Practical Observations on Job, 12 Vols. (Caryl)

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This set is a facsimile of the first edition printed in London (1644-1666).

Believing that the book of Job was extremely relevant to the times, Caryl preached from it 424 times over a period of twenty-four years, averaging ten sermons per chapter.  

Joseph Caryl’s sermons are packed with exegetical insights, experiential descriptions, and poignant applications. In true Puritan style Caryl brings all of Scripture and Reformed doctrine to bear on a text. His work is thus not commentary as much as veritable treasure of practical divinity. In its exposition, doctrinal content, organization, and Christ-centered focus, Caryl’s work on Job has been called “the crown jewel of Puritan preaching.



“Caryl adheres to the commentator’s real task throughout this massive work, elucidating the biblical text with profound spiritual insight and sure practical judgment. As one of the greatest expositions written in the Puritan period, this invaluable commentary excels on account of its spiritual content and its emphasis upon vital godliness.” – Rev. Malcolm Watts

“Caryl’s work on Job is erudite, exact, practical in its interest, and vigorous in its style. Caryl’s control of his vast and complex canvas is masterly; he never loses the threads of the argument himself, nor permits his readers to lose sight of it, nor, in all his microscopic study of verbal detail and his proliferation of edifying inferences, does he go beyond the scope of his text. His analyses of the debate between Job and his friends in particular are models of lucid exposition.” – J. I. Packer

“Caryl must have inherited the patience of Job to have completed his stupendous task. It would be a mistake to suppose that he is at all prolix or redundant; he is only full. In the course of his expounding he has illustrated a very large portion of the whole Bible with great clearness and power. He is deeply devotional and spiritual. He gives us much, but none too much. His work can scarcely be superseded or surpassed.” – C.H. Spurgeon