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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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April 2017

Anger may rush into a wise man’s bosom, not rest there

Proverbs 14: Ver. 29:

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding:
but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

He that is slow to anger is of great understanding.

“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable,” tractable.

Thunder, hail, tempest, neither trouble nor hurt celestial bodies. Continue reading “Anger may rush into a wise man’s bosom, not rest there”

Should we not incite, entice, whet, and “provoke one another”

Prov. 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

Come with me. If sinners have their “Come,” should not saints much more?

“Come, let us go up to the house of the Lord.” {#Isa 2:3}

“Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” {#Isa 2:5}

“Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I will go also.” {#Zec 8:21}

 

Should we not incite, entice, whet, and “provoke one another,” {1} “sharpen” and extimulate, {2} rouse and “stir up” {b} each other to love and good works? {3} Continue reading “Should we not incite, entice, whet, and “provoke one another””

But as the sunshine puts out fire, so did the fear of God the fire of lust

Prov. 1:10. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

If sinners entice thee. To an ill bargain; to a match of mischief, as Ahab did Jehoshaphat, as Potiphar’s wife would have done Joseph; and truly, that he yielded not, was no less a wonder, than that those three worthies burnt not in the midst of the fiery furnace.

But as the sunshine puts out fire, so did the fear of God the fire of lust. Continue reading “But as the sunshine puts out fire, so did the fear of God the fire of lust”

Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth as the prudent mind of a pious person

Prov. 1: ver. 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

For they shall be an ornament. “A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine.” {1}

Tum pietate gravem, &c.  Ου το χρυσος ουτε αδαμας ουτως αστραπτει.

Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth, saith Plato, as the prudent mind of a pious person.

Nothing so beautifies as grace doth. Moses and Joseph were “fair to God,” {2} and favoured of all men. A crown of gold, a chain of pearl, are no such ornaments as are here commended. Continue reading “Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth as the prudent mind of a pious person”

He is a fool, because void of God’s true fear

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

But fools despise. Fools; so are all such as fear not God, “being abominable, disobedient, and to every good work reprobate,” or injudicious. {Tit 1:16}

Evil is Hebrew for a fool;  Nebulo of Nabal; fool of Φαυλος.

When one highly commended the Cardinal Julian to Sigismund, he answered, Tamen Romanus est; yet he is a popeling. So, yet he is a fool, because void of God’s true fear. “Behold they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?” {#Jer 8:9} Continue reading “He is a fool, because void of God’s true fear”

The fear of the Lord, our treasure

Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Or, The chief and principal point of wisdom, as the word here signified; yea, wisdom itself.

Job 28:28 (KJV): And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding.

This Solomon had learned by the instruction of his father, as it is in the next verse, who had taught it him of a child: Continue reading “The fear of the Lord, our treasure”

Dark sayings

Proverbs 1:6 (KJV) To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Dark to those that are acute obtusi, that have not their “senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Continue reading “Dark sayings”

I know but little

To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:4 (KJV)

Fatuo, אחפ, fatuello -Lipsius’s diminutive; to the silly simple, whose learning hangs not in his light, who holds not himself too wise to be taught, who is not uncounsellable, unpersuadable. Continue reading “I know but little”

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