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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)


May 2018

A hypocrite is not discovered, till upon some critical point

John 6, Ver. 60. This is an hard saying.

The hardness was in themselves, not in the word; but that must bear the blame howsoever.

A hypocrite is not discovered, till upon some critical point. If it come to a matter of cost, he cries, “What needs this waste?” if of pains, “This is an hard saying.”

The business of prayer

Matthew 26:44 Saying the same words.

And they were no whit the worse for being the same. Continue reading “The business of prayer”

Good actions and good aims

Two things make a man truly virtuous,—good actions and good aims.

(Commentary on John 6:25)

Worse times

… this adulterous and sinful generation … (Mark 8:38)

The worse the times are, the better we should be.

Stars are most needed in a dark night.

I lament the infidelity of England

Matthew 26:24 But woe unto that man by whom, &c.

He bewails not himself, but Judas.

So should we do those by whom we are traduced and injured. They, poor wretches, have the worst of it. Continue reading “I lament the infidelity of England”

No small gifts fall from so great a hand

Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. (John 2:7)

God permits his people an honest affluence.

Christ supplies them here with great store of wine, to the quantity of a thousand and eight hundred pounds, as Beza computes. No small gifts fall from so great a hand, #Jas 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

The Baptist was all voice

As for John Baptist, he professeth himself to be no more than a voice. And so indeed he was totus vox, all voice.

His apparel, his diet, his conversation did preach holiness as well as his doctrine,

#Mr 6:20: For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

See also John 3:25-36. (Comm. on Mark 1:1)


The painting: Herri met de Bles – Landscape with Saint John the Baptist Preaching

B & B & B

Matthew 26: Ver. 9. For this ointment might have been sold.

True, and better it had been sold, had it been a superfluous and idle expence; such as is today ordinary in fine clothes, sumptuous feasts, over stately buildings, &c. Continue reading “B & B & B”

Christ condescended to the devils

Mark 5, Ver. 13. Jesus gave them leave.

If Christ condescended to the devils, though to the loss of others, will he not hear us?

Continue reading “Christ condescended to the devils”

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