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Job 21. 23. One dieth in his full strength being wholly at ease \and quiet.

Job 21. 23. One dieth in his full strength being wholly at ease \and quiet.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 22, 2014
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DEATH. BY SAMUEL HORSFALLJob 21. 23. One dieth in his full strength being wholly at ease and quiet. This observation represents that solemn event, which frequently with a short, and sometimes with no warning at all, cuts off our days in the middle of their course. Many a man, as in the text, is " Wholly at ease and quiet," and thinks not of death: yet, says Job, in a few verses follow -ing, '' He shall be brought to the grave, and shall " remain in the tomb.'' The truth of this observation is daily before us : we feel its force, and must acknowledge it a lesson of the most important use to mankind. When we are in our full strengthy we reflect too little on our
SERMON XIV. 197 mortaiity; we are "Wholly at ease and quiet:" we live careless of an event, that may suddenly deprive us of that strength, and reduce our mortal remains, till they mingle with their kindred dust. In vain does every day present to our view, the funeral procession of a friend or a neighbour, whom a little before we beheld animated with life and activity. We regard not as we ought, the in-struction these scenes are meant to inculcate: — we sigh at the moment, but the reflection makes no lasting impression; at least, it produces not that improvement it ought, in causing us to meditate on the uncertainty of life. '' One dieth in his full '' strength;" who then can tell but before this day expires, he may be numbered with the dead. This is an awful truth, that cannot too often be impressed upon our minds. Death spares neither friend nor relation: our dearest connexions are suddenly broke asunder: we cannot assure our-selves of their enjoyment for an hour, though at present, in the prime and vigour of life. Our hopes and expectations are terminated in a moment;
our fairest prospects blighted, and every comfort 198 SERAI ON XIV. which we promised to ourselves, is torn from our embrace, by tlie unwearied arm of death. Two or three instances will prove the justness of these observations. The parent, solicitous for the welfare of his child, labours incessantly at his employment, and wearies out his strength for his future establishment in the world: he grows up beneath his eye, and he w atches over his educa-tion with a parental anxiety, that he may answer the fond expectation he entertains. Every event that befals him, alarms him for his safety, and his perpetual care is to ward off every threatening dan-ger: at length he is repaid by seeing him settled in the world: — all is smiling; all his hopes termi-nate in prayers, that the cares and anxieties he has felt, may be repaid to his child by a long life of success, health, and prosperity. This is the com-

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