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)


Zephaniah 2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is] against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Woe to the inhabitants of the sea coast] These were the Philistines; they lay between the Jews and the sea; God having so disposed of it, that his people might not have much commerce with foreign nations, nor learn their manners. Into havens and maritime towns there is usually a conflux of vices, like as there is of waters into the sea: witness Tyre and Sidon, Corinth, Carthage, Capernaum, &c. Hence that proverb, maritimi mores; naval customs, and that censure of such people, littorales duri, horridi, immanes, latrociniis dediti, omnium denique pessimi, Those that dwell by the seaside are usually ill-conditioned, ferce, cruel, thievish, and the worst of men. These Philistines were no better, and are therefore here put under a woe, and threatened with utter destruction.

Continue reading “Palestine”


The poor are gospelized

Matthew 11:5 The poor have the gospel. Gr. are gospelized (ευαγγελιζονται): they not only receive it, but are changed by it, transformed into it.

Peace is twofold, temporis et pectoris

Matthew 10, ver. 34. Think not that I came to send peace.

Peace is twofold, temporis et pectoris, of country and of conscience.

This latter is Christ’s legacy, and the saints are sure of it. Continue reading “Peace is twofold, temporis et pectoris”

The sweat of the brow is nothing to that of the brain

Matthew 9:38: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

The sweat of the brow is nothing to that of the brain; the former furthers health, the latter impairs it, wearying and wearing out the body: wasting the vitals, and hastening old age and untimely death:

Labores Ecclesiastici alterani corpus, et tanquam ex imis medullis succum ex hauriunt, senium mortemque accelerant.

It is not said what shall be given

Matthew 7:7 And it shall be given you.

It is not said what shall be given, because the gift is above all name, saith Austin.

Like as #Am 4:12 “Thus will I do unto thee”: thus? how?

Non nominat mala, ut omnia timeant, saith Ribera out of Jerome. No evil is named, that they may fear all.

There is in every godly man a holy bashfulness, an ingenuous modesty

Matthew 7:5 And then shalt thou see clearly.

There is in every godly man a holy bashfulness, an ingenuous modesty, that he would be foully ashamed to charge others with those crimes which he should allow in himself.

As flat as that

They shall have judgment without mercy that use no mercy in their judgings, #Jas 3:17.

An unknown saying

That saying is true, Three things are not subject to our judgments, the counsels of God, the Holy Scriptures, and the persons of men.

Trade mark clothing again

Matthew 6, Ver. 29. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory…

In all his bravery, which doubtless was very great, in the day of his espousals, especially, when his mother crowned him, #So 3:11. Herod’s cloth of silver did so dazzle the people’s eyes in a sunny day, that they deified him. {a} Alcisthenes the Sybarite’s cloak was sold to the Carthaginians by Dionysius for 120 talents. And Demetrius, king of Macedon, had a robe royal so stately and costly, that none of his successors would wear it, for avoiding of envy. There is no doubt but Solomon’s royal robes were very sumptuous, being so mighty and wealthy a monarch.

Great ones may go arrayed according to their state; and they that are in kings’ houses wear softs, #Mt 11:8. Continue reading “Trade mark clothing again”

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