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Religion in the Head is fpeculation, in the Heart affection, in the Hand
Saluation only of God
Sigionoth what it fignifieth.
Sometimes God taketh away from his children their feeling of his love,
Emporal things have but a resemblance of good and evil, fpiri- ,
áblenesse to requite God, and of our unworthinesse.
The poor are under Gods protection and his own fies.
We must search out and confesse the true cause of all the good that God
and meditation of them.
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the channel of his Church.
CHAP. I. Verse 1. The Burthen which HABA K K U K the Pro
phet did see.
His first verse tels us what we shall find in the
51. By his name, Habakkuk.
2. By his Function: the Prophet. 2. The manner how he came by it: Vision,
3. The matter ofit : the Burthen. 1. Of the Minister, First of his name. The name Habakkuk is rendred by Philo the Jew amplex
ans embracing, fo doth Pagnine give it, our English a wraft. ler : for they that wrastle do embrace and hold fast one the other; a name well expressing the office and employment of this Prophet, who wraftled with the linners, of chofe cimes, and their horrible iniquities to cast them, 1. But as God wrastJed with Jacob that he might leave behind him a blessing. His tribe Dorotheus faith, was Simeon; I know not upon what information, for the filence of the holy Scripture doch argue ic to be conjectural.
Concerning the time when he prophecied, it is not particularly expreft, but it appears to be before the deporcacion-into Babylon; for the Chaldeans invasion is here threatned, and therefore funius thinks him contemporary with foremiah, and referreth his Prophecie to the end of Josias his Covernment. Others after the Hebrews referre it is the ime of King Manaffeb.
Master Calvin very truls, affirmech it before the time of Zedekiah.
Arias Montanas gives a probable conje&ure, by comparing that which is faid, 2 Reg. 2.1. 12. Therefare thus faitb the Lordi God of Israel, behold I am bringing forth an evilt upon Jerusalem and Iudah, that webafocuer hearethi of it, both his ears shalli tingle.
That in the eleventh verse tis said, Becaufe Manaffch King of Judah hath done these abominations, and bath done wickedly a bove all tbat tbe Amorites did, which were before him; and barbe, also made Iudah to finne with bis idols..
And this Comminacion is almost in the same words in the fifth'verse of this chapier.
Saint Hierome, in his Prologue tothis Propher faith, that he is called a wraftler, quia certamen ingreditur cum deo,because he wrastlcd with God.Nullus cnim Prophetarum, ausus eft : ama andaci voce Deum ad difceptationem justitie provocare,none durft fo boldly, provokeGod to vindicate his Justice, as it appears, V.2.
But he doch violate the text of Canonical Scripture and Hiktory, to verifie thac Apocrypha cale of Habakkuks, bringing food to:Daniekby miracle, which destroyerb the truth of the histosy, to make faith of a Legend.
For either there maltbe two Habakkuks, or this one muit live, as Arias Montanus doch caft it up,chree hundred years, if che lived to feed Daniel in the Captivicy, a long time of life then, orthis must prophecie before he was born. Bellarmine hach found out two Daniels, one the Prophet of the tribe of Iudah, and another of the tribe of Levi, that heard the cause of suSanna ; and Ribera a Iesuitecwo Habakkuks.
But we lose cime in this question, for they that have not the light in the word, do go in the dark, and obey that go in the darka know not whither they go.
The best use of this is to limit our search to the holy Canonical Scripture, and to take all our light from thence; fo Chall We not go aftray.
2. The fanction of this man is fer down in the name. Of a Prophec, that is, a man enlightned by divine Revelacion, to understand the will of God in some things, and appointed co declare the fame,
Secondly the manner bow he came to it: Vision, that is di. vine Revelation, assuring him of the trach of Gods will so fally as if he had seen the fame with his eye's accomplifhed.
De his consule conciones super Obadiam Thirdly, the matter of the Prophecie, the Burden. In which two questions are moved.
St. Why this Prophecy is called a Bunthen.
1. Of the fin here punished, which is onw a burthen,
1. Onus doo, A burthen to God, God complaineth of the fins of his people, that they are a burthen to him. Behodif I am preft under you, as a cart is preft that is full of fheavs.
Twvery fervice that thele finners do seem to perform to God is a bürthen to him, as he complaineth;Your new Moons, your appointed feasts, my foule hateth; they are a trouble unto me,