The Bruised Reed

Weight 0.425 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.4 in
ISBN 9781848718036

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Assurance, Encouragement, Salvation, Spiritual Growth

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Jan 28, 2021

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Puritan Paperbacks


‘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

The Bruised Reed is not the only thing Sibbes wrote…but its themes and qualities well reflect the best of Sibbes’ works that we have left to us. In them, Christ is central, his glory is great, his wrath is terrible, and his mercy is overwhelming.’ — MARK DEVER

Book Description

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.’

Of all Richard Sibbes’ works, The Bruised Reed has probably had the most enduring impact. It is an exposition of Matthew’s application to Jesus of the description of the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah 42:3 (Matt. 12:20). Sibbes’ wonderfully sensitive treatment has ministered to generations of Christians since its first publication in 1630.




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Publishers’ Foreword vii
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 118

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  1. Larry

    This book opened my eyes to the rich and glorious truth found in Isaiah 42:3 – “…a bruised reed he will not break,and a faintly burning wick he will not quench …”

    Yes, JESUS alone is our COMFORTER! He will tenderly and carefully care for us even in the depths of the bruises, pain, and exhaustion we suffer as a result of our own sin and the sin of the world.

    With great care and intentional words, Sibbes expounds on how God comforts his elect and brings them closer to Himself through various trials.

    This book is an excellent resource for all the saints!

  2. Robert Norman

    Such a wonderful book. It will be an encouragement to any who read it.

  3. Helene Felter

    This book was given to my by a friend and helped me very much after recovering from a long period of being lost in my life. After God graciously took me back, I had to work through a lot of fear concerning assurance of salvation and forgiveness of, past sins whilst recovering from trauma . My spirit was wounded and this book offers so much spiritual healing and guidance, it´s like a balm for a bruised soul. Not just this book but many others from the Banner seem to me to offer this kind of spiritual help at a very deep level, something which is urgently needed in today´s world. Thank you for all you do. Blessings, Helene Felter

  4. Daniel Christian Henderson

    The Bruised Reed is for those of us who are sick and need a doctors touch. Sibbes shows us that this desperate weakness of ours is exactly the kind of burden and need the Lord desires to heal and lift from us.
    Full of gospel declarations, Spirit filled encouragement, and revelations of the Word that will make you see Christ more fully, this book will help you understand how someone can glory in their weakness and wounds; because Christ will not break the bruised reed. The Author and Perfecter will always finish what He starts.

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