Editorially Speaking

In this issue of the Standard Bearer appears the first installment of our reprinting of Abraham Kuyper’s When Thou Sittest in Thine House. The work was originally a series of meditations in Kuyper’s religious periodical, De Heraut (The Herald). The articles were published in book form in 1899 with the title, Als Gij in Uw Huis Zit: Meditatien voor het Huislijk Saamleven. In 1929 Eerdmans published an English translation by John Hendrik DeVries with the title, When Thou Sittest in Thine House: Meditations on Home Life. The book is out-of-print. It is this translation that we are publishing serially in the SB. From magazine to book back to magazine.

As the title indicates, the work is a biblical study of the Christian home. In his “A Word Preliminary,” which we include in the first installment, Kuyper mentioned that it was his special purpose that the book “be placed in the hands of those newly married.”

We think that this treatment of various aspects of the Christian family is generally sound, insightful, and profitable. It is worthy of being made available again to Reformed Christians. Some of the chapters are powerful and moving. A few references to the times and customs at the end of the nineteenth century do not detract from the book’s pertinence to family-life at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Publication does not, of course, imply agreement with everything Kuyper wrote in the work.

From time to time, therefore, interspersed with the articles by the regular writers of the rubric, our readers will find chapters from Abraham Kuyper’s When Thou Sittest in Thine House in our rubric (borrowed from the title of the book), “When Thou Sittest in Thine House.”

Our intention is to publish the entire work, except for two chapters on servants (31 and 32). Two chapters (22 and 29) will be edited to omit short sections that discourse of “common grace.”

— DJE