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five hundred yoke of oxen, and five answered the LORD, and said, Doth hundred she asses, and a very great Job fear God for nought? Hast not household; so that this man was the thou made an hedge about him, and greatest of all the men of the east. about his house, and about all that he

R. Shall we receive good at the hath on every side ? thou hast blessed hand of God, and shall we not receive the work of his hands, and his evil ? * The LORD gave, and the LORD substance is increased in the land. hath taken away : as it pleased the But put forth thine hand now, and LORD, so is it done; blessed be the touch all that he hath, and he will name of the LORD. Ý. Naked came I curse thee to thy face. out of my mother's womb, and naked Ry. How forcible are right words ! shall I return thither. The LORD. ye imagine to reprove words, and ye Lesson II.

dig a pit for your friend. * Now there

fore, be content, look upon me. y. AND his sons went, and feasted in ea, return again, my righteousness and sent and called for their three tongue? Now. Glory. Now. sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their

SECOND NOCTURN. feasting were gone about, that Job From the book of the Morals of S. sent and sanctified them, and rose up

Gregory the Pope. early in the morning, and offered

Lesson IV. burnt offerings according to the

Book 2. Chap. I. number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and HOLY Scripture is set before our cursed God in their hearts. Thus did

mind's eyes as a kind of mirror, Job continually.

that we may see our inward counten.

ance there. For there we take note of Ry. My sighing cometh before I eat, what is foul in us, and what is fair: and my roarings are poured out like there we perceive what progress we the waters ; for the thing which I

are making, there, how far we still are greatly feared is come upon me, and from perfection; for it relates the acts that which I' was afraid of is come of the saints, and calls on weak hearts unto me. I was not in safety, neither to imitate them; and while it comhad I rest, neither was I quiet: * yet memorates their victorious deeds, it trouble came. Y. Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from against sin, and through its words it!

encourages our weakness to battle me? Yet.

comes to pass that the mind, when Lesson III.

engaged in conflict, is the less fearful, Now there was a day when the because it sees the triumphs of so

sons of God came to present many mighty men set before it. themselves before the LORD, and Ry. My flesh is clothed with worms Satan came also among them.

And and clods of dust, my skin is broken, the LORD said unto Satan, Whence and become loathsome : * O rememcomest thou ? Then Satan answered ber that my life is wind. y. My days the LORD, and said, From going to and are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, fro in the earth, and from walking up and are spent without hope. O rememand down in it. And the LORD said ber. unto Satan, Hast thou considered my

Lesson V. servant Job, that there is none like BUT sometimes it not only declares ,

us upright man, one that feareth God, makes known their falls ; to the end and. escheweth evil ? Then Satan that, in the victory of those mighty

ones, we may find something to grasp me afraid. y. O LORD, correct me, at by imitation; and again, in their but with judgment; not in Thine falls, we may see what we ought to anger, lest Thou bring me to nothing. fear for ourselves. For see how Job And. Glory. And. is described as profiting, but David is

Ry. vii. O that Thou wouldest hide overcome, by temptation; that the me in the grave that Thou wouldest virtue of our forefathers may cherish keep me secret until Thy wrath be our hope, while the falls of our fore- past ! O LORD, save Thee, who only fathers may gird us for watchful art GOD ? * That Thou wouldest humility: to the end that while we appoint me a set time, and remember rejoice and are elevated by the one, me! y. Are Thy days as the days of we may be kept humble, and may man, that Thou inquirest after mine fear, through the other; and the soul iniquity, and searchest after my sin ? of the hearer, instructed on the one and there is none that can deliver out hand by the confidence of hope, on of Thine hand. That. the other by the bumility of fear, may neither grow rash and presume, in

Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. that it is weighed down by dread: nor

MONDAY. yet be depressed and despair, because

Of the Book of Job. it is stablished in confidence of hope

Lesson I. Chap. i. by the example of virtue. R. My days are few; cease then, AND there was a day when his song

and his daughters were eating and O LORD, that I may take comfort a drinking wine in their eldest brother's little : * before I go to the land of house : and there came a messenger darkness and the shadow of death. unto Job, and said, The oxen were Ý. Thy hands have made me and plowing, and the asses feeding beside fashioned me together round about, them: and the Sabeans fell upon yet dost Thou destroy me. Before. them, and took them away; yea, they Lesson VI.

have slain the servants with the edge Book 1. Mor. c. i.

of the sword; and I only am escaped THERE was a man in the land of alone to tell thee. While he was yet Uz, whose name was Job.

The speaking, there came also another, place where this holy man dwelt is and said, The fire of God is fallen from written, that the merit of his virtue heaven, and bath burned up the may be expressed. For is there any sheep, and the servants, and conone who knows not that Uz is in the sumed them; and I only am escaped land of the Gentiles? The Gentiles alone to tell thee. were so tied and bound with sin,

Rz. My harp also is turned to that they had not the knowledge of mourning, and my organ into the their Creator. It is therefore written

voice of them that weep:. * Let me where Job dwelt, that it may be alone, for my days are vanity. y. counted in addition to his praises, My skin is black upon me, and my that he was good among the bad. For bones are burned with heat. Let. it is no very praiseworthy thing to be

Lesson II. good among the good, but to be good WHILE he was yet speaking, there among the bad. For, as it is a heavier

came also another, and said, fault not to be good among the good, The Chaldeans made out three bands, so it is boundless praise to be good and fell upon the camels, and have among the evil.

carried them away, yea, and slain the Ry. Then will I not hide myself from servants with the edge of the sword; thee. Withdraw Thine hand far from and I only am escaped alone to tell me : * and let not Thy dread make thee. While he was yet speaking,

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there came also another, and said, I touch his bone and his flesh, and he Thy sons and thy daughters were will curse thee to thy face. eating and drinking wine in their

R. My flesh. p. xeiy. eldest brother's house : and, behold, there came a great wind from the wil

Lesson II. derness, and smote the four corners

ND the LORD said unto Satan, of the house, and it fell upon the

Behold, he is thine hand;

but young men, and they are dead; and I save his life. So went Satan forth only am escaped alone to tell thee. from the presence of the LORD, and

RyO that my grief were throughly smote Job with sore boils from the weighed,

and my calamity laid in sole of his foot unto his crown. And the balance together. y. For now it be took him & potsherd to scrape would be heavier than the sand of the himself withal; and he sat down sea : therefore my words are swal- among the ashes. Then said his wife lowed up. And.

unto him, Dost thou still retain thine

integrity ? curse God, and die. But Lesson III.

he said unto her, Thou speakest, as THEN. Job arose, and rent his one of the foolish women speaketh:

mantle, and shaved his head, and What? shall we receive good at the fell down upon the ground, and vor- hand of God, and shall we not receive shipped ; and said, Naked came I out evil? In all this did not Job sin with of my mother's womb, and naked shall his lips. I return thither: the LORD gave, and

R. My days are few. p. xcv. the LORD bath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job

Lesson III. sinned not, por charged God foolishly. Now when Job's three

friends Ry. How forcible. p. xciv.

heard all

come upon him, they came every one TUESDAY.

from his own place; Eliphaz the Of the Book of Job.

Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, Lesson I. Chap. i.

and Zophar the Naamathite : for they AGAIN there was a day when the had made an appointment together to

sons of God came to present come to mourn with him and to comthemselves before the LORD, and fort him. And when they lifted up Satan came also among them to pre- their eyes afar off, and knew him not, sent himself before the LORD. And they lifted up their voice and wept; the LORD said unto Satan, From and they rent every one his mantle

, whence comest thou ? And Satan and sprinkled dust upon their heads answered the LORD, and said, From toward heaven. So they sat down going to and fro in the earth, and with him upon the ground seven days from walking up and down in it, and seven nights, and none spake & And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast word unto him: for they saw that his thou considered my servant Job, that grief was very great. there is none like him in the earth, a Rp. Then will I. p. xcv. perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and

WEDNESDAY. still he holdeth fast bis integrity,

Of the Book of Job. although thou movedst me against Lesson I. Chap. iii. him to destroy him without cause.

AFTER this opened Job his month, And Satan answered the LORD, and

and cursed his day. · And Job said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a spake, and said, Let the day perish man hath will he give for his life. wherein I was born, and the night But put forth thine hand now, and in which it was said, There is a man

child conceived. Let that day be, words have apholden him that was darkness ; let not God regard it from falling, and thou hast strengthened above, neither let the light shine upon the feeble knees ; but now it is come it. Let darkness and the shadow of upon thee, and thou faintest; it death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. it; let the blackness of the day terrify Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, it.

thy hope and the uprightness of thy Ry. O that Thou. p. xcv.

ways ? Lesson II.

Ry. Shall we. p. xciv. S for that night, let darkness seize

Lesson II. AS upon it; let it not

joined unto RI

EMEMBER, I pray thee, who the days of the year, let it not come ever perished, being innocent ? or into the number of the months. Lo, where were the righteous cut off ? let that night be solitary, let no joyful Even as I have seen, they that plow voice come therein. Let them curse iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap it that curse the day, who are ready to the same. By the blast of God they raise up their mourning. Let the perish, and by the breath of his stars of the twilight thereof be dark : nostrils are they consumed. The let it look for light, but have none; roaring of the lion, and the voice of neither let it see the dawning of the the fierce lion, and the teeth of the day: because it shut not up the young lions, are broken. The ola doors of my mother's womb, nor hid lion perisheth for lack of prey, and sorrow from mine eyes.

the stout lion's whelps are scattered Ry. O that my. p. xcvi.

abroad. Lesson III.

Ry. My sighing. p. xciv.

Lesson III. Why died I not from the womb ?

why did I not give up the ghost Now a thing was secretly brought when I came out of the belly? Why to me did the knees prevent me? or why the little thereof. In thoughts from the breasts that I should suck ? For now visions of the night, when deep sleep should I have lain still and been quiet, falleth on men, fear came upon me, I should have slept : then had I been and trembling, which made all my at rest, with kings and counsellors of bones to shake. Then a spirit passed the earth, which built desolate places before my face; the hair of my flesh for themselves ; or with princes that stood up: it stood still, but I could had gold, who filled their houses with not discern the form thereof: an silver : or as an hidden untimely image was before mine eyes, there was birth I had not been ; as infants silence, and I heard a voice, saying, which never saw light.

Shall mortal man be more just than Ry. How forcible. p. xciv.

GoD ? shall a man be more pure than

his maker? Behold, he put no trust THURSDAY.

in his servants; and his angels he Of the Book of Job.

charged with folly. Lesson I. Chap. iv.

Ry. How forcible. p. xciv. THEN Eliphaz the Temanite an

FRIDAY. swered and said, If we essay to commune with thee, wilt thou be

Of the Book of Job. grieved ? but who can withhold him

Lesson I. Chap. vi. golf from speaking? Behold, thon BUT Job answered and said, ob strengthened the weak hands; thy I weighed, and my calamity laid in the




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balances together! For now it would | and fro unto the dawning of the be heavier than the sand of the sea : day. therefore my words are swallowed up. Ry. O that thou. P. xcv. For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof

Lesson II. drinketh up my spirit; the terrors of My flesh is clothed with worms and God do set themselves in array against clods of dust: my skin is broken,

and become loathsome. My days are Ry. My flesh. p. xciv.

swifter than & weaver's shuttle, and Lesson II.

are spent without hope. O remember

that my life is wind; mine eye shall DOTH the wild ass bray when be no more see good. The eye of him

hath grass ? or loweth the ox over that hath seen me shall see me no his fodder ? Can that which is un- more: thine eyes are upon me, and I savoury be eaten without salt? or is

am not. there any taste in the white of an egg? The things that my soul refuseth to

Rz. O that my. p. xcvi. touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Lesson III. Ry. My days. p. xcv.

As the cloud is consumed and Lesson III.

vanisheth away: so he that goeth that I might have my request; down to the grave shall come up no

and that God would grant me the more. He shall return no more to thing that I long for! Even that it his house, neither shall his place know would please God to destroy me; that him any more. Therefore I will not he would let loose his hand, and cut refrain my mouth; I will speak in the me off! Then should I yet have anguish of my spirit; I will complain comfort; yea, I would harden myself

in the bitterness of my soul. Am I a in sorrow: let him not spare; for I sea, or a whale, that thou settest a have not concealed the words of the

watch over me? Holy One. What is my strength, that Rz. How forcible. p. xciv. I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? Is my

SECOND SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER. strength the strength of stones? or is

FIRST NOCTURN. my flesh of brass ? Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from

Of the Book of Job.

Lesson I. Chap. ix. Ry. Then will I. p. xcv.

THEN Job answered and said, I

know it is so of a truth : but how SATURDAY.

should man be just with GOD? If he Of the Book of Job.

will contend with him, he cannot Lesson I. Chap. vii. answer him one of a thousand. He Is there not an appointed time to is wise in heart, and mighty in

man upon earth ? are not his days strength : who hath hardened himself also like the days of an hireling ? against him, and hath prospered ? As a servant earnestly desireth the Which removeth the mountains, and shadow, and as an hireling looketb they know not: which overturneth for the reward of his work; so am I them in his anger. made to possess months of vanity, Rz. Shall we receive. p. xciv. and wearisome nights are appointed to me. When I lie down, I say,

Lesson II. When shall I arise, and the night be WC

HICH shaketh the earth out of gone ? and I am full of tossings to her place, and the pillars thereof


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