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)

Tamar was to have been burnt for it

Job 31:11 Yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

Since it is a theft of that which is most precious and most peculiar to the owner; as Joseph told his mistress, #Ge 39:9; the suspicion or jealousy of it raiseth the rage of a man to such a height that it will not be allayed without revenge, #Pr 6:34,35. Continue reading “Tamar was to have been burnt for it”


Those old men who have not gotten wisdom …

Job 30:1 In whom old age was perished?

Their fathers also were old dottrels, in ipsa senectute, senectute carentes, old, but not wise (Moriae Encore.); like the Brabanti, who are said to be the older the foolisher.

Continue reading “Those old men who have not gotten wisdom …”

Iulius Cesar wrote as he fought

Job 29:21 And kept silence at my counsel.

Received it as an oracle from heaven with all humble submission and plenary satisfaction; so great was the force of his wisdom, the weight of his counsel, and the authority of his person, tanquam ex tripode dictum. Erant κυριαι και αμυμονες δοξαι (Lavat.).

In some men’s discourses a man shall have satis eloquentiae, sapientiae parum,

much eloquence, little enough wisdom.

Continue reading “Iulius Cesar wrote as he fought”

Rejoicing in the Holy Ghost, but yet beware that we backslide not

Job 29: Ver.18. Then I said, I shall die in my nest.

Heb. I shall expire and breathe out my last, by a natural death, in my house, and amidst my people; as a bird dieth in his nest when he hath lived his utmost.

Pollicebar mihi securitatem, I promised myself a prosperous and long life, all health and happiness (Brent.). This some make to be a fault in Job, as it was likewise in David, when in his prosperity he said, “I shall never be moved,” #Ps 30:6.

Continue reading “Rejoicing in the Holy Ghost, but yet beware that we backslide not”

Is it nothing to break the jaw bones of the wicked???

Job 29: Ver. 17. I broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from his teeth.

It is a mercy to have judges, saith one, modo audeant quae sentiunt, as the orator hath it ( Cic. pro Milone); so they dare do as their consciences tell them they should do.

Job was such a judge, he feared not to encounter and keep under those unruly beasts and Belialists, who oppressed the poor, and then doubted not to oppose with crest and breast whatsoever stood in the way of their humours and lusts. Continue reading “Is it nothing to break the jaw bones of the wicked???”

Then lay down the empire

Job 29:13 And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

sc. By ready righting her upon her adversary; and this out of conscience of duty, and not for her importunity, as that unjust judge, #Lu 18:5, Continue reading “Then lay down the empire”

God is with his in the fiery trial

Job 29, Ver. 5. When the Almighty was yet with me.

To prosper me, and give me all that heart could wish or need require.

But if that be not done, God’s people are apt to think him absent.

“Is the Lord among us?” say they in the wilderness; as if that could not be, and they athirst, #Ex 17:7. Continue reading “God is with his in the fiery trial”

Hindered prayers

And restrainest prayer before God. (Job 15:4)

Thou forbearest to pray thyself, and thou discouragest others.

If this had been true it had been a foul fault indeed,

for while prayer standeth still, the whole trade of godliness standeth still likewise;

and to cast off prayer is to cast off God, “Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.” Jer 10:25.

We must take heed of falling from the affections of prayer, though we continue doing the duty. As vessels of wine, when first tapped, are very smart and quick, but at last grow exceedingly flat; so do many Christians, through unbelief, and worldly cares and businesses, or domestic discords, or some other distempers, whereby prayers are hindered, #1Pe 3:7;

either they pray not frequently, or not fervently, but in a customary, formal, dull way. And this Eliphaz might suspect Job of, and assign it as the cause of all his miscarriages in word and deed. Sure it is that, as sleep composeth drunkenness, so doth prayer the affections; a man may pray himself sober again, as a reverend man (Dr Preston) gathereth out of this text.

Youth is the dark age, many times sooted with sin

Job 29: Ver. 4. As I was in the days of my youth.

 Hybernorum meorum, so Junius; as I was in the days of my winter quarters, when I lay and did little more than gather up mine assignations. Continue reading “Youth is the dark age, many times sooted with sin”

Up ↑