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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)

Let this spring distinguish between dead and living trees

3: Ver. 10. And now also is the axe laid to the root of the trees. 

q.d. God is now taking aim where to hit, and how to fell you, as a man layeth his axe at that very place that he intends to smite at: he seeth well enough that all his patience and pains in digging, in dunging, and in dressing you, is to no purpose.

He comes “seeking fruit from time to time, but findeth none,” #Lu 13:7.

Now therefore he hath laid down his basket, and taken up his axe, as resolved to ruin you, unless present course be taken.

Neglect not the present “now,” lest ye be cut off for ever.

God will not always serve you for a sinning stock.

Since ye have a preacher, repent or perish.

Let this spring distinguish between dead and living trees.


I would we were all Lutherans in this

So Luther confesseth of himself, “that though he were a frail man, and subject to imperfections, yet the infection of covetousness never laid hold of him”; now I would we were all Lutherans in this, saith one.

The painting: Luther Making Music in the Circle of His Family, by Gustav Spangenberg

Love the world

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” that is flat.

Therefore blind, because covetous

“The prince that lacketh understanding is a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness,” that hath not his eyes bleared and blinded with the dust of earthly mindedness,”shall prolong his days,” #Pr 28:16.

“His watchmen are blind”: and why? “they are greedy dogs, which can never have enough, and they are shepherds which cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his gain from his quarter,” #Isa 56:10,11. Of this sort were those covetous Pharisees, that devoured widows’ houses;

therefore blind, because covetous.

Continue reading “Therefore blind, because covetous”

Every fowl that hath a seemly feather hath not the sweetest flesh

But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret. (Mat. 6:17-18)

But every fowl that hath a seemly feather hath not the sweetest flesh; nor doth every tree that beareth a goodly leaf bring good fruit. Glass giveth a clearer sound than silver, and many things glisten besides gold. Continue reading “Every fowl that hath a seemly feather hath not the sweetest flesh”

Babble not, bubble not

Matthew 6, Ver. 7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions.

Babble not, bubble not, saith the Syriac, as water out of a narrow mouthed vessel.

Do not iterate or inculcate the same things odiously et ad nauseam, as Solomon’s fool, who is full af words (saith he); and this custom of his expressed μιμητικως, in his vain tautologies. “A man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell?” #Ec 10:14.

Such a one also was that Battus (to whom the Evangelist here hath relation), an egregious babbler.

In common discourse it is a sign of weakness to lay on more words upon a matter than needs must: how much more in prayer!

Take we heed we offer not the sacrifice of fools; God hath no need of such, #1Sa 21:15 cf. Ps 5:5. Continue reading “Babble not, bubble not”


In common discourse it is a sign of weakness to lay on more words upon a matter than needs must: how much more in prayer!

The painting: Evening Prayer by Pierre Edouard Frère, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Whom they so seldom come at

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:6)

A very grave divine writeth thus: I cannot but prefer faithful prayers for some temporal mercy far before that mercy for which I pray. Yea, I had rather God should give me the gift of prayer than (without that gift) the whole world besides.

As for those that are ita congregabiles (saith another divine of good note), so very good fellows that they cannot spare so much time out of company as to seek God apart and to serve him in secret, they sufficiently show themselves thereby to have little fellowship or friendship with God, whom they so seldom come at.

Prayer of stammering lips

Albeit God’s weaker children cannot utter their mind unto him in well couched words and variety of expressions, yet, if their broken language come from a broken heart, it avails more than affectation of rhetoric, without affection of prayer. Men are better pleased with the stammering and lisping of their own little ones than with all the plain speech of all the children in the town besides. Yea, because the soul is sick, the service is twice welcome.

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