Below are some of the principles of spiritual life (directiva vitae) extracted from the Bible and Trapp’s commentaries. I will update them step by step:

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Sin brought in sweat, {#Ge 3:19} and now not to sweat increaseth sin.

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The Church in the Canticles is nowhere described by the beauty of her hands, or fingers

But it is well observed that the Church in the Canticles is nowhere described by the beauty of her hands, or fingers. Christ concealeth the mention of her hands, that is, of her works (Cotton on Canticles):

1. Because he had rather his Church should abound in good works in silence than boast of them (especially when they are wanting), as Rome doth.

2. Because it is he above that worketh all our works for us, #Isa 26:12 Ho 14:4 Joh 15:5. Certum est nos facere quod facimus; sed ille facit, ut faciamus. (Augustine.) We do what we do; but it is he that causeth us so to do. {See Trapp on “Mt 16:27”}

[Extract from The Commentary on Romans 1:6]

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Neglect of family prayer uncovers the roof, as it were, for God’s curse to be rained down upon men’s tables, meals, enterprises.

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God loves to retaliate. Jeremiah 34:17 (KJV)
Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

See also: With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. Psalms 18:26 (KJV)

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John 1: Ver. 30. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Much ado the Baptist had to persuade this, the common did so admire him for his strict and holy life; for John did no miracle, #Joh 10:41.

Holiness hath reverence. Of God himself it is said, “Holy and” therefore “reverend is his name.”

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Acts 6: Ver. 8. And Stephen, full of faith] He “using the office of a deacon well, did purchase to himself a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus,” #1Ti 3:13. A diligent man stays not long in a low place.

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The word of the Lord is unto them a reproach. The wicked take reproofs for reproaches. {as “Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also“, Luke 11:45}

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Voluptatem vicisse voluptas est maxima, saith Cyprian, nec ulla maior est victoria, quam ea, quae cupiditatibus refertur. There is no such pleasure as to have overcome an offered pleasure; neither is there any greater conquest than that which is gotten over a man’s corruptions.

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It is for the sins of a people that a hypocrite reigneth over them.

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Idolatry is a land desolating sin.

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O caecas mentes hominum!”    *    “O the blind mind of men”

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He that escapes affliction, may well suspect his adoption.

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 They are fools that fear to lose their wealth by giving, but fear not to lose themselves by keeping it.

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Way was made to that bloody French massacre by false reports cast abroad by the friar liars, that the Protestants, under pretence of religion, met by night that they might feed daintily, and then lie together promiscuously.

He that hath a mind to hang his dog, saith the French proverb, will first give out that he is run mad.

The devil was first a liar, and then a murderer from the beginning.

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

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The painting: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Kinnaird Resurrection), by Raphael