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Sunday, April 22, 2007

The World (from Pilgrim's Progress)

Here’s part of Pilgrim’s Progress (book 2) – it’s Great-heart telling [warning] the other Pilgrims about the World. I really liked this book a lot; many times I found myself wanting to share so much of it!! I’ll only share this part, and then suggest you read it yourself! John Bunyan did such a wonderful job.

Great-heart… This woman [the World] is a Witch, and it is by virtue of her sorceries, that this ground is enchanted: Whoever doth lay their head down in her lap, had as good lay it down upon that block over which the axe doth hang; and whoever lays their eyes upon her beauty, are counted the Enemies of God. This is she that maintaineth in their splendor, all those that are the enemies of Pilgrims. Yea, this is she that has bought off many a man from a Pilgrim’s life. She is a great gossiper; she is always, both she and her daughters, at one Pilgrims’ heels or another, now commending, and then preferring the excellencies of this life. She is a bold and impudent slut; she will talk with any man. She always laugheth poor Pilgrims to scorn, but highly commends the rich. If there be one cunning to get Money in a place, she will speak well of him from house to house; she loveth banqueting and feasting mainly well; she is always at one full table or another. She has given it out in some places, that she is a Goddess, and therefore some do Worship her. She has her times, and open places of cheating; and she will say, and avow it, that none can shew a Good comparable to hers. She promiseth to dwell with children’s children, if they will but love and make much of her. She will cast out of her purse gold, like dust, in some places, and to some persons. She loves to be sought after, spoken will of, and to lie in the bosoms of men. She is never weary of commending her commodities, and she loves them most that think best of her. She will promise to some crowns and kingdoms, if they will but take her advice; yet many has she brought to the halter, and ten thousand times more to Hell ….
She makes variance betwixt rulers and subjects, betwixt parents and children, ‘twixt neighbour and neighbour, ‘twixt a man and his wife, ‘twixt a man and himself, ‘twixt flesh and the heart.
Now the Pilgrims broke out in song and sang:
What danger is the Pilgrim in?
How many are his foes?
How many ways there are to Sin,
No living mortal knows.
Some in the ditch shy are, yet can
Lie tumbling on the mire.
Some, though they shun the frying-pan,
Do leap into the fire.

Three verses were quoted off the side of the text. They are:
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

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