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

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February 2017

Folly and insalsity

And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. ( Jer. 23:13).

And I have seen folly. Heb., Insalsity.

Folly is as unpleasant to the intelligent as unsavoury meat is to him that tasteth it. Continue reading “Folly and insalsity”

For nearness and dearness

For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear. (Jer. 13:11).

“So have I caused to cleave unto me.”

For nearness and dearness; the loins are the seat of strongest desires and affections. Continue reading “For nearness and dearness”

The omnipotence of prayer

Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.Jer. 14:21

The invincible God is overcome by the power of prayer. There is a kind of omnipotence in it, saith Luther.

 

The image: Use of the symbolic Hand of God in the Ascension from the Drogo Sacramentary, c. 850

Your fathers brought a golden calf thence; Jeroboam brought two

 Jeremiah 42:19 (KJV)
The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day.

Go ye not into Egypt. Be ruled, or you will rue it when you have learned their evil manners, and shall perish in their punishments. It is better for you to be in cold irons at Babylon than to serve idols in Egypt at never so much liberty.

Your fathers brought a golden calf thence; Jeroboam brought two.

 

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Where shall a man find worse friends than at home?

Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand. (Jer. 11:21)

“Of the men of Anathoth that seek thy life.”

Where shall a man find worse friends than at home?

A prophet is nowhere so little set by as in his own country. {#Mt 13:57}

Probatissimuset optimus quisque peregre vivit, saith Ennius, in Cicero. Continue reading “Where shall a man find worse friends than at home?”

They could not have chosen a worse guide

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them. Jer. 9:14.

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart. Than the which they could not have chosen a worse guide, since it is evil, “only evil,” and “continually” so:

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen. 6:5)

Continue reading “They could not have chosen a worse guide”

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A prophetic imprecation guided by God’s Spirit

But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause. (Jer. 11:20)

“Let me see thy vengeance upon them.” A prophetic imprecation guided by God’s Spirit, and not lightly to be imitated.

 

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