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to the no distant period when his high, destinies shall be unfolded, to
the wonderment of admiring angels. These are Christians, they shall
be like Him, their Elder Brother, and they shall see Him as He is.
These enlightened ones, while they shun with abhorrence the sordid-
ness of the, insentient miser, and look with pity upon the cold hearted
selfishness of the worldling or religious professor, these benignant
almoners of Heaven's munificence,, being blessed with a true heart,
ever really to ameliorate the woes of their suffering fellow mortals, will
not fail to press upon the objects of their charity the soul stirring
lessons inculcated in the Saviour's precious words, "I counsel thee to
buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich. "
THE PATRIARCH JOB.
This eminent man, as the Scriptures inform us, resided "in the land
of Uz, " which some fix in Idumea, and others in Mesopotamia.
There is much difficulty in determining the time at which Job lived.
Many suppose it to have been before the age of Abraham, whilst others
conclude that it was not long prior to the departure of the Israelites
Job, as the book bearing his name records, had seven sons and
three daughters, possessed vast riches, and was " the greatest of all
the men of the East. "
Those who, like Job, " fear God and eschew evil, " are a terror to
Salary and he determines by every conceivable art to lead their feet
astray, and to ruin their souls; for he knows that their influence will
be felt by all with whom they may come in contact. No wonder then
that the piety of the patriarch excited the hatred of the great enemy,
he asked permission; therefore, to afflict him, thinking thereby that
he should succeed in dissevering this true branch from its living vine;
Satan, then, cannot harm the believer unless he obtain permission.
What a consolation is this to the tempted followers of the cross!
Permission having been granted to the " accuser of the brethren. "
Job was quickly deprived of his children and all he possessed. Heavy
as were the tribulations he had to endure, it is recorded to his honor
that his pious exclamation was, " Blessed be the name of the Lord. "
Job was subsequently afflicted in his own person with a loathsome
disease. During its varied stages the discussions between himself and
his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, took place, and which were
brought to a close by the Almighty, who came near in a cloud.
Job's personal appearance on the approach of his friends is touch-
ingly alluded to by the sacred penman. It is said, " And when they
lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their
voice and wept,... They sat down with him seven days and