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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. The Father To serve God and to honor Him are by no means the same. He who serves is in that service a servant, who fulfills his servantship by strict obedience and discharge of all his duties. Hence, in the service of the Lord our God this servantship stands in the foreground. To be a “Servant of the Most Highest” is an honorary title, and “servant of God” stands so high that it...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co.   No Secret   In Israel the relation between husband and wife was exemplary. Exemplary in so extraordinary a way, that now, after two thousand years, the type of Jewish wedlock still operates among the scattered children of Jacob, yea, is sometimes still so beautiful and attractive, in the high esteem of robust and paternal authority, in the honor of wife and mother, and in the affectionate union of “husband and wife and...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuiper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. We read in Matthew 6:7: “And when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Does Jesus mean by this that every prayer must be brief, and that a somewhat longer prayer already by itself is judged on account of its length? Certainly not. For in John 17, the Savior Himself has set a pace in sending upward an extensive prayer;...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuiper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. (Pp. 9-15.) Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. The “house” is no invention of man, but a creation of God in our behalf. The question whether, had Paradise remained, we would have had houses need not trouble us. It is enough to call to mind that our Savior speaks of a Father-house in the heavens; of one mighty, all-embracing Father-house; the “Father-house with its many mansions.” In Israel our Lord Himself dwelt in a house on Zion, the house...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuiper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. (Pp. v, vi, 1-8.) Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. A Word Preliminary The family is the wondrous creation of God, from which all our human social life has of itself unfolded. Compare national existence in Israel with that in Rome and Greece, and nothing is more strikingly evident, than the far higher place of honor which the family in Israel occupies. From Israel this beautiful trait has passed over into the church of Christ, and in every land...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co.   Mutual Devotion   Do not quarrel about it. Every one of us must carry his own burden, must carry his own cross. And this burden of suffering is measured out to you not according to your faith, far less according to your merit, but almost exclusively according to the sovereign counsel of God. It is not denied, therefore, that patient discharge of duty produces results that make for happiness of life; and...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. Man in his calling To hide behind dark figures in the background, or, without being called, to stand bravely and heroically in the foreground, are the two elements between which our natural impulse continuously moves back and forth. On one side timid fear so much as to hear one’s name mentioned, and on the other side even ardent desire, where it concerns a noble cause, to have a place among “the men which...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co.   The Housewife   Our translators do not speak in Proverbs 31:10 of the “virtuous” but of the “real” housewife, and there is some difference here. In our times at least, one thinks of a “virtuous” housewife as one who is reliable, good-natured, and home-loving; but he who speaks of a real housewife means not merely an honest and good person, but one who is truly meritorious as a housewife. And such was the meaning...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co.   Autumn   In some parts of England autumn is still called “fall.” The common word used overseas for the waning part of the year is the familiar word “autumn,” an expression derived from the French. But however widely this French word gained the field, the original word is by no means passed away, and in ordinary conversation one still uses the descriptive, significant word of “fall,” precisely the same word that is...

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