William Gouge

NPG D22614,William Gouge,by; after John Dunstall; William FaithorneWilliam Gouge (1575–1653) was an English clergyman and author. He was a minister and preacher at St. Ann Blackfriars for 45 years, from 1608, and a member of the Westminster Assembly from 1643.

He was born in Stratford-le-Bow, Middlesex, and baptised on 6 November 1575. He was educated at Felsted, St. Paul’s School, Eton College, and King’s College, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. in 1598 and M.A. in 1601. Before moving to London, he was a Fellow and lecturer at Cambridge. He caused a near-riot by his advocacy of Ramism over the traditional methods of Aristotle. At Blackfriars, he was initially assistant to Stephen Egerton (c.1554-1622), taking over as lecturer.

He proposed an early dispensational scheme. He took an interest in Sir Henry Finch’s Calling of the Jews, and published it under his own name; this led to a spell of imprisonment in 1621, since the publication displeased James I of England.

Although he was already nearly 70 years old, he attended the Westminster Assembly regularly, and was made chairman in 1644 of the committee set up to draft the Westminster Confession. [More via Wikipedia]

The Works of William Gouge:

A Commentary on the Whole Epistle to the Hebrews, Volume 1. (408 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Based upon thirty years of Wednesday lectures at St. Ann Blackfriars! Includes an eleven page biographical preface. This volume covers Hebrews 1-5.

A Commentary on the Whole Epistle to the Hebrews, Volume 2. (388 pages)
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This volume covers Hebrews 6-10.

A Commentary on the Whole Epistle to the Hebrews, Volume 3. (404 pages)
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This volume covers Hebrews 11-13. Gouge died before he could complete this volume; his eldest son Thomas completed the commentary on Hebrews 13.

On Covetousness.
[epub mobi txt web via Puritan Sermons]
Nicely formatted, with embedded Scripture references.

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The Dignity of Chivalry. (54 pages)
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A sermon on 2 Chronicles 8:9, preached to the artillery company of London on June 13, 1626.

An Exposition on the Whole Fifth Chapter of St. John’s Gospel. (388 pages)
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Also includes notes on John 3:29-36; certain verses from Mark 1-2; Luke 3:19-20; James 4:7; Genesis 2:9; Genesis 7:23; Exodus 12:8,11,14-16; Psalm 30:2; parts of Ephesians 5-6.

God’s Three Arrows: Plague, Famine, Sword. (494 pages)
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Three treatises based on Ezekiel 6:11

  1. A Plaister for the Plague
  2. Dearth’s Death
  3. The Church’s Conquest over the Sword.

L’Armure Complete de Dieu. (616 pages)
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The Whole Armour of God in French. Ephesians 6:10-20.

Mercy’s Memorial. (31 pages)
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A sermon preached November 17, 1644, celebrating deliverance from Queen Elizabeth’s persecution. Exodus 13:43.

The Progress of Divine Providence. (40 pages)
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A sermon on Ezekiel 36:11.

A Recovery from Apostasy. (97 pages)
{pdf via Puritan-Downloads}

The Right Way, or, A Direction for Obtaining Good Success in a Weighty Enterprise. (43 pages)
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Preached before Parliament on September 12, 1648. Ezra 8:21.

The Sabbath’s Sanctification. (46 pages)
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The Saint’s Sacrifice. (146 pages)
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A commentary on Psalm 116. Part of a volume of commentaries on various Psalms entitled David’s Blessed Man.
Thanks to Larry B. for helping locate this!

The Saint’s Support. {Can you help me find a copy of this?}
A sermon preached to Parliament in 1642.

A Short Catechism. (11 pages)
[pdf via Digital Puritan]
Thanks to Larry B. for helping locate this!

The Works of William Gouge. (750 pages)
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Contains the following:

  1. The Whole Armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) – pdf, 294 pp.
  2. A Treatise of Sin Against the Holy Ghost (Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3:28-29) – pdf, 32 pp.
  3. Of Domestical Duties (Ephesians 5:21-6:9) – pdf, 411 pp.
    Eight treatises for householders:

    1. The Scriptural Basis for Domestical Duties – pdf, 103 pp.
      An exposition of Ephesians 5:21-6:9.
    2. Of Husband and Wife, mutual duties betwixt man and wife – pdf, 53 pp.
    3. Of Wives’ Particular Duties – pdf, 45 pp.
    4. Of Husbands’ Particular Duties – pdf, 42 pp.
    5. Duties of Children – pdf, 37 pp.
    6. Duties of Parents – pdf, 49 pp.
    7. Duties of Servants – pdf, 31 pp.
    8. Duties of Masters – pdf, 26 pp.
  4. Patterns of Prayers for the Several Members of a Family – pdf, 10 pp.

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