Ralph Venning

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Ralph Venning (1621–1673) was an English preacher.

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  • All the beauty of the world, ’t is but skin deep.
    • "The Triumph of Assurance", Orthodox Paradoxes, Or, A Believer Clearing Truth by Seeming Contradictions (1647), p. 41. Compare: "Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep", Mathew Henry, Commentaries. Genesis iii.
  • He accounts himself lesse thent he least of all mercies; and yet he lookes on the greatest as his due.
    • "The Triumph of Assurance", Orthodox Paradoxes, Or, A Believer Clearing Truth by Seeming Contradictions (1647), p. 48-49.
  • They spare the rod, and spoyle the child.
    • Mysteries and Revelations, p. 5. (1649). Compare: "There is nothynge that more dyspleaseth God, Than from theyr children to spare the rod." John Skelton, Magnyfycence, line 1954.

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  • Courteous reader, 'tis said of scripture that it is deep enough for an elephant to swim in, and yet shallow enough for a lamb to wade through.
    • From the late 1640s, in Ian Green, Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England (2002), p. 101.

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