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Spurgeon on Gill

June 11, 2007

For good, sound, massive, sober sense in commenting, who can excel Gill? Very seldom does he allow himself to be run away with by imagination, except now and then when he tries to open up a parable, and finds a meaning in every circumstances and minute detail; or when he falls upong a text which is not congenial with his creed, and hacks and hews terribly to bring the word of God into a more systematic shape. Gill is the Coryphaeus of hyper-Calvinism, but if his followers never went beyond their master, they would not go very far astray.

Spurgeon, Commenting on Commentaries, p., 9.

I always like the way Spurgeon gives a pat and a slap at the same time. I do read this more as a slap than a pat on the shoulder. The alliteration is fun to read too.

The irony too is that there is no real imagination in Gill. His commentaries are quite barren. And yet, on the other hand, his fanciful reading of critical texts is quite imaginative.


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