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8 Q. What was a further Aggravation of Job's Distress ?
A. That his Wife tempted him to abandon all Religion, because God suffered him to be thus afflicted, Job ii. 9, 10.
9 Q. Had Job any Comforter ?
A. Three Friends came from the neighbouring Placesto mourn with him and comfort him, ver, II.
10 Q. How long did his Patience continue in this perfect Exercise of it?
A. Seven Days he sat down in Afhes, and was filent under the Hand of God, ver. 13.
11 Q. Wherein did any Impatience of Job at
A. In cursing the Day on which he was born, Job iii. 1-16.
12 Q. What were the Sentiments of Job's three Friends on this mournful Occasion, and how did they carry it towards him?
A.When they saw him to be so dreadfully amicted, they rafhly concluded he had been guilty of very great Sins, notwithstanding his outward Profession of Piety, and therefore they severely reproved him for his grievous Complaints, Job, chap. iv, &c.
13 Q. How did Job answer to their Charges ?
Ă. He maintained against them all this great Truth, that God did sometimes afflict those who were innocent, for wise and unsearchable Reasons;" and he vindicated his own Innocence, placing his Trust in God, chap. ix. &c.
14 Q. Wherein did Job fail in his Duty towards God in this Matter?
A. Under the Violence of his Distress, and the most unjust Accusations of his Friends, he fometimes spoke Words of unreasonable Despair, and sometimes he used rash and unbecoming Language
against against the great God, and vindicated him felf too much, as though he had been perfectly innocent before God as well as before Men, Job, chap.vi, &c.
15 Q. How was the Controversy between Jeb and his Friends compromised at last?
4. Elihu, a fourth Friend, who was younger than the rest, and had come to visit him, took a middle Way to end this Controversy, and spoke more agreeably to the Truth: and though he reproved the three Friends for asserting that God would never afflict any innocent Man so much as Job was afflicted ? yet he severely reproved Job for infifting so much on his own Innocence before God, chap. xxxii, &c.
16 Q. What was the Foundation of Elihu's Argument on this Occafion?
1. The supreme Majesty and Holiness of God, the Meanners and Sinfulness of the best of Men in his Sight; his sovereign Dominion over all Things, and the Unsearchableness of his Wisdom and Con. duct toward Men, chap. xxxiii, and xxxvi, &c.
17 Q. How did God himself manifestly engage in deciding this Controversy?
A. He greatly confirmed the Sentiments and Opinions of Elihu, by asserting and displaying his own supreme Wisdom and Power, his Grandeur and Dominion over all Things, by a Voice out of the Whirlwind, chap. xxxv, &c.
18Q. WhatEffect hadthis upon his Servant Job?
4. Job confessed his Folly, abhorred himself for his Sin under the Apprehension of the Holiness and the Majesty of God, and repented in Duft and Ashes, Job xlii. 1-6.
19 Q. How did God deal with the three Friends of Job ? 4. He disapproved of their falle Accusations of
Job, and their wrong Sentiments concerning God himself and his Conduct, and bid them offer a Sacrifice of Atonement, and Job to pray for them, ver. 7, 8.
20 Q. What Tokens of Approbation and Favour did God shew to Job?
A. While Job prayed for bis Friends, God released him from all his Amictions, and afterward gave him ten Children, as he had at first, he doubled his Estate, and prolonged his Life to four Generations, Job xlii. 10-17.
CHA P. XV.
The History of JONAH. ilWHO was Jonah ?
A. A Prophet, who lived about the Time of Jeroboam the second, King of Israel, Tanah i. 1. 2 Kings xiv. 25. There is no Need of particular Citations of Chapter and Verse for the History of Jonah, since the whole is contained in four short Chapters.
2 Q. Whither did God send him?
A. He was sent to Nineveh, to pronounce De. struction upon that greatCity for their Disobedience.
3 Q. How did Jonah disobey God?
A. He took Shipping, and fed toward Tarshish, from the Presence of the Lord, because he fupposed that the Mercy of God would spare Nineveh after he had pronounced Destruction upon it, and then he thould be counted a false Prophet.
4 Q. What befel him in this Voyage?
4. There arose a terrible Tempeft, which endangered the Ship; and Jonah being conscious of H
his own Guilt, advised the Sailors to cast him into the Sea, and then the Storm.cealed.
5 Q. What became of Jonah?
A. A great Filh swallowed him up, and he continued in the Bowels of the Fith three Days and three Nights.
6 Q. Did he ever come to the Shore again?
A. At his Repentance and earnest Prayer, God commanded the Fish to vomit out Jonah upon the dry Land, Jonah ii.
7 Q. What Service did God assign to Jonala after this great Deliverance ?
A He fent bin the second Time to Nineveh, to preach Destruction againf it within forty Days, Jonah iii.
8 Q. What Effect had this Preaching upon the People?
A. The King and the People put on Sackcloth, mourned for their Sins, turned from their evil Ways, and cried mightily to God for Mercy, whereupon God withheld the Punishment which he threatened.
9 Q: How did Jonah resent this merciful Dealing of God with Nineveh ?
A He feared he should be counted a false Prophet, and in an angry Temper desired God to take away his Life, Jonah iv.
10 Q. What did God do to convince him of the Unreasonableness of his Anger?
A. He made a Gourd grow up in a Night, which feltered him from the Heat of the Sun, and he caused it to wither the next Day; upon which Jonah murmured against God.
11 Q. How did God argue with Jonah upon this Occurrence ?
A. God reproved the Prophet, that he should be so much concerned about a Gourd, a senseless Plant which grew up in one Night, and only afforded him some Conveniency of Life ; and that be should be no more concerned about the Lives of so great and populous a City, which besides Men and Women, had above fixscore thousand Children in it.
CH A P. XVI.
The History of JEREMIAH. IlWHO was Jeremiah?
A. One of the Priests in the Land of Benjamin, whom God called to be a Prophet when he was very young, in the Days of Josiah, King of Judah, Jer. i. 1-7.
2 Q What Encouragement had he when he was fo young to pronounce the Judgments of God against the People?
A God put forth his Hand, and toucbed his Mouth, to signify his divine Inspiration, and promised his Presence with him, to deliver him from all that should oppose him, ver 7-19.
3Q. What was the chief Message with which Jeremiah was sent to the People, and to the Princes and Kings of Judah ?
A. That Jerusalem Mould be destroyed, and the People and Princes fhould be carried away captive into Babylon, because of their Sims, and remain there seventy Years. From Jer, chapter vii. to xxv, ver. II, 12.
4 Q. By what Method did Jeremiah fet before them their Sins and these Judgments of God?
A. By some very plain and direct Speeches, by an Example of the Rechabites set before them, and by fome Parables or Emblems.
5 Q. How