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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)


November 2017

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”

Where shall wisdom be found?

Job ch 28, ver. 12. But where shall wisdom be found?

Wisdom is either natural or spiritual, #1Co 2:11-15, earthly or heavenly, #Jas 3:15

The wisdom here inquired after is supernal and supernatural; such as can neither be found upon the earth or dug out of it; such as cannot be fathomed or found out by human abilities or by natural reason. Continue reading “Where shall wisdom be found?”

Bitter portions bring sweet health

Job 27:2 And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul…

Heb. Hath embittered. Job should have remembered that bitter portions bring sweet health, and that το πικρον μικρον, the bitterness would soon be past; but he remembered only at present the affliction and the misery, the wormwood and the gall, #La 3:19. Continue reading “Bitter portions bring sweet health”

Do worthily, and be famous

2Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 

To glory and virtue. To glory as the end, to virtue as the means. The very heathens made their passage to the temple of honour through the temple of virtue. Do worthily, and be famous, Ruth 4:11.

The painting: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld – Ruth in Boaz’s Field [1828]


Your time is short, your task is long, your wages inconceivable

Rev. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Behold, I come quickly: Therefore quicken your pace, bestir yourselves lustily; your time is short, your task is long, your wages inconceivable.

This should teach us modesty and lowly mindedness

Job 25:4 Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

And therefore born in sin and under a curse, the sign whereof appears in the woman’s bearing and bringing forth, #Ge 3:6.

Our whole nativity is impure.

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Because thou hast despised me

24: Ver. 15. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth.

Observeth, expecteth, and longeth till it cometh. Ut videas illum non peccare infirmitate sed malitin, saith Vatablus.

This showeth that he sinneth not of infirmity, but of forethought, malice, and wickedness;

which he plotteth and plougheth, as the Scripture phraseth it, purveying for the flesh, #Ro 13:14, putrefying alive, under a tabes of impure lusts, and daily perishing therein, as Tiberius, at Capreae, by his own confession, Quotidie perire me sentio (Suet.). Continue reading “Because thou hast despised me”

And in the night is as a thief

24:14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
And in the night is as a thief. That is, is a very thief; for this as is magis expressivum veritatis, as Mercer speaketh, he would not seem to be, but yet is an arrant thief, ending the day with theft which he began with murder. How these two sins go commonly coupled, see #Ho 4:2 Isa 13:16.

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Abuse not these blessings to pride and luxury

24: Ver. 7. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing…

viz. By denying and detaining from them what they have earned, wherewith they should provide them garments, which are so called, quasi gardments: because they serve to guard men’s bodies from the injury of the weather.

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