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Godliness is Profitable for All Things

by Isaac Barrow (Author)

Additional materials by:

John Newton (Author)
Robert Leighton (Author)
St. John Chrysostom (Author)

About the Author:

Isaac Barrow, D. D., 1630-1677, was Master of Trinity College at Cambridge from 1672 until his death in 1677. Prior to his being appointed to this position by Charles II, he held a Greek Professorship and the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge. It was his friend and former pupil, Isaac Newton, who succeeded to this chair after he chose to devote himself entirely to divinity. The works of Isaac Barrow, were, upon his death, presented by his father, Thomas Barrow, to Heneage, the Earl of Nottingham, Lord High Chancellor of England and member of the King’s Privy Council, for the imparting of such works and sermons to the public. Isaac Barrow is entombed in Westminster Abbey, London.

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Godliness is Profitable for All Things by Isaac Barrow.

In all places and in all societies, piety—or godliness—produces, advances, and establishes order, peace, safety, prosperity, all that is good, all that is lovely and agreeable, and all that is convenient and pleasant for human society and ordinary life.

Piety is the special interest of all who are involved in governing and education. Piety is their greatest wisdom and policy; it will both preserve their outward state here in this world, and it will satisfy their consciences and save their souls. All the Machiavellian arts and tricks amount to nothing in comparison to this one plain and easy way of securing and furthering the interests of men. Piety is not moved to needless change. Piety cherishes worth and encourages industry, whereupon virtue flourishes and wealth is increased and, as a result, the occasions and means of disorder are stopped and the pretences for sedition and faction are cut off.

If every governor would have the people honest and diligent, if every parent would have his children obliging and grateful, if every man would have his friend faithful and kind, if we would have others act in a just and sincere manner, then we must each strive to further piety from which all good dispositions and practices proceed.

Piety is a fence protecting each individual—rendering each man civil, condescending, kind, and helpful to others. Piety is the only and right ballast of society.

Featuring other evidences on the profitableness of godliness:

"True religion is necessary to the enjoyment of this present life," by Rev. John Newton (1725-1807).

"Happiness cannot be found in earthly things," by Rev. Robert Leighton (1611-1684).

"On the value of godliness," by St. John Chrysostom (347-407).

Godliness is Profitable for All Things by Isaac Barrow  (2011 Paperback Book Edition) Paperback Edition Details:

Originally Published:  1683, London

2011 Edition: Edited, updated, and additional footnotes and material added.

Publisher:  Hail & Fire

Page Count:  154 pages

Book Binding:  Paperback (US Trade Paperback)

Product Size:  5" x 8" x .35" inches

Interior Color:  Black and White

Language(s):  English

ISBN-10:  0982804350

ISBN-13/EAN13:  9780982804353 (978-0-9828043-5-3)

BISAC Category:  Religion / Religion, Politics and State

Table of Contents:

PART I - The Profitability of Godliness - page 1.

Men are generally devoted to profit - page 3.

The Proposal: That the practice of piety is profitable - page 9.

The obstruction to the practice of piety is blindness to the profit thereof - page 10.

The innumerable advantages by which the profitableness of piety may be seen - page 14.

I. Piety is exceedingly useful - page 14.

II. Piety fits a man for all conditions - page 23.

III. Piety comprises within itself all other profit - page 29.

IV. Piety has the promise of life that now is and of that which is to come - page 45.

Scriptural blessings upon the pious - page 46.

Scriptural promises to the pious man - page 48.

PART II - Advantages that arise from the practice of piety - page 59.

I. Religion prescribes the truest and best rules of action - page 61.

The benefit of walking in the light - page 62.

The manifest benefits of a pious manner - page 65.

II. The interior fruits of the practice of piety - page 73.

III. Piety confers happiness - page 89.

IV. Piety furnishes employment suited and beneficial to us - page 92.

V. Piety affords us the best friendships and the sweetest society - page 98.

PART III - Evidences from other sources - page 107.

I. Rev. John Newton - True religion is necessary to the enjoyment of this present life - page 109.

II. Rev. Robert Leighton - Happiness cannot be found in earthly things - page 119.

III. St. John Chrysostom - On the value of godliness - page 135.

Quotations and Excerpts: (from this book)

quotation markAnd here is the difference between a pious and an impious man. Is the pious man in need? He has then an invisible refuge to fly to, an invisible store to furnish him; he has something beyond all these present things to hope in and to comfort himself with. Whereas the impious person has nothing beside present appearances to support or solace himself by, which things, when they fail, down he sinks into dejection and despair.quotation mark

~ Isaac Barrow

Quote on the Difference Between the Godly and Ungodly in trials.


quotation markIt is a fair adornment of a man and a great convenience both to himself and to all those with whom he converses and deals, to act uprightly, uniformly, and consistently. The practice of piety frees a man from interior distraction and from irresolution in his mind, from duplicity or inconstancy in his character, and from confusion in his proceedings, and consequently securing for others freedom from deception and disappointment in their transactions with him.quotation mark

~ Isaac Barrow

Quote on the Benevolence and Reliability of the Pious and Godly Man—profitable for himself and all those around him.


quotation markTrue religion is an employment most proper to us as reasonable men. For what more proper entertainment can our mind have than to be purifying and beautifying itself, to be keeping itself and its subordinate faculties in order, to be attending upon the management of thoughts, of passions, of words, and of actions that depend upon its governance?quotation mark

~ Isaac Barrow

Quote on Cultivating Righteousness; the most proper employment of reasonable souls.

quotation markThe pious man is also the most potent man: he has a kind of omnipotence, because he can do whatever he will, that is, whatever he ought to do and because the divine power is ever ready to assist him in his pious enterprises, so that he can do all things by Christ that strengthens him. He is able to combat and vanquish ... to wage war with happy success against principalities and powers. He conquers and commands himself, which is the bravest victory and noblest empire: he quells fleshly lusts, subdues inordinate passions, and repels strong temptations. He, through his faith, overcomes the world with a conquest far more glorious than any that an Alexander the Great or a Caesar could gain. He, in fine, performs the most worthy exploits and deserves the most honorable triumphs. 'For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness. What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,' Romans 6:20-23. 'In all things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us,' Romans 8:37.quotation mark

~ Isaac Barrow

Quote on the Godly Man's Power—not a slave to sin.