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SE R M O N S.
A JUST SENSE OF THE CHARACTER AND PRESENCE OF
GOD LEADETH TO REPENTANCE.
JOB XLII. 5, 6.
“ I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine
eye seeth thee. “ Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job, as every person who reads his Bible knows, was an eminently righteous man. God himself testifies that there was none like him in the earth ; that he was perfect and upright; that he feared God and eschewed evil. Still he was afflicted beyond most other men. He lost his property and his children. He was distressed with a most painful and loathsome disease. His wife treated him with the bitterest unkindness, and his friends put a finishing hand to his sufferings by insisting that they were all exhibitions of the anger of God against him, on account of his peculiar guilt. Job vindicated his character against these charges with firmness and zeal. In the progress of the debate both parties evidently passed the bounds of moderation. While his friends attributed to him crimes which he