Joel: Introduction

Joel WE are altogether uncertain concerning the time when this prophet prophesied; it is probable that it was about the same time Amos prophesied, not for the reason that the rabbin give, "Because Amos begins his prophecy with that wherewith Joel concludes his, The Lord shall roar out of Zion," but for the reason Dr. Lightfoot gives, "Because he speaks of the same judgments of locusts, and drought, and fire, that Amos laments, which is an Continue Reading

Daniel 10:10-21; Daniel Alarmed and Comforted; Note, Strength and comfort commonly come by degrees to those that have been long cast down and disquieted; they are first helped up a little, and then more; Note, When God gives strength and power unto His people He makes them sensible of their own weakness; Let God enable us to comply with His will, and then, whatever it is, we will stand complete in it: “Da quod jubes, et jube quod vis–Give what thou commandest, and then command what thou wilt.” B.C. 534

Daniel Alarmed and Comforted. B. C. 534. Daniel 10:10-21 10 And, behold, a hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.   11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.   12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the Continue Reading

Job 42:10-17; Job’s Renewed Prosperity; The Death of Job; His troubles began in Satan’s malice, which God restrained; his restoration began in God’s mercy, which Satan could not oppose; God doubled his possessions; He suffered for the glory of God, and therefore God made it up to him with advantage, and allowed him more than interest upon interest. God will take care that none shall lose by Him. B.C. 1520

Job's Renewed Prosperity; The Death of Job. B. C. 1520. Job 42:10-17 10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.   11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all Continue Reading

Job 42:7-9; God’s Vindication of Job; Wherefore judge nothing before the time. Those who are truly righteous before God may have their righteousness clouded and eclipsed by great and uncommon afflictions, by the severe censures of men, by their own frailties and foolish passions, by the sharp reproofs of the word and conscience, and the deep humiliation of their own spirits under the sense of God’s terrors; and yet, in due time, these clouds shall all blow over, and God will bring forth their righteousness as the light and their judgment as the noon-day. B.C. 1520

God's Vindication of Job. B. C. 1520. Job 42:7-9 7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt Continue Reading

Job 42:1-6; Job’s Humble Confession; He subscribes to the truth of God’s unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion, to prove which was the scope of God’s discourse out of the whirlwind; Outward expressions of godly sorrow well become penitents; Job repented in dust and ashes. These, without an inward change, do but mock God; but, where they come from sincere contrition of soul, the sinner by them gives glory to God, takes shame to himself, and may be instrumental to bring others to repentance. B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 42 Solomon says, "Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof," Eccl. vii. 8. It was so here in the story of Job; at the evening-time it was light. Three things we have met with in this book which, I confess , have troubled me very much; but we find all the three grievances redressed, thoroughly redressed, in this chapter, everything set to-rights. I. It has been a great trouble to us to see such a holy man as Continue Reading

Job 41:11-34; Description of Leviathan; God’s sovereign dominion and independency laid down; The Leviathan, even prima facie–at first sight, appears formidable and inaccessible. B.C. 1520

Description of Leviathan – Part 2 Job 41:11-34 11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.   12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.   13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?   14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.   15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as Continue Reading

Job 41:1-10; Description of Leviathan; He shows how unable Job was to master the leviathan; If the inferior creatures that are put under the feet of man, and over whom he has dominion, keep us in awe thus, how terrible must the majesty of our great Lord be, Who has a sovereign dominion over us and against whom man has been so long in rebellion! Who can stand before Him when once He is angry? B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 41 The description here given of the leviathan, a very large, strong, formidable fish, or water-animal, is designed yet further to convince Job of his own impotency, and of God's omnipotence, that he might be humbled for his folly in making so bold with him as he had done. I. To convince Job of his own weakness he is here challenged to subdue and tame this leviathan if he can, and make himself master of him (ver. 1-9), and, Continue Reading

Job 40:15-24; Description of Behemoth: God, for the further proving of His own power and disproving of Job’s pretensions, concludes His discourse with the description of two vast and mighty animals, far exceeding man in bulk and strength, one He calls ‘Behemoth’, and the other ‘Leviathan’. B.C. 1520

Description of Behemoth. B. C. 1520. Job 40:15-24 15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.   16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.   17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.   18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.   19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he Continue Reading

Job 40:6-14; Divine Justice and Power; God’s Dominion over the Proud; Those who duly receive what they have heard from God, and profit by it, shall hear more from Him. B.C. 1520

Divine Justice and Power; God's Dominion over the Proud. B. C. 1520. Job 40:6-14 6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,   7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.   8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?   9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?   10 Deck thyself Continue Reading

Job 40:1-5; Job’s Humble Submission; Many humbling counfounding questions God had put to Job, in the foregoing chapter, now, in this chapter, He demands an answer to them; Job submits in Humble silence. B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 40 Many humbling confounding questions God had put to Job, in the foregoing chapter; now, in this chapter, I. He demands an answer to them, ver. 1, 2. II. Job submits in a humble silence, ver. 3-5. III. God proceeds to reason with him, for his conviction, concerning the infinite distance and disproportion between him and God, showing that he was by no means an equal match for God. He challenges him (ver. 6, 7) to vie with Continue Reading