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CHRISTIAN MADE BELIEVE THAT HE SPAKE BLASPHEMIES, WHEN IT WAS SATAN THAT SUGGESTED THEM INTO HIS MIND.
the fiends seemed to come nearer and nearer; but, when they were come even almost at him, he cried out with a most vehement voice, “ I will walk in the “ strength of the Lord God;" so they gave back, and came no further.
One thing I would not let slip: I took notice, that now poor Christian was so confounded, that he did not know his own voice; and thus I perceived it: just when he was come over against the mouth of the burning pit, one of the wicked ones got behind him, and stepped up softly to Satan THAT sughim, and whisperingly suggested many grievous blasphemies to him, which he verily thought had proceeded from his own mind. This put Christian more to it than any thing that he met with before, even to think that he should now blaspheme him that he loved so much before; yet if he could have helped it, he would not have done it: but he had not the discretion either to stop his ears, or to know from whence those blasphemies came.*
When Christian had travelled in this disconsolate condition some considerable time, he thought be heard the voice of a man, as going before him, saying, “ Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no ill, for thou art with me."pt
p Psalm xxiii. 4.
* Now, here the conscience manifests its tenderness, by abhorring the evil of Satan's suggestions. O what near access has the enemy of our peace and holiness to our hearts ! But the Lord is also near, to save to the uttermost all who trust in him : " he will hear their cry, and save them,” Psalın cxlv. 19.
+ The experience of other saints is very encouraging, for the soul finds that others have gone before him in dreadful, dark, and dreary paths.
CHRISTIAN GLAD AT BREAK OF DAY.
Then was he glad, and that for these reasons.
First, Because he gathered from thence, that some who feared God were in this valley as well as himself.
Secondly, For that he perceived God was with them, though in that dark and dismal state: and why not, thought he, with me; though, by reason of the impediment that attends this place, I cannot perceive it ?
Thirdly, For that he hoped (could he overtake them) to have company by and by
So he went on, and called to him that was before ; but he knew not what to answer, for that he also thought himself to be alone. And by and by the day broke :
CHRISTIAN GLAD then said Christian, He hath “ turned the AT BREAK of day. shadow of death into the morning."**
Now morning being come, he looked back, not out of desire to return, but to see, by the light of the day, what hazards he bad gone through in the dark: so he saw more perfectly the ditch that was on the one hand, and the quag that was on the other; also how narrow the way was wbich led betwixt them both : also now he saw the hobgoblins, and satyrs, and dragons of the pit, but all afar off: for after break of day they came not nigh; yet they were discovered to him, according to that which is written, “ He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death."'s
Now was Christian much affected with this deliverance from all the dangers of his solitary way; which dangers, though he feared them much before, yet he saw them more clearly now, because the light of the day made
9 Job ix. 11. Ainos v. 8. s Job xii. 22. * To walk in darkness, and not to be distressed for it, argues stupidity of soul. To have the light of God's countenance shine upon us, and not to rejoice and be thankful, is impossible.
OF THIS VALLEY
them conspicuous to him. And about this time the sun was rising, and this was another mercy to Christian ; for you must note, that, though the first part of the Valley of the Shadow of Death was dangerous, yet this second part, which he was yet to go, was, THE SECOND PART if possible, far more dangerous ;* for, from VERY DANGEROUS. the place where he now stood, even to the end of the valley, the way was all along set so full of snares, traps, gins, and nets here, and so full of pits, pitfalls, deep holes, and shelvings-down there, that, had it now been dark, as it was when he came the first part of the way, had he had a thousand souls, they had in reason been cast away; but, as I said, just now the sun was rising. Then said he, “ His candle shineth on my head, and by his light I go through darkness.”
In this light, therefore, he came to the end of the valley. Now I saw in my dream, that at the end of the valley lay blood, bones, ashes, and mangled bodies of men, eren of pilgrims that had gone this way formerly; and while I was musing what should be the reason, I espied a little before me a cave, where two giants, Pope and Pagan, dwelt in old times, by whose power and tyranny the men, whose bones, blood, ashes, &c. lay there, were cruelly put to death. But by this place Christian went without much danger, whereat I somewhat wondered; but I have learned since, that Pagan has been dead many a day; and as for the other, though he be yet alive, he is, by reason of age, and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger
+ Job xxix. 3. * This means, the raging of Romish persecution for the truth's sake, and those dreadful deaths which the martyrs suffered in the cause of Christ, and his glorious gospel and precious salvation. But here Christian had the blessed light of the glorious Reformation.