Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
I. When our children are children, we should really have them "about us."
II. When our children are about us, we should consider, with Job, that we are prosperous.
III. When our children are about us, we should tend them very carefully, and train them up in the way they should go.
IV. When our children are about us, we should be careful, not only to teach them, but to learn the lessons which they can teach us.
V. When our children are about us, we should anticipate the time when, as in the case of the patriarch, they will all be away.
A. Raleigh, From Dawn to the Perfect Day, p. 15.
References: Job 28—S. Cox, Expositor, 1st series, vol. ix., pp. 293 and 329. Job 29:2.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. i., No. 51; Ibid., Morning by Morning, p. 224; Homiletic Quarterly, vol. v., p. 334; Preacher's Monthly, vol. vii., p. 103. Job 29:2-4.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xvii., No. 1011. Job 29:11-16.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. x., p. 281. Job 29:16.—J. Baldwin Brown, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xx., pp. 264, 280. Job 29:20.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxviii., No. 1649. Job 29—H. Allon, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xxx., p. 163. Job 29-30—S. Cox, Expositor, 1st series, vol. ix., p. 430. Job 29-31—A. W. Momerie, Defects of Modern Christianity, p. 140. Job 30:25.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. viii., No. 479. Job 31:14.—G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 130. Job 31—S. Cox, Expositor, 1st series, vol. x., p. 27; Ibid., Commentary on fob, p. 366. Job 32:1-6.—S. Cox, Expositor, 1st series, vol. x., pp. 99, 113. Job 32:2.—E. Monro, Practical Sermons, vol. iii., p. 377. Job 32:6 -xxxiii. 33.—Expositor, 1st series, vol. x., p. 173.
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.