The John Trapp Blog

Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment (Spurgeon). I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1Cor. 10:15)

The more silent the patient is the more shrill the wrong will be

Ps 37:7 Ver. 7. Rest in the Lord.

Be silent to the Lord; 

Digito compesce labellum

lay thine hand upon thy mouth when chafing ripe

when ready to let fly at those that wrong thee. Continue reading “The more silent the patient is the more shrill the wrong will be”

Excellent means and medicines against the fret

Psalm 37 Ver. 3. Trust in the Lord, and do good.

These and the following are excellent means and medicines against the fret. Continue reading “Excellent means and medicines against the fret”

Render evil for good is devilish

Psalms 35: Ver. 12. They rewarded me evil for good.

To render good for evil is divine, good for good is human, evil for evil is brutish; but evil for good is devilish.


Lot, feasting and drinking wine with his own daughters, fell into the sin of incest.


Esther 1:10 On the seventh day.

Here we have Luxuriosi convivii luctuosum exitum, a sad end of a luxurious feast.

Sin usually endeth tragically.

Continue reading “Feasting”

The righteousness of my cause

Psalm 18 Ver. 20. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness

viz. The righteousness of my cause;

and my freedom from such crimes of disloyalty and ambition, wherewith mine enemies charged me, as if pricked on by my pride I sought the kingdom.

As also, according to mine honest desire and endeavour in all things else to keep a good conscience, void of offence toward God and men.

This, though God’s own work, and a debt most due to him, yet he is pleased graciously to reward.

Let there be none honest amongst us

And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at evening. Judges 19:16

Though an “old man,” yet a “workman,” and at “field work,” and “till the evening.”

It was wonder that this honest man had not been banished out of Gibeah, as once Hermodorus was out of Ephesus, merely for his honesty and frugality. At which time also this law was made there, ουδεις ημων ονηιστος εστω.

Let there be none honest amongst us: let no man excel others in any point of good husbandry; or if he do, let him be packing.

Which law of theirs, when Heraclitus heard of, he said, it was pity they were not all hanged for public pests and botches of mankind.

Christian children

Christian children are the Church’s nursery; the devil seeks to destroy them, as he did the babes of Bethlehem; but Christ hath a gracious respect unto them, and sets them on a rock that is higher than they.

Die rather than lie

Judges 11 Ver. 39. That she returned unto her father.

As Damon did to Dionysius;

as Regulus the Roman did to the Carthaginians,

though it were to receive punishment;

they would not break their words, but die rather than lie.

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