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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection

Indolence: a Shameful Sickness


There once lived in Ghent a beggar, who was accustomed to collect alms upon the pretence that he had a secret disease lying in his bones and weakening his whole body, and that he dared not for shame mention the name of it. This appeal was exceedingly successful, until a person in authority more curious than the rest, insisted upon following him, and examining him at home. At last the beggar confessed as follows:: 'That which pains me you see not; but I have a shameful disease in my bones, so that I cannot work; some call it sloth, and others term it idleness.' Alas! that so many in our churches should be so far gone with THIS SAME SICKNESS.


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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Indolence: a Shameful Sickness'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/i/indolence-a-shameful-sickness.html. 1870.

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