Matthew Poole on 1 Samuel (cont.)

dildaysc

Puritan Board Sophomore
"Thus the elder should, without grudging, do their utmost to assist and improve the younger that are rising up, though they see themselves likely to be darkened and eclipsed by them. Let us never be wanting to inform and instruct those that are coming after us, even such as will soon be preferred before us, John 1:30" (Matthew Henry).

Poole on 1 Samuel 3:9.
 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Sophomore
"Good words should be put into children's mouths betimes, and apt expressions of pious and devout affections, by which they may be prepared for a better acquaintance with divine things, and trained up to a holy converse with them" (Matthew Henry).

Poole on 1 Samuel 3:10.
 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Sophomore
A seasonable word and warning for our nation...

Lewis Bayly's Practice of Piety: 'The long escaping of deserved punishment in this life. "Because sentence," saith Solomon, "is not speedily executed against an evil worker, therefore the hearts of the children of men are fully set in them to do evil, not knowing that the bountifulness of God leadeth them to repentance." (Ecclesiastes 8:11; Romans 2:4; 2 Peter 3:10.) But when his patience is abused, and man's sins are ripened, his justice will at once both begin, and make an end of the sinner (1 Samuel 3:12; Ezekiel 39:8;) and he will recompense the slowness of his delay with the grievousness of his punishment. Though they were suffered to run on the score all the days of their life, yet they shall be sure to pay the utmost farthing at the day of their death. And whilst they suppose themselves to be free from judgment, they are already smitten with the heaviest of God's judgments—a heart that cannot repent (Romans 2:5.) The stone in the reins or bladder is a grievous pain that kills many a man's body; but there is no disease to the stone in the heart, whereof Nabal died, and which kills millions of souls (1 Samuel 25:17.) They refuse the trial of Christ and his cross; but they are stoned by hell's executioner to eternal death.'

Poole on 1 Samuel 3:11-12.
 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Sophomore
A seasonable word for the governors of our nation... "Those that do not restrain the sins of others, when it is in the power of their hand to do it, make themselves partakers of the guilt, and will be charged as accessaries: Those in authority will have a great deal to answer for if they make not the sword they bear a terror to evil workers" (Matthew Henry).

Poole on 1 Samuel 3:13.
 
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