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Ver. All beings are his utenfils,
And creatures of his pow'r ;
14 Should he recal man's vital breath,
All mankind, perifhing by death,
GOD's Omniscience, from which no Sin can be bid.
21 JEHOVAH's all-difcerning eye,
Man's life intire furveys;
His thoughts, foon as they rife, does fpy,
The Judge fupreme, 'tis clear from hence,
Be partial; nor, through ignorance,
Shifts, therefore, or evafive arts,
In vain the wicked ufe;
In vain their crimes, with cunning hearts,
22 No darknefs from his fight can screen,
Can lewd mens clofeft hiding cell,
His fearching fight defy,
When darkest caves of death and hell
GOD's Power irresistible. Job xxxiv. 29.
Ver. WHEN God gives quietness and reft
From ruin and from fin,
Who then with trouble can moleft,
Or hinder peace within!
But when difpleas'd he hides his face,
Against a land, or single man,
Be his difpleafure bent;
Not by the ftrength of nations whole,
The afflicted Perfon bumbled. Job xxxiv. 29. 3.
29 'TIS furely meet thus to address The Majefty divine,
Juft are thy judgments, I confefs;
"Commit a fresh offence,
"By looking at my fins afar,
And pleading innocence,"
Lord, what I fee not teach thou me,
Away like fhades of darknefs flee,
And day fucceed to night.
Forgive my grievous wickednefs;
Thy peace and joy reitore:
Lord, I have finn'd? yea, but, through grace,
I'll henceforth fin no more.
God's Highness cannot be burt with Man's Wickedness. Job xxxv. 5,-8.
Ver. FROM earth, O mortal, to the heav'ns,
Lift thy admiring eyes;
Behold the bright celeftial orbs,
And view the distant skies.
They're high, yet does JEHOVAH's throne
6 Hence never can this glorious One,
7 Nor can his happy being e're
The leaft advantage reap,
Yet hence let not thy wicked heart,
Thy goodness gainful not above,
But to the earth may be;
Thy wickedness may hurtful prove,
Though not to God, to thee.
GOD juftified, though deaf to the Cry of the oppref
fed. Job xxxv. 9,—13.
9 SOME cry aloud of violence,
Whom God does not regard;
He hears the cries of penitence,
Ver. They under great opppreffion groan,
Nor notice what his hand hath done,
But wail the heavy rod.
10 None fay, O where's my Maker great,
Who, in the night of miferies,
A portion of etherial light,
A reasonable foul:
II Which thus might argue,
"Does tenderly protect
"He whofe care
"Beasts of the earth, birds of the air,
Yet man, 'bove thefe tho' honour'd high,
12 These crying with their best instinct,
But men their nobler reafon fink,
13 God proud and wicked fuits denies,
In vain to Heav'n they raife their cries,
God's gracious Defign in bringing bis own People
under affliction. Job xxxvi. 8, 9, 10.
Ver. IF God in fetters of distress
His favour'd people bind;
Their body or their mind:
9 He means to fhew to them their fin,
He hereby caufes them betimes,
On all their bafe unkindly crimes
He likewife ftrikes fin's growing pow'r
That in their heart and life no more
When faulty faints deferve a blow,
10 Unto inftuctive difcipline
Their ears he opens wide,
Attentive to the laws divine,
Their profp'rous flate had ftopt their ear
His grace alone, that makes t' obey,
Excites them ftraight, thro' Chrift the way,