Pilgrim Portions


Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby  



“Those He calls His own

—pilgrims in scenes where He has been.”



Selected by H. G.

Cover of book Pilgrim Portions




3—The Word of God

4—The Holy Spirit

5—The Perfections of Christ









14—Unbelieving fears

15—Separation from the world



18—Cross Bearing

19—Looking unto Jesus


21—The presence of God


23—Divine Affections (1)

24—Divine affections (2)


26—Songs of the night

27—The Man of sorrows


29—The all-sufficiency of Christ

30—Divine energy

31—Help from the sanctuary


33—The faithfulness of God



36—Nearness to God

37—Backsliding and restoration

38—The Light of eternity

39—Our needs and
       His fulness


41—The divine heart

42—Practical santification


44—Cheer for pilgrims

45—The will of God


47—The courts above

48—Christ is all

49—Walking with God


51—The heavently light

52—Our hope



“The word of God endureth

for ever.”

                    1 Peter 1:10

Where’er we ope the pages,
    In which—Thy wondrous word!
Man’s path through varied ages
    Is given us to record­—
Of failure, ruin, sorrow,
    The story still we find;
God’s love but brings the morrow
    Of evil in mankind.

In these days when the word of God is so called in question, it is blessed to think how a single verse of scripture was sufficient for Christ for authority, and sufficient for the devil, who had not a word to say.


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I do not care for novel interpretations of scripture, cream lies on the surface.


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But, oh, how is the word its own proof, and how has it its own power, though surely nothing but the Spirit of God can give it that power in us. But in walking with God alone can we draw out its sweetness and feed upon it. I believe that the Spirit of God is a positive teacher in this respect, and may give, if He sees good, developed thoughts of its contents, but if rivers are to flow out we must drink for ourselves as thirsty for it.


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Let us now stop and ask ourselves, What has my mind been occupied with to day? What has it been running after? Could you say, “The word of Christ has dwelt in me richly”? Now, perhaps, we have been occupied with politics, perhaps with the town talk, or with something of our own, Has the word of our own heart, the work of our own mind, filled up the greater part of our day? That is not Christ.


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There is nothing more dangerous than the handling of the word apart from the Spirit … I know of nothing that more separates from God than truth spoken out of communion with God; there is uncommon danger in it.


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God reveals not His things “to the wise and prudent,” but unto “babes.” It is not the strength of man’s mind judging about “the things of God” that gets the blessing from Him; it is the spirit of the babe desiring “the sincere milk of the word.” … The strongest mind must come to the word of God as the new born babe.


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There is not a single word in the book of God which cannot feed our souls.


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Study the Bible … with prayer. Seek the Lord there, and not knowledge—that will come too; but the heart is well directed in seeking the Lord.


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I think … you have studied too much, and read the Bible too little. I always find that I have to be on my guard on this point. It is the teaching of God, and not the labour of man, that makes us enter into the thoughts and the purposes of God in the Bible … I do not think that any one will believe that I do not wish it should be much read, but I do wish it should be read with God.


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There is one Man who knows the truth, because He is the truth, who is satisfied with the written word, and that is the Lord. There is no craft of Satan that the word of God is not sufficient to meet.


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When this fleeting life shall be over that only shall abide which has been produced by the word.

Pilgrim Portions - Meditations for the Day of Rest -

Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby
Scanning, OCR and revision according to the original: Santiago Escuain
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