the

Ancients

fpeakes of

difficulties and

feeming contradi

&ions in

Scripture

;

Drflingui

fly

the times,

and

the

Scriptures will accord;

So

diflinguifh the time

of

this.diïpute,

take

job at

the

beginning of

it,

before he

was

teazed

and

heated

by his

friends,

and

then

he

fpake

at

a

very

low

rate of himfelfe

;

If

I

were

righteous

I

would not know

my owne

fouie.

But in the

heat

and towards the later end

ofthis

long dìfpuce,

Sob

gave

too

much

advantage for

fuch a

conflru&ion

to

be put upon

his

words,

that

he

ju(lif

ed

himfelfe

rather

then

God

;

then

which

nothing

can

be

faid

more unjdflitiable,

nor

more reproveable.

Hence

obferve

;

7o

juflifie

our

[elves doth ufually

and juflly lay

us

open

to

the

reproofe

of

others

;

or,

Yo

jujPi

fie our

felves, drawer blame

upon

our

[elves.

Yo

juflifie, is

foure

wayes

ufed

in

Scripture.

Firfl

,

(

which is

the moll

remarkable and excellent a&

of

it

)

God

juflifieth

man

(

Rom.

8.

3

3.)

It

is God

that juffi

fieth.

This

a&

of

divine

Grace

confifls

in

two

things

;

Firfl,

in

the imputati-

on

of Chrifls righteoufneflè to

us

;

Secondly,

in

the free

remifFí-

on

of

our

fins.

Secondly,

Man

juflifieth

God

(Lull.

7. 29,

30.)

And

all

the

people

that

heard

him,and

the

Publicans

juf

ified

God

)

being bap-

tized

with the

Bapttfine of

fohn.

Where to

juflifie imports

as

much

as

to Glorifie

doth,

(Ails

13.

48.

) And

when the Gentiles

heard

this,

they

were

glad

and glorified

the

word

of

the

Lord

;

That

Is,

they readily approved

and

received the

word

of

the

Lord

;

when we

approve

the Do&rine,

and doings

of

God,

his

word and

works, then we juflifie him.

And

how

ready

Qaould

we

be

on

all occafions

to juflifie

God,

who only

is

and is

altogether good,

when

he is

fo

gracioufly

ready to

jutifie

us

who are evil!,

altoge-

eher

evill

and

ungodly.

Thirdly

,

We

read in Scripture

of man

juflifying man, which

is

done any of

thefe three

wayes.

D

Firfl

,