* Madison Novr 20th 1814. Preached next Lord's Day after the death of Mrs Judith Taylor.
Job was a man of many & sore afflictions. But he was not without friends. Three, disting wished for their solid good sense, & just knowledge in ancient theology, came together by appointment to mourn with him & to comfort him under his afflictions.
What ensued between Job & these condoling friends, it is not necessary for me on this occasion particularly to relate; except in general; that supposing
that the affliction which he
underwent, was a certain indication, that he was not a good man, & a gross hypocrite; they severely upbraided him with
his insincerity & hypocricy, & addressed their instructions to him, as one whom they supposed not to be a sincere, true, & faithful servant of the Most High God.
Job readily comprehended in what light his
condoling friends viewed him, & stood upon his defence. He was not insensible that the hand of God was laid heavily upon him; & that his friends were not comforting him, but were adding to his afflictions by their severe animadversions upon him;
He knew that in reference to the professed object of their visit,
that they had come to be with him in his afflictions to mourn with & comfort him. the the propossed design of mourning with & comforting him; he felt the severity of their animadversions upon his character as a mere hypocrite, & cried out as in the words of our text; "Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, o ye my friends, for the hand of God hath touched me."
The great point in which he wished for their condolence
of him sympathy crying friends was that they should pity him; and that [?] why was because the hand of God had touched him.
He appears not to have betaken himself to his friends, however, rather than to God, for support under his afflic-
For, to have done so, would have been to have made an arm of flesh his trust, rather than the living God. He knew that his three friends had mistaken his true character, & that they had misjudged concerning his afflictions; that they had judged him to be a mere hypocrite, because he was brought into such lone afflictions. And therefore he says, "Why do ye persecute me as God, & one not satisfied with my flesh? Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen & lead, in the rock forever!"
After he had thus earnestly expressed his desire that what he was about to say might be duly noticed & be had in lasting remembrance; he declares what he had thus earnestly desired might
be graven with an iron pen & lead, in the rock forever; "I know that my Redeemer liveth, & that he shall stand at the latted day upon the earth. And though, after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, & mine eyes shall behold, & not another: though my veins be consumed within me."
This was what job wished his three friends to notice, & to have in perpetual remembrance; & is far from being the language of a mere hypocrite; it is expressive of the strong hope which he entertained, of his own integrity & uprightness of heart, & of the assurance that he had, that he should have part in the resurrection of the just.
Job having thus stated to his friends his strong hope of a future state of blessedness, beyond the grave, next tells