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The Bruised Reed - Puritan Paperbacks (Sibbes)

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‘I shall never cease to be grateful to..Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil..I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as “The Heavenly Doctor Sibbes” was an unfailing remedy.. The Bruised Reed.. quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me.’ — D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. The Bruised Reed shows why he was known among his contemporaries as ‘the sweet dropper’.

The Bruised Reed is now issued for the first time in a smaller format in the Puritan Paperbacks series. Some of the language and punctuation have been modernized to make the work more accessible.

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Table of Contents: 

1 The Reed and the Bruising 1
2 Christ Will Not Break the Bruised Reed 7
3 The Smoking Flax 16
4 Christ Will Not Quench the Smoking Flax 20
5 The Spirit of Mercy Should Move Us 26
6 Marks of the Smoking Flax 35
7 Help for the Weak 45
8 Duties and Discouragements 53
9 Believe Christ, Not Satan 62
10 Quench Not the Spirit 67
11 Christ’s Judgment and Victory 77
12 Christ’s Wise Government 83
13 Grace Shall Reign 91
14 Means to Make Grace Victorious 101
15 Christ’s Public Triumph 109
16 Through Conflict to Victory



Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), English Puritan, was appointed a lecturer at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge in 1610. Later, through the influence of friends, he was chosen to be the preacher at Gray’s Inn, London, and he remained there until 1626. In that year he returned to Cambridge as Master of St Catherine’s Hall, and later returned to Holy Trinity, this time as its vicar. He was granted a Doctorate in Divinity in 1627, and was thereafter frequently referred to as ‘the heavenly Doctor Sibbes’. He continued to exercise his ministry at Gray’s Inn, London, and Holy Trinity, Cambridge, until his death on 6 July 1635 at the age of 58.