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Godly men weep



(William Plumer, "Vital Godliness: A Treatise
on Experimental and Practical Piety
" 1864)

"And he went out and wept bitterly." Matt. 26:75

We cannot have too low an opinion of ourselves;
or too high an opinion of Christ.

Godly men weep over the evils which
are found in themselves, such as . . .
  error,
  ignorance,
  prejudice,
  pride,
  self-righteousness,
  worldliness,
  levity,
  unloving tempers and dispositions,
  censoriousness,
  envy,
  sinful anger,
  hatred,
  a proneness . . .
     to remember wrongs,
     to indulge complaints,
     to forget mercies.

There is no plague like the plague of an evil heart!

There is no misery like the wretchedness of
'conscious vileness'.

There are no sighs so long and so deep-drawn
as those caused by indwelling sin. Though the
righteous shall not weep always, yet they may
weep bitterly.

"What a wretched man I am!" Romans 7:24

"I abhor myself!" Job 42:6

"Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4

"Woe is me! For I am undone!" Isaiah 6:5

"Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" Luke 5:8


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