Commentary on The Psalms by John Calvin - Hardcover
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Commentary on The Psalms by John Calvin
John Calvin was a practical and pastoral theologian.
Like the Apostle Paul he worked tirelessly 'for the sake of the faith of God's
elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness' (Titus
1:1). For him knowledge of the truth was for living, and living was for
the glory of God. All of Calvin's preaching, teaching, and writing was directed
to this one great end, to serve the church of Jesus Christ so that all 'may
obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory' (2 Tim. 2:10).
This book is an abridgement of Calvin's commentary on the Psalms, reducing it to
about one quarter of its original size. It is the result of a labour of
love undertaken by one who has for some years used Calvin on the Psalms in his
devotional reading of Scripture, and who has grown to appreciate Calvin's method
of exposition, his faithfulness to the biblical text, and his practical
application of the truth to daily living.
But why abridge Calvin? The sad fact is that few
teachers and preachers of the gospel today ever use any of Calvin's
commentaries. Some busy pastors and ministers balk at the sheer scale of
Calvin's five-volume commentary on the Psalms, (which forms part of a much
larger twenty-two-volume set). Others tend to shy away from Calvin's
writings, mistakenly thinking that such are the preserve of academics and
theologians, and not of the whole church. Alas, nothing could be further
from the truth!
This abridgement has been made with such people in mind. It is not
intended to deprive readers of the full benefit of Calvin's unabridged text, but
to edify those who otherwise might remain strangers to Calvin's practical and
pastoral wisdom. Indeed, in the view of the publisher the editor's noble aims
have been fully met, that in this single volume 'something of the unsurpassed
excellence of Calvin's instruction will have been preserved and made available
to a wider public than would ever have made use of the original massive and
Here, then, is a treasure chest containing a choice selection of the wonderful
riches to be found in Calvin's commentary on the Psalms.