For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. (Jeremiah 4:3)

Sow not among thorns,  i.e., Cares and lusts of life, fitly called thorns, because they

  1. Prick and gore the soul;
  2. Harbour the old serpent;
  3. Choke the word.

There is no looking for a harvest in a hedge: stock them, and stub them up therefore; {#1Pe 2:1 Jas 1:21} do not plough here, and make a trench there, &c.


  1. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 1Peter 2:1
  2. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21
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