Who can pretend to biblical learning who has not made himself familiar with the great writers who spent a life in explaining someone sacred book? Caryl on Job will not exhaust the patience of a student who loves every letter of the Word.’ ‘Caryl must have inherited the patience of Job to have completed his stupendous task. It would be a mistake to suppose that he is at all prolix or redundant; he is only full. In the course of his expounding, he has illustrated a very large portion of the whole Bible with great clearness and power. He is deeply devotional and spiritual. He gives us much, but none too much. His work can scarcely be superseded or surpassed.’ – Spurgeon
THEODORUS JACOBUS FRELINGHUYSEN: FIRST MINISTER OF THE REFORMED PROTESTANT DUTCH CHURCH IN SOMERSET COUNTY, NEW-JERSEY. 1691-1747
Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen, a Dutch Reformed clergyman, was a noted exhorter and revivalist who initiated the Great Awakening in America’s Middle colonies.
Frelinghuysen, educated at the University of Lingen and influenced by pietistic followers of Gisbertus Voetius, served two pastorates in the lowlands before immigrating to America. When Frelinghuysen arrived in New York in 1720, his contumacious behavior immediately aroused the suspicions of the Dutch ministers there. A fervent pietist, Frelinghuysen chided his clerical colleagues for their personal vanity.
Woe to you, wicked and unconverted ones ! it shall be ill with you. (Isa. 3: 11.) You may here for a time prosper in things temporal, but in the day of death, and of the last judgment, it shall be ill with you; for the fruit and reward of your hands shall be given you, saith the prophet ; that is, you shall be rewarded according to your works ; for ” tribulation and anguish shall be rendered to every soul of man that doeth evil. (Rom. 2 : 9.)
It is said of the righteous man, that he“bringeth forth his fruit in his season.” “Not so the ungodly, not so,”—they bring forth no fruit; or if there be here and there a shriveled grape upon the vine, it is brought forth in the wrong season when the genial heat of the sun cannot ripen it, and therefore it is sear and worthless.