Excerpt from The Peace of God's Children: A Sermon Preached in Hagley Church, by the Rector, on Occasion of Two Deaths
These words are very applicable, as I hope to shew, to thoughts that must be occupying many of our hearts just now, with reference to some souls lately taken from us.
But first let us look into their original meaning as they occur in the book of Job.
They are not the words of Job himself, but of Eliphaz the Temanite one of those friends of his, of whom the voice of God, at the end of the book, says that they did not speak truth about God.
These friends always maintained against Job that all suffering and misfortune in the world comes upon men only on account of their own wickedness. And hence they said that if J ob had been as righteous as other men, he would not have suffered more than they.
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