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the astonished 'auditors their comparative impotence. Descending from the firmament, the august speaker continues to display his transcendent attributes in a few specimens, though but very few indeed of animated matter—the eagle, who mounts on high at His command-the peacock, who proudly spreads his glittering plumes, and the young raven,

'who cries to God for food"—the wild goat, that leaps fearlessly from the craggy rock, and the lion, who prowls the forest for his prey—the warlike horse, “ whose neck is clothed with thunder,” and the stupendous whale,* “ before whom the mighty are afraid.”—All, all, are the work of His hands :-" who then,” He asks, " is able to stand before me?"

This appalling address produces the intended effect-- Job is humbled, and confesses, “ Behold, I am vile, what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.” " 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.”

As a testimony that his penitence was accepted, and that his sin had been less offensive than that of his companions, he is now commanded to offer a sacrifice in their behalf, because “they had not spoken of the Lord the thing that was right;” and is graciously assured that his prayers

for them would be answered. Job is afterwards restored to health, and his friends and relations visit him with presents and congratulations. Sons and daughters again bless his dwelling-prosperity, even more afAuent than he had enjoyed before his trial, is again bestowed

* Leviathan.

upon him, and an hundred and forty years being added to his life, he lived to instruct four succeeding generations by the wisdom and the piety which sad experience had superadded to his original endowments,

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