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[…] Specifically, I tracked what sources Spurgeon used in, what often has been called, his magnum opusThe Treasury of David (TToD), a multi-volume commentary on the book of Psalms.

For each Psalm—and each of the twenty-two sections of Psalm 119—Spurgeon included his commentary, enlightening quotes from other authors (“Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings”), and suggested points for preaching (“Hints to Preachers”).  I tallied whom Spurgeon quoted throughout the work and how often he quoted these authors.

The most quoted sources are listed below.

John Trapp – 231 […]

Taken from: Spurgeon-too-stood-on-shoulders

… and Spurgeon again:

“Would it be possible to eulogise too much the incomparably sententious and suggestive folios of JOHN TRAPP? …

Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone.

Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. … His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier’s life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. … he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning.

Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else.

Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing.

Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humour, so much the better for your hearers.”

(Spurgeon, from:

His books in electronic format here or here.

A scanned version of Solomonis Panaretos (Solomons Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) here.