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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. Giving of Name The newborn child is by no means alone in getting a name. On the contrary, there is a need to call everything that we severally desire to indicate, by a name of its own. God the Lord Himself set the pace in calling inanimate things also by a name. “And God,” so we read in the majestic document of creation, “called the light day, and the darkness he called night.” In the...

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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. Brotherly love If ever there was what might be called a “winged word,” to Cain belongs the drab honor of having brought such an age-defying word across his lips. Almost all the history of the world lies between him and us, and still it seems as though his evil exclamation: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” translated in many hundreds of languages, ever yet grows in significance, and still more cutting than ever forces...

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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.   Brothers and Sisters The relation of brother to brother is the first, which after that of husband to wife, has originated among men. After having heard of Adam and Eve, we hear of Cain and Abel, even with the dreadful outcome that the one brother murders the other. This last is not accidental, and points to the grave danger that lurks in the brotherly relation. Cain killed Abel, not because Abel had...

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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 Expectation Our fathers loved to hark back to their own personal creation. They came to this naturally by their going back to their fall in Adam; something of which the superficial Christendom that now prevails simply knows nothing. What, they ask us, did Adam’s fall to me? “In sooth, I have enough to do with my own sins, than that I should trouble myself about the sin of a man who...

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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 Mother With a beauty that never pales, the prince of poets celebrated in song the tie that binds the mother to her child, which she bore in sorrow, fed with milk at her breast, and had carried for so long under her heart, as that which “unites the blood.” The estimate was correct. The love of mother for the child she bore does not spring from a tendency of soul, but from the...

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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 Blessing of Children Childlessness is a disappointment to the married woman, which grieves and in some measure even brings shame. Later on, this troubled feeling grows less, when more and more it becomes clear that such is the will of the Lord; and years go on; and no one considers it any longer unnatural to find her without child; and other occupations are sought and found; and God Himself has reconciled her...

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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.   Not Live by Bread Alone  To labor, to be busy, to work is our high human calling. For though it is true that God the Lord, after the fall, has said: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Gen. 3:19), yet in this saying the emphasis and stress fall on “the sweat of the face” and upon the “eating bread.” With wonderful accuracy of expression the word labor, orwork, does...

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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.   Care for the House  Of the good housewife the Proverb-poet writes that she does not eat “the bread of idleness, for she ever looketh well to the ways of her household” (Prov. 31:27). There was a time when, especially in our large cities, some housemothers thought that this looking to the ways of her house referred to her care of the marble hall-ways; and when she knew that the spotless flooring glistened...

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(In discussing the question of authority in the church, Kuyper is still talking about the. different forms of church, government. He has already discussed the Romish form of church government, the Lutheran system of church government, and the Reformed system of church government. He now turns his attention to the Independentistic or Congregational form of church government.) 

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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 first part of this chapter on contentment appeared in the June 2007 issue, p. 399.) Godliness with satisfaction is great gain,” wrote the apostle to Timothy (1, 6:6, Dutch version). Notice carefully the word “satisfaction.” Even as the Dutch word for “taking satisfaction in a thing,” it has the meaning in it of the wordenough. Not only in our language, but also in the original language of Holy Scripture. He who has...

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