Whilst most other bible bloggers are enjoying SBL I have discovered that John Calvin was a Genevan Pirate… Here is the proof.
Arrr, our wisdom, in so far as it ought t’ be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely o’ two parts: the knowledge o’ God and o’ oursel’es. But as these be connected together by many ties, it is not easy t’ determine which o’ the two precedes and gi’es birth t’ the other. For, in the first place, no man can sur’ey himself without forthwith turnin’ his thoughts towards the God in whom he li’es and mo’es; because it is perfectly ob’ious, that the endowments which we possess cannot possibly be from oursel’es; nay, that our ‘ery bein’ is nothin’ else than subsistence in God alone. In the second place, those blessin’s which unceasin’ly distil t’ us from hea’en, be like streams conductin’ us t’ the fountain. Har, again, the infinitude o’ good which resides in God becomes more apparent from our po’erty. In particular, the miserable ruin int’ which the re’olt o’ the first man has plunged us, compels us t’ turn our eyes upwards; not only that while hungry and famishin’ we may thence ask what we want, but bein’ aroused by fear may learn humility. For as thar exists in man somethin’ like a world o’ misery, and e’er since we war stript o’ the di’ine attire our naked shame discloses an immense series o’ disgraceful properties e’ery man, bein’ stung by the consciousness o’ his own unhappiness, in this way necessarily obtains at least some knowledge o’ God. Thus, our feelin’ o’ ignorance, ‘anity, want, weakness, in short, depra’ity and corruption, reminds us (see Cal’in on John 4:10), that in the Lord, and none but He, dwell the true light o’ wisdom, solid ‘irtue, exuberant goodness. We be accordin’ly urged by our own e’il thin’s t’ consider the good thin’s o’ God; and, indeed, we cannot aspire t’ Him in earnest until we have begun t’ be displeased with oursel’es. For what man is not disposed t’ rest in himself? Who, in fact, does not thus rest, so long as he is unknown t’ himself; that is, so long as he is contented with his own endowments, and unconscious or unmindful o’ his misery? E’ery person, tharfore, on comin’ t’ the knowledge o’ himself, is not only urged t’ seek God, but is also led as by the hand t’ find him.D1
Cal’in, John: Institutes o’ the Christian Religion. Bellin’ham, Wa : Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997, S. I, me, 1 Gar, Where can I find a bottle o’rum? see http://www.talklikeapirateday.com/translate/