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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)



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.

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Be pleased to deal with us rather according to thy mercy

O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways,
and hardened our heart from thy fear?
Return for thy servants’ sake,
the tribes of thine inheritance. (Isaiah 63:17)

“O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways?” i.e., Given us up to error and obstinance? Why dost thou thus punish sin with sin, for the illustration of thy justice and jealousy against us, who have rebelled and vexed thine Holy Spirit? {1} Oh, be pleased to deal with us rather according to thy mercy. Continue reading “Be pleased to deal with us rather according to thy mercy”

God calleth that “wickedness” which they counted wisdom.

For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me.

Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. (Isaiah 47:10)

Thou hast trusted in thy wickedness. God calleth that “wickedness” which they counted wisdom.


Painting: Seascape Study with Rain Cloud(c.1824), by John Constable

The daughter of pride

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant:

I have formed thee; thou art my servant:

O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. (Isaiah 44:21)

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel, i.e., Remember these abominable idolaters, and enjoy their madness: learn wisdom by their folly.

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Therefore hear now this, thou

  • that art given to pleasures,
  • that dwellest carelessly,
  • that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. (Isaiah 47:8)

The daughter of pride is security, and pleasure is her niece.


Painting: The Hay Wain (1821), by John Constable

Hear a word of comfort after so terrible a thunder crack

Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee;

Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. (Isaiah 44:1-2)

Yet now hear. Hear a word of comfort after so terrible a thunder crack. {#Isa 43:28, see footnote 1}

But there it is bare “Jacob” and “Israel” who are threatened;

here it is “Jacob my servant,” and

“Israel whom I have chosen“; it is

“Jeshurun,” or the “righteous nation“, who are comforted. Continue reading “Hear a word of comfort after so terrible a thunder crack”

It is truth.


Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. (Isaiah 43:9)

It is truth. That there is but one true God.

Phocylides did say so, εις μονος εστι Θεος, & c.

Socrates suffered for holding this truth at Athens.

Plato held the same, but dared not speak out. These are his words:

It is neither easy to find out the maker of all things, nor safe to communicate to the common people what we have found out of him. Continue reading “It is truth.”

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