Jottings – Man’s Happiness

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Commenting on Philippians 1:21-23 (Paul’s imprisonment):

“He was just then, I suppose, in full vigorous health, and though in prison I do think that an angel might have ransacked the whole world before he could have found a happier man than the apostle Paul, for a man’s happiness consisteth not in the wealth which he possesses. In the bare dungeons of Rome, Paul, the tent maker, had a glory about him which Nero never had in all his palaces; and there was a happiness there to which Solomon in all his glory never had attained. So then, the desire of Paul to depart is for these reasons far superior to the desire of the mere philosopher, or of the disappointed worldling.”

C. H. Spurgeon, “Paul’s Desire To Depart,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 5. Originally preached on September 11, 1859. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1859), 398.

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