Exposition of James, Thomas Manton, hard cover

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‘In Manton’s best style. Few such books are written now’ C. H. Spurgeon.

This practical book of the Bible is best expounded by one as practical as Manton. Manton leaves very little not said in his excellent commentary. He does not use the whip of sarcasm, or of invective, but that of loving-kindness to lay these searching truths on the reader’s heart. For example:

''Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations'' (James 1:2)
''From that ‘count it,’ miseries are either sweet or bitter, according as we will reckon them. Seneca said, ‘Our grief lies in our own opinion and apprehension of miseries.’ Spiritual things are worthy in themselves; other things depend upon our opinion and valuation of them. Well, then, it stands us much upon to make a right judgment. For in this lies our misery or comfort. Things are according as you will count them . . . . take these rules: Do not judge by sense. Judge by a supernatural light . Judge on supernatural grounds.''

''In meekness receive the engrafted word'' (James 1:21)
''the engrafted word'' – the word notes the end and fruit of hearing, that the Word may be planted in us. And the apostle shows that by the industry of the apostles the Word of not only propounded to them, but rooted in them by faith. In 1 Cor. 3:6, there is a phrase that notes the flourishing and growing of the Word after the planting of it.''

''receive'' – Our duty in hearing the Word is to receive it. In the Word there is the hand of God’s bounty, reaching out comfort and counsel to us; and there must be the hand of faith to receive it.''

Many of his remarks are memorable (e.g., on verse 3, ‘Christians are known more for their impatience than for their patience;’ and on verse 5, ‘A miser never forgets where he hid his gold, then why should a  Christian forget the place where his treasure is.’

‘A Christian is a bird that can sing in winter as well as in spring.’
‘The cause of evil is in a man’s self, in his own lusts, the Eve in his bosom. Corrupt nature is not capable of an excuse. Sin knows no mother but your own heart.’

Manton (1620-1677) was a noted Puritan in the seventeenth century. He was a popular preacher. Besides his own pastorate, he shared a bi-weekly lecture with Richard Baxter on Sunday afternoons. He once called Baxter ''the greatest preacher in England.  His expositions include this one on James, the most popular one; John 17, Jude, Psalm 119, Isaiah 53, and Matthew 25. 488 pages, blue linen hard cover

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