Sluice Box Adventures

Believing Bible Study in the 21st century

The Foundation Was Established

Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

In this plight, therefore, he went home and refrained himself as long as he could, that his wife and children should not perceive his distress; but he could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased.

The Pilgrim’s Progress

by John BunyanPilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan - Salvation at the Cross of Calvary



In the Similitude of a Dream

{10} As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain
place where was a Den , and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and, as I
slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with
rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in
his hand, and a great burden upon his back. [Isa. 64:6; Luke 14:33; Ps. 38:4;
Hab. 2:2; Acts 16:30,31] I looked, and saw him open the book, and read
therein; and, as he read, he wept, and trembled; and, not being able longer to
contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?" [Acts

{11} In this plight, therefore, he went home and refrained himself as long as
he could, that his wife and children should not perceive his distress; but he
could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased. Wherefore at
length he brake his mind to his wife and children; and thus he began to talk
to them: O my dear wife, said he, and you the children of my bowels, I, your
dear friend, am in myself undone by reason of a burden that lieth hard upon
me; moreover, I am for certain informed that this our city will be burned with
fire from heaven; in which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee my wife,
and you my sweet babes, shall miserably come to ruin, except (the which yet I
see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered. At this
his relations were sore amazed; not for that they believed that what he had
said to them was true, but because they thought that some frenzy distemper had
got into his head; therefore, it drawing towards night, and they hoping that
sleep might settle his brains, with all haste they got him to bed. But the
night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he
spent it in sighs and tears. So, when the morning was come, they would know
how he did. He told them, Worse and worse: he also set to talking to them
again; but they began to be hardened. They also thought to drive away his
distemper by harsh and surly carriages to him; sometimes they would deride,
sometimes they would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him.
Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber, to pray for and pity
them, and also to condole his own misery; he would also walk solitarily in the
fields, sometimes reading, and sometimes praying: and thus for some days he
spent his time.

{12} Now, I saw, upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was,
as he was wont, reading in his book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and,
as he read, he burst out, as he had done before, crying, "What shall I do to
be saved?"

{13} I saw also that he looked this way and that way, as if he would run; yet
he stood still, because, as I perceived, he could not tell which way to go. I
looked then, and saw a man named Evangelist coming to him and asked, Wherefore
dost thou cry? [Job 33:23]

{14} He answered, Sir, I perceive by the book in my hand, that I am condemned
to die, and after that to come to judgement [Heb. 9:27]; and I find that I am
not willing to do the first [Job 16:21], nor able to do the second. [Ezek.

CHRISTIAN no sooner leaves the World but meets EVANGELIST, who lovingly him
greets With tidings of another: and doth show Him how to mount to that from
this below.

{15} Then said Evangelist, Why not willing to die, since this life is attended
with so many evils? The man answered, Because I fear that this burden is upon
my back will sink me lower than the grave, and I shall fall into Tophet. [Isa.
30:33] And, Sir, if I be not fit to go to prison, I am not fit, I am sure, to
go to judgement, and from thence to execution; and the thoughts of these
things make me cry.

{16} Then said Evangelist, If this be thy condition, why standest thou still?
He answered, Because I know not whither to go. Then he gave him a parchment
roll, and there was written within, Flee from the wrath to come. [Matt. 3.7]

{17} The man therefore read it, and looking upon Evangelist very carefully,
said, Whither must I fly? Then said Evangelist, pointing with his finger over
a very wide field, Do you see yonder wicket-gate? [Matt. 7:13,14] The man
said, No. Then said the other, Do you see yonder shining light? [Ps. 119:105;
2 Pet. 1:19] He said, I think I do. Then said Evangelist, Keep that light in
your eye, and go up directly thereto: so shalt thou see the gate; at which,
when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do.

{18} So I saw in my dream that the man began to run.

Now, he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children,
perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers
in his ears, and ran on, crying, Life! life! eternal life! [Luke 14:26] So he
looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain. [Gen. 19:17]

{19} The neighbours also came out to see him run [Jer. 20:10]; and, as he ran,
some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return; and, among
those that did so, there were two that resolved to fetch him back by force.
The name of the one was Obstinate and the name of the other Pliable. Now, by
this time, the man was got a good distance from them; but, however, they were
resolved to pursue him, which they did, and in a little time they overtook
him. Then said the man, Neighbours, wherefore are ye come? They said, To
persuade you to go back with us. But he said, That can by no means be; you
dwell, said he, in the City of Destruction, the place also where I was born: I
see it to be so; and, dying there, sooner or later, you will sink lower than
the grave, into a place that burns with fire and brimstone: be content, good
neighbours, and go along with me.

{20} OBST. What! said Obstinate, and leave our friends and our comforts behind

CHR. Yes, said Christian, for that was his name, because that ALL which you
shall forsake is not worthy to be compared with a little of that which I am
seeking to enjoy [2 Cor. 4:18]; and, if you will go along with me, and hold
it, you shall fare as I myself; for there, where I go, is enough and to spare.
[Luke 15:17] Come away, and prove my words.

{21} OBST. What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find

CHR. I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away
[1 Pet. 1:4], and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there [Heb. 11:16], to be
bestowed, at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it. Read it so,
if you will, in my book.

OBST. Tush! said Obstinate, away with your book; will you go back with us or

CHR. No, not I, said the other, because I have laid my hand to the plough.
[Luke 9:62]

{22} OBST. Come, then, neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home
without him; there is a company of these crazy-headed coxcombs, that, when
they take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than seven men that
can render a reason. [Prov. 26:16]

PLI. Then said Pliable, Don't revile; if what the good Christian says is true,
the things he looks after are better than ours: my heart inclines to go with
my neighbour.

OBST. What! more fools still! Be ruled by me, and go back; who knows whither
such a brain-sick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and be wise.

{23} CHR. Nay, but do thou come with thy neighbour, Pliable; there are such
things to be had which I spoke of, and many more glorious besides. If you
believe not me, read here in this book; and for the truth of what is expressed
therein, behold, all is confirmed by the blood of Him that made it. [Heb.
9:17-22; 13:20]

PLI. Well, neighbour Obstinate, said Pliable, I begin to come to a point; I
intend to go along with this good man, and to cast in my lot with him: but, my
good companion, do you know the way to this desired place?

{24} CHR. I am directed by a man, whose name is Evangelist, to speed me to a
little gate that is before us, where we shall receive instructions about the

PLI. Come, then, good neighbour, let us be going. Then they went both

OBST. And I will go back to my place, said Obstinate; I will be no companion
of such misled, fantastical fellows.

{25} Now, I saw in my dream, that when Obstinate was gone back, Christian and
Pliable went talking over the plain; and thus they began their discourse.

{26} CHR. Come, neighbour Pliable, how do you do? I am glad you are persuaded
to go along with me. Had even Obstinate himself but felt what I have felt of
the powers and terrors of what is yet unseen, he would not thus lightly have
given us the back.

PLI. Come, neighbour Christian, since there are none but us two here, tell me
now further what the things are, and how to be enjoyed, whither we are going.

{27} CHR. I can better conceive of them with my mind, than speak of them with
my tongue. God's things unspeakable: but yet, since you are desirous to know,
I will read of them in my book.

PLI. And do you think that the words of your book are certainly true?

CHR. Yes, verily; for it was made by Him that cannot lie. [Titus 1:2]

PLI. Well said; what things are they?

CHR. There is an endless kingdom to be inhabited, and everlasting life to be
given us, that we may inhabit that kingdom for ever. [Isa. 45:17; John

PLI. Well said; and what else?

CHR. There are crowns and glory to be given us, and garments that will make us
shine like the sun in the firmament of heaven. [2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 3:4; Matt.

PLI. This is very pleasant; and what else?

CHR. There shall be no more crying, nor Sorrow: for He that is owner of the
place will wipe all tears from our eyes. [Isa. 25.6-8; Rev. 7:17, 21:4]

{28} PLI. And what company shall we have there?

CHR. There we shall be with seraphims and cherubims, creatures that will
dazzle your eyes to look on them. [Isa. 6:2] There also you shall meet with
thousands and ten thousands that have gone before us to that place; none of
them are hurtful, but loving and holy; every one walking in the sight of God,
and standing in his presence with acceptance for ever. [1 Thess. 4:16,17; Rev.
5:11] In a word, there we shall see the elders with their golden crowns [Rev.
4:4], there we shall see the holy virgins with their golden harps [Rev. 14:1-
5], there we shall see men that by the world were cut in pieces, burnt in
flames, eaten of beasts, drowned in the seas, for the love that they bare to
the Lord of the place, all well, and clothed with immortality as with a
garment. [John 12:25; 2 Cor. 5:4]

PLI. The hearing of this is enough to ravish one's heart. But are these things
to be enjoyed? How shall we get to be sharers thereof?

CHR. The Lord, the Governor of the country, hath recorded that in this book;
the substance of which is, If we be truly willing to have it, he will bestow
it upon us freely.

PLI. Well, my good companion, glad am I to hear of these things: come on, let
us mend our pace.

CHR. I cannot go so fast as I would, by reason of this burden that is on my

{29} Now I saw in my dream, that just as they had ended this talk they drew
near to a very miry slough, that was in the midst of the plain; and they,
being heedless, did both fall suddenly into the bog. The name of the slough
was Despond. Here, therefore, they wallowed for a time, being grievously
bedaubed with the dirt; and Christian, because of the burden that was on his
back, began to sink in the mire.

{30} PLI. Then said Pliable; Ah! neighbour Christian, where are you now?

CHR. Truly, said Christian, I do not know.

PLI. At this Pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow, Is
this the happiness you have told me all this while of? If we have such ill
speed at our first setting out, what may we expect betwixt this and our
journey's end? May I get out again with my life, you shall possess the brave
country alone for me. And, with that, he gave a desperate struggle or two, and
got out of the mire on that side of the slough which was next to his own
house: so away he went, and Christian saw him no more.

{31} Wherefore Christian was left to tumble in the Slough of Despond alone:
but still he endeavoured to struggle to that side of the slough that was still
further from his own house, and next to the wicket-gate; the which he did, but
could not get out, because of the burden that was upon his back: but I beheld
in my dream, that a man came to him, whose name was Help, and asked him, What
he did there?

CHR. Sir, said Christian, I was bid go this way by a man called Evangelist,
who directed me also to yonder gate, that I might escape the wrath to come;
and as I was going thither I fell in here.

{32} HELP. But why did not you look for the steps?

CHR. Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way, and fell in.

HELP. Then said he, Give me thy hand: so he gave him his hand, and he drew him
out, and set him upon sound ground, and bid him go on his way. [Ps. 40:2]

{33} Then I stepped to him that plucked him out, and said, Sir, wherefore,
since over this place is the way from the City of Destruction to yonder gate,
is it that this plat is not mended, that poor travellers might go thither with
more security? And he said unto me, This miry slough is such a place as cannot
be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends
conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore it is called the Slough
of Despond; for still, as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition,
there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging
apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place. And
this is the reason of the badness of this ground.

{34} It is not the pleasure of the King that this place should remain so bad.
[Isa. 35:3,4] His labourers also have, by the direction of His Majesty's
surveyors, been for above these sixteen hundred years employed about this
patch of ground, if perhaps it might have been mended: yea, and to my
knowledge, said he, here have been swallowed up at least twenty thousand cart
-loads, yea, millions of wholesome instructions, that have at all seasons been
brought from all places of the King's dominions, and they that can tell, say
they are the best materials to make good ground of the place; if so be, it
might have been mended, but it is the Slough of Despond still, and so will be
when they have done what they can.

{35} True, there are, by the direction of the Law-giver, certain good and
substantial steps, placed even through the very midst of this slough; but at
such time as this place doth much spew out its filth, as it doth against
change of weather, these steps are hardly seen; or, if they be, men, through
the dizziness of their heads, step beside, and then they are bemired to
purpose, notwithstanding the steps be there; but the ground is good when they
are once got in at the gate. [1 Sam. 12:23]

{36} Now, I saw in my dream, that by this time Pliable was got home to his
house again, so that his neighbours came to visit him; and some of them called
him wise man for coming back, and some called him fool for hazarding himself
with Christian: others again did mock at his cowardliness; saying, Surely,
since you began to venture, I would not have been so base to have given out
for a few difficulties. So Pliable sat sneaking among them. But at last he got
more confidence, and then they all turned their tales, and began to deride
poor Christian behind his back. And thus much concerning Pliable.

{37} Now, as Christian was walking solitarily by himself, he espied one afar
off, come crossing over the field to meet him; and their hap was to meet just
as they were crossing the way of each other. The gentleman's name that met him
was Mr. Worldly Wiseman, he dwelt in the town of Carnal Policy, a very great
town, and also hard by from whence Christian came. This man, then, meeting
with Christian, and having some inkling of him, -- for Christian's setting
forth from the City of Destruction was much noised abroad, not only in the
town where he dwelt, but also it began to be the town talk in some other
places, -- Mr. Worldly Wiseman, therefore, having some guess of him, by
beholding his laborious going, by observing his sighs and groans, and the
like, began thus to enter into some talk with Christian.

{38} WORLD. How now, good fellow, whither away after this burdened manner?

CHR. A burdened manner, indeed, as ever, I think, poor creature had! And
whereas you ask me, Whither away? I tell you, Sir, I am going to yonder
wicket-gate before me; for there, as I am informed, I shall be put into a way
to be rid of my heavy burden.

WORLD. Hast thou a wife and children?

CHR. Yes; but I am so laden with this burden that I cannot take that pleasure
in them as formerly; methinks I am as if I had none. [1 Cor 7:29]

WORLD. Wilt thou hearken unto me if I give thee counsel?

CHR. If it be good, I will; for I stand in need of good counsel.

{39} WORLD. I would advise thee, then, that thou with all speed get thyself
rid of thy burden; for thou wilt never be settled in thy mind till then; nor
canst thou enjoy the benefits of the blessing which God hath bestowed upon
thee till then.

CHR. That is that which I seek for, even to be rid of this heavy burden; but
get it off myself, I cannot; nor is there any man in our country that can take
it off my shoulders; therefore am I going this way, as I told you, that I may
be rid of my burden.

WORLD. Who bid thee go this way to be rid of thy burden?

CHR. A man that appeared to me to be a very great and honourable person; his
name, as I remember, is Evangelist.

{40} WORLD. I beshrew him for his counsel! there is not a more dangerous and
troublesome way in the world than is that unto which he hath directed thee;
and that thou shalt find, if thou wilt be ruled by his counsel. Thou hast met
with something, as I perceive, already; for I see the dirt of the Slough of
Despond is upon thee; but that slough is the beginning of the sorrows that do
attend those that go on in that way. Hear me, I am older than thou; thou art
like to meet with, in the way which thou goest, wearisomeness, painfulness,
hunger, perils, nakedness, sword, lions, dragons, darkness, and, in a word,
death, and what not! These things are certainly true, having been confirmed by
many testimonies. And why should a man so carelessly cast away himself, by
giving heed to a stranger?

CHR. Why, Sir, this burden upon my back is more terrible to me than all these
things which you have mentioned; nay, methinks I care not what I meet with in
the way, if so be I can also meet with deliverance from my burden.

{41} WORLD. How camest thou by the burden at first?

CHR. By reading this book in my hand.

WORLD. I thought so; and it is happened unto thee as to other weak men, who,
meddling with things too high for them, do suddenly fall into thy
distractions; which distractions do not only unman men, as thine, I perceive,
have done thee, but they run them upon desperate ventures to obtain they know
not what.

CHR. I know what I would obtain; it is ease for my heavy burden.

{42} WORLD. But why wilt thou seek for ease this way, seeing so many dangers
attend it? especially since, hadst thou but patience to hear me, I could
direct thee to the obtaining of what thou desirest, without the dangers that
thou in this way wilt run thyself into; yea, and the remedy is at hand.
Besides, I will add, that instead of those dangers, thou shalt meet with much
safety, friendship, and content.

CHR. Pray, Sir, open this secret to me.

{43} WORLD. Why, in yonder village -- the village is named Morality -- there
dwells a gentleman whose name is Legality, a very judicious man, and a man of
very good name, that has skill to help men off with such burdens as thine are
from their shoulders: yea, to my knowledge, he hath done a great deal of good
this way; ay, and besides, he hath skill to cure those that are somewhat
crazed in their wits with their burdens. To him, as I said, thou mayest go,
and be helped presently. His house is not quite a mile from this place, and if
he should not be at home himself, he hath a pretty young man to his son, whose
name is Civility, that can do it (to speak on) as well as the old gentleman
himself; there, I say, thou mayest be eased of thy burden; and if thou art not
minded to go back to thy former habitation, as, indeed, I would not wish thee,
thou mayest send for thy wife and children to thee to this village, where
there are houses now stand empty, one of which thou mayest have at reasonable
rates; provision is there also cheap and good; and that which will make thy
life the more happy is, to be sure, there thou shalt live by honest
neighbours, in credit and good fashion.

{44} Now was Christian somewhat at a stand; but presently he concluded, if
this be true, which this gentleman hath said, my wisest course is to take his
advice; and with that he thus further spoke.

{45} CHR. Sir, which is my way to this honest man's house?

WORLD. Do you see yonder hill?

CHR. Yes, very well.

WORLD. By that hill you must go, and the first house you come at is his.

{46} So Christian turned out of his way to go to Mr. Legality's house for
help; but, behold, when he was got now hard by the hill, it seemed so high,
and also that side of it that was next the wayside did hang so much over, that
Christian was afraid to venture further, lest the hill should fall on his
head; wherefore there he stood still and wotted not what to do. Also his
burden now seemed heavier to him than while he was in his way. There came also
flashes of fire out of the hill, that made Christian afraid that he should be
burned. [Ex. 19:16,18] Here, therefore, he sweat and did quake for fear. [Heb.

When Christians unto carnal men give ear, Out of their way they go, and pay
for 't dear; For Master Worldly Wiseman can but shew A saint the way to
bondage and to woe.

{47} And now he began to be sorry that he had taken Mr. Worldly Wiseman's
counsel. And with that he saw Evangelist coming to meet him; at the sight also
of whom he began to blush for shame. So Evangelist drew nearer and nearer; and
coming up to him, he looked upon him with a severe and dreadful countenance,
and thus began to reason with Christian.

{48} EVAN. What dost thou here, Christian? said he: at which words Christian
knew not what to answer; wherefore at present he stood speechless before him.
Then said Evangelist further, Art not thou the man that I found crying without
the walls of the City of Destruction?

CHR. Yes, dear Sir, I am the man.

EVAN. Did not I direct thee the way to the little wicket-gate?

CHR. Yes, dear Sir, said Christian.

EVAN. How is it, then, that thou art so quickly turned aside? for thou art now
out of the way.

{49} CHR. I met with a gentleman so soon as I had got over the Slough of
Despond, who persuaded me that I might, in the village before me, find a man
that would take off my burden.

EVAN. What was he?

CHR. He looked like a gentleman, and talked much to me, and got me at last to
yield; so I came hither; but when I beheld this hill, and how it hangs over
the way, I suddenly made a stand lest it should fall on my head.

EVAN. What said that gentleman to you?

CHR. Why, he asked me whither I was going, and I told him.

EVAN. And what said he then?

CHR. He asked me if I had a family? And I told him. But, said I, I am so
loaden with the burden that is on my back, that I cannot take pleasure in them
as formerly.

EVAN. And what said he then?

{50} CHR. He bid me with speed get rid of my burden; and I told him that it
was ease that I sought. And said I, I am therefore going to yonder gate, to
receive further direction how I may get to the place of deliverance. So he
said that he would shew me a better way, and short, not so attended with
difficulties as the way, Sir, that you set me in; which way, said he, will
direct you to a gentleman's house that hath skill to take off these burdens,
so I believed him, and turned out of that way into this, if haply I might be
soon eased of my burden. But when I came to this place, and beheld things as
they are, I stopped for fear (as I said) of danger: but I now know not what to

{51} EVAN. Then, said Evangelist, stand still a little, that I may show thee
the words of God. So he stood trembling. Then said Evangelist, "See that ye
refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that
spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that
speaketh from heaven." [Heb. 12:25] He said, moreover, "Now the just shall
live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in
him." [Heb. 10:38] He also did thus apply them: Thou art the man that art
running into this misery; thou hast begun to reject the counsel of the Most
High, and to draw back thy foot from the way of peace, even almost to the
hazarding of thy perdition.

{52} Then Christian fell down at his feet as dead, crying, "Woe is me, for I
am undone!" At the sight of which Evangelist caught him by the right hand,
saying, "All manner of sin and blasphemies shall be forgiven unto men." [Matt.
12:31, Mark 3:28] "Be not faithless, but believing." [John 20:27] Then did
Christian again a little revive, and stood up trembling, as at first, before

{53} Then Evangelist proceeded, saying, Give more earnest heed to the things
that I shall tell thee of. I will now show thee who it was that deluded thee,
and who it was also to whom he sent thee. -- The man that met thee is one
Worldly Wiseman, and rightly is he so called; partly, because he savoureth
only the doctrine of this world, [1 John 4:5] (therefore he always goes to the
town of Morality to church): and partly because he loveth that doctrine best,
for it saveth him best from the cross. [Gal 6:12] And because he is of this
carnal temper, therefore he seeketh to pervert my ways, though right. Now
there are three things in this man's counsel, that thou must utterly abhor.

1. His turning thee out of the way. 2. His labouring to render the cross
odious to thee. And, 3. His setting thy feet in that way that leadeth unto the
administration of death.

{54} First, Thou must abhor his turning thee out of the way; and thine own
consenting thereunto: because this is to reject the counsel of God for the
sake of the counsel of a Worldly Wiseman. The Lord says, "Strive to enter in
at the strait gate" [Luke 13:24], the gate to which I sent thee; for "strait
is the gate that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." [Matt.
7:14] From this little wicket-gate, and from the way thereto, hath this wicked
man turned thee, to the bringing of thee almost to destruction; hate,
therefore, his turning thee out of the way, and abhor thyself for hearkening
to him.

{55} Secondly, Thou must abhor his labouring to render the cross odious unto
thee; for thou art to prefer it "before the treasures in Egypt." [Heb.
11:25,26] Besides the King of glory hath told thee, that he that "will save
his life shall lose it." [Mark 8:35; John 12:25; Matt. 10:39] And, "He that
cometh after me, and hateth not his father, and mother, and wife, and
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be
my disciple." [Luke 14:26] I say, therefore, for man to labour to persuade
thee, that that shall be thy death, without which, THE TRUTH hath said, thou
canst not have eternal life; this doctrine thou must abhor.

{56} Thirdly, Thou must hate his setting of thy feet in the way that leadeth
to the ministration of death. And for this thou must consider to whom he sent
thee, and also how unable that person was to deliver thee from thy burden.

{57} He to whom thou wast sent for ease, being by name Legality, is the son of
the bond-woman which now is, and is in bondage with her children [Gal 4:21-
27]; and is, in a mystery, this Mount Sinai, which thou hast feared will fall
on thy head. Now, if she, with her children, are in bondage, how canst thou
expect by them to be made free? This Legality, therefore, is not able to set
thee free from thy burden. No man was as yet ever rid of his burden by him;
no, nor ever is like to be: ye cannot be justified by the works of the law;
for by the deeds of the law no man living can be rid of his burden: therefore,
Mr. Worldly Wiseman is an alien, and Mr. Legality is a cheat; and for his son
Civility, notwithstanding his simpering looks, he is but a hypocrite and
cannot help thee. Believe me, there is nothing in all this noise, that thou
hast heard of these sottish men, but a design to beguile thee of thy
salvation, by turning thee from the way in which I had set thee. After this,
Evangelist called aloud to the heavens for confirmation of what he had said:
and with that there came words and fire out of the mountain under which poor
Christian stood, that made the hair of his flesh stand up. The words were thus
pronounced: `As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for
it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are
written in the book of the law to do them.' [Gal. 3:10]

{58} Now Christian looked for nothing but death, and began to cry out
lamentably; even cursing the time in which he met with Mr. Worldly Wiseman;
still calling himself a thousand fools for hearkening to his counsel; he also
was greatly ashamed to think that this gentleman's arguments, flowing only
from the flesh, should have the prevalency with him as to cause him to forsake
the right way. This done, he applied himself again to Evangelist in words and
sense as follow:

{59} CHR. Sir, what think you? Is there hope? May I now go back and go up to
the wicket-gate? Shall I not be abandoned for this, and sent back from thence
ashamed? I am sorry I have hearkened to this man's counsel. But may my sin be

EVAN. Then said Evangelist to him, Thy sin is very great, for by it thou hast
committed two evils: thou hast forsaken the way that is good, to tread in
forbidden paths; yet will the man at the gate receive thee, for he has
goodwill for men; only, said he, take heed that thou turn not aside again,
`lest thou perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.' [Ps.
2:12] Then did Christian address himself to go back; and Evangelist, after he
had kissed him, gave him one smile, and bid him God-speed. So he went on with
haste, neither spake he to any man by the way; nor, if any asked him, would he
vouchsafe them an answer. He went like one that was all the while treading on
forbidden ground, and could by no means think himself safe, till again he was
got into the way which he left, to follow Mr. Worldly Wiseman's counsel. So,
in process of time, Christian got up to the gate. Now, over the gate there was
written, `Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' [Matt 7:8]

{60} "He that will enter in must first without
Stand knocking at the Gate, nor need he doubt
That is A KNOCKER but to enter in;
For God can love him, and forgive his sin."

He knocked, therefore, more than once or twice, saying --

"May I now enter here? Will he within
Open to sorry me, though I have been
An undeserving rebel? Then shall I
Not fail to sing his lasting praise on high."

At last there came a grave person to the gate, named Good-will, who asked who
was there? and whence he came? and what he would have?

{61} CHR. Here is a poor burdened sinner. I come from the City of Destruction,
but am going to Mount Zion, that I may be delivered from the wrath to come. I
would therefore, Sir, since I am informed that by this gate is the way
thither, know if you are willing to let me in?

GOOD-WILL. I am willing with all my heart, said he; and with that he opened
the gate.

{62} So when Christian was stepping in, the other gave him a pull. Then said
Christian, What means that? The other told him. A little distance from this
gate, there is erected a strong castle, of which Beelzebub is the captain;
from thence, both he and them that are with him shoot arrows at those that
come up to this gate, if haply they may die before they can enter in.

Then said Christian, I rejoice and tremble. So when he was got in, the man of
the gate asked him who directed him thither?

{63} CHR. Evangelist bid me come hither, and knock, (as I did); and he said
that you, Sir, would tell me what I must do.

GOOD-WILL. An open door is set before thee, and no man can shut it.

CHR. Now I begin to reap the benefits of my hazards.

GOOD-WILL. But how is it that you came alone?

CHR. Because none of my neighbours saw their danger, as I saw mine.

GOOD-WILL. Did any of them know of your coming?

CHR. Yes; my wife and children saw me at the first, and called after me to
turn again; also, some of my neighbours stood crying and calling after me to
return; but I put my fingers in my ears, and so came on my way.

GOOD-WILL. But did none of them follow you, to persuade you to go back?

CHR. Yes, both Obstinate and Pliable; but when they saw that they could not
prevail, Obstinate went railing back, but Pliable came with me a little way.

GOOD-WILL. But why did he not come through?

{64} CHR. We, indeed, came both together, until we came at the Slough of
Despond, into the which we also suddenly fell. And then was my neighbour,
Pliable, discouraged, and would not venture further. Wherefore, getting out
again on that side next to his own house, he told me I should possess the
brave country alone for him; so he went his way, and I came mine -- he after
Obstinate, and I to this gate.

GOOD-WILL. Then said Good-will, Alas, poor man! is the celestial glory of so
small esteem with him, that he counteth it not worth running the hazards of a
few difficulties to obtain it?

{65} CHR. Truly, said Christian, I have said the truth of Pliable, and if I
should also say all the truth of myself, it will appear there is no betterment
betwixt him and myself. It is true, he went back to his own house, but I also
turned aside to go in the way of death, being persuaded thereto by the carnal
arguments of one Mr. Worldly Wiseman.

GOOD-WILL. Oh, did he light upon you? What! he would have had you a sought for
ease at the hands of Mr. Legality. They are, both of them, a very cheat. But
did you take his counsel?

CHR. Yes, as far as I durst; I went to find out Mr. Legality, until I thought
that the mountain that stands by his house would have fallen upon my head;
wherefore there I was forced to stop.

GOOD-WILL. That mountain has been the death of many, and will be the death of
many more; it is well you escaped being by it dashed in pieces.

CHR. Why, truly, I do not know what had become of me there, had not Evangelist
happily met me again, as I was musing in the midst of my dumps; but it was
God's mercy that he came to me again, for else I had never come hither. But
now I am come, such a one as I am, more fit, indeed, for death, by that
mountain, than thus to stand talking with my lord; but, oh, what a favour is
this to me, that yet I am admitted entrance here!

{66} GOOD-WILL. We make no objections against any, notwithstanding all that
they have done before they came hither. They are in no wise cast out [John
vi.37]; and therefore, good Christian, come a little way with me, and I will
teach thee about the way thou must go. Look before thee; dost thou see this
narrow way? THAT is the way thou must go; it was cast up by the patriarchs,
prophets, Christ, and his apostles; and it is as straight as a rule can make
it. This is the way thou must go.

{67} CHR. But, said Christian, are there no turnings or windings by which a
stranger may lose his way?

GOOD-WILL. Yes, there are many ways butt down upon this, and they are crooked
and wide. But thus thou mayest distinguish the right from the wrong, the right
only being straight and narrow. [Matt 7:14]

{68} Then I saw in my dream that Christian asked him further if he could not
help him off with his burden that was upon his back; for as yet he had not got
rid thereof, nor could he by any means get it off without help.

He told him, As to thy burden, be content to bear it, until thou comest to the
place of deliverance; for there it will fall from thy back of itself.

{69} Then Christian began to gird up his loins, and to address himself to his
journey. So the other told him, That by that he was gone some distance from
the gate, he would come at the house of the Interpreter, at whose door he
should knock, and he would show him excellent things. Then Christian took his
leave of his friend, and he again bid him God-speed.

{70} Then he went on till he came to the house of the Interpreter, where he
knocked over and over; at last one came to the door, and asked who was there.

{71} CHR. Sir, here is a traveller, who was bid by an acquaintance of the
good-man of this house to call here for my profit; I would therefore speak
with the master of the house. So he called for the master of the house, who,
after a little time, came to Christian, and asked him what he would have.

CHR. Sir, said Christian, I am a man that am come from the City of
Destruction, and am going to the Mount Zion; and I was told by the man that
stands at the gate, at the head of this way, that if I called here, you would
show me excellent things, such as would be a help to me in my journey.

{72} INTER. Then said the Interpreter, Come in; I will show that which will be
profitable to thee. So he commanded his man to light the candle, and bid
Christian follow him: so he had him into a private room, and bid his man open
a door; the which when he had done, Christian saw the picture of a very grave
person hang up against the wall; and this was the fashion of it. It had eyes
lifted up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was
written upon his lips, the world was behind his back. It stood as if it
pleaded with men, and a crown of gold did hang over his head.

CHR. Then said Christian, What meaneth this?

{73} INTER. The man whose picture this is, is one of a thousand; he can beget
children [1 Cor. 4:15], travail in birth with children [Gal. 4:19], and nurse
them himself when they are born. And whereas thou seest him with his eyes lift
up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, and the law of truth writ on his
lips, it is to show thee that his work is to know and unfold dark things to
sinners; even as also thou seest him stand as if he pleaded with men: and
whereas thou seest the world as cast behind him, and that a crown hangs over
his head, that is to show thee that slighting and despising the things that
are present, for the love that he hath to his Master's service, he is sure in
the world that comes next to have glory for his reward. Now, said the
Interpreter, I have showed thee this picture first, because the man whose
picture this is, is the only man whom the Lord of the place whither thou art
going, hath authorised to be thy guide in all difficult places thou mayest
meet with in the way; wherefore, take good heed to what I have shewed thee,
and bear well in thy mind what thou hast seen, lest in thy journey thou meet
with some that pretend to lead thee right, but their way goes down to death.

{74} Then he took him by the hand, and led him into a very large parlour that
was full of dust, because never swept; the which after he had reviewed a
little while, the Interpreter called for a man to sweep. Now, when he began to
sweep, the dust began so abundantly to fly about, that Christian had almost
therewith been choked. Then said the Interpreter to a damsel that stood by,
Bring hither the water, and sprinkle the room; the which, when she had done,
it was swept and cleansed with pleasure.

{75} CHR. Then said Christian, What means this?

INTER. The Interpreter answered, This parlour is the heart of a man that was
never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel; the dust is his original
sin and inward corruptions, that have defiled the whole man. He that began to
sweep at first, is the Law; but she that brought water, and did sprinkle it,
is the Gospel. Now, whereas thou sawest, that so soon as the first began to
sweep, the dust did so fly about that the room by him could not be cleansed,
but that thou wast almost choked therewith; this is to shew thee, that the
law, instead of cleansing the heart (by its working) from sin, doth revive,
put strength into, and increase it in the soul, even as it doth discover and
forbid it, for it doth not give power to subdue. [Rom. 7:6; 1 Cor. 15:56; Rom.

{76} Again, as thou sawest the damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which
it was cleansed with pleasure; this is to show thee, that when the gospel
comes in the sweet and precious influences thereof to the heart, then, I say,
even as thou sawest the damsel lay the dust by sprinkling the floor with
water, so is sin vanquished and subdued, and the soul made clean through the
faith of it, and consequently fit for the King of glory to inhabit. [John
15:3; Eph. 5:26; Acts 15:9; Rom. 16:25,26; John 15:13]

{77} I saw, moreover, in my dream, that the Interpreter took him by the hand,
and had him into a little room, where sat two little children, each one in his
chair. The name of the eldest was Passion, and the name of the other Patience.
Passion seemed to be much discontented; but Patience was very quiet. Then
Christian asked, What is the reason of the discontent of Passion? The
Interpreter answered, The Governor of them would have him stay for his best
things till the beginning of the next year; but he will have all now: but
Patience is willing to wait.

Then I saw that one came to Passion, and brought him a bag of treasure, and
poured it down at his feet, the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and
withal laughed Patience to scorn. But I beheld but a while, and he had
lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags.

{78} CHR. Then said Christian to the Interpreter, Expound this matter more
fully to me.

INTER. So he said, These two lads are figures: Passion, of the men of this
world; and Patience, of the men of that which is to come; for as here thou
seest, Passion will have all now this year, that is to say, in this world; so
are the men of this world, they must have all their good things now, they
cannot stay till next year, that is until the next world, for their portion of
good. That proverb, `A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush', is of more
authority with them than are all the Divine testimonies of the good of the
world to come. But as thou sawest that he had quickly lavished all away, and
had presently left him nothing but rags; so will it be with all such men at
the end of this world.

CHR. Then said Christian, Now I see that Patience has the best wisdom, and
that upon many accounts. First, because he stays for the best things. Second,
and also because he will have the glory of his, when the other has nothing but

{79} INTER. Nay, you may add another, to wit, the glory of the next world will
never wear out; but these are suddenly gone. Therefore Passion had not so much
reason to laugh at Patience, because he had his good things first, as Patience
will have to laugh at Passion, because he had his best things last; for first
must give place to last, because last must have his time to come; but last
gives place to nothing; for there is not another to succeed. He, therefore,
that hath his portion first, must needs have a time to spend it; but he that
hath his portion last, must have it lastingly; therefore it is said of Dives,
"Thou in thy life-time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." [Luke 16:25]

CHR. Then I perceive it is not best to covet things that are now, but to wait
for things to come.

INTER. You say the truth: "For the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal." [2 Cor. 4:18] But though this be so,
yet since things present and our fleshly appetite are such near neighbours one
to another; and again, because things to come, and carnal sense, are such
strangers one to another; therefore it is, that the first of these so suddenly
fall into amity, and that distance is so continued between the second.

{80} Then I saw in my dream that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand,
and led him into a place where was a fire burning against a wall, and one
standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the
fire burn higher and hotter.

Then said Christian, What means this?

{81} The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace that is wrought
in the heart; he that casts water upon it, to extinguish and put it out, is
the Devil; but in that thou seest the fire notwithstanding burn higher and
hotter, thou shalt also see the reason of that. So he had him about to the
backside of the wall, where he saw a man with a vessel of oil in his hand, of
the which he did also continually cast, but secretly, into the fire.

Then said Christian, What means this?

{82} The Interpreter answered, This is Christ, who continually, with the oil
of his grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart: by the means of
which, notwithstanding what the devil can do, the souls of his people prove
gracious still. [2 Cor. 12:9] And in that thou sawest that the man stood
behind the wall to maintain the fire, that is to teach thee that it is hard
for the tempted to see how this work of grace is maintained in the soul.

I saw also, that the Interpreter took him again by the hand, and led him into
a pleasant place, where was builded a stately palace, beautiful to behold; at
the sight of which Christian was greatly delighted. He saw also, upon the top
thereof, certain persons walking, who were clothed all in gold.

Then said Christian, May we go in thither?

{83} Then the Interpreter took him, and led him up towards the door of the
palace; and behold, at the door stood a great company of men, as desirous to
go in; but durst not. There also sat a man at a little distance from the door,
at a table-side, with a book and his inkhorn before him, to take the name of
him that should enter therein; he saw also, that in the doorway stood many men
in armour to keep it, being resolved to do the men that would enter what hurt
and mischief they could. Now was Christian somewhat in amaze. At last, when
every man started back for fear of the armed men, Christian saw a man of a
very stout countenance come up to the man that sat there to write, saying, Set
down my name, Sir: the which when he had done, he saw the man draw his sword,
and put a helmet upon his head, and rush toward the door upon the armed men,
who laid upon him with deadly force; but the man, not at all discouraged, fell
to cutting and hacking most fiercely. So after he had received and given many
wounds to those that attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through them
all [Acts 14:.22], and pressed forward into the palace, at which there was a
pleasant voice heard from those that were within, even of those that walked
upon the top of the palace, saying --

"Come in, come in; Eternal glory thou shalt win."

So he went in, and was clothed with such garments as they. Then Christian
smiled and said; I think verily I know the meaning of this.

{84} Now, said Christian, let me go hence. Nay, stay, said the Interpreter,
till I have shewed thee a little more, and after that thou shalt go on thy
way. So he took him by the hand again, and led him into a very dark room,
where there sat a man in an iron cage.

Now the man, to look on, seemed very sad; he sat with his eyes looking down to
the ground, his hands folded together, and he sighed as if he would break his
heart. Then said Christian, What means this? At which the Interpreter bid him
talk with the man.

Then said Christian to the man, What art thou? The man answered, I am what I
was not once.

{85} CHR. What wast thou once?

MAN. The man said, I was once a fair and flourishing professor, both in mine
own eyes, and also in the eyes of others; I once was, as I thought, fair for
the Celestial City, and had then even joy at the thoughts that I should get
thither. [Luke 8:13]

CHR. Well, but what art thou now?

MAN. I am now a man of despair, and am shut up in it, as in this iron cage. I
cannot get out. Oh, now I cannot!

CHR. But how camest thou in this condition?

MAN. I left off to watch and be sober. I laid the reins, upon the neck of my
lusts; I sinned against the light of the Word and the goodness of God; I have
grieved the Spirit, and he is gone; I tempted the devil, and he is come to me;
I have provoked God to anger, and he has left me: I have so hardened my heart,
that I cannot repent.

{86} Then said Christian to the Interpreter, But is there no hope for such a
man as this? Ask him, said the Interpreter. Nay, said Christian, pray, Sir, do

INTER. Then said the Interpreter, Is there no hope, but you must be kept in
the iron cage of despair?

MAN. No, none at all.

INTER. Why, the Son of the Blessed is very pitiful.

MAN. I have crucified him to myself afresh [Heb. 6:6]; I have despised his
person [Luke 19:14]; I have despised his righteousness; I have "counted his
blood an unholy thing"; I have "done despite to the Spirit of grace". [Heb.
10:28-29] Therefore I have shut myself out of all the promises, and there now
remains to me nothing but threatenings, dreadful threatenings, fearful
threatenings, of certain judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour
me as an adversary.

{87} INTER. For what did you bring yourself into this condition?

MAN. For the lusts, pleasures, and profits of this world; in the enjoyment of
which I did then promise myself much delight; but now every one of those
things also bite me, and gnaw me like a burning worm.

INTER. But canst thou not now repent and turn?

{88} MAN. God hath denied me repentance. His Word gives me no encouragement to
believe; yea, himself hath shut me up in this iron cage; nor can all the men
in the world let me out. O eternity, eternity! how shall I grapple with the
misery that I must meet with in eternity!

INTER. Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Let this man's misery be
remembered by thee, and be an everlasting caution to thee.

CHR. Well, said Christian, this is fearful! God help me to watch and be sober,
and to pray that I may shun the cause of this man's misery! Sir, is it not
time for me to go on my way now?

INTER. Tarry till I shall show thee one thing more, and then thou shalt go on
thy way.

{89} So he took Christian by the hand again, and led him into a chamber, where
there was one rising out of bed; and as he put on his raiment, he shook and
trembled. Then said Christian, Why doth this man thus tremble? The Interpreter
then bid him tell to Christian the reason of his so doing. So he began and
said, This night, as I was in my sleep, I dreamed, and behold the heavens grew
exceeding black; also it thundered and lightened in most fearful wise, that it
put me into an agony; so I looked up in my dream, and saw the clouds rack at
an unusual rate, upon which I heard a great sound of a trumpet, and saw also a
man sit upon a cloud, attended with the thousands of heaven; they were all in
flaming fire: also the heavens were in a burning flame. I heard then a voice
saying, "Arise, ye dead, and come to judgement"; and with that the rocks rent,
the graves opened, and the dead that were therein came forth. Some of them
were exceeding glad, and looked upward; and some sought to hide themselves
under the mountains. [1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thes. 4:16; Jude 14; John 5:28,29; 2
Thes. 1:7,8; Rev. 20:11-14; Isa. 26:21; Micah 7:16,17; Ps. 95:1-3; Dan. 7:10]
Then I saw the man that sat upon the cloud open the book, and bid the world
draw near. Yet there was, by reason of a fierce flame which issued out and
came from before him, a convenient distance betwixt him and them, as betwixt
the judge and the prisoners at the bar. [Mal. 3:2,3; Dan. 7:9,10] I heard it
also proclaimed to them that attended on the man that sat on the cloud, Gather
together the tares, the chaff, and stubble, and cast them into the burning
lake. [Matt. 3:12; 13:30; Mal. 4:1] And with that, the bottomless pit opened,
just whereabout I stood; out of the mouth of which there came, in an abundant
manner, smoke and coals of fire, with hideous noises. It was also said to the
same persons, "Gather my wheat into the garner." [Luke 3:17] And with that I
saw many catched up and carried away into the clouds, but I was left behind.
[1 Thes. 4:16,17] I also sought to hide myself, but I could not, for the man
that sat upon the cloud still kept his eye upon me; my sins also came into my
mind; and my conscience did accuse me on every side. [Rom. 3:14,15] Upon this
I awaked from my sleep.

{90} CHR. But what is it that made you so afraid of this sight?

MAN. Why, I thought that the day of judgement was come, and that I was not
ready for it: but this frighted me most, that the angels gathered up several,
and left me behind; also the pit of hell opened her mouth just where I stood.
My conscience, too, afflicted me; and, as I thought, the Judge had always his
eye upon me, shewing indignation in his countenance.

{91} Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Hast thou considered all these

CHR. Yes, and they put me in hope and fear.

INTER. Well, keep all things so in thy mind that they may be as a goad in thy
sides, to prick thee forward in the way thou must go. Then Christian began to
gird up his loins, and to address himself to his journey. Then said the
Interpreter, The Comforter be always with thee, good Christian, to guide thee
in the way that leads to the City. So Christian went on his way, saying --

"Here I have seen things rare and profitable; Things pleasant, dreadful,
things to make me stable In what I have begun to take in hand; Then let me
think on them, and understand Wherefore they showed me were, and let me be
Thankful, O good Interpreter, to thee."

{92} Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was
fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. [Isa.
26:1] Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without
great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

{93} He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that
place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw
in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed
from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and
so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell
in, and I saw it no more.

{94} Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart, "He
hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death." Then he stood still
awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him, that the sight
of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked therefore, and
looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down
his cheeks. [Zech. 12:10] Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three
Shining Ones came to him and saluted him with "Peace be unto thee". So the
first said to him, "Thy sins be forgiven thee" [Mark 2:5]; the second stripped
him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment [Zech. 3:4]; the third
also set a mark on his forehead, and gave him a roll with a seal upon it,
which he bade him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the
Celestial Gate. [Eph. 1:13] So they went their way.

"Who's this? the Pilgrim. How! 'tis very true, Old things are past away, all's
become new. Strange! he's another man, upon my word, They be fine feathers
that make a fine bird.

Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing --

"Thus far I did come laden with my sin;
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in
Till I came hither: What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!"

{95} I saw then in my dream, that he went on thus, even until he came at a
bottom, where he saw, a little out of the way, three men fast asleep, with
fetters upon their heels. The name of the one was Simple, another Sloth, and
the third Presumption.

{96} Christian then seeing them lie in this case went to them, if peradventure
he might awake them, and cried, You are like them that sleep on the top of a
mast, for the Dead Sea is under you -- a gulf that hath no bottom. [Prov.
23:34] Awake, therefore, and come away; be willing also, and I will help you
off with your irons. He also told them, If he that "goeth about like a roaring
lion" comes by, you will certainly become a prey to his teeth. [1 Pet. 5:8]
With that they looked upon him, and began to reply in this sort: Simple said,
"I see no danger"; Sloth said, "Yet a little more sleep"; and Presumption
said, "Every fat must stand upon its own bottom; what is the answer else that
I should give thee?" And so they lay down to sleep again, and Christian went
on his way.

{97} Yet was he troubled to think that men in that danger should so little
esteem the kindness of him that so freely offered to help them, both by
awakening of them, counselling of them, and proffering to help them off with
their irons. And as he was troubled thereabout, he espied two men come
tumbling over the wall on the left hand of the narrow way; and they made up
apace to him. The name of the one was Formalist, and the name of the other
Hypocrisy. So, as I said, they drew up unto him, who thus entered with them
into discourse.

{98} CHR. Gentlemen, whence came you, and whither go you?

FORM. and HYP. We were born in the land of Vain-glory, and are going for
praise to Mount Zion.

CHR. Why came you not in at the gate which standeth at the beginning of the
way? Know you not that it is written, that he that cometh not in by the door,
"but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber?" [John

FORM. and HYP. They said, That to go to the gate for entrance was, by all
their countrymen, counted too far about; and that, therefore, their usual way
was to make a short cut of it, and to climb over the wall, as they had done.

CHR. But will it not be counted a trespass against the Lord of the city
whither we are bound, thus to violate his revealed will?

{99} FORM. and HYP. They told him, that, as for that, he needed not to trouble
his head thereabout; for what they did they had custom for; and could produce,
if need were, testimony that would witness it for more than a thousand years.

CHR. But, said Christian, will your practice stand a trial at law?

FORM. and HYP. They told him, That custom, it being of so long a standing as
above a thousand years, would, doubtless, now be admitted as a thing legal by
any impartial judge; and besides, said they, if we get into the way, what's
matter which way we get in? if we are in, we are in; thou art but in the way,
who, as we perceive, came in at the gate; and we are also in the way, that
came tumbling over the wall; wherein, now, is thy condition better than ours?

CHR. I walk by the rule of my Master; you walk by the rude working of your
fancies. You are counted thieves already, by the Lord of the way; therefore, I
doubt you will not be found true men at the end of the way. You come in by
yourselves, without his direction; and shall go out by yourselves, without his

{100} To this they made him but little answer; only they bid him look to
himself. Then I saw that they went on every man in his way without much
conference one with another, save that these two men told Christian, that as
to laws and ordinances, they doubted not but they should as conscientiously do
them as he; therefore, said they, we see not wherein thou differest from us
but by the coat that is on thy back, which was, as we trow, given thee by some
of thy neighbours, to hide the shame of thy nakedness.

{101} CHR. By laws and ordinances you will not be saved, since you came not in
by the door. [Gal. 2:16] And as for this coat that is on my back, it was given
me by the Lord of the place whither I go; and that, as you say, to cover my
nakedness with. And I take it as a token of his kindness to me; for I had
nothing but rags before. And besides, thus I comfort myself as I go: Surely,
think I, when I come to the gate of the city, the Lord thereof will know me
for good since I have this coat on my back -- a coat that he gave me freely in
the day that he stripped me of my rags. I have, moreover, a mark in my
forehead, of which, perhaps, you have taken no notice, which one of my Lord's
most intimate associates fixed there in the day that my burden fell off my
shoulders. I will tell you, moreover, that I had then given me a roll, sealed,
to comfort me by reading as I go on the way; I was also bid to give it in at
the Celestial Gate, in token of my certain going in after it; all which
things, I doubt, you want, and want them because you came not in at the gate.

{102} To these things they gave him no answer; only they looked upon each
other, and laughed. Then, I saw that they went on all, save that Christian
kept before, who had no more talk but with himself, and that sometimes
sighingly, and sometimes comfortably; also he would be often reading in the
roll that one of the Shining Ones gave him, by which he was refreshed.

{103} I beheld, then, that they all went on till they came to the foot of the
Hill Difficulty; at the bottom of which was a spring. There were also in the
same place two other ways besides that which came straight from the gate; one
turned to the left hand, and the other to the right, at the bottom of the
hill; but the narrow way lay right up the hill, and the name of the going up
the side of the hill is called Difficulty. Christian now went to the spring,
and drank thereof, to refresh himself [Isa. 49:10], and then began to go up
the hill, saying --

"The hill, though high, I covet to ascend,
The difficulty will not me offend;
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up heart, let's neither faint nor fear;
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe."

{104} The other two also came to the foot of the hill; but when they saw that
the hill was steep and high, and that there were two other ways to go, and
supposing also that these two ways might meet again, with that up which
Christian went, on the other side of the hill, therefore they were resolved to
go in those ways. Now the name of one of these ways was Danger, and the name
of the other Destruction. So the one took the way which is called Danger,
which led him into a great wood, and the other took directly up the way to
Destruction, which led him into a wide field, full of dark mountains, where he
stumbled and fell, and rose no more.

"Shall they who wrong begin yet rightly end? Shall they at all have safety for
their friend? No, no; in headstrong manner they set out, And headlong will
they fall at last no doubt."

{105} I looked, then, after Christian, to see him go up the hill, where I
perceived he fell from running to going, and from going to clambering upon his
hands and his knees, because of the steepness of the place. Now, about the
midway to the top of the hill was a pleasant arbour, made by the Lord of the
hill for the refreshing of weary travellers; thither, therefore, Christian
got, where also he sat down to rest him. Then he pulled his roll out of his
bosom, and read therein to his comfort; he also now began afresh to take a
review of the coat or garment that was given him as he stood by the cross.
Thus pleasing himself awhile, he at last fell into a slumber, and thence into
a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night; and
in his sleep, his roll fell out of his hand. Now, as he was sleeping, there
came one to him, and awaked him, saying, Go to the ant, thou sluggard;
consider her ways and be wise. [Prov. 6:6] And with that Christian started up,
and sped him on his way, and went apace, till he came to the top of the hill.

{106} Now, when he was got up to the top of the hill, there came two men
running to meet him amain; the name of the one was Timorous, and of the other,
Mistrust; to whom Christian said, Sirs, what's the matter? You run the wrong
way. Timorous answered, that they were going to the City of Zion, and had got
up that difficult place; but, said he, the further we go, the more danger we
meet with; wherefore we turned, and are going back again.

Yes, said Mistrust, for just before us lie a couple of lions in the way,
whether sleeping or waking we know not, and we could not think, if we came
within reach, but they would presently pull us in pieces.

{107} CHR. Then said Christian, You make me afraid, but whither shall I fly to
be safe? If I go back to mine own country, that is prepared for fire and
brimstone, and I shall certainly perish there. If I can get to the Celestial
City, I am sure to be in safety there. I must venture. To go back is nothing
but death; to go forward is fear of death, and life-everlasting beyond it. I
will yet go forward. So Mistrust and Timorous ran down the hill, and Christian
went on his way. But, thinking again of what he had heard from the men, he
felt in his bosom for his roll, that he might read therein, and be comforted;
but he felt, and found it not. Then was Christian in great distress, and knew
not what to do; for he wanted that which used to relieve him, and that which
should have been his pass into the Celestial City. Here, therefore, he begun
to be much perplexed, and knew not what to do. At last he bethought himself
that he had slept in the arbour that is on the side of the hill; and, falling
down upon his knees, he asked God's forgiveness for that his foolish act, and
then went back to look for his roll. But all the way he went back, who can
sufficiently set forth the sorrow of Christian's heart? Sometimes he sighed,
sometimes he wept, and oftentimes he chid himself for being so foolish to fall
asleep in that place, which was erected only for a little refreshment for his
weariness. Thus, therefore, he went back, carefully looking on this side and
on that, all the way as he went, if happily he might find his roll, that had
been his comfort so many times in his journey. He went thus, till he came
again within sight of the arbour where he sat and slept; but that sight
renewed his sorrow the more, by bringing again, even afresh, his evil of
sleeping into his mind. [Rev. 2:5; 1 Thes. 5:7,8] Thus, therefore, he now went
on bewailing his sinful sleep, saying, O wretched man that I am that I should
sleep in the day-time! that I should sleep in the midst of difficulty! that I
should so indulge the flesh, as to use that rest for ease to my flesh, which
the Lord of the hill hath erected only for the relief of the spirits of

{108} How many steps have I took in vain! Thus it happened to Israel, for
their sin; they were sent back again by the way of the Red Sea; and I am made
to tread those steps with sorrow, which I might have trod with delight, had it
not been for this sinful sleep. How far might I have been on my way by this
time! I am made to tread those steps thrice over, which I needed not to have
trod but once; yea, now also I am like to be benighted, for the day is almost
spent. O, that I had not slept!

{109} Now, by this time he was come to the arbour again, where for a while he
sat down and wept; but at last, as Christian would have it, looking
sorrowfully down under the settle, there he espied his roll; the which he,
with trembling and haste, catched up, and put it into his bosom. But who can
tell how joyful this man was when he had gotten his roll again! for this roll
was the assurance of his life and acceptance at the desired haven. Therefore
he laid it up in his bosom, gave thanks to God for directing his eye to the
place where it lay, and with joy and tears betook himself again to his
journey. But oh, how nimbly now did he go up the rest of the hill! Yet, before
he got up, the sun went down upon Christian; and this made him again recall
the vanity of his sleeping to his remembrance; and thus he again began to
condole with himself: O thou sinful sleep; how, for thy sake, am I like to be
benighted in my journey! I must walk without the sun; darkness must cover the
path of my feet; and I must hear the noise of the doleful creatures, because
of my sinful sleep. [1 Thes. 5:6,7] Now also he remembered the story that
Mistrust and Timorous told him of; how they were frighted with the sight of
the lions. Then said Christian to himself again, These beasts range in the
night for their prey; and if they should meet with me in the dark, how should
I shift them? How should I escape being by them torn in pieces? Thus he went
on his way. But while he was thus bewailing his unhappy miscarriage, he lift
up his eyes, and behold there was a very stately palace before him, the name
of which was Beautiful; and it stood just by the highway side.

{110} So I saw in my dream that he made haste and went forward, that if
possible he might get lodging there. Now, before he had gone far, he entered
into a very narrow passage, which was about a furlong off the porter's lodge;
and looking very narrowly before him as he went, he espied two lions in the
way. Now, thought he, I see the dangers that Mistrust and Timorous were driven
back by. (The lions were chained, but he saw not the chains.) Then he was
afraid, and thought also himself to go back after them, for he thought nothing
but death was before him. But the porter at the lodge, whose name is Watchful,
perceiving that Christian made a halt as if he would go back, cried unto him,
saying, Is thy strength so small? [Mark 8:34-37] Fear not the lions, for they
are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and for
discovery of those that had none. Keep in the midst of the path, no hurt shall
come unto thee.

"Difficulty is behind, Fear is before,
Though he's got on the hill, the lions roar;
A Christian man is never long at ease,
When one fright's gone, another doth him seize."

{111} Then I saw that he went on, trembling for fear of the lions, but taking
good heed to the directions of the porter; he heard them roar, but they did
him no harm. Then he clapped his hands, and went on till he came and stood
before the gate where the porter was. Then said Christian to the porter, Sir,
what house is this? And may I lodge here to-night? The porter answered, This
house was built by the Lord of the hill, and he built it for the relief and
security of pilgrims. The porter also asked whence he was, and whither he was

{112} CHR. I am come from the City of Destruction, and am going to Mount Zion;
but because the sun is now set, I desire, if I may, to lodge here to-night.

POR. What is your name?

CHR. My name is now Christian, but my name at the first was Graceless; I came
of the race of Japheth, whom God will persuade to dwell in the tents of Shem.
[Gen. 9:27]

POR. But how doth it happen that you come so late? The sun is set.

{113} CHR. I had been here sooner, but that, "wretched man that I am!" I slept
in the arbour that stands on the hillside; nay, I had, notwithstanding that,
been here much sooner, but that, in my sleep, I lost my evidence, and came
without it to the brow of the hill and then feeling for it, and finding it
not, I was forced with sorrow of heart, to go back to the place where I slept
my sleep, where I found it, and now I am come.

POR. Well, I will call out one of the virgins of this place, who will, if she
likes your talk, bring you into the rest of the family, according to the rules
of the house. So Watchful, the porter, rang a bell, at the sound of which came
out at the door of the house, a grave and beautiful damsel, named Discretion,
and asked why she was called.

{114} The porter answered, This man is in a journey from the City of
Destruction to Mount Zion, but being weary and benighted, he asked me if he
might lodge here to-night; so I told him I would call for thee, who, after
discourse had with him, mayest do as seemeth thee good, even according to the
law of the house.

{115} Then she asked him whence he was, and whither he was going, and he told
her. She asked him also how he got into the way; and he told her. Then she
asked him what he had seen and met with in the way; and he told, her. And last
she asked his name; so he said, It is Christian, and I have so much the more a
desire to lodge here to-night, because, by what I perceive, this place was
built by the Lord of the hill for the relief and security of pilgrims. So she
smiled, but the water stood in her eyes; and after a little pause, she said, I
will call forth two or three more of the family. So she ran to the door, and
called out Prudence, Piety, and Charity, who, after a little more discourse
with him, had him into the family; and many of them, meeting him at the
threshold of the house, said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; this house
was built by the Lord of the hill, on purpose to entertain such pilgrims in.
Then he bowed his head, and followed them into the house. So when he was come
in and sat down, they gave him something to drink, and consented together,
that until supper was ready, some of them should have some particular
discourse with Christian, for the best improvement of time; and they appointed
Piety, and Prudence, and Charity to discourse with him; and thus they began:

{116} PIETY. Come, good Christian, since we have been so loving to you, to
receive you in our house this night, let us, if perhaps we may better
ourselves thereby, talk with you of all things that have happened to you in
your pilgrimage.

CHR. With a very good will, and I am glad that you are so well disposed.

{117} PIETY. What moved you at first to betake yourself to a pilgrim's life?

CHR. I was driven out of my native country by a dreadful sound that was in
mine ears: to wit, that unavoidable destruction did attend me, if I abode in
that place where I was.

PIETY. But how did it happen that you came out of your country this way?

CHR. It was as God would have it; for when I was under the fears of
destruction, I did not know whither to go; but by chance there came a man,
even to me, as I was trembling and weeping, whose name is Evangelist, and he
directed me to the wicket-gate, which else I should never have found, and so
set me into the way that hath led me directly to this house.

{118} PIETY. But did you not come by the house of the Interpreter?

CHR. Yes, and did see such things there, the remembrance of which will stick
by me as long as I live; especially three things: to wit, how Christ, in
despite of Satan, maintains his work of grace in the heart; how the man had
sinned himself quite out of hopes of God's mercy; and also the dream of him
that thought in his sleep the day of judgement was come.

PIETY. Why, did you hear him tell his dream?

CHR. Yes, and a dreadful one it was. I thought it made my heart ache as he was
telling of it; but yet I am glad I heard it.

{119} PIETY. Was that all that you saw at the house of the Interpreter?

CHR. No; he took me and had me where he shewed me a stately palace, and how
the people were clad in gold that were in it; and how there came a venturous
man and cut his way through the armed men that stood in the door to keep him
out, and how he was bid to come in, and win eternal glory. Methought those
things did ravish my heart! I would have stayed at that good man's house a
twelvemonth, but that I knew I had further to go.

{120} PIETY. And what saw you else in the way?

CHR. Saw! why, I went but a little further, and I saw one, as I thought in my
mind, hang bleeding upon the tree; and the very sight of him made my burden
fall off my back, (for I groaned under a very heavy burden,) but then it fell
down from off me. It was a strange thing to me, for I never saw such a thing
before; yea, and while I stood looking up, for then I could not forbear
looking, three Shining Ones came to me. One of them testified that my sins
were forgiven me; another stripped me of my rags, and gave me this broidered
coat which you see; and the third set the mark which you see in my forehead,
and gave me this sealed roll. (And with that he plucked it out of his bosom.)

{121} PIETY. But you saw more than this, did you not?

CHR. The things that I have told you were the best; yet some other matters I
saw, as, namely -- I saw three men, Simple, Sloth, and Presumption, lie asleep
a little out of the way, as I came, with irons upon their heels; but do you
think I could awake them? I also saw Formality and Hypocrisy come tumbling
over the wall, to go, as they pretended, to Zion, but they were quickly lost,
even as I myself did tell them; but they would not believe. But above all, I
found it hard work to get up this hill, and as hard to come by the lions'
mouths, and truly if it had not been for the good man, the porter that stands
at the gate, I do not know but that after all I might have gone back again;
but now I thank God I am here, and I thank you for receiving of me.

{122} Then Prudence thought good to ask him a few questions, and desired his
answer to them.

PRUD. Do you not think sometimes of the country from whence you came?

Christian's thoughts of his native country

CHR. Yes, but with much shame and detestation: "Truly, if I had been mindful
of that country from whence I came out, I might have had opportunity to have
returned; but now I desire a better country, that is, an heavenly." [Heb.

PRUD. Do you not yet bear away with you some of the things that then you were
conversant withal?

CHR. Yes, but greatly against my will; especially my inward and carnal
cogitations, with which all my countrymen, as well as myself, were delighted;
but now all those things are my grief; and might I but choose mine own things,

Christian's choice

I would choose never to think of those things more; but when I would be doing
of that which is best, that which is worst is with me. [Rom 7:16-19]

{123} PRUD. Do you not find sometimes, as if those things were vanquished,
which at other times are your perplexity?

Christian's golden hours

CHR. Yes, but that is seldom; but they are to me golden hours in which such
things happen to me.

PRUD. Can you remember by what means you find your annoyances, at times, as if
they were vanquished?

CHR. Yes, when I think what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when I
look upon my broidered coat, that will do it; also when I look into the roll
that I carry in my bosom, that will do it; and when my thoughts wax warm about
whither I am going, that will do it.

{124} PRUD. And what is it that makes you so desirous to go to Mount Zion?

CHR. Why, there I hope to see him alive that did hang dead on the cross; and
there I hope to be rid of all those things that to this day are in me an
annoyance to me; there, they say, there is no death; and there I shall dwell
with such company as I like best. [Isa. 25:8; Rev. 21:4] For, to tell you
truth, I love him, because I was by him eased of my burden; and I am weary of
my inward sickness. I would fain be where I shall die no more, and with the
company that shall continually cry, "Holy, Holy, Holy!"

{125} Then said Charity to Christian, Have you a family? Are you a married

CHR. I have a wife and four small children.

CHAR. And why did you not bring them along with you?

Christian's love to his wife and children

CHR. Then Christian wept, and said, Oh, how willingly would I have done it!
but they were all of them utterly averse to my going on pilgrimage.

CHAR. But you should have talked to them, and have endeavoured to have shown
them the danger of being behind.

CHR. So I did; and told them also of what God had shown to me of the
destruction of our city; "but I seemed to them as one that mocked", and they
believed me not. [Gen. 19:14]

CHAR. And did you pray to God that he would bless your counsel to them?

CHR. Yes, and that with much affection: for you must think that my wife and
poor children were very dear unto me.

CHAR. But did you tell them of your own sorrow, and fear of destruction? for I
suppose that destruction was visible enough to you.

Christian's fears of perishing might be read in his very countenance

CHR. Yes, over, and over, and over. They might also see my fears in my
countenance, in my tears, and also in my trembling under the apprehension of
the judgement that did hang over our heads; but all was not sufficient to
prevail with them to come with me.

CHAR. But what could they say for themselves, why they came not?

{126} CHR. Why, my wife was afraid of losing this world, and my children were
given to the foolish delights of youth: so what by one thing, and what by
another, they left me to wander in this manner alone.

CHAR. But did you not, with your vain life, damp all that you by words used by
way of persuasion to bring them away with you?

{127} Christian's good conversation before his wife and children

CHR. Indeed, I cannot commend my life; for I am conscious to myself of many
failings therein; I know also that a man by his conversation may soon
overthrow what by argument or persuasion he doth labour to fasten upon others
for their good. Yet this I can say, I was very wary of giving them occasion,
by any unseemly action, to make them averse to going on pilgrimage. Yea, for
this very thing they would tell me I was too precise, and that I denied myself
of things, for their sakes, in which they saw no evil. Nay, I think I may say,
that if what they saw in me did hinder them, it was my great tenderness in
sinning against God, or of doing any wrong to my neighbour.

CHAR. Indeed Cain hated his brother, "because his own works were evil, and his
brother's righteous" [1 John 3:12]; and if thy wife and children have been
offended with thee for this, they thereby show themselves to be implacable to
good, and "thou hast delivered thy soul from their blood". [Ezek. 3:19]

{128} Now I saw in my dream, that thus they sat talking together until supper
was ready. So when they had made ready, they sat down to meat. Now the table
was furnished "with fat things, and with wine that was well refined": and all
their talk at the table was about the Lord of the hill; as, namely, about what
he had done, and wherefore he did what he did, and why he had builded that
house. And by what they said, I perceived that he had been a great warrior,
and had fought with and slain "him that had the Power of death", but not
without great danger to himself, which made me love him the more. [Heb.

{129} For, as they said, and as I believe (said Christian), he did it with the
loss of much blood; but that which put glory of grace into all he did, was,
that he did it out of pure love to his country. And besides, there were some
of them of the household that said they had been and spoke with him since he
did die on the cross; and they have attested that they had it from his own
lips, that he is such a lover of poor pilgrims, that the like is not to be
found from the east to the west.

{130} They, moreover, gave an instance of what they affirmed, and that was, he
had stripped himself of his glory, that he might do this for the poor; and
that they heard him say and affirm, "that he would not dwell in the mountain
of Zion alone." They said, moreover, that he had made many pilgrims princes,
though by nature they were beggars born, and their original had been the
dunghill. [1 Sam 2:8; Ps. 113:7]

{131} Christian's bedchamber

Thus they discoursed together till late at night; and after they had committed
themselves to their Lord for protection, they betook themselves to rest: the
Pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, whose window opened towards the
sun-rising: the name of the chamber was Peace; where he slept till break of
day, and then he awoke and sang --

"Where am I now? Is this the love and care
Of Jesus for the men that pilgrims are?
Thus to provide! that I should be forgiven!
And dwell already the next door to heaven!"

{132} So in the morning they all got up; and, after some more discourse, they
told him that he should not depart till they had shown him the rarities of
that place. And first they had him into the study, where they showed him
records of the greatest antiquity; in which, as I remember my dream, they
showed him first the pedigree of the Lord of the hill, that he was the son of
the Ancient of Days, and came by that eternal generation. Here also was more
fully recorded the acts that he had done, and the names of many hundreds that
he had taken into his service; and how he had placed them in such habitations
that could neither by length of days, nor decays of nature, be dissolved.

{133} Then they read to him some of the worthy acts that some of his servants
had done: as, how they had "subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped
the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in
fight, and turned to flight the armies of the aliens." [Heb 11:33,34]

{134} They then read again, in another part of the records of the house, where
it was shewed how willing their Lord was to receive into his favour any, even
any, though they in time past had offered great affronts to his person and
proceedings. Here also were several other histories of many other famous
things, of all which Christian had a view; as of things both ancient and
modern; together with prophecies and predictions of things that have their
certain accomplishment, both to the dread and amazement of enemies, and the
comfort and solace of pilgrims.

{135} The next day they took him and had him into the armoury, where they
showed him all manner of furniture, which their Lord had provided for
pilgrims, as sword, shield, helmet, breastplate, ALL-PRAYER, and shoes that
would not wear out. And there was here enough of this to harness out as many
men for the service of their Lord as there be stars in the heaven for

{136} They also showed him some of the engines with which some of his servants
had done wonderful things. They shewed him Moses' rod; the hammer and nail
with which Jael slew Sisera; the pitchers, trumpets, and lamps too, with which
Gideon put to flight the armies of Midian. Then they showed him the ox's goad
wherewith Shamgar slew six hundred men. They showed him also the jaw-bone with
which Samson did such mighty feats. They showed him, moreover, the sling and
stone with which David slew Goliath of Gath; and the sword, also, with which
their Lord will kill the Man of Sin, in the day that he shall rise up to the
prey. They showed him, besides, many excellent things, with which Christian
was much delighted. This done, they went to their rest again.

{137} Then I saw in my dream, that on the morrow he got up to go forward; but
they desired him to stay till the next day also; and then, said they, we will,
if the day be clear, show you the Delectable Mountains, which, they said,
would yet further add to his comfort, because they were nearer the desired
haven than the place where at present he was; so he consented and stayed. When
the morning was up, they had him to the top of the house, and bid him look
south; so he did: and behold, at a great distance, he saw a most pleasant
mountainous country, beautified with woods, vineyards, fruits of all sorts,
flowers also, with springs and fountains, very delectable to behold. [Isa.
33:16,17] Then he asked the name of the country. They said it was Immanuel's
Land; and it is as common, said they, as this hill is, to and for all the
pilgrims. And when thou comest there from thence, said they, thou mayest see
to the gate of the Celestial City, as the shepherds that live there will make

{138} Now he bethought himself of setting forward, and they were willing he
should. But first, said they, let us go again into the armoury. So they did;
and when they came there, they harnessed him from head to foot with what was
of proof, lest, perhaps, he should meet with assaults in the way. He being,
therefore, thus accoutred, walketh out with his friends to the gate, and there
he asked the porter if he saw any pilgrims pass by. Then the porter answered,

{139} CHR. Pray, did you know him? said he.

POR. I asked him his name, and he told me it was Faithful.

CHR. Oh, said Christian, I know him; he is my townsman, my near neighbour; he
comes from the place where I was born. How far do you think he may be before?

POR. He is got by this time below the hill.

CHR. Well, said Christian, good Porter, the Lord be with thee, and add to all
thy blessings much increase, for the kindness that thou hast showed to me.

{140} Then he began to go forward; but Discretion, Piety, Charity, and
Prudence would accompany him down to the foot of the hill. So they went on
together, reiterating their former discourses, till they came to go down the
hill. Then said Christian, As it was difficult coming up, so, so far as I can
see, it is dangerous going down. Yes, said Prudence, so it is, for it is a
hard matter for a man to go down into the Valley of Humiliation, as thou art
now, and to catch no slip by the way; therefore, said they, are we come out to
accompany thee down the hill. So he began to go down, but very warily; yet he
caught a slip or two.

{141} Then I saw in my dream that these good companions, when Christian was
gone to the bottom of the hill, gave him a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine,
and a cluster of raisins; and then he went on his way.

But now, in this Valley of Humiliation, poor Christian was hard put to it; for
he had gone but a little way, before he espied a foul fiend coming over the
field to meet him; his name is Apollyon. Then did Christian begin to be
afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground. But
he considered again that he had no armour for his back; and therefore thought
that to turn the back to him might give him the greater advantage with ease to
pierce him with his darts.

Christian's resolution at the approach of Apollyon

Therefore he resolved to venture and stand his ground; for, thought he, had I
no more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to

{142} So he went on, and Apollyon met him. Now the monster was hideous to
behold; he was clothed with scales, like a fish, (and they are his pride,) he
had wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and
smoke, and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion. When he was come up to
Christian, he beheld him with a disdainful countenance, and thus began to
question with him.

{143} APOL. Whence come you? and whither are you bound?

CHR. I am come from the City of Destruction, which is the place of all evil,
and am going to the City of Zion.

APOL. By this I perceive thou art one of my subjects, for all that country is
mine, and I am the prince and god of it. How is it, then, that thou hast run
away from thy king? Were it not that I hope thou mayest do me more service, I
would strike thee now, at one blow, to the ground.

{144} CHR. I was born, indeed, in your dominions, but your service was hard,
and your wages such as a man could not live on, "for the wages of sin is
death" [Rom 6:23]; therefore, when I was come to years, I did, as other
considerate persons do, look out, if, perhaps, I might mend myself.

Apollyon's flattery

APOL. There is no prince that will thus lightly lose his subjects, neither
will I as yet lose thee; but since thou complainest of thy service and wages,
be content to go back: what our country will afford, I do here promise to give

CHR. But I have let myself to another, even to the King of princes; and how
can I, with fairness, go back with thee?

{145} APOL. Thou hast done in this, according to the proverb, "Changed a bad
for a worse"; but it is ordinary for those that have professed themselves his
servants, after a while to give him the slip, and return again to me. Do thou
so too, and all shall be well.

CHR. I have given him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to him; how, then, can
I go back from this, and not be hanged as a traitor?

APOL. Thou didst the same to me, and yet I am willing to pass by all, if now
thou wilt yet turn again and go back.

{146} CHR. What I promised thee was in my nonage; and, besides, I count the
Prince under whose banner now I stand is able to absolve me; yea, and to
pardon also what I did as to my compliance with thee; and besides, O thou
destroying Apollyon! to speak truth, I like his service, his wages, his
servants, his government, his company, and country, better than thine; and,
therefore, leave off to persuade me further; I am his servant, and I will
follow him.

{147} APOL. Consider, again, when thou art in cool blood, what thou art like
to meet with in the way that thou goest. Thou knowest that, for the most part,
his servants come to an ill end, because they are transgressors against me and
my ways. How many of them have been put to shameful deaths! and, besides, thou
countest his service better than mine, whereas he never came yet from the
place where he is to deliver any that served him out of their hands; but as
for me, how many times, as all the world very well knows, have I delivered,
either by power, or fraud, those that have faithfully served me, from him and
his, though taken by them; and so I will deliver thee.

CHR. His forbearing at present to deliver them is on purpose to try their
love, whether they will cleave to him to the end; and as for the ill end thou
sayest they come to, that is most glorious in their account; for, for present
deliverance, they do not much expect it, for they stay for their glory, and
then they shall have it when their Prince comes in his and the glory of the

APOL. Thou hast already been unfaithful in thy service to him; and how dost
thou think to receive wages of him?

CHR. Wherein, O Apollyon! have I been unfaithful to him?

{148} APOL. Thou didst faint at first setting out, when thou wast almost
choked in the Gulf of Despond; thou didst attempt wrong ways to be rid of thy
burden, whereas thou shouldst have stayed till thy Prince had taken it off;
thou didst sinfully sleep and lose thy choice thing; thou wast, also, almost
persuaded to go back at the sight of the lions; and when thou talkest of thy
journey, and of what thou hast heard and seen, thou art inwardly desirous of
vain-glory in all that thou sayest or doest.

CHR. All this is true, and much more which thou hast left out; but the Prince
whom I serve and honour is merciful, and ready to forgive; but, besides, these
infirmities possessed me in thy country, for there I sucked them in; and I
have groaned under them, been sorry for them, and have obtained pardon of my

{149} APOL. Then Apollyon broke out into a grievous rage, saying, I am an
enemy to this Prince; I hate his person, his laws, and people; I am come out
on purpose to withstand thee.

CHR. Apollyon, beware what you do; for I am in the King's highway, the way of
holiness; therefore take heed to yourself.

APOL. Then Apollyon straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and
said, I am void of fear in this matter: prepare thyself to die; for I swear by
my infernal den, that thou shalt go no further; here will I spill thy soul.

{150} And with that he threw a flaming dart at his breast; but Christian had a
shield in his hand, with which he caught it, and so prevented the danger of

Then did Christian draw, for he saw it was time to bestir him; and Apollyon as
fast made at him, throwing darts as thick as hail; by the which,
notwithstanding all that Christian could do to avoid it, Apollyon wounded him
in his head, his hand, and foot. This made Christian give a little back;
Apollyon, therefore, followed his work amain, and Christian again took
courage, and resisted as manfully as he could. This sore combat lasted for
above half a day, even till Christian was almost quite spent; for you must
know that Christian, by reason of his wounds, must needs grow weaker and

{151} Then Apollyon, espying his opportunity, began to gather up close to
Christian, and wrestling with him, gave him a dreadful fall; and with that
Christian's sword flew out of his hand. Then said Apollyon, I am sure of thee
now. And with that he had almost pressed him to death, so that Christian began
to despair of life; but as God would have it, while Apollyon was fetching of
his last blow, thereby to make a full end of this good man, Christian nimbly
stretched out his hand for his sword, and caught it, saying, "Rejoice not
against me, O mine enemy; when I fall I shall arise" [Micah 7:8];

Christian's victory over Apollyon

and with that gave him a deadly thrust, which made him give back, as one that
had received his mortal wound. Christian perceiving that, made at him again,
saying, "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us". [Rom. 8:37] And with that Apollyon spread forth his dragon's wings,
and sped him away, that Christian for a season saw him no more. [James 4:7]

{152} In this combat no man can imagine, unless he had seen and heard as I
did, what yelling and hideous roaring Apollyon made all the time of the fight
-- he spake like a dragon; and, on the other side, what sighs and groans burst
from Christian's heart. I never saw him all the while give so much as one
pleasant look, till he perceived he had wounded Apollyon with his two-edged
sword; then, indeed, he did smile, and look upward; but it was the
dreadfullest sight that ever I saw.

A more unequal match can hardly be, -- CHRISTIAN must fight an Angel; but you

The valiant man by handling Sword and Shield,
Doth make him, tho' a Dragon, quit the field.

{153} So when the battle was over, Christian said, "I will here give thanks to
him that delivered me out of the mouth of the lion, to him that did help me
against Apollyon." And so he did, saying --

Great Beelzebub, the captain of this fiend,
Design'd my ruin; therefore to this end
He sent him harness'd out: and he with rage
That hellish was, did fiercely me engage.
But blessed Michael helped me, and I,
By dint of sword, did quickly make him fly.
Therefore to him let me give lasting praise,
And thank and bless his holy name always.

{154} Then there came to him a hand, with some of the leaves of the tree of
life, the which Christian took, and applied to the wounds that he had received
in the battle, and was healed immediately. He also sat down in that place to
eat bread, and to drink of the bottle that was given him a little before; so,
being refreshed, he addressed himself to his journey, with his sword drawn in
his hand; for he said, I know not but some other enemy may be at hand. But he
met with no other affront from Apollyon quite through this valley.

{155} Now, at the end of this valley was another, called the Valley of the
Shadow of Death, and Christian must needs go through it, because the way to
the Celestial City lay through the midst of it. Now, this valley is a very
solitary place. The prophet Jeremiah thus describes it: "A wilderness, a land
of deserts and of pits, a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, a land
that no man" (but a Christian) "passed through, and where no man dwelt." [Jer.

Now here Christian was worse put to it than in his fight with Apollyon, as by
the sequel you shall see.

{156} I saw then in my dream, that when Christian was got to the borders of
the Shadow of Death, there met him two men, children of them that brought up
an evil report of the good land [Num. 13], making haste to go back; to whom
Christian spake as follows: --

{157} CHR. Whither are you going?

MEN. They said, Back! back! and we would have you to do so too, if either life
or peace is prized by you.

CHR. Why, what's the matter? said Christian.

MEN. Matter! said they; we were going that way as you are going, and went as
far as we durst; and indeed we were almost past coming back; for had we gone a
little further, we had not been here to bring the news to thee.

CHR. But what have you met with? said Christian.

MEN. Why, we were almost in the Valley of the Shadow of Death; but that, by
good hap, we looked before us, and saw the danger before we came to it. [Ps.
44:19; 107:10]

CHR. But what have you seen? said Christian.

{158} MEN. Seen! Why, the Valley itself, which is as dark as pitch; we also
saw there the hobgoblins, satyrs, and dragons of the pit; we heard also in
that Valley a continual howling and yelling, as of a people under unutterable
misery, who there sat bound in affliction and irons; and over that Valley
hangs the discouraging clouds of confusion. Death also doth always spread his
wings over it. In a word, it is every whit dreadful, being utterly without
order. [Job 3:5; 10:22]

CHR. Then, said Christian, I perceive not yet, by what you have said, but that
this is my way to the desired haven. [Jer. 2:6]

MEN. Be it thy way; we will not choose it for ours. So, they parted, and
Christian went on his way, but still with his sword drawn in his hand, for
fear lest he should be assaulted.

{159} I saw then in my dream, so far as this valley reached, there was on the
right hand a very deep ditch; that ditch is it into which the blind have led
the blind in all ages, and have both there miserably perished. [Ps. 69:14,15]
Again, behold, on the left hand, there was a very dangerous quag, into which,
if even a good man falls, he can find no bottom for his foot to stand on. Into
that quag King David once did fall, and had no doubt therein been smothered,
had not HE that is able plucked him out.

{160} The pathway was here also exceeding narrow, and therefore good Christian
was the more put to it; for when he sought, in the dark, to shun the ditch on
the one hand, he was ready to tip over into the mire on the other; also when
he sought to escape the mire, without great carefulness he would be ready to
fall into the ditch. Thus he went on, and I heard him here sigh bitterly; for,
besides the dangers mentioned above, the pathway was here so dark, and
ofttimes, when he lift up his foot to set forward, he knew not where or upon
what he should set it next.

Poor man! where art thou now? thy day is night.
Good man, be not cast down, thou yet art right,
Thy way to heaven lies by the gates of Hell;
Cheer up, hold out, with thee it shall go well.

{161} About the midst of this valley, I perceived the mouth of hell to be, and
it stood also hard by the wayside. Now, thought Christian, what shall I do?
And ever and anon the flame and smoke would come out in such abundance, with
sparks and hideous noises, (things that cared not for Christian's sword, as
did Apollyon before), that he was forced to put up his sword, and betake
himself to another weapon called All-prayer. [Eph. 6:18] So he cried in my
hearing, "O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul!" [Ps. 116:4] Thus he went
on a great while, yet still the flames would be reaching towards him. Also he
heard doleful voices, and rushings to and fro, so that sometimes he thought he
should be torn in pieces, or trodden down like mire in the streets. This
frightful sight was seen, and these dreadful noises were heard by him for
several miles together; and, coming to a place where he thought he heard a
company of fiends coming forward to meet him, he stopped, and began to muse
what he had best to do. Sometimes he had half a thought to go back; then again
he thought he might be half way through the valley; he remembered also how he
had already vanquished many a danger, and that the danger of going back might
be much more than for to go forward; so he resolved to go on. Yet the fiends
seemed to come nearer and nearer; but when they were come even almost at him,
he cried out with a most vehement voice, "I will walk in the strength of the
Lord God!" so they gave back, and came no further.

{162} One thing I would not let slip. I took notice that now poor Christian
was so confounded, that he did not know his own voice; and thus I perceived
it. Just when he was come over against the mouth of the burning pit, one of
the wicked ones got behind him, and stepped up softly to him, and whisperingly
suggested many grievous blasphemies to him, which he verily thought had
proceeded from his own mind. This put Christian more to it than anything that
he met with before, even to think that he should now blaspheme him that he
loved so much before; yet, if he could have helped it, he would not have done
it; but he had not the discretion either to stop his ears, or to know from
whence these blasphemies came.

{163} When Christian had travelled in this disconsolate condition some
considerable time, he thought he heard the voice of a man, as going before
him, saying, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil, for thou art with me." [Ps. 23:4]

{164} Then he was glad, and that for these reasons:

First, Because he gathered from thence, that some who feared God were in this
valley as well as himself.

Secondly, For that he perceived God was with them, though in that dark and
dismal state; and why not, thought he, with me? though, by reason of the
impediment that attends this place, I cannot perceive it. [Job 9:11]

Thirdly, For that he hoped, could he overtake them, to have company by and by.
So he went on, and called to him that was before; but he knew not what to
answer; for that he also thought to be alone. And by and by the day broke;
then said Christian, He hath turned "the shadow of death into the morning".
[Amos 5:8]

{165} Now morning being come, he looked back, not out of desire to return, but
to see, by the light of the day, what hazards he had gone through in the dark.
So he saw more perfectly the ditch that was on the one hand, and the mire that
was on the other; also how narrow the way was which led betwixt them both;
also now he saw the hobgoblins, and satyrs, and dragons of the pit, but all
afar off, (for after break of day, they came not nigh;) yet they were
discovered to him, according to that which is written, "He discovereth deep
things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death." [Job

{166} Now was Christian much affected with his deliverance from all the
dangers of his solitary way; which dangers, though he feared them more before,
yet he saw them more clearly now, because the light of the day made them
conspicuous to him. And about this time the sun was rising, and this was
another mercy to Christian; for you must note, that though the first part of
the Valley of the Shadow of Death was dangerous, yet this second part which he
was yet to go, was, if possible, far more dangerous; for from the place where
he now stood, even to the end of the valley, the way was all along set so full
of snares, traps, gins, and nets here, and so full of pits, pitfalls, deep
holes, and shelvings down there, that, had it now been dark, as it was when he
came the first part of the way, had he had a thousand souls, they had in
reason been cast away; but, as I said just now, the sun was rising. Then said
he, "His candle shineth upon my head, and by his light I walk through
darkness." [Job 29:3]

{167} In this light, therefore, he came to the end of the valley. Now I saw in
my dream, that at the end of this valley lay blood, bones, ashes, and mangled
bodies of men, even of pilgrims that had gone this way formerly; and while I
was musing what should be the reason, I espied a little before me a cave,
where two giants, POPE and PAGAN, dwelt in old time; by whose power and
tyranny the men whose bones, blood, and ashes, &c., lay there, were cruelly
put to death. But by this place Christian went without much danger, whereat I
somewhat wondered; but I have learnt since, that PAGAN has been dead many a
day; and as for the other, though he be yet alive, he is, by reason of age,
and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days,
grown so crazy and stiff in his joints, that he can now do little more than
sit in his cave's mouth, grinning at pilgrims as they go by, and biting his
nails because he cannot come at them.

{168} So I saw that Christian went on his way; yet, at the sight of the Old
Man that sat in the mouth of the cave, he could not tell what to think,
especially because he spake to him, though he could not go after him, saying,
"You will never mend till more of you be burned." But he held his peace, and
set a good face on it, and so went by and catched no hurt. Then sang

O world of wonders! (I can say no less),
That I should be preserved in that distress
That I have met with here! O blessed be
That hand that from it hath deliver'd me!
Dangers in darkness, devils, hell, and sin
Did compass me, while I this vale was in:
Yea, snares, and pits, and traps, and nets, did lie
My path about, that worthless, silly I
Might have been catch'd, entangled, and cast down;
But since I live, let JESUS wear the crown.

{169} Now, as Christian went on his way, he came to a little ascent, which was
cast up on purpose that pilgrims might see before them. Up there, therefore,
Christian went, and looking forward, he saw Faithful before him, upon his
journey. Then said Christian aloud, "Ho! ho! So-ho! stay, and I will be your
companion!" At that, Faithful looked behind him; to whom Christian cried
again, "Stay, stay, till I come up to you!" But Faithful answered, "No, I am
upon my life, and the avenger of blood is behind me."

{170} At this, Christian was somewhat moved, and putting to all his strength,
he quickly got up with Faithful, and did also overrun him; so the last was
first. Then did Christian vain-gloriously smile, because he had gotten the
start of his brother; but not taking good heed to his feet, he suddenly
stumbled and fell, and could not rise again until Faithful came up to help

Christian's fall makes Faithful and he go lovingly together

Then I saw in my dream they went very lovingly on together, and had sweet
discourse of all things that had happened to them in their pilgrimage; and
thus Christian began:

{171} CHR. My honoured and well-beloved brother, Faithful, I am glad that I
have overtaken you; and that God has so tempered our spirits, that we can walk
as companions in this so pleasant a path.

FAITH. I had thought, dear friend, to have had your company quite from our
town; but you did get the start of me, wherefore I was forced to come thus
much of the way alone.

CHR. How long did you stay in the City of Destruction before you set out after
me on your pilgrimage?

FAITH. Till I could stay no longer; for there was great talk presently after
you were gone out that our city would, in short time, with fire from heaven,
be burned down to the ground.

CHR. What! did your neighbours talk so?

FAITH. Yes, it was for a while in everybody's mouth.

CHR. What! and did no more of them but you come out to escape the danger?

FAITH. Though there was, as I said, a great talk thereabout, yet I do not
think they did firmly believe it. For in the heat of the discourse, I heard
some of them deridingly speak of you and of your desperate journey, (for so
they called this your pilgrimage), but I did believe, and do still, that the
end of our city will be with fire and and brimstone from above; and therefore
I have made my escape.

{172} CHR. Did you hear no talk of neighbour Pliable?

FAITH. Yes, Christian, I heard that he followed you till he came at the Slough
of Despond, where, as some said, he fell in; but he would not be known to have
so done; but I am sure he was soundly bedabbled with that kind of dirt.

CHR. And what said the neighbours to him?

FAITH. He hath, since his going back, been had greatly in derision, and that
among all sorts of people; some do mock and despise him; and scarce will any
set him on work. He is now seven times worse than if he had never gone out of
the city.

CHR. But why should they be so set against him, since they also despise the
way that he forsook?

FAITH. Oh, they say, hang him, he is a turncoat! he was not true to his
profession. I think God has stirred up even his enemies to hiss at him, and
make him a proverb, because he hath forsaken the way. [Jer. 29:18,19]

CHR. Had you no talk with him before you came out?

FAITH. I met him once in the streets, but he leered away on the other side, as
one ashamed of what he had done; so I spake not to him.

{173} CHR. Well, at my first setting out, I had hopes of that man; but now I
fear he will perish in the overthrow of the city; for it is happened to him
according to the true proverb, "The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and
the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire." [2 Pet. 2:22]

FAITH. These are my fears of him too; but who can hinder that which will be?

CHR. Well, neighbour Faithful, said Christian, let us leave him, and talk of
things that more immediately concern ourselves. Tell me now, what you have met
with in the way as you came; for I know you have met with some things, or else
it may be writ for a wonder.

{174} FAITH. I escaped the Slough that I perceived you fell into, and got up
to the gate without that danger; only I met with one whose name was Wanton,
who had like to have done me a mischief.

CHR. It was well you escaped her net; Joseph was hard put to it by her, and he
escaped her as you did; but it had like to have cost him his life. [Gen.
39:11-13] But what did she do to you?

FAITH. You cannot think, but that you know something, what a flattering tongue
she had; she lay at me hard to turn aside with her, promising me all manner of

CHR. Nay, she did not promise you the content of a good conscience.

FAITH. You know what I mean; all carnal and fleshly content.

CHR. Thank God you have escaped her: "The abhorred of the Lord shall fall into
her ditch." [Ps. 22:14]

FAITH. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly escape her or no.

CHR. Why, I trow, you did not consent to her desires?

FAITH. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had
seen, which said, "Her steps take hold on hell." [Prov. 5:5] So I shut mine
eyes, because I would not be bewitched with her looks. [Job 31:1] Then she
railed on me, and I went my way.

CHR. Did you meet with no other assault as you came?

{175} FAITH. When I came to the foot of the hill called Difficulty, I met with
a very aged man, who asked me what I was, and whither bound. I told him that I
am a pilgrim, going to the Celestial City. Then said the old man, Thou lookest
like an honest fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me for the wages
that I shall give thee? Then I asked him his name, and where he dwelt. He said
his name was Adam the First, and that he dwelt in the town of Deceit. [Eph.
4:22] I asked him then what was his work, and what the wages he would give. He
told me that his work was many delights; and his wages that I should be his
heir at last. I further asked him what house he kept, and what other servants
he had. So he told me that his house was maintained with all the dainties in
the world; and that his servants were those of his own begetting. Then I asked
if he had any children. He said that he had but three daughters: The Lust of
the Flesh, The Lust of the Eyes, and The Pride of Life, and that I should
marry them all if I would. [1 John 2:16] Then I asked how long time he would
have me live with him? And he told me, As long as he lived himself.

CHR. Well, and what conclusion came the old man and you to at last?

FAITH. Why, at first, I found myself somewhat inclinable to go with the man,
for I thought he spake very fair; but looking in his forehead, as I talked
with him, I saw there written, "Put off the old man with his deeds."

CHR. And how then?

{176} FAITH. Then it came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and
however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a
slave. So I bid him forbear to talk, for I would not come near the door of his
house. Then he reviled me, and told me that he would send such a one after me,
that should make my way bitter to my soul. So I turned to go away from him;
but just as I turned myself to go thence, I felt him take hold of my flesh,
and give me such a deadly twitch back, that I thought he had pulled part of me
after himself. This made me cry, "O wretched man!" [Rom. 7:24] So I went on my
way up the hill.

Now when I had got about half-way up, I looked behind, and saw one coming
after me, swift as the wind; so he overtook me just about the place where the
settle stands.

CHR. Just there, said Christian, did I sit down to rest me; but being overcome
with sleep, I there lost this roll out of my bosom.

{177} FAITH. But, good brother, hear me out. So soon as the man overtook me,
he was but a word and a blow, for down he knocked me, and laid me for dead.
But when I was a little come to myself again, I asked him wherefore he served
me so. He said, because of my secret inclining to Adam the First; and with
that he struck me another deadly blow on the breast, and beat me down
backward; so I lay at his foot as dead as before. So, when I came to myself
again, I cried him mercy; but he said, I know not how to show mercy; and with
that he knocked me down again. He had doubtless made an end of me, but that
one came by, and bid him forbear.

CHR. Who was that that bid him forbear?

FAITH. I did not know him at first, but as he went by, I perceived the holes
in his hands and in his side; then I concluded that he was our Lord. So I went
up the hill.

{178} CHR. That man that overtook you was Moses. He spareth none, neither
knoweth he how to show mercy to those that transgress his law.

FAITH. I know it very well; it was not the first time that he has met with me.
It was he that came to me when I dwelt securely at home, and that told me he
would burn my house over my head if I stayed there.

CHR. But did you not see the house that stood there on the top of the hill, on
the side of which Moses met you?

FAITH. Yes, and the lions too, before I came at it: but for the lions, I think
they were asleep, for it was about noon; and because I had so much of the day
before me, I passed by the porter, and came down the hill.

CHR. He told me, indeed, that he saw you go by, but I wish you had called at
the house, for they would have showed you so many rarities, that you would
scarce have forgot them to the day of your death. But pray tell me, Did you
meet nobody in the Valley of Humility?

{179} FAITH. Yes, I met with one Discontent, who would willingly have
persuaded me to go back again with him; his reason was, for that the valley
was altogether without honour. He told me, moreover, that there to go was the
way to disobey all my friends, as Pride, Arrogancy, Self-conceit, Worldly-
glory, with others, who he knew, as he said, would be very much offended, if I
made such a fool of myself as to wade through this valley.

CHR. Well, and how did you answer him?

{180} Faithful's answer to Discontent

FAITH. I told him, that although all these that he named might claim kindred
of me, and that rightly, for indeed they were my relations according to the
flesh; yet since I became a pilgrim, they have disowned me, as I also have
rejected them; and therefore they were to me now no more than if they had
never been of my lineage.

I told him, moreover, that as to this valley, he had quite misrepresented the
thing; for before honour is humility, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Therefore, said I, I had rather go through this valley to the honour that was
so accounted by the wisest, than choose that which he esteemed most worthy our

CHR. Met you with nothing else in that valley?

{181} FAITH. Yes, I met with Shame; but of all the men that I met with in my
pilgrimage, he, I think, bears the wrong name. The others would be said nay,
after a little argumentation, and somewhat else; but this bold-faced Shame
would never have done.

CHR. Why, what did he say to you?

FAITH. What! why, he objected against religion itself; he said it was a
pitiful, low, sneaking business for a man to mind religion; he said that a
tender conscience was an unmanly thing; and that for a man to watch over his
words and ways, so as to tie up himself from that hectoring liberty that the
brave spirits of the times accustom themselves unto, would make him the
ridicule of the times. He objected also, that but few of the mighty, rich, or
wise, were ever of my opinion [1 Cor. 1:26; 3:18; Phil. 3:7,8]; nor any of
them neither [John 7:48], before they were persuaded to be fools, and to be of
a voluntary fondness, to venture the loss of all, for nobody knows what. He,
moreover, objected the base and low estate and condition of those that were
chiefly the pilgrims of the times in which they lived: also their ignorance
and want of understanding in all natural science. Yea, he did hold me to it at
that rate also, about a great many more things than here I relate; as, that it
was a shame to sit whining and mourning under a sermon, and a shame to come
sighing and groaning home: that it was a shame to ask my neighbour forgiveness
for petty faults, or to make restitution where I have taken from any. He said,
also, that religion made a man grow strange to the great, because of a few
vices, which he called by finer names; and made him own and respect the base,
because of the same religious fraternity. And is not this, said he, a shame?

{182} CHR. And what did you say to him?

FAITH. Say! I could not tell what to say at the first. Yea, he put me so to
it, that my blood came up in my face; even this Shame fetched it up, and had
almost beat me quite off. But at last I began to consider, that "that which is
highly esteemed among men, is had in abomination with God." [Luke 16:15] And I
thought again, this Shame tells me what men are; but it tells me nothing what
God or the Word of God is. And I thought, moreover, that at the day of doom,
we shall not be doomed to death or life according to the hectoring spirits of
the world, but according to the wisdom and law of the Highest. Therefore,
thought I, what God says is best, indeed is best, though all the men in the
world are against it. Seeing, then, that God prefers his religion; seeing God
prefers a tender conscience; seeing they that make themselves fools for the
kingdom of heaven are wisest; and that the poor man that loveth Christ is
richer than the greatest man in the world that hates him; Shame, depart, thou
art an enemy to my salvation! Shall I entertain thee against my sovereign
Lord? How then shall I look him in the face at his coming? Should I now be
ashamed of his ways and servants, how can I expect the blessing? [Mark 8:38]
But, indeed, this Shame was a bold villain; I could scarce shake him out of my
company; yea, he would be haunting of me, and continually whispering me in the
ear, with some one or other of the infirmities that attend religion; but at
last I told him it was but in vain to attempt further in this business; for
those things that he disdained, in those did I see most glory; and so at last
I got past this importunate one. And when I had shaken him off, then I began
to sing --

The trials that those men do meet withal, T
hat are obedient to the heavenly call,
Are manifold, and suited to the flesh,
And come, and come, and come again afresh;
That now, or sometime else, we by them may
Be taken, overcome, and cast away.
Oh, let the pilgrims, let the pilgrims, then
Be vigilant, and quit themselves like men.

{183} CHR. I am glad, my brother, that thou didst withstand this villain so
bravely; for of all, as thou sayest, I think he has the wrong name; for he is
so bold as to follow us in the streets, and to attempt to put us to shame
before all men: that is, to make us ashamed of that which is good; but if he
was not himself audacious, he would never attempt to do as he does. But let us
still resist him; for notwithstanding all his bravadoes, he promoteth the fool
and none else. "The wise shall inherit glory, said Solomon, but shame shall be
the promotion of fools." [Prov. 3:35]

FAITH. I think we must cry to Him for help against Shame, who would have us to
be valiant for the truth upon the earth.

CHR. You say true; but did you meet nobody else in that valley?

FAITH. No, not I; for I had sunshine all the rest of the way through that, and
also through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

{184} CHR. It was well for you. I am sure it fared far otherwise with me; I
had for a long season, as soon almost as I entered into that valley, a
dreadful combat with that foul fiend Apollyon; yea, I thought verily he would
have killed me, especially when he got me down and crushed me under him, as if
he would have crushed me to pieces; for as he threw me, my sword flew out of
my hand; nay, he told me he was sure of me: but I cried to God, and he heard
me, and delivered me out of all my troubles. Then I entered into the Valley of
the Shadow of Death, and had no light for almost half the way through it. I
thought I should have been killed there, over and over; but at last day broke,
and the sun rose, and I went through that which was behind with far more ease
and quiet.

{185} Moreover, I saw in my dream, that as they went on, Faithful, as he
chanced to look on one side, saw a man whose name is Talkative, walking at a
distance beside them; for in this place there was room enough for them all to
walk. He was a tall man, and something more comely at a distance than at hand.
To this man Faithful addressed himself in this manner:

FAITH. Friend, whither away? Are you going to the heavenly country?

TALK. I am going to the same place.

FAITH. That is well; then I hope we may have your good company.

TALK. With a very good will will I be your companion.

{186} FAITH. Come on, then, and let us go together, and let us spend our time
in discoursing of things that are profitable.

Talkative's dislike of bad discourse

TALK. To talk of things that are good, to me is very acceptable, with you or
with any other; and I am glad that I have met with those that incline to so
good a work; for, to speak the truth, there are but few that care thus to
spend their time, (as they are in their travels), but choose much rather to be
speaking of things to no profit; and this hath been a trouble for me.

FAITH. That is indeed a thing to be lamented; for what things so worthy of the
use of the tongue and mouth of men on earth as are the things of the God of

TALK. I like you wonderful well, for your sayings are full of conviction; and
I will add, what thing is so pleasant, and what so profitable, as to talk of
the things of God? What things so pleasant (that is, if a man hath any delight
in things that are wonderful)? For instance, if a man doth delight to talk of
the history or the mystery of things; or if a man doth love to talk of
miracles, wonders, or signs, where shall he find things recorded so
delightful, and so sweetly penned, as in the Holy Scripture?

{187} FAITH. That is true; but to be profited by such things in our talk
should be that which we design.

Talkative's fine discourse

TALK. That is it that I said; for to talk of such things is most profitable;
for by so doing, a man may get knowledge of many things; as of the vanity of
earthly things, and the benefit of things above. Thus, in general, but more
particularly by this, a man may learn the necessity of the new birth, the
insufficiency of our works, the need of Christ's righteousness, &c. Besides,
by this a man may learn, by talk, what it is to repent, to believe, to pray,
to suffer, or the like; by this also a man may learn what are the great
promises and consolations of the gospel, to his own comfort. Further, by this
a man may learn to refute false opinions, to vindicate the truth, and also to
instruct the ignorant.

FAITH. All this is true, and glad am I to hear these things from you.

TALK. Alas! the want of this is the cause why so few understand the need of
faith, and the necessity of a work of grace in their soul, in order to eternal
life; but ignorantly live in the works of the law, by which a man can by no
means obtain the kingdom of heaven.

{188} FAITH. But, by your leave, heavenly knowledge of these is the gift of
God; no man attaineth to them by human industry, or only by the talk of them.

TALK. All this I know very well; for a man can receive nothing, except it be
given him from Heaven; all is of grace, not of works. I could give you a
hundred scriptures for the confirmation of this.

FAITH. Well, then, said Faithful, what is that one thing that we shall at this
time found our discourse upon?

TALK. What you will. I will talk of things heavenly, or things earthly; things
moral, or things evangelical; things sacred, or things profane; things past,
or things to come; things foreign, or things at home; things more essential,
or things circumstantial; provided that all be done to our profit.

{189} FAITH. Now did Faithful begin to wonder; and stepping to Christian, (for
he walked all this while by himself), he said to him, (but softly), What a
brave companion have we got! Surely this man will make a very excellent

CHR. At this Christian modestly smiled, and said, This man, with whom you are
so taken, will beguile, with that tongue of his, twenty of them that know him

FAITH. Do you know him, then?

{190} CHR. Know him! Yes, better than he knows himself.

FAITH. Pray, what is he?

CHR. His name is Talkative; he dwelleth in our town. I wonder that you should
be a stranger to him, only I consider that our town is large.

FAITH. Whose son is he? And whereabout does he dwell?

CHR. He is the son of one Say-well; he dwelt in Prating Row; and is known of
all that are acquainted with him, by the name of Talkative in Prating Row; and
notwithstanding his fine tongue, he is but a sorry fellow.

{191} FAITH. Well, he seems to be a very pretty man.

CHR. That is, to them who have not thorough acquaintance with him; for he is
best abroad; near home, he is ugly enough. Your saying that he is a pretty
man, brings to my mind what I have observed in the work of the painter, whose
pictures show best at a distance, but, very near, more unpleasing.

{192} FAITH. But I am ready to think you do but jest, because you smiled.

CHR. God forbid that I should jest (although I smiled) in this matter, or that
I should accuse any falsely! I will give you a further discovery of him. This
man is for any company, and for any talk; as he talketh now with you, so will
he talk when he is on the ale-bench; and the more drink he hath in his crown,
the more of these things he hath in his mouth; religion hath no place in his
heart, or house, or conversation; all he hath lieth in his tongue, and his
religion is, to make a noise therewith.

{193} FAITH. Say you so! then am I in this man greatly deceived.

CHR. Deceived! you may be sure of it; remember the proverb, "They say and do
not." [Matt. 23:3] But the kingdom of God is not in word, but in Power. [1 Cor
4:20] He talketh of prayer, of repentance, of faith, and of the new birth; but
he knows but only to talk of them. I have been in his family, and have
observed him both at home and abroad; and I know what I say of him is the
truth. His house is as empty of religion as the white of an egg is of savour.
There is there neither prayer nor sign of repentance for sin; yea, the brute
in his kind serves God far better than he. He is the very stain, reproach, and
shame of religion, to all that know him; it can hardly have a good word in all
that end of the town where he dwells, through him. [Rom. 2:24,25] Thus say the
common people that know him, A saint abroad, and a devil at home. His poor
family finds it so; he is such a churl, such a railer at and so unreasonable
with his servants, that they neither know how to do for or speak to him. Men
that have any dealings with him say it is better to deal with a Turk than with
him; for fairer dealing they shall have at their hands. This Talkative (if it
be possible) will go beyond them, defraud, beguile, and overreach them.
Besides, he brings up his sons to follow his steps; and if he findeth in any
of them a foolish timorousness, (for so he calls the first appearance of a
tender conscience,) he calls them fools and blockheads, and by no means will
employ them in much, or speak to their commendations before others. For my
part, I am of opinion, that he has, by his wicked life, caused many to stumble
and fall; and will be, if God prevent not, the ruin of many more.

{194} FAITH. Well, my brother, I am bound to believe you; not only because you
say you know him, but also because, like a Christian, you make your reports of
men. For I cannot think that you speak these things of ill-will, but because
it is even so as you say.

CHR. Had I known him no more than you, I might perhaps have thought of him,
as, at the first, you did; yea, had he received this report at their hands
only that are enemies to religion, I should have thought it had been a
slander, -- a lot that often falls from bad men's mouths upon good men's names
and professions; but all these things, yea, and a great many more as bad, of
my own knowledge, I can prove him guilty of. Besides, good men are ashamed of
him; they can neither call him brother, nor friend; the very naming of him
among them makes them blush, if they know him.

{195} FAITH. Well, I see that saying and doing are two things, and hereafter I
shall better observe this distinction.

CHR. They are two things, indeed, and are as diverse as are the soul and the
body; for as the body without the soul is but a dead carcass, so saying, if it
be alone, is but a dead carcass also. The soul of religion is the practical
part: "Pure religion and undefiled, before God and the Father, is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world." [James 1:27; see vv. 22-26] This Talkative is not
aware of; he thinks that hearing and saying will make a good Christian, and
thus he deceiveth his own soul. Hearing is but as the sowing of the seed;
talking is not sufficient to prove that fruit is indeed in the heart and life;
and let us assure ourselves, that at the day of doom men shall be judged
according to their fruits. [Matt. 13, 25] It will not be said then, Did you
believe? but, Were you doers, or talkers only? and accordingly shall they be
judged. The end of the world is compared to our harvest; and you know men at
harvest regard nothing but fruit. Not that anything can be accepted that is
not of faith, but I speak this to show you how insignificant the profession of
Talkative will be at that day.

{196} FAITH. This brings to my mind that of Moses, by which he describeth the
beast that is clean. [Lev. 11:3-7; Deut. 14:6-8] He is such a one that parteth
the hoof and cheweth the cud; not that parteth the hoof only, or that cheweth
the cud only. The hare cheweth the cud, but yet is unclean, because he parteth
not the hoof. And this truly resembleth Talkative; he cheweth the cud, he
seeketh knowledge, he cheweth upon the word; but he divideth not the hoof, he
parteth not with the way of sinners; but, as the hare, he retaineth the foot
of a dog or bear, and therefore he is unclean.

CHR. You have spoken, for aught I know, the true gospel sense of those texts.
And I will add another thing: Paul calleth some men, yea, and those great
talkers, too, sounding brass and tinkling cymbals; that is, as he expounds
them in another place, things without life, giving sound. [1 Cor. 13:1-3;
14:7] Things without life, that is, without the true faith and grace of the
gospel; and consequently, things that shall never be placed in the kingdom of
heaven among those that are the children of life; though their sound, by their
talk, be as if it were the tongue or voice of an angel.

FAITH. Well, I was not so fond of his company at first, but I am as sick of it
now. What shall we do to be rid of him?

CHR. Take my advice, and do as I bid you, and you shall find that he will soon
be sick of your company too, except God shall touch his heart, and turn it.

FAITH. What would you have me to do?

CHR. Why, go to him, and enter into some serious discourse about the power of
religion; and ask him plainly (when he has approved of it, for that he will)
whether this thing be set up in his heart, house, or conversation.

{197} FAITH. Then Faithful stepped forward again, and said to Talkative, Come,
what cheer? How is it now?

TALK. Thank you, well. I thought we should have had a great deal of talk by
this time.

{198} FAITH. Well, if you will, we will fall to it now; and since you left it
with me to state the question, let it be this: How doth the saving grace of
God discover itself when it is in the heart of man?

Talkative's false discovery of a work of grace

TALK. I perceive, then, that our talk must be about the power of things. Well,
it is a very good question, and I shall be willing to answer you. And take my
answer in brief, thus: First, Where the grace of God is in the heart, it
causeth there a great outcry against sin. Secondly -- --

FAITH. Nay, hold, let us consider of one at once. I think you should rather
say, It shows itself by inclining the soul to abhor its sin.

TALK. Why, what difference is there between crying out against, and abhorring
of sin?

{199} FAITH. Oh, a great deal. A man may cry out against sin of policy, but he
cannot abhor it, but by virtue of a godly antipathy against it. I have heard
many cry out against sin in the pulpit, who yet can abide it well enough in
the heart, house, and conversation. Joseph's mistress cried out with a loud
voice, as if she had been very holy; but she would willingly, notwithstanding
that, have committed uncleanness with him. Some cry out against sin even as
the mother cries out against her child in her lap, when she calleth it slut
and naughty girl, and then falls to hugging and kissing it.

TALK. You lie at the catch, I perceive.

{200} FAITH. No, not I; I am only for setting things right. But what is the
second thing whereby you would prove a discovery of a work of grace in the

TALK. Great knowledge of gospel mysteries.

FAITH. This sign should have been first; but first or last, it is also false;
for knowledge, great knowledge, may be obtained in the mysteries of the
gospel, and yet no work of grace in the soul. [1 Cor. 13] Yea, if a man have
all knowledge, he may yet be nothing, and so consequently be no child of God.
When Christ said, "Do you know all these things?" and the disciples had
answered, Yes; he addeth, "Blessed are ye if ye do them." He doth not lay the
blessing in the knowing of them, but in the doing of them. For there is a
knowledge that is not attended with doing: He that knoweth his masters will,
and doeth it not. A man may know like an angel, and yet be no Christian,
therefore your sign of it is not true. Indeed, to know is a thing that
pleaseth talkers and boasters, but to do is that which pleaseth God. Not that
the heart can be good without knowledge; for without that, the heart is
naught. There is, therefore, knowledge and knowledge. Knowledge that resteth
in the bare speculation of things; and knowledge that is accompanied with the
grace of faith and love; which puts a man upon doing even the will of God from
the heart: the first of these will serve the talker; but without the other the
true Christian is not content. "Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy
law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart." [Ps. 119:34]

TALK. You lie at the catch again; this is not for edification.

FAITH. Well, if you please, propound another sign how this work of grace
discovereth itself where it is.

TALK. Not I, for I see we shall not agree.

FAITH. Well, if you will not, will you give me leave to do it?

TALK. You may use your liberty.

{201} FAITH. A work of grace in the soul discovereth itself, either to him
that hath it, or to standers by.

To him that hath it thus: It gives him conviction of sin, especially of the
defilement of his nature and the sin of unbelief, (for the sake of which he is
sure to be damned, if he findeth not mercy at God's hand, by faith in Jesus
Christ [John 16:8, Rom. 7:24, John 16:9, Mark 16:16]). This sight and sense of
things worketh in him sorrow and shame for sin; he findeth, moreover, revealed
in him the Saviour of the world, and the absolute necessity of closing with
him for life, at the which he findeth hungerings and thirstings after him; to
which hungerings, &c., the promise is made. [Ps. 38:18, Jer. 31:19, Gal. 2:16,
Acts 4:12, Matt. 5:6, Rev. 21:6] Now, according to the strength or weakness of
his faith in his Saviour, so is his joy and peace, so is his love to holiness,
so are his desires to know him more, and also to serve him in this world. But
though I say it discovereth itself thus unto him, yet it is but seldom that he
is able to conclude that this is a work of grace; because his corruptions now,
and his abused reason, make his mind to misjudge in this matter; therefore, in
him that hath this work, there is required a very sound judgement before he
can, with steadiness, conclude that this is a work of grace.

{202} To others, it is thus discovered:

1. By an experimental confession of his faith in Christ. [Rom. 10:10, Phil.
1:27, Matt. 5:19]

2. By a life answerable to that confession; to wit, a life of holiness, heart
-holiness, family-holiness, (if he hath a family), and by conversation-
holiness in the world which, in the general, teacheth him, inwardly, to abhor
his sin, and himself for that, in secret; to suppress it in his family and to
promote holiness in the world; not by talk only, as a hypocrite or talkative
person may do, but by a practical subjection, in faith and love, to the power
of the Word. [John 14:15, Ps. 50:23, Job 42:5-6, Eze. 20:43] And now, Sir, as
to this brief description of the work of grace, and also the discovery of it,
if you have aught to object, object; if not, then give me leave to propound to
you a second question.

{203} TALK. Nay, my part is not now to object, but to hear; let me, therefore,
have your second question.

FAITH. It is this: Do you experience this first part of this description of
it? and doth your life and conversation testify the same? or standeth your
religion in word or in tongue, and not in deed and truth? Pray, if you incline
to answer me in this, say no more than you know the God above will say Amen
to; and also nothing but what your conscience can justify you in; for not he
that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. Besides, to
say I am thus and thus, when my conversation, and all my neighbours, tell me I
lie, is great wickedness.

{204} TALK. Then Talkative at first began to blush; but, recovering himself,
thus he replied: You come now to experience, to conscience, and God; and to
appeal to him for justification of what is spoken. This kind of discourse I
did not expect; nor am I disposed to give an answer to such questions, because
I count not myself bound thereto, unless you take upon you to be a catechiser,
and, though you should so do, yet I may refuse to make you my judge. But, I
pray, will you tell me why you ask me such questions?

{205} FAITH. Because I saw you forward to talk, and because I knew not that
you had aught else but notion. Besides, to tell you all the truth, I have
heard of you, that you are a man whose religion lies in talk, and that your
conversation gives this your mouth-profession the lie.

Faithful's plain dealing with Talkative

They say, you are a spot among Christians; and that religion fareth the worse
for your ungodly conversation; that some have already stumbled at your wicked
ways, and that more are in danger of being destroyed thereby; your religion,
and an ale-house, and covetousness, and uncleanness, and swearing, and lying,
and vain-company keeping, &c., will stand together. The proverb is true of you
which is said of a whore, to wit, that she is a shame to all women; so are you
a shame to all professors.

TALK. Since you are ready to take up reports and to judge so rashly as you do,
I cannot but conclude you are some peevish or melancholy man, not fit to be
discoursed with; and so adieu.

{206} CHR. Then came up Christian, and said to his brother, I told you how it
would happen: your words and his lusts could not agree; he had rather leave
your company than reform his life. But he is gone, as I said; let him go, the
loss is no man's but his own; he has saved us the trouble of going from him;
for he continuing (as I suppose he will do) as he is, he would have been but a
blot in our company: besides, the apostle says, "From such withdraw thyself."

FAITH. But I am glad we had this little discourse with him; it may happen that
he will think of it again: however, I have dealt plainly with him, and so am
clear of his blood, if he perisheth.

{207} CHR. You did well to talk so plainly to him as you did; there is but
little of this faithful dealing with men now-a-days, and that makes religion
to stink so in the nostrils of many, as it doth; for they are these talkative
fools whose religion is only in word, and are debauched and vain in their
conversation, that (being so much admitted into the fellowship of the godly)
do puzzle the world, blemish Christianity, and grieve the sincere. I wish that
all men would deal with such as you have done: then should they either be made
more conformable to religion, or the company of saints would be too hot for
them. Then did Faithful say,

How Talkative at first lifts up his plumes!
How bravely doth he speak! How he presumes
To drive down all before him! But so soon
As Faithful talks of heart-work, like the moon
That's past the full, into the wane he goes.
And so will all, but he that HEART-WORK knows.

{208} Thus they went on talking of what they had seen by the way, and so made
that way easy which would otherwise, no doubt, have been tedious to them; for
now they went through a wilderness.

{209} Now, when they were got almost quite out of this wilderness, Faithful
chanced to cast his eye back, and espied one coming after them, and he knew
him. Oh! said Faithful to his brother, who comes yonder? Then Christian
looked, and said, It is my good friend Evangelist. Ay, and my good friend too,
said Faithful, for it was he that set me in the way to the gate. Now was
Evangelist come up to them, and thus saluted them:

{210} EVAN. Peace be with you, dearly beloved; and peace be to your helpers.

CHR. Welcome, welcome, my good Evangelist, the sight of thy countenance brings
to my remembrance thy ancient kindness and unwearied labouring for my eternal

FAITH. And a thousand times welcome, said good Faithful. Thy company, O sweet
Evangelist, how desirable it is to us poor pilgrims!

EVAN. Then said Evangelist, How hath it fared with you, my friends, since the
time of our last parting? What have you met with, and how have you behaved

{211} Then Christian and Faithful told him of all things that had happened to
them in the way; and how, and with what difficulty, they had arrived at that

{212} EVAN. Right glad am I, said Evangelist, not that you have met with
trials, but that you have been victors; and for that you have, notwithstanding
many weaknesses, continued in the way to this very day.

I say, right glad am I of this thing, and that for mine own sake and yours. I
have sowed, and you have reaped: and the day is coming, when both he that
sowed and they that reaped shall rejoice together; that is, if you hold out:
"for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not." [John 4:36, Gal. 6:9] The
crown is before you, and it is an incorruptible one; so run, that you may
obtain it. [1 Cor. 9:24-27] Some there be that set out for this crown, and,
after they have gone far for it, another comes in, and takes it from them:
hold fast, therefore, that you have; let no man take your crown. [Rev. 3:11]
You are not yet out of the gun-shot of the devil; you have not resisted unto
blood, striving against sin; let the kingdom be always before you, and believe
steadfastly concerning things that are invisible. Let nothing that is on this
side the other world get within you; and, above all, look well to your own
hearts, and to the lusts thereof, "for they are deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked"; set your faces like a flint; you have all power in
heaven and earth on your side.

{213} CHR. Then Christian thanked him for his exhortation; but told him,
withal, that they would have him speak further to them for their help the rest
of the way, and the rather, for that they well knew that he was a prophet, and
could tell them of things that might happen unto them, and also how they might
resist and overcome them. To which request Faithful also consented. So
Evangelist began as followeth: --

EVAN. My sons, you have heard, in the words of the truth of the gospel, that
you must, through many tribulations, enter into the kingdom of heaven. And,
again, that in every city bonds and afflictions abide in you; and therefore
you cannot expect that you should go long on your pilgrimage without them, in
some sort or other. You have found something of the truth of these testimonies
upon you already, and more will immediately follow; for now, as you see, you
are almost out of this wilderness, and therefore you will soon come into a
town that you will by and by see before you; and in that town you will be
hardly beset with enemies, who will strain hard but they will kill you; and be
you sure that one or both of you must seal the testimony which you hold, with
blood; but be you faithful unto death, and the King will give you a crown of

{214} He that shall die there, although his death will be unnatural, and his
pain perhaps great, he will yet have the better of his fellow; not only
because he will be arrived at the Celestial City soonest, but because he will
escape many miseries that the other will meet with in the rest of his journey.
But when you are come to the town, and shall find fulfilled what I have here
related, then remember your friend, and quit yourselves like men, and commit
the keeping of your souls to your God in well-doing, as unto a faithful

{215} Then I saw in my dream, that when they were got out of the wilderness,
they presently saw a town before them, and the name of that town is Vanity;
and at the town there is a fair kept, called Vanity Fair: it is kept all the
year long. It beareth the name of Vanity Fair because the town where it is
kept is lighter than vanity; and, also because all that is there sold, or that
cometh thither, is vanity. As is the saying of the wise, "all that cometh is
vanity." [Eccl. 1; 2:11,17; 11:8; Isa. 11:17]

{216} This fair is no new-erected business, but a thing of ancient standing; I
will show you the original of it.

Almost five thousand years agone, there were pilgrims walking to the Celestial
City, as these two honest persons are: and Beelzebub, Apollyon, and Legion,
with their companions, perceiving by the path that the pilgrims made, that
their way to the city lay through this town of Vanity, they contrived here to
set up a fair; a fair wherein, should be sold all sorts of vanity, and that it
should last all the year long: therefore at this fair are all such merchandise
sold, as houses, lands, trades, places, honours, preferments, titles,
countries, kingdoms, lusts, pleasures, and delights of all sorts, as whores,
bawds, wives, husbands, children, masters, servants, lives, blood, bodies,
souls, silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and what not.

And, moreover, at this fair there is at all times to be seen juggling cheats,
games, plays, fools, apes, knaves, and rogues, and that of every kind.

Here are to be seen, too, and that for nothing, thefts, murders, adulteries,
false swearers, and that of a blood-red colour.

{217} And as in other fairs of less moment, there are the several rows and
streets, under their proper names, where such and such wares are vended; so
here likewise you have the proper places, rows, streets, (viz. countries and
kingdoms), where the wares of this fair are soonest to be found. Here is the
Britain Row, the French Row, the Italian Row, the Spanish Row, the German Row,
where several sorts of vanities are to be sold. But, as in other fairs, some
one commodity is as the chief of all the fair, so the ware of Rome and her
merchandise is greatly promoted in this fair; only our English nation, with
some others, have taken a dislike thereat.

{218} Now, as I said, the way to the Celestial City lies just through this
town where this lusty fair is kept; and he that will go to the city, and yet
not go through this town, must needs go out of the world. [1 Cor. 5:10] The
Prince of princes himself, when here, went through this town to his own
country, and that upon a fair day too; yea, and as I think, it was Beelzebub,
the chief lord of this fair, that invited him to buy of his vanities; yea,
would have made him lord of the fair, would he but have done him reverence as
he went through the town. [Matt. 4:8, Luke 4:5-7] Yea, because he was such a
person of honour, Beelzebub had him from street to street, and showed him all
the kingdoms of the world in a little time, that he might, if possible, allure
the Blessed One to cheapen and buy some of his vanities; but he had no mind to
the merchandise, and therefore left the town, without laying out so much as
one farthing upon these vanities. This fair, therefore, is an ancient thing,
of long standing, and a very great fair.

{219} Now these pilgrims, as I said, must needs go through this fair. Well, so
they did: but, behold, even as they entered into the fair, all the people in
the fair were moved, and the town itself as it were in a hubbub about them;
and that for several reasons: for --

{220} First, The pilgrims were clothed with such kind of raiment as was
diverse from the raiment of any that traded in that fair. The people,
therefore, of the fair, made a great gazing upon them: some said they were
fools, some they were bedlams, and some they are outlandish men. [1 Cor. 2:7-

{221} Secondly, And as they wondered at their apparel, so they did likewise at
their speech; for few could understand what they said; they naturally spoke
the language of Canaan, but they that kept the fair were the men of this
world; so that, from one end of the fair to the other, they seemed barbarians
each to the other.

{222} Thirdly, But that which did not a little amuse the merchandisers was,
that these pilgrims set very light by all their wares; they cared not so much
as to look upon them; and if they called upon them to buy, they would put
their fingers in their ears, and cry, Turn away mine eyes from beholding
vanity, and look upwards, signifying that their trade and traffic was in
heaven. [Ps. 119:37, Phil. 3:19-20]

{223} One chanced mockingly, beholding the carriage of the men, to say unto
them, What will ye buy? But they, looking gravely upon him, answered, "We buy
the truth." [Prov. 23:23] At that there was an occasion taken to despise the
men the more; some mocking, some taunting, some speaking reproachfully, and
some calling upon others to smite them. At last things came to a hubbub and
great stir in the fair, insomuch that all order was confounded. Now was word
presently brought to the great one of the fair, who quickly came down, and
deputed some of his most trusty friends to take these men into examination,
about whom the fair was almost overturned. So the men were brought to
examination; and they that sat upon them, asked them whence they came, whither
they went, and what they did there, in such an unusual garb? The men told them
that they were pilgrims and strangers in the world, and that they were going
to their own country, which was the heavenly Jerusalem, [Heb. 11:13-16] and
that they had given no occasion to the men of the town, nor yet to the
merchandisers, thus to abuse them, and to let them in their journey, except it
was for that, when one asked them what they would buy, they said they would
buy the truth. But they that were appointed to examine them did not believe
them to be any other than bedlams and mad, or else such as came to put all
things into a confusion in the fair. Therefore they took them and beat them,
and besmeared them with dirt, and then put them into the cage, that they might
be made a spectacle to all the men of the fair.

Behold Vanity Fair! the Pilgrims there
Are chain'd and stand beside:
Even so it was our Lord pass'd here,
And on Mount Calvary died.

{224} There, therefore, they lay for some time, and were made the objects of
any man's sport, or malice, or revenge, the great one of the fair laughing
still at all that befell them. But the men being patient, and not rendering
railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing, and good words for bad, and
kindness for injuries done, some men in the fair that were more observing, and
less prejudiced than the rest, began to check and blame the baser sort for
their continual abuses done by them to the men; they, therefore, in angry
manner, let fly at them again, counting them as bad as the men in the cage,
and telling them that they seemed confederates, and should be made partakers
of their misfortunes. The other replied that, for aught they could see, the
men were quiet, and sober, and intended nobody any harm; and that there were
many that traded in their fair that were more worthy to be put into the cage,
yea, and pillory too, than were the men they had abused. Thus, after divers
words had passed on both sides, the men behaving themselves all the while very
wisely and soberly before them, they fell to some blows among themselves, and
did harm one to another. Then were these two poor men brought before their
examiners again, and there charged as being guilty of the late hubbub that had
been in the fair. So they beat them pitifully, and hanged irons upon them, and
led them in chains up and down the fair, for an example and a terror to
others, lest any should speak in their behalf, or join themselves unto them.
But Christian and Faithful behaved themselves yet more wisely, and received
the ignominy and shame that was cast upon them, with so much meekness and
patience, that it won to their side, though but few in comparison of the rest,
several of the men in the fair. This put the other party yet into greater
rage, insomuch that they concluded the death of these two men. Wherefore they
threatened, that the cage nor irons should serve their turn, but that they
should die, for the abuse they had done, and for deluding the men of the fair.

Then were they remanded to the cage again, until further order should be taken
with them. So they put them in, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

{225} Here, therefore, they called again to mind what they had heard from
their faithful friend Evangelist, and were the more confirmed in their way and
sufferings by what he told them would happen to them. They also now comforted
each other, that whose lot it was to suffer, even he should have the best of
it; therefore each man secretly wished that he might have that preferment: but
committing themselves to the all-wise disposal of Him that ruleth all things,
with much content, they abode in the condition in which they were, until they
should be otherwise disposed of.

{226} Then a convenient time being appointed, they brought them forth to their
trial, in order to their condemnation. When the time was come, they were
brought before their enemies and arraigned. The judge's name was Lord Hate-
good. Their indictment was one and the same in substance, though somewhat
varying in form, the contents whereof were this: --

{227} "That they were enemies to and disturbers of their trade; that they had
made commotions and divisions in the town, and had won a party to their own
most dangerous opinions, in contempt of the law of their prince."

Now, FAITHFUL, play the man, speak for thy God:
Fear not the wicked's malice; nor their rod:
Speak boldly, man, the truth is on thy side:
Die for it, and to life in triumph ride.

{228} Faithful's answer for himself

Then Faithful began to answer, that he had only set himself against that which
hath set itself against Him that is higher than the highest. And, said he, as
for disturbance, I make none, being myself a man of peace; the parties that
were won to us, were won by beholding our truth and innocence, and they are
only turned from the worse to the better. And as to the king you talk of,
since he is Beelzebub, the enemy of our Lord, I defy him and all his angels.

{229} Then proclamation was made, that they that had aught to say for their
lord the king against the prisoner at the bar, should forthwith appear and
give in their evidence. So there came in three witnesses, to wit, Envy,
Superstition, and Pickthank. They were then asked if they knew the prisoner at
the bar; and what they had to say for their lord the king against him.

{230} Then stood forth Envy, and said to this effect: My Lord, I have known
this man a long time, and will attest upon my oath before this honourable
bench, that he is --

JUDGE. Hold! Give him his oath. (So they sware him.) Then he said --

ENVY. My Lord, this man, notwithstanding his plausible name, is one of the
vilest men in our country. He neither regardeth prince nor people, law nor
custom; but doth all that he can to possess all men with certain of his
disloyal notions, which he in the general calls principles of faith and
holiness. And, in particular, I heard him once myself affirm that Christianity
and the customs of our town of Vanity were diametrically opposite, and could
not be reconciled. By which saying, my Lord, he doth at once not only condemn
all our laudable doings, but us in the doing of them.

JUDGE. Then did the Judge say to him, Hast thou any more to say?

ENVY. My Lord, I could say much more, only I would not be tedious to the
court. Yet, if need be, when the other gentlemen have given in their evidence,
rather than anything shall be wanting that will despatch him, I will enlarge
my testimony against him. So he was bid to stand by. Then they called
Superstition, and bid him look upon the prisoner. They also asked, what he
could say for their lord the king against him. Then they sware him; so he

{231} SUPER. My Lord, I have no great acquaintance with this man, nor do I
desire to have further knowledge of him; however, this I know, that he is a
very pestilent fellow, from some discourse that, the other day, I had with him
in this town; for then, talking with him, I heard him say, that our religion
was naught, and such by which a man could by no means please God. Which
sayings of his, my Lord, your Lordship very well knows, what necessarily
thence will follow, to wit, that we do still worship in vain, are yet in our
sins, and finally shall be damned; and this is that which I have to say.

{232} Then was Pickthank sworn, and bid say what he knew, in behalf of their
lord the king, against the prisoner at the bar.

Pickthank's testimony Pick.

My Lord, and you gentlemen all, This fellow I have known of a long time, and
have heard him speak things that ought not to be spoke; for he hath railed on
our noble prince Beelzebub, and hath spoken contemptibly of his honourable
friends, whose names are the Lord Old Man, the Lord Carnal Delight, the Lord
Luxurious, the Lord Desire of Vain Glory, my old Lord Lechery, Sir Having
Greedy, with all the rest of our nobility; and he hath said, moreover, That if
all men were of his mind, if possible, there is not one of these noblemen
should have any longer a being in this town. Besides, he hath not been afraid
to rail on you, my Lord, who are now appointed to be his judge, calling you an
ungodly villain, with many other such like vilifying terms, with which he hath
bespattered most of the gentry of our town.

{233} When this Pickthank had told his tale, the Judge directed his speech to
the prisoner at the bar, saying, Thou runagate, heretic, and traitor, hast
thou heard what these honest gentlemen have witnessed against thee?

FAITH. May I speak a few words in my own defence?

JUDGE. Sirrah! sirrah! thou deservest to live no longer, but to be slain
immediately upon the place; yet, that all men may see our gentleness towards
thee, let us hear what thou, vile runagate, hast to say.

{234} Faithful's defence of himself

FAITH. 1. I say, then, in answer to what Mr. Envy hath spoken, I never said
aught but this, That what rule, or laws, or customs, or people, were flat
against the Word of God, are diametrically opposite to Christianity. If I have
said amiss in this, convince me of my error, and I am ready here before you to
make my recantation.

{235} 2. As to the second, to wit, Mr. Superstition, and his charge against
me, I said only this, That in the worship of God there is required a Divine
faith; but there can be no Divine faith without a Divine revelation of the
will of God. Therefore, whatever is thrust into the worship of God that is not
agreeable to Divine revelation, cannot be done but by a human faith, which
faith will not be profitable to eternal life.

{236} 3. As to what Mr. Pickthank hath said, I say (avoiding terms, as that I
am said to rail, and the like) that the prince of this town, with all the
rabblement, his attendants, by this gentleman named, are more fit for a being
in hell, than in this town and country: and so, the Lord have mercy upon me!

{237} Then the Judge called to the jury (who all this while stood by, to hear
and observe): Gentlemen of the jury, you see this man about whom so great an
uproar hath been made in this town. You have also heard what these worthy
gentlemen have witnessed against him. Also you have heard his reply and
confession. It lieth now in your breasts to hang him or save his life; but yet
I think meet to instruct you into our law.

{238} There was an Act made in the days of Pharaoh the Great, servant to our
prince, that lest those of a contrary religion should multiply and grow too
strong for him, their males should be thrown into the river. [Exo. 1:22] There
was also an Act made in the days of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, another of his
servants, that whosoever would not fall down and worship his golden image,
should be thrown into a fiery furnace. [Dan. 3:6] There was also an Act made
in the days of Darius, that whoso, for some time, called upon any god but him,
should be cast into the lions' den. [Dan. 6] Now the substance of these laws
this rebel has broken, not only in thought, (which is not to be borne), but
also in word and deed; which must therefore needs be intolerable.

{239} For that of Pharaoh, his law was made upon a supposition, to prevent
mischief, no crime being yet apparent; but here is a crime apparent. For the
second and third, you see he disputeth against our religion; and for the
treason he hath confessed, he deserveth to die the death.

{240} Then went the jury out, whose names were, Mr. Blind-man, Mr. No-good,
Mr. Malice, Mr. Love-lust, Mr. Live-loose, Mr. Heady, Mr. High-mind, Mr.
Enmity, Mr. Liar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hate-light, and Mr. Implacable; who every
one gave in his private verdict against him among themselves, and afterwards
unanimously concluded to bring him in guilty before the Judge. And first,
among themselves, Mr. Blind-man, the foreman, said, I see clearly that this
man is a heretic. Then said Mr. No-good, Away with such a fellow from the
earth. Ay, said Mr. Malice, for I hate the very looks of him. Then said Mr.
Love-lust, I could never endure him. Nor I, said Mr. Live-loose, for he would
always be condemning my way. Hang him, hang him, said Mr. Heady. A sorry
scrub, said Mr. High-mind. My heart riseth against him, said Mr. Enmity. He is
a rogue, said Mr. Liar. Hanging is too good for him, said Mr. Cruelty. Let us
despatch him out of the way, said Mr. Hate-light. Then said Mr. Implacable,
Might I have all the world given me, I could not be reconciled to him;
therefore, let us forthwith bring him in guilty of death. And so they did;
therefore he was presently condemned to be had from the place where he was, to
the place from whence he came, and there to be put to the most cruel death
that could be invented.

{241} They therefore brought him out, to do with him according to their law;
and, first, they scourged him, then they buffeted him, then they lanced his
flesh with knives; after that, they stoned him with stones, then pricked him
with their swords; and, last of all, they burned him to ashes at the stake.
Thus came Faithful to his end.

{242} Now I saw that there stood behind the multitude a chariot and a couple
of horses, waiting for Faithful, who (so soon as his adversaries had
despatched him) was taken up into it, and straightway was carried up through
the clouds, with sound of trumpet, the nearest way to the Celestial Gate.

Brave FAITHFUL, bravely done in word and deed;
Judge, witnesses, and jury have, instead
Of overcoming thee, but shown their rage:
When they are dead, thou'lt live from age to age*.

*In the New Heaven and New Earth. {footnote from one edition}

{243} But as for Christian, he had some respite, and was remanded back to
prison. So he there remained for a space; but He that overrules all things,
having the power of their rage in his own hand, so wrought it about, that
Christian for that time escaped them, and went his way. And as he went, he
sang, saying --

Well, Faithful, thou hast faithfully profest
Unto thy Lord; with whom thou shalt be blest,
When faithless ones, with all their vain delights,
Are crying out under their hellish plights:
Sing, Faithful, sing, and let thy name survive;
For though they kill'd thee, thou art yet alive!

{244} Now I saw in my dream, that Christian went not forth alone, for there
was one whose name was Hopeful (being made so by the beholding of Christian
and Faithful in their words and behaviour, in their sufferings at the fair),
who joined himself unto him, and, entering into a brotherly covenant, told him
that he would be his companion. Thus, one died to bear testimony to the truth,
and another rises out of his ashes, to be a companion with Christian in his
pilgrimage. This Hopeful also told Christian, that there were many more of the
men in the fair, that would take their time and follow after.

{245} So I saw that quickly after they were got out of the fair, they overtook
one that was going before them, whose name was By-ends: so they said to him,
What countryman, Sir? and how far go you this way? He told them that he came
from the town of Fair-speech, and he was going to the Celestial City (but told
them not his name).

From Fair-speech! said Christian. Is there any good that lives there? [Prov.

BY-ENDS. Yes, said By-ends, I hope.

CHR. Pray, Sir, what may I call you? said Christian.

BY-ENDS. I am a stranger to you, and you to me: if you be going this way, I
shall be glad of your company; if not, I must be content.

CHR. This town of Fair-speech, said Christian, I have heard of; and, as I
remember, they say it is a wealthy place.

BY-ENDS. Yes, I will assure you that it is; and I have very many rich kindred

{246} CHR. Pray, who are your kindred there? if a man may be so bold.

BY-ENDS. Almost the whole town; and in particular, my Lord Turn-about, my Lord
Time-server, my Lord Fair-speech, (from whose ancestors that town first took
its name), also Mr. Smooth-man, Mr. Facing-both-ways, Mr. Any-thing; and the
parson of our parish, Mr. Two-tongues, was my mother's own brother by father's
side; and to tell you the truth, I am become a gentleman of good quality, yet
my great-grandfather was but a waterman, looking one way and rowing another,
and I got most of my estate by the same occupation.

CHR. Are you a married man?

BY-ENDS. Yes, and my wife is a very virtuous woman, the daughter of a virtuous
woman; she was my Lady Feigning's daughter, therefore she came of a very
honourable family, and is arrived to such a pitch of breeding, that she knows
how to carry it to all, even to prince and peasant. It is true we somewhat
differ in religion from those of the stricter sort, yet but in two small
points: first, we never strive against wind and tide; secondly, we are always
most zealous when religion goes in his silver slippers; we love much to walk
with him in the street, if the sun shines, and the people applaud him.

{247} Then Christian stepped a little aside to his fellow, Hopeful, saying, It
runs in my mind that this is one By-ends of Fair-speech; and if it be he, we
have as very a knave in our company as dwelleth in all these parts. Then said
Hopeful, Ask him; methinks he should not be ashamed of his name. So Christian
came up with him again, and said, Sir, you talk as if you knew something more
than all the world doth; and if I take not my mark amiss, I deem I have half a
guess of you: Is not your name Mr. By-ends, of Fair-speech?

BY-ENDS. This is not my name, but indeed it is a nick-name that is given me by
some that cannot abide me: and I must be content to bear it as a reproach, as
other good men have borne theirs before me.

{247} CHR. But did you never give an occasion to men to call you by this name?

BY-ENDS. Never, never! The worst that ever I did to give them an occasion to
give me this name was, that I had always the luck to jump in my judgment with
the present way of the times, whatever it was, and my chance was to get
thereby; but if things are thus cast upon me, let me count them, a blessing;
but let not the malicious load me therefore with reproach.

{248} CHR. I thought, indeed, that you were the man that I heard of; and to
tell you what I think, I fear this name belongs to you more properly than you
are willing we should think it doth.

BY-ENDS. Well, if you will thus imagine, I cannot help it; you shall find me a
fair company-keeper, if you will still admit me your associate.

CHR. If you will go with us, you must go against wind and tide; the which, I
perceive, is against your opinion; you must also own religion in his rags, as
well as when in his silver slippers; and stand by him, too, when bound in
irons, as well as when he walketh the streets with applause.

BY-ENDS. You must not impose, nor lord it over my faith; leave me to my
liberty, and let me go with you.

CHR. Not a step further, unless you will do in what I propound as we.

Then said By-ends, I shall never desert my old principles, since they are
harmless and profitable. If I may not go with you, I must do as I did before
you overtook me, even go by myself, until some overtake me that will be glad
of my company.

{249} Now I saw in my dream that Christian and Hopeful forsook him, and kept
their distance before him; but one of them looking back, saw three men
following Mr. By-ends, and behold, as they came up with him, he made them a
very low conge {conge'}; and they also gave him a compliment. The men's names
were Mr. Hold-the-world, Mr. Money-love, and Mr. Save-all; men that Mr. By-
ends had formerly been acquainted with; for in their minority they were
schoolfellows, and were taught by one Mr. Gripe-man, a schoolmaster in Love-
gain, which is a market town in the county of Coveting, in the north. This
schoolmaster taught them the art of getting, either by violence, cozenage,
flattery, lying, or by putting on the guise of religion; and these four
gentlemen had attained much of the art of their master, so that they could
each of them have kept such a school themselves.

{250} Well, when they had, as I said, thus saluted each other, Mr. Money-love
said to Mr. By-ends, Who are they upon the road before us? (for Christian and
Hopeful were yet within view).

By-ends' character of the pilgrims

BY-ENDS. They are a couple of far countrymen, that, after their mode, are
going on pilgrimage.

MONEY-LOVE. Alas! Why did they not stay, that we might have had their good
company? for they, and we, and you, Sir, I hope, are all going on pilgrimage.

BY-ENDS. We are so, indeed; but the men before us are so rigid, and love so
much their own notions, and do also so lightly esteem the opinions of others,
that let a man be never so godly, yet if he jumps not with them in all things,
they thrust him quite out of their company.

{251} SAVE-ALL. That is bad, but we read of some that are righteous overmuch;
and such men's rigidness prevails with them to judge and condemn all but
themselves. But, I pray, what, and how many, were the things wherein you

BY-ENDS. Why, they, after their headstrong manner, conclude that it is duty to
rush on their journey all weathers; and I am for waiting for wind and tide.
They are for hazarding all for God at a clap; and I am for taking all
advantages to secure my life and estate. They are for holding their notions,
though all other men are against them; but I am for religion in what, and so
far as the times, and my safety, will bear it. They are for religion when in
rags and contempt; but I am for him when he walks in his golden slippers, in
the sunshine, and with applause.

{252} HOLD-THE-WORLD. Ay, and hold you there still, good Mr. By-ends; for, for
my part, I can count him but a fool, that, having the liberty to keep what he
has, shall be so unwise as to lose it. Let us be wise as serpents; it is best
to make hay when the sun shines; you see how the bee lieth still all winter,
and bestirs her only when she can have profit with pleasure. God sends
sometimes rain, and sometimes sunshine; if they be such fools to go through
the first, yet let us be content to take fair weather along with us. For my
part, I like that religion best that will stand with the security of God's
good blessings unto us; for who can imagine, that is ruled by his reason,
since God has bestowed upon us the good things of this life, but that he would
have us keep them for his sake? Abraham and Solomon grew rich in religion. And
Job says, that a good man shall lay up gold as dust. But he must not be such
as the men before us, if they be as you have described them.

SAVE-ALL. I think that we are all agreed in this matter, and therefore there
needs no more words about it.

MONEY-LOVE. No, there needs no more words about this matter, indeed; for he
that believes neither Scripture nor reason (and you see we have both on our
side) neither knows his own liberty, nor seeks his own safety.

{253} BY-ENDS. My brethren, we are, as you see, going all on pilgrimage; and,
for our better diversion from things that are bad, give me leave to propound
unto you this question: --

Suppose a man, a minister, or a tradesman, &c., should have an advantage lie
before him, to get the good blessings of this life, yet so as that he can by
no means come by them except, in appearance at least, he becomes
extraordinarily zealous in some points of religion that he meddled not with
before, may he not use these means to attain his end, and yet be a right
honest man?

{254} MONEY-LOVE. I see the bottom of your question; and, with these
gentlemen's good leave, I will endeavour to shape you an answer. And first, to
speak to your question as it concerns a minister himself: Suppose a minister,
a worthy man, possessed but of a very small benefice, and has in his eye a
greater, more fat, and plump by far; he has also now an opportunity of getting
of it, yet so as by being more studious, by preaching more frequently and
zealously, and, because the temper of the people requires it, by altering of
some of his principles; for my part, I see no reason but a man may do this,
(provided he has a call), ay, and more a great deal besides, and yet be an
honest man. For why --

{255} 1. His desire of a greater benefice is lawful, (this cannot be
contradicted), since it is set before him by Providence; so then, he may get
it, if he can, making no question for conscience' sake.

{256} 2. Besides, his desire after that benefice makes him more studious, a
more zealous preacher, &c., and so makes him a better man; yea, makes him
better improve his parts, which is according to the mind of God.

{257} 3. Now, as for his complying with the temper of his people, by
dissenting, to serve them, some of his principles, this argueth, (1) That he
is of a self-denying, temper; (2) Of a sweet and winning deportment; and so
(3) more fit for the ministerial function.

{258} 4. I conclude, then, that a minister that changes a small for a great,
should not, for so doing, be judged as covetous; but rather, since he has
improved in his parts and industry thereby, be counted as one that pursues his
call, and the opportunity put into his hands to do good.

{259} And now to the second part of the question, which concerns the tradesman
you mentioned. Suppose such a one to have but a poor employ in the world, but
by becoming religious, he may mend his market, perhaps get a rich wife, or
more and far better customers to his shop; for my part, I see no reason but
that this may be lawfully done. For why --

1. To become religious is a virtue, by what means soever a man becomes so.

2. Nor is it unlawful to get a rich wife, or more custom to my shop.

3. Besides, the man that gets these by becoming religious, gets that which is
good, of them that are good, by becoming good himself; so then here is a good
wife, and good customers, and good gain, and all these by becoming religious,
which is good; therefore, to become religious, to get all these, is a good and
profitable design.

{260} This answer, thus made by this Mr. Money-love to Mr. By-ends's question,
was highly applauded by them all; wherefore they concluded upon the whole,
that it was most wholesome and advantageous. And because, as they thought, no
man was able to contradict it, and because Christian and Hopeful were yet
within call, they jointly agreed to assault them with the question as soon as
they overtook them; and the rather because they had opposed Mr. By-ends
before. So they called after them, and they stopped, and stood still till they
came up to them; but they concluded, as they went, that not Mr. By-ends, but
old Mr. Hold-the-world, should propound the question to them, because, as they
supposed, their answer to him would be without the remainder of that heat that
was kindled betwixt Mr. By-ends and them, at their parting a little before.

{260} So they came up to each other, and after a short salutation, Mr. Hold-
the-world propounded the question to Christian and his fellow, and bid them to
answer it if they could.

CHR. Then said Christian, Even a babe in religion may answer ten thousand such
questions. For if it be unlawful to follow Christ for loaves, (as it is in the
sixth of John), how much more abominable is it to make of him and religion a
stalking-horse to get and enjoy the world! Nor do we find any other than
heathens, hypocrites, devils, and witches, that are of this opinion.

{261} 1. Heathens; for when Hamor and Shechem had a mind to the daughter and
cattle of Jacob, and saw that there was no way for them to come at them, but
by becoming circumcised, they say to their companions, If every male of us be
circumcised, as they are circumcised, shall not their cattle, and their
substance, and every beast of theirs, be ours? Their daughter and their cattle
were that which they sought to obtain, and their religion the stalking-horse
they made use of to come at them. Read the whole story. [Gen. 34:20-23]

{262} 2. The hypocritical Pharisees were also of this religion; long prayers
were their pretence, but to get widows' houses was their intent; and greater
damnation was from God their judgment. [Luke 20:46-47]

{263} 3. Judas the devil was also of this religion; he was religious for the
bag, that he might be possessed of what was therein; but he was lost, cast
away, and the very son of perdition.

{264} 4. Simon the witch was of this religion too; for he would have had the
Holy Ghost, that he might have got money therewith; and his sentence from
Peter's mouth was according. [Acts 8:19-22]

{265} 5. Neither will it out of my mind, but that that man that takes up
religion for the world, will throw away religion for the world; for so surely
as Judas resigned the world in becoming religious, so surely did he also sell
religion and his Master for the same. To answer the question, therefore,
affirmatively, as I perceive you have done, and to accept of, as authentic,
such answer, is both heathenish, hypocritical, and devilish; and your reward
will be according to your works. Then they stood staring one upon another, but
had not wherewith to answer Christian. Hopeful also approved of the soundness
of Christian's answer; so there was a great silence among them. Mr. By-ends
and his company also staggered and kept behind, that Christian and Hopeful
might outgo them. Then said Christian to his fellow, If these men cannot stand
before the sentence of men, what will they do with the sentence of God? And if
they are mute when dealt with by vessels of clay, what will they do when they
shall be rebuked by the flames of a devouring fire?

{266} Then Christian and Hopeful outwent them again, and went till they came
to a delicate plain called Ease, where they went with much content; but that
plain was but narrow, so they were quickly got over it. Now at the further
side of that plain was a little hill called Lucre, and in that hill a silver
mine, which some of them that had formerly gone that way, because of the
rarity of it, had turned aside to see; but going too near the brink of the
pit, the ground being deceitful under them, broke, and they were slain; some
also had been maimed there, and could not, to their dying day, be their own
men again.

{267} Then I saw in my dream, that a little off the road, over against the
silver mine, stood Demas (gentlemanlike) to call to passengers to come and
see; who said to Christian and his fellow, Ho! turn aside hither, and I will
show you a thing.

CHR. What thing so deserving as to turn us out of the way to see it?

DEMAS. Here is a silver mine, and some digging in it for treasure. If you will
come, with a little pains you may richly provide for yourselves.

{268} HOPE. Then said Hopeful, Let us go see.

CHR. Not I, said Christian, I have heard of this place before now; and how
many have there been slain; and besides that, treasure is a snare to those
that seek it; for it hindereth them in their pilgrimage. Then Christian called
to Demas, saying, Is not the place dangerous? Hath it not hindered many in
their pilgrimage? [Hos. 14:8]

DEMAS. Not very dangerous, except to those that are careless, (but withal, he
blushed as he spake).

CHR. Then said Christian to Hopeful, Let us not stir a step, but still keep on
our way.

HOPE. I will warrant you, when By-ends comes up, if he hath the same
invitation as we, he will turn in thither to see.

CHR. No doubt thereof, for his principles lead him that way, and a hundred to
one but he dies there.

DEMAS. Then Demas called again, saying, But will you not come over and see?

{269} CHR. Then Christian roundly answered, saying, Demas, thou art an enemy
to the right ways of the Lord of this way, and hast been already condemned for
thine own turning aside, by one of His Majesty's judges [2 Tim. 4:10]; and why
seekest thou to bring us into the like condemnation? Besides, if we at all
turn aside, our Lord and King will certainly hear thereof, and will there put
us to shame, where we would stand with boldness before him.

Demas cried again, that he also was one of their fraternity; and that if they
would tarry a little, he also himself would walk with them.

{270} CHR. Then said Christian, What is thy name? Is it not the same by the
which I have called thee?

DEMAS. Yes, my name is Demas; I am the son of Abraham.

CHR. I know you; Gehazi was your great-grandfather, and Judas your father; and
you have trod in their steps. [2 Kings 5:20, Matt. 26:14,15, 27:1-5] It is but
a devilish prank that thou usest; thy father was hanged for a traitor, and
thou deservest no better reward. Assure thyself, that when we come to the
King, we will do him word of this thy behaviour. Thus they went their way.

{271} By this time By-ends and his companions were come again within sight,
and they, at the first beck, went over to Demas. Now, whether they fell into
the pit by looking over the brink thereof, or whether they went down to dig,
or whether they were smothered in the bottom by the damps that commonly arise,
of these things I am not certain; but this I observed, that they never were
seen again in the way. Then sang Christian --

By-ends and silver Demas both agree;
One calls, the other runs, that he may be
A sharer in his lucre; so these do
Take up in this world, and no further go.

{272} Now I saw that, just on the other side of this plain, the pilgrims came
to a place where stood an old monument, hard by the highway side, at the sight
of which they were both concerned, because of the strangeness of the form
thereof; for it seemed to them as if it had been a woman transformed into the
shape of a pillar; here, therefore they stood looking, and looking upon it,
but could not for a time tell what they should make thereof. At last Hopeful
espied written above the head thereof, a writing in an unusual hand; but he
being no scholar, called to Christian (for he was learned) to see if he could
pick out the meaning; so he came, and after a little laying of letters
together, he found the same to be this, "Remember Lot's Wife". So he read it
to his fellow; after which they both concluded that that was the pillar of
salt into which Lot's wife was turned, for her looking back with a covetous
heart, when she was going from Sodom for safety. [Gen. 19:26] Which sudden and
amazing sight gave them occasion of this discourse.

{273} CHR. Ah, my brother! this is a seasonable sight; it came opportunely to
us after the invitation which Demas gave us to come over to view the Hill
Lucre; and had we gone over, as he desired us, and as thou wast inclining to
do, my brother, we had, for aught I know, been made ourselves like this woman,
a spectacle for those that shall come after to behold.

HOPE. I am sorry that I was so foolish, and am made to wonder that I am not
now as Lot's wife; for wherein was the difference betwixt her sin and mine?
She only looked back; and I had a desire to go see. Let grace be adored, and
let me be ashamed that ever such a thing should be in mine heart.

{274} CHR. Let us take notice of what we see here, for our help for time to
come. This woman escaped one judgment, for she fell not by the destruction of
Sodom; yet she was destroyed by another, as we see she is turned into a pillar
of salt.

HOPE. True; and she may be to us both caution and example; caution, that we
should shun her sin; or a sign of what judgment will overtake such as shall
not be prevented by this caution; so Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, with the two
hundred and fifty men that perished in their sin, did also become a sign or
example to others to beware. [Num. 26:9,10] But above all, I muse at one
thing, to wit, how Demas and his fellows can stand so confidently yonder to
look for that treasure, which this woman, but for looking behind her after,
(for we read not that she stepped one foot out of the way) was turned into a
pillar of salt; especially since the judgment which overtook her did make her
an example, within sight of where they are; for they cannot choose but see
her, did they but lift up their eyes.

{275} CHR. It is a thing to be wondered at, and it argueth that their hearts
are grown desperate in the case; and I cannot tell who to compare them to so
fitly, as to them that pick pockets in the presence of the judge, or that will
cut purses under the gallows. It is said of the men of Sodom, that they were
sinners exceedingly, because they were sinners before the Lord, that is, in
his eyesight, and notwithstanding the kindnesses that he had showed them [Gen.
13:13]; for the land of Sodom was now like the garden of Eden heretofore.
[Gen. 13:10] This, therefore, provoked him the more to jealousy, and made
their plague as hot as the fire of the Lord out of heaven could make it. And
it is most rationally to be concluded, that such, even such as these are, that
shall sin in the sight, yea, and that too in despite of such examples that are
set continually before them, to caution them to the contrary, must be
partakers of severest judgments.

HOPE. Doubtless thou hast said the truth; but what a mercy is it, that neither
thou, but especially I, am not made myself this example! This ministereth
occasion to us to thank God, to fear before him, and always to remember Lot's

{276} I saw, then, that they went on their way to a pleasant river; which
David the king called "the river of God", but John, "the river of the water of
life". [Ps. 65:9, Rev. 22, Ezek. 47] Now their way lay just upon the bank of
the river; here, therefore, Christian and his companion walked with great
delight; they drank also of the water of the river, which was pleasant, and
enlivening to their weary spirits: besides, on the banks of this river, on
either side, were green trees, that bore all manner of fruit; and the leaves
of the trees were good for medicine; with the fruit of these trees they were
also much delighted; and the leaves they eat to prevent surfeits, and other
diseases that are incident to those that heat their blood by travels. On
either side of the river was also a meadow, curiously beautified with lilies,
and it was green all the year long. In this meadow they lay down, and slept;
for here they might lie down safely. When they awoke, they gathered again of
the fruit of the trees, and drank again of the water of the river, and then
lay down again to sleep. [Ps. 23:2, Isa. 14:30] Thus they did several days and
nights. Then they sang --

Behold ye how these crystal streams do glide,
To comfort pilgrims by the highway side;
The meadows green, beside their fragrant smell,
Yield dainties for them; and he that can tell
What pleasant fruit, yea, leaves, these trees do yield,
Will soon sell all, that he may buy this field.

So when they were disposed to go on, (for they were not, as yet, at their
journey's end,) they ate and drank, and departed.

{277} Now, I beheld in my dream, that they had not journeyed far, but the
river and the way for a time parted; at which they were not a little sorry;
yet they durst not go out of the way. Now the way from the river was rough,
and their feet tender, by reason of their travels; so the souls of the
pilgrims were much discouraged because of the way. [Num. 21:4] Wherefore,
still as they went on, they wished for better way. Now, a little before them,
there was on the left hand of the road a meadow, and a stile to go over into
it; and that meadow is called By-path Meadow. Then said Christian to his
fellow, If this meadow lieth along by our wayside, let us go over into it.
Then he went to the stile to see, and behold, a path lay along by the way, on
the other side of the fence. It is according to my wish, said Christian. Here
is the easiest going; come, good Hopeful, and let us go over.

{278} HOPE. But how if this path should lead us out of the way?

CHR. That is not like, said the other. Look, doth it not go along by the
wayside? So Hopeful, being persuaded by his fellow, went after him over the
stile. When they were gone over, and were got into the path, they found it
very easy for their feet; and withal, they, looking before them, espied a man
walking as they did, (and his name was Vain-confidence); so they called after
him, and asked him whither that way led. He said, To the Celestial Gate. Look,
said Christian, did not I tell you so? By this you may see we are right. So
they followed, and he went before them. But, behold, the night came on, and it
grew very dark; so that they that were behind lost the sight of him that went

{279} He, therefore, that went before, (Vain-confidence by name), not seeing
the way before him, fell into a deep pit [Isa. 9:16], which was on purpose
there made, by the Prince of those grounds, to catch vain-glorious fools
withal, and was dashed in pieces with his fall.

{280} Now Christian and his fellow heard him fall. So they called to know the
matter, but there was none to answer, only they heard a groaning. Then said
Hopeful, Where are we now? Then was his fellow silent, as mistrusting that he
had led him out of the way; and now it began to rain, and thunder, and lighten
in a very dreadful manner; and the water rose amain.

Then Hopeful groaned in himself, saying, Oh, that I had kept on my way!

{281} CHR. Who could have thought that this path should have led us out of the

HOPE. I was afraid on it at the very first, and therefore gave you that gentle
caution. I would have spoken plainer, but that you are older than I.

Christian's repentance for leading of his brother out of the way

CHR. Good brother, be not offended; I am sorry I have brought thee out of the
way, and that I have put thee into such imminent danger; pray, my brother,
forgive me; I did not do it of an evil intent.

HOPE. Be comforted, my brother, for I forgive thee; and believe, too, that
this shall be for our good.

CHR. I am glad I have with me a merciful brother; but we must not stand thus:
let us try to go back again.

HOPE. But, good brother, let me go before.

CHR. No, if you please, let me go first, that if there be any danger, I may be
first therein, because by my means we are both gone out of the way.

{282} HOPE. No, said Hopeful, you shall not go first; for your mind being
troubled may lead you out of the way again. Then, for their encouragement,
they heard the voice of one saying, "Set thine heart toward the highway, even
the way which thou wentest; turn again." [Jer. 31:21] But by this time the
waters were greatly risen, by reason of which the way of going back was very
dangerous. (Then I thought that it is easier going out of the way, when we are
in, than going in when we are out.) Yet they adventured to go back, but it was
so dark, and the flood was so high, that in their going back they had like to
have been drowned nine or ten times.

{283} Neither could they, with all the skill they had, get again to the stile
that night. Wherefore, at last, lighting under a little shelter, they sat down
there until the daybreak; but, being weary, they fell asleep. Now there was,
not far from the place where they lay, a castle called Doubting Castle, the
owner whereof was Giant Despair; and it was in his grounds they now were
sleeping: wherefore he, getting up in the morning early, and walking up and
down in his fields, caught Christian and Hopeful asleep in his grounds. Then,
with a grim and surly voice, he bid them awake; and asked them whence they
were, and what they did in his grounds. They told him they were pilgrims, and
that they had lost their way. Then said the Giant, You have this night
trespassed on me, by trampling in and lying on my grounds, and therefore you
must go along with me. So they were forced to go, because he was stronger than
they. They also had but little to say, for they knew themselves in a fault.
The Giant, therefore, drove them before him, and put them into his castle,
into a very dark dungeon, nasty and stinking to the spirits of these two men.
[Ps. 88:18] Here, then, they lay from Wednesday morning till Saturday night,
without one bit of bread, or drop of drink, or light, or any to ask how they
did; they were, therefore, here in evil case, and were far from friends and
acquaintance. Now in this place Christian had double sorrow, because it was
through his unadvised counsel that they were brought into this distress.

The pilgrims now, to gratify the flesh,
Will seek its ease; but oh! how they afresh
Do thereby plunge themselves new griefs into!
Who seek to please the flesh, themselves undo.

{284} Now, Giant Despair had a wife, and her name was Diffidence. So when he
was gone to bed, he told his wife what he had done; to wit, that he had taken
a couple of prisoners and cast them into his dungeon, for trespassing on his
grounds. Then he asked her also what he had best to do further to them. So she
asked him what they were, whence they came, and whither they were bound; and
he told her. Then she counselled him that when he arose in the morning he
should beat them without any mercy. So, when he arose, he getteth him a
grievous crab-tree cudgel, and goes down into the dungeon to them, and there
first falls to rating of them as if they were dogs, although they never gave
him a word of distaste. Then he falls upon them, and beats them fearfully, in
such sort that they were not able to help themselves, or to turn them upon the
floor. This done, he withdraws and leaves them there to condole their misery
and to mourn under their distress. So all that day they spent the time in
nothing but sighs and bitter lamentations. The next night, she, talking with
her husband about them further, and understanding they were yet alive, did
advise him to counsel them to make away themselves. So when morning was come,
he goes to them in a surly manner as before, and perceiving them to be very
sore with the stripes that he had given them the day before, he told them,
that since they were never like to come out of that place, their only way
would be forthwith to make an end of themselves, either with knife, halter, or
poison, for why, said he, should you choose life, seeing it is attended with
so much bitterness? But they desired him to let them go. With that he looked
ugly upon them, and, rushing to them, had doubtless made an end of them
himself, but that he fell into one of his fits, (for he sometimes, in sunshiny
weather, fell into fits), and lost for a time the use of his hand; wherefore
he withdrew, and left them as before, to consider what to do. Then did the
prisoners consult between themselves whether it was best to take his counsel
or no; and thus they began to discourse: --

{285} CHR. Brother, said Christian, what shall we do? The life that we now
live is miserable. For my part I know not whether is best, to live thus, or to
die out of hand. "My soul chooseth strangling rather than life", and the grave
is more easy for me than this dungeon. [Job 7:15] Shall we be ruled by the

{286} HOPE. Indeed, our present condition is dreadful, and death would be far
more welcome to me than thus for ever to abide; but yet, let us consider, the
Lord of the country to which we are going hath said, Thou shalt do no murder:
no, not to another man's person; much more, then, are we forbidden to take his
counsel to kill ourselves. Besides, he that kills another, can but commit
murder upon his body; but for one to kill himself is to kill body and soul at
once. And, moreover, my brother, thou talkest of ease in the grave; but hast
thou forgotten the hell, for certain the murderers go? "For no murderer hath
eternal life," &c. And let us consider, again, that all the law is not in the
hand of Giant Despair. Others, so far as I can understand, have been taken by
him, as well as we; and yet have escaped out of his hand. Who knows, but the
God that made the world may cause that Giant Despair may die? or that, at some
time or other, he may forget to lock us in? or that he may, in a short time,
have another of his fits before us, and may lose the use of his limbs? and if
ever that should come to pass again, for my part, I am resolved to pluck up
the heart of a man, and to try my utmost to get from under his hand. I was a
fool that I did not try to do it before; but, however, my brother, let us be
patient, and endure a while. The time may come that may give us a happy
release; but let us not be our own murderers. With these words Hopeful at
present did moderate the mind of his brother; so they continued together (in
the dark) that day, in their sad and doleful condition.

{287} Well, towards evening, the Giant goes down into the dungeon again, to
see if his prisoners had taken his counsel; but when he came there he found
them alive; and truly, alive was all; for now, what for want of bread and
water, and by reason of the wounds they received when he beat them, they could
do little but breathe. But, I say, he found them alive; at which he fell into
a grievous rage, and told them that, seeing they had disobeyed his counsel, it
should be worse with them than if they had never been born.

{288} At this they trembled greatly, and I think that Christian fell into a
swoon; but, coming a little to himself again, they renewed their discourse
about the Giant's counsel; and whether yet they had best to take it or no. Now
Christian again seemed to be for doing it, but Hopeful made his second reply
as followeth: --

{289} HOPE. My brother, said he, rememberest thou not how valiant thou hast
been heretofore? Apollyon could not crush thee, nor could all that thou didst
hear, or see, or feel, in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. What hardship,
terror, and amazement hast thou already gone through! And art thou now nothing
but fear! Thou seest that I am in the dungeon with thee, a far weaker man by
nature than thou art; also, this Giant has wounded me as well as thee, and
hath also cut off the bread and water from my mouth; and with thee I mourn
without the light. But let us exercise a little more patience; remember how
thou playedst the man at Vanity Fair, and wast neither afraid of the chain,
nor cage, nor yet of bloody death. Wherefore let us (at least to avoid the
shame, that becomes not a Christian to be found in) bear up with patience as
well as we can.

{290} Now, night being come again, and the Giant and his wife being in bed,
she asked him concerning the prisoners, and if they had taken his counsel. To
which he replied, They are sturdy rogues, they choose rather to bear all
hardship, than to make away themselves. Then said she, Take them into the
castle-yard to-morrow, and show them the bones and skulls of those that thou
hast already despatched, and make them believe, ere a week comes to an end,
thou also wilt tear them in pieces, as thou hast done their fellows before

{291} So when the morning was come, the Giant goes to them again, and takes
them into the castle-yard, and shows them, as his wife had bidden him. These,
said he, were pilgrims as you are, once, and they trespassed in my grounds, as
you have done; and when I thought fit, I tore them in pieces, and so, within
ten days, I will do you. Go, get you down to your den again; and with that he
beat them all the way thither. They lay, therefore, all day on Saturday in a
lamentable case, as before. Now, when night was come, and when Mrs. Diffidence
and her husband, the Giant, were got to bed, they began to renew their
discourse of their prisoners; and withal the old Giant wondered, that he could
neither by his blows nor his counsel bring them to an end. And with that his
wife replied, I fear, said she, that they live in hope that some will come to
relieve them, or that they have picklocks about them, by the means of which
they hope to escape. And sayest thou so, my dear? said the Giant; I will,
therefore, search them in the morning.

{292} Well, on Saturday, about midnight, they began to pray, and continued in
prayer till almost break of day.

Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half amazed, brake out
in passionate speech: What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a stinking
Dungeon, when l may as well walk at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom called
Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any Lock in Doubting Castle. Then
said Hopeful, That's good news; good Brother pluck it out of thy bosom and

A key in Christian's bosom, called Promise, opens any lock in Doubting Castle

Then Christian pulled it out of his bosom, and began to try at the Dungeon
door, whose bolt (as he turned the Key) gave back, and the door flew open with
ease, and Christian and Hopeful both came out. Then he went to the outward
door that leads into the Castle-yard, and with his Key opened that door also.
After he went to the iron Gate, for that must be opened too, but that Lock
went damnable hard, yet the Key did open it. Then they thrust open the Gate to
make their escape with speed; but that Gate as it opened made such a creaking,
that it waked Giant Despair, who hastily rising to pursue his Prisoners, felt
his limbs to fail, for his Fits took him again, so that he could by no means
go after them. Then they went on, and came to the King's High-way again, and
so were safe, because they were out of his jurisdiction

{294} Now, when they were over the stile, they began to contrive with
themselves what they should do at that stile to prevent those that should come
after from falling into the hands of Giant Despair. So they consented to erect
there a pillar, and to engrave upon the side thereof this sentence -- "Over
this stile is the way to Doubting Castle, which is kept by Giant Despair, who
despiseth the King of the Celestial Country, and seeks to destroy his holy
pilgrims." Many, therefore, that followed after read what was written, and
escaped the danger. This done, they sang as follows: --

Out of the way we went, and then we found
What 'twas to tread upon forbidden ground;
And let them that come after have a care,
Lest heedlessness makes them, as we, to fare.
Lest they for trespassing his prisoners are,
Whose castle's Doubting, and whose name's Despair.

{295} They went then till they came to the Delectable Mountains, which
mountains belong to the Lord of that hill of which we have spoken before; so
they went up to the mountains, to behold the gardens and orchards, the
vineyards and fountains of water; where also they drank and washed themselves,
and did freely eat of the vineyards. Now there were on the tops of these
mountains Shepherds feeding their flocks, and they stood by the highway side.
The Pilgrims therefore went to them, and leaning upon their staves, (as is
common with weary pilgrims when they stand to talk with any by the way), they
asked, Whose Delectable Mountains are these? And whose be the sheep that feed
upon them?

Mountains delectable they now ascend,
Where Shepherds be, which to them do commend
Alluring things, and things that cautious are,
Pilgrims are steady kept by faith and fear.

{296} SHEP. These mountains are Immanuel's Land, and they are within sight of
his city; and the sheep also are his, and he laid down his life for them.
[John 10:11]

CHR. Is this the way to the Celestial City?

SHEP. You are just in your way.

CHR. How far is it thither?

SHEP. Too far for any but those that shall get thither indeed.

CHR. Is the way safe or dangerous?

SHEP. Safe for those for whom it is to be safe; but the transgressors shall
fall therein. [Hos. 14:9]

CHR. Is there, in this place, any relief for pilgrims that are weary and faint
in the way?

SHEP. The Lord of these mountains hath given us a charge not to be forgetful
to entertain strangers, therefore the good of the place is before you. [Heb.

{297} I saw also in my dream, that when the Shepherds perceived that they were
wayfaring men, they also put questions to them, to which they made answer as
in other places; as, Whence came you? and, How got you into the way? and, By
what means have you so persevered therein? For but few of them that begin to
come hither do show their face on these mountains. But when the Shepherds
heard their answers, being pleased therewith, they looked very lovingly upon
them, and said, Welcome to the Delectable Mountains.

{298} The Shepherds, I say, whose names were Knowledge, Experience, Watchful,
and Sincere, took them by the hand, and had them to their tents, and made them
partake of that which was ready at present. They said, moreover, We would that
ye should stay here awhile, to be acquainted with us; and yet more to solace
yourselves with the good of these Delectable Mountains. They then told them,
that they were content to stay; so they went to their rest that night, because
it was very late.

{299} Then I saw in my dream, that in the morning the Shepherds called up to
Christian and Hopeful to walk with them upon the mountains; so they went forth
with them, and walked a while, having a pleasant prospect on every side. Then
said the Shepherds one to another, Shall we show these pilgrims some wonders?
So when they had concluded to do it, they had them first to the top of a hill
called Error, which was very steep on the furthest side, and bid them look
down to the bottom. So Christian and Hopeful looked down, and saw at the
bottom several men dashed all to pieces by a fall that they had from the top.
Then said Christian, What meaneth this? The Shepherds answered, Have you not
heard of them that were made to err by hearkening to Hymeneus and Philetus as
concerning the faith of the resurrection of the body? [2 Tim. 2:17,18] They
answered, Yes. Then said the Shepherds, Those that you see lie dashed in
pieces at the bottom of this mountain are they; and they have continued to
this day unburied, as you see, for an example to others to take heed how they
clamber too high, or how they come too near the brink of this mountain.

{300} Then I saw that they had them to the top of another mountain, and the
name of that is Caution, and bid them look afar off; which, when they did,
they perceived, as they thought, several men walking up and down among the
tombs that were there; and they perceived that the men were blind, because
they stumbled sometimes upon the tombs, and because they could not get out
from among them. Then said Christian, What means this?

{301} The Shepherds then answered, Did you not see a little below these
mountains a stile, that led into a meadow, on the left hand of this way? They
answered, Yes. Then said the Shepherds, From that stile there goes a path that
leads directly to Doubting Castle, which is kept by Giant Despair, and these,
pointing to them among the tombs, came once on pilgrimage, as you do now, even
till they came to that same stile; and because the right way was rough in that
place, they chose to go out of it into that meadow, and there were taken by
Giant Despair, and cast into Doubting Castle; where, after they had been a
while kept in the dungeon, he at last did put out their eyes, and led them
among those tombs, where he has left them to wander to this very day, that the
saying of the wise man might be fulfilled, "He that wandereth out of the way
of understanding, shall remain in the congregation of the dead." [Pro. 21:16]
Then Christian and Hopeful looked upon one another, with tears gushing out,
but yet said nothing to the Shepherds.

{302} Then I saw in my dream, that the Shepherds had them to another place, in
a bottom, where was a door in the side of a hill, and they opened the door,
and bid them look in. They looked in, therefore, and saw that within it was
very dark and smoky; they also thought that they heard there a rumbling noise
as of fire, and a cry of some tormented, and that they smelt the scent of
brimstone. Then said Christian, What means this? The Shepherds told them, This
is a by-way to hell, a way that hypocrites go in at; namely, such as sell
their birthright, with Esau; such as sell their master, with Judas; such as
blaspheme the gospel, with Alexander; and that lie and dissemble, with Ananias
and Sapphira his wife. Then said Hopeful to the Shepherds, I perceive that
these had on them, even every one, a show of pilgrimage, as we have now; had
they not?

{303} SHEP. Yes, and held it a long time too.

HOPE. How far might they go on in pilgrimage in their day, since they
notwithstanding were thus miserably cast away?

SHEP. Some further, and some not so far, as these mountains.

Then said the Pilgrims one to another, We have need to cry to the Strong for

SHEP. Ay, and you will have need to use it, when you have it, too.

{304} By this time the Pilgrims had a desire to go forward, and the Shepherds
a desire they should; so they walked together towards the end of the
mountains. Then said the Shepherds one to another, Let us here show to the
Pilgrims the gates of the Celestial City, if they have skill to look through
our perspective glass. The Pilgrims then lovingly accepted the motion; so they
had them to the top of a high hill, called Clear, and gave them their glass to

{305} Then they essayed to look, but the remembrance of that last thing that
the Shepherds had shown them, made their hands shake; by means of which
impediment, they could not look steadily through the glass; yet they thought
they saw something like the gate, and also some of the glory of the place.
Then they went away, and sang this song --

Thus, by the Shepherds, secrets are reveal'd,
Which from all other men are kept conceal'd.
Come to the Shepherds, then, if you would see
Things deep, things hid, and that mysterious be.

{306} When they were about to depart, one of the Shepherds gave them a note of
the way. Another of them bid them beware of the Flatterer. The third bid them
take heed that they sleep not upon the Enchanted Ground. And the fourth bid
them God-speed. So I awoke from my dream.

{307} And I slept, and dreamed again, and saw the same two Pilgrims going down
the mountains along the highway towards the city. Now, a little below these
mountains, on the left hand, lieth the country of Conceit; from which country
there comes into the way in which the Pilgrims walked, a little crooked lane.
Here, therefore, they met with a very brisk lad, that came out of that
country; and his name was Ignorance. So Christian asked him from what parts he
came, and whither he was going.

{308} IGNOR. Sir, I was born in the country that lieth off there a little on
the left hand, and I am going to the Celestial City.

CHR. But how do you think to get in at the gate? for you may find some
difficulty there.

IGNOR. As other people do, said he.

CHR. But what have you to show at that gate, that may cause that the gate
should be opened to you?

IGNOR. I know my Lord's will, and I have been a good liver; I pay every man
his own; I pray, fast, pay tithes, and give alms, and have left my country for
whither I am going.

{309} CHR. But thou camest not in at the wicket-gate that is at the head of
this way; thou camest in hither through that same crooked lane, and therefore,
I fear, however thou mayest think of thyself, when the reckoning day shall
come, thou wilt have laid to thy charge that thou art a thief and a robber,
instead of getting admittance into the city.

IGNOR. Gentlemen, ye be utter strangers to me, I know you not; be content and
follow the religion of your country, and I will follow the religion of mine. I
hope all will be well. And as for the gate that you talk of, all the world
knows that that is a great way off of our country. I cannot think that any man
in all our parts doth so much as know the way to it, nor need they matter
whether they do or no, since we have, as you see, a fine, pleasant green lane,
that comes down from our country, the next way into the way.

{310} When Christian saw that the man was "wise in his own conceit", he said
to Hopeful, whisperingly, "There is more hope of a fool than of him." [Prov.
26:12] And said, moreover, "When he that is a fool walketh by the way, his
wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool." [Eccl. 10:3]
What, shall we talk further with him, or out-go him at present, and so leave
him to think of what he hath heard already, and then stop again for him
afterwards, and see if by degrees we can do any good to him? Then said Hopeful

Let Ignorance a little while now muse
On what is said, and let him not refuse
Good counsel to embrace, lest he remain
Still ignorant of what's the chiefest gain.
God saith, those that no understanding have,
Although he made them, them he will not save.

HOPE. He further added, It is not good, I think, to say all to him at once;
let us pass him by, if you will, and talk to him anon, even as he is able to
bear it.

{311} So they both went on, and Ignorance he came after. Now when they had
passed him a little way, they entered into a very dark lane, where they met a
man whom seven devils had bound with seven strong cords, and were carrying of
him back to the door that they saw on the side of the hill. [Matt. 12:45,
Prov. 5:22] Now good Christian began to tremble, and so did Hopeful his
companion; yet as the devils led away the man, Christian looked to see if he
knew him; and he thought it might be one Turn-away, that dwelt in the town of
Apostasy. But he did not perfectly see his face, for he did hang his head like
a thief that is found. But being once past, Hopeful looked after him, and
espied on his back a paper with this inscription, "Wanton professor and
damnable apostate".

Then said Christian to his fellow, Now I call to remembrance, that which was
told me of a thing that happened to a good man hereabout. The name of the man
was Little-faith, but a good man, and he dwelt in the town of Sincere. The
thing was this: -- At the entering in at this passage, there comes down from
Broad-way Gate, a lane called Dead Man's Lane; so called because of the
murders that are commonly done there; and this Little-faith going on
pilgrimage, as we do now, chanced to sit down there, and slept. Now there
happened, at that time, to come down the lane, from Broad-way Gate, three
sturdy rogues, and their names were Faint-heart, Mistrust, and Guilt, (three
brothers), and they espying Little-faith, where he was, came galloping up with
speed. Now the good man was just awake from his sleep, and was getting up to
go on his journey. So they came up all to him, and with threatening language
bid him stand. At this Little-faith looked as white as a clout, and had
neither power to fight nor fly. Then said Faint-heart, Deliver thy purse. But
he making no haste to do it (for he was loath to lose his money), Mistrust ran
up to him, and thrusting his hand into his pocket, pulled out thence a bag of
silver. Then he cried out, Thieves! Thieves! With that Guilt, with a great
club that was in his hand, struck Little-faith on the head, and with that blow
felled him flat to the ground, where he lay bleeding as one that would bleed
to death. All this while the thieves stood by. But, at last, they hearing that
some were upon the road, and fearing lest it should be one Great-grace, that
dwells in the city of Good-confidence, they betook themselves to their heels,
and left this good man to shift for himself. Now, after a while, Little-faith
came to himself, and getting up, made shift to scrabble on his way. This was
the story.

{312} HOPE. But did they take from him all that ever he had?

Chr. No; the place where his jewels were they never ransacked, so those he
kept still. But, as I was told, the good man was much afflicted for his loss,
for the thieves got most of his spending-money. That which they got not (as I
said) were jewels, also he had a little odd money left, but scarce enough to
bring him to his journey's end [1 Peter 4:18]; nay, if I was not misinformed,
he was forced to beg as he went, to keep himself alive; for his jewels he
might not sell. But beg, and do what he could, he went (as we say) with many a
hungry belly the most part of the rest of the way.

{313} HOPE. But is it not a wonder they got not from him his certificate, by
which he was to receive his admittance at the Celestial Gate?

CHR. It is a wonder; but they got not that, though they missed it not through
any good cunning of his; for he, being dismayed with their coming upon him,
had neither power nor skill to hide anything; so it was more by good
Providence than by his endeavour, that they missed of that good thing.

{314} HOPE. But it must needs be a comfort to him, that they got not his
jewels from him.

CHR. It might have been great comfort to him, had he used it as he should; but
they that told me the story said, that he made but little use of it all the
rest of the way, and that because of the dismay that he had in the taking away
his money; indeed, he forgot it a great part of the rest of his journey; and
besides, when at any time it came into his mind, and he began to be comforted
therewith, then would fresh thoughts of his loss come again upon him, and
those thoughts would swallow up all. [1 Peter 1:9]

{315} HOPE. Alas! poor man! This could not but be a great grief to him.

CHR. Grief! ay, a grief indeed. Would it not have been so to any of us, had we
been used as he, to be robbed, and wounded too, and that in a strange place,
as he was? It is a wonder he did not die with grief, poor heart! I was told
that he scattered almost all the rest of the way with nothing but doleful and
bitter complaints; telling also to all that overtook him, or that he overtook
in the way as he went, where he was robbed, and how; who they were that did
it, and what he lost; how he was wounded, and that he hardly escaped with his

{316} HOPE. But it is a wonder that his necessity did not put him upon selling
or pawning some of his jewels, that he might have wherewith to relieve himself
in his journey.

CHR. Thou talkest like one upon whose head is the shell to this very day; for
what should he pawn them, or to whom should he sell them? In all that country
where he was robbed, his jewels were not accounted of; nor did he want that
relief which could from thence be administered to him. Besides, had his jewels
been missing at the gate of the Celestial City, he had (and that he knew well
enough) been excluded from an inheritance there; and that would have been
worse to him than the appearance and villainy of ten thousand thieves.

{317} HOPE. Why art thou so tart, my brother? Esau sold his birthright, and
that for a mess of pottage, and that birthright was his greatest jewel; and if
he, why might not Little-faith do so too? [Heb. 12:16]

CHR. Esau did sell his birthright indeed, and so do many besides, and by so
doing exclude themselves from the chief blessing, as also that caitiff did;
but you must put a difference betwixt Esau and Little-faith, and also betwixt
their estates. Esau's birthright was typical, but Little-faith's jewels were
not so; Esau's belly was his god, but Little-faith's belly was not so; Esau's
want lay in his fleshly appetite, Little-faith's did not so. Besides, Esau
could see no further than to the fulfilling of his lusts; "Behold, I am at the
point to die, (said he), and what profit shall this birthright do me?" [Gen.
25:32] But Little-faith, though it was his lot to have but a little faith, was
by his little faith kept from such extravagances, and made to see and prize
his jewels more than to sell them, as Esau did his birthright. You read not
anywhere that Esau had faith, no, not so much as a little; therefore, no
marvel if, where the flesh only bears sway, (as it will in that man where no
faith is to resist), if he sells his birthright, and his soul and all, and
that to the devil of hell; for it is with such, as it is with the ass, who in
her occasions cannot be turned away. [Jer. 2:24] When their minds are set upon
their lusts, they will have them whatever they cost. But Little-faith was of
another temper, his mind was on things divine; his livelihood was upon things
that were spiritual, and from above; therefore, to what end should he that is
of such a temper sell his jewels (had there been any that would have bought
them) to fill his mind with empty things? Will a man give a penny to fill his
belly with hay; or can you persuade the turtle-dove to live upon carrion like
the crow? Though faithless ones can, for carnal lusts, pawn, or mortgage, or
sell what they have, and themselves outright to boot; yet they that have
faith, saving faith, though but a little of it, cannot do so. Here, therefore,
my brother, is thy mistake.

{318} HOPE. I acknowledge it; but yet your severe reflection had almost made
me angry.

CHR. Why, I did but compare thee to some of the birds that are of the brisker
sort, who will run to and fro in untrodden paths, with the shell upon their
heads; but pass by that, and consider the matter under debate, and all shall
be well betwixt thee and me.

HOPE. But, Christian, these three fellows, I am persuaded in my heart, are but
a company of cowards; would they have run else, think you, as they did, at the
noise of one that was coming on the road? Why did not Little-faith pluck up a
greater heart? He might, methinks, have stood one brush with them, and have
yielded when there had been no remedy.

CHR. That they are cowards, many have said, but few have found it so in the
time of trial. As for a great heart, Little-faith had none; and I perceive by
thee, my brother, hadst thou been the man concerned, thou art but for a brush,
and then to yield.

And, verily, since this is the height of thy stomach, now they are at a
distance from us, should they appear to thee as they did to him they might put
thee to second thoughts.

{319} But, consider again, they are but journeymen thieves, they serve under
the king of the bottomless pit, who, if need be, will come into their aid
himself, and his voice is as the roaring of a lion. [1 Pet. 5:8] I myself have
been engaged as this Little-faith was, and I found it a terrible thing. These
three villains set upon me, and I beginning, like a Christian, to resist, they
gave but a call, and in came their master. I would, as the saying is, have
given my life for a penny, but that, as God would have it, I was clothed with
armour of proof. Ay, and yet, though I was so harnessed, I found it hard work
to quit myself like a man. No man can tell what in that combat attends us, but
he that hath been in the battle himself.

{320} HOPE. Well, but they ran, you see, when they did but suppose that one
Great-grace was in the way.

CHR. True, they have often fled, both they and their master, when Great-grace
hath but appeared; and no marvel; for he is the King's champion. But, I trow,
you will put some difference betwixt Little-faith and the King's champion. All
the King's subjects are not his champions, nor can they, when tried, do such
feats of war as he. Is it meet to think that a little child should handle
Goliath as David did? Or that there should be the strength of an ox in a wren?
Some are strong, some are weak; some have great faith, some have little. This
man was one of the weak, and therefore he went to the wall.

{321} HOPE. I would it had been Great-grace for their sakes.

CHR. If it had been, he might have had his hands full; for I must tell you,
that though Great-grace is excellent good at his weapons, and has, and can, so
long as he keeps them at sword's point, do well enough with them; yet, if they
get within him, even Faint-heart, Mistrust, or the other, it shall go hard but
they will throw up his heels. And when a man is down, you know, what can he

{322} Whoso looks well upon Great-grace's face, shall see those scars and cuts
there, that shall easily give demonstration of what I say. Yea, once I heard
that he should say, (and that when he was in the combat), "We despaired even
of life." How did these sturdy rogues and their fellows make David groan,
mourn, and roar? Yea, Heman, and Hezekiah, too, though champions in their day,
were forced to bestir them, when by these assaulted; and yet, notwithstanding,
they had their coats soundly brushed by them. Peter, upon a time, would go try
what he could do; but though some do say of him that he is the prince of the
apostles, they handled him so, that they made him at last afraid of a sorry

{323} Leviathan's sturdiness

Besides, their king is at their whistle. He is never out of hearing; and if at
any time they be put to the worst, he, if possible, comes in to help them; and
of him it is said, The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold the spear,
the dart, nor the habergeon; he esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten
wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; sling stones are turned with him into
stubble. Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
[Job 41:26-29] What can a man do in this case? It is true, if a man could, at
every turn, have Job's horse, and had skill and courage to ride him, he might
do notable things; for his neck is clothed with thunder, he will not be afraid
of the grasshopper; the glory of his nostrils is terrible: he paweth in the
valley, and rejoiceth in his strength, he goeth on to meet the armed men. He
mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted, neither turneth he back from the
sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear, and the shield.
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage, neither believeth he that
it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha! and he
smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
[Job 39:19-25]

{324} But for such footmen as thee and I are, let us never desire to meet with
an enemy, nor vaunt as if we could do better, when we hear of others that they
have been foiled, Nor be tickled at the thoughts of our own manhood; for such
commonly come by the worst when tried. Witness Peter, of whom I made mention
before. He would swagger, ay, he would; he would, as his vain mind prompted
him to say, do better, and stand more for his Master than all men; but who so
foiled, and run down by these villains, as he?

When, therefore, we hear that such robberies are done on the King's highway,
two things become us to do:

{325} 1. To go out harnessed, and to be sure to take a shield with us; for it
was for want of that, that he that laid so lustily at Leviathan could not make
him yield; for, indeed, if that be wanting, he fears us not at all. Therefore,
he that had skill hath said, "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." [Eph. 6:16]

{326} 2. It is good, also, that we desire of the King a convoy, yea, that he
will go with us himself. This made David rejoice when in the Valley of the
Shadow of Death; and Moses was rather for dying where he stood, than to go one
step without his God. [Exo. 33:15] Oh, my brother, if he will but go along
with us, what need we be afraid of ten thousands that shall set themselves
against us? [Ps. 3:5-8, 27:1-3] But, without him, the proud helpers "fall
under the slain". [Isa. 10:4]

{327} I, for my part, have been in the fray before now; and though, through
the goodness of him that is best, I am, as you see, alive, yet I cannot boast
of my manhood. Glad shall I be, if I meet with no more such brunts; though I
fear we are not got beyond all danger. However, since the lion and the bear
have not as yet devoured me, I hope God will also deliver us from the next
uncircumcised Philistine. Then sang Christian --

Poor Little-faith! Hast been among the thieves?
Wast robb'd? Remember this, whoso believes,
And gets more faith, shall then a victor be
Over ten thousand, else scarce over three.

{328} So they went on and Ignorance followed. They went then till they came at
a place where they saw a way put itself into their way, and seemed withal to
lie as straight as the way which they should go: and here they knew not which
of the two to take, for both seemed straight before them; therefore, here they
stood still to consider. And as they were thinking about the way, behold a
man, black of flesh, but covered with a very light robe, came to them, and
asked them why they stood there. They answered they were going to the
Celestial City, but knew not which of these ways to take. Follow me, said the
man, it is thither that I am going. So they followed him in the way that but
now came into the road, which by degrees turned, and turned them so from the
city that they desired to go to, that, in little time, their faces were turned
away from it; yet they followed him. But by and by, before they were aware, he
led them both within the compass of a net, in which they were both so
entangled that they knew not what to do; and with that the white robe fell off
the black man's back. Then they saw where they were. Wherefore, there they lay
crying some time, for they could not get themselves out.

{329} CHR. Then said Christian to his fellow, Now do I see myself in error.
Did not the Shepherds bid us beware of the flatterers? As is the saying of the
wise man, so we have found it this day. A man that flattereth his neighbour,
spreadeth a net for his feet. [Prov. 29:5]

HOPE. They also gave us a note of directions about the way, for our more sure
finding thereof; but therein we have also forgotten to read, and have not kept
ourselves from the paths of the destroyer. Here David was wiser than we; for,
saith he, "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips, I have kept
me from the paths of the destroyer." [Ps. 17:4] Thus they lay bewailing
themselves in the net. At last they espied a Shining One coming towards them
with a whip of small cord in his hand. When he was come to the place where
they were, he asked them whence they came, and what they did there. They told
him that they were poor pilgrims going to Zion, but were led out of their way
by a black man, clothed in white, who bid us, said they, follow him, for he
was going thither too. Then said he with the whip, It is Flatterer, a false
apostle, that hath transformed himself into an angel of light. [Prov. 29:5,
Dan. 11:32, 2 Cor. 11:13,14] So he rent the net, and let the men out. Then
said he to them, Follow me, that I may set you in your way again. So he led
them back to the way which they had left to follow the Flatterer. Then he
asked them, saying, Where did you lie the last night? They said, With the
Shepherds upon the Delectable Mountains. He asked them then if they had not of
those Shepherds a note of direction for the way. They answered, Yes. But did
you, said he, when you were at a stand, pluck out and read your note? They
answered, No. He asked them, Why? They said, they forgot. He asked, moreover,
if the Shepherds did not bid them beware of the Flatterer? They answered, Yes,
but we did not imagine, said they, that this fine-spoken man had been he.
[Rom. 16:18]

{330} Then I saw in my dream that he commanded them to lie down; which, when
they did, he chastised them sore, to teach them the good way wherein they
should walk [Deut. 25:2]; and as he chastised them he said, "As many as I
love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore, and repent." [2 Chron.
6:26,27, Rev. 3:19] This done, he bid them go on their way, and take good heed
to the other directions of the shepherds. So they thanked him for all his
kindness, and went softly along the right way, singing --

Come hither, you that walk along the way;
See how the pilgrims fare that go astray.
They catched are in an entangling net,
'Cause they good counsel lightly did forget:
'Tis true they rescued were, but yet you see,
They're scourged to boot. Let this your caution be.

{331} Now, after a while, they perceived, afar off, one coming softly and
alone, all along the highway to meet them. Then said Christian to his fellow,
Yonder is a man with his back towards Zion, and he is coming to meet us.

HOPE. I see him; let us take heed to ourselves now, lest he should prove a
flatterer also. So he drew nearer and nearer, and at last came up unto them.
His name was Atheist, and he asked them whither they were going.

CHR. We are going to Mount Zion.

Then Atheist fell into a very great laughter.

CHR. What is the meaning of your laughter?

{332} ATHEIST. I laugh to see what ignorant persons you are, to take upon you
so tedious a journey, and you are like to have nothing but your travel for
your pains.

CHR. Why, man, do you think we shall not be received?

ATHEIST. Received! There is no such place as you dream of in all this world.

CHR. But there is in the world to come.

{333} ATHEIST. When I was at home in mine own country, I heard as you now
affirm, and from that hearing went out to see, and have been seeking this city
this twenty years; but find no more of it than I did the first day I set out.
[Jer. 22:12, Eccl. 10:15]

CHR. We have both heard and believe that there is such a place to be found.

ATHEIST. Had not I, when at home, believed, I had not come thus far to seek;
but finding none, (and yet I should, had there been such a place to be found,
for I have gone to seek it further than you), I am going back again, and will
seek to refresh myself with the things that I then cast away, for hopes of
that which, I now see, is not.

{334} CHR. Then said Christian to Hopeful his fellow, Is it true which this
man hath said?

Hopeful's gracious answer

Hope. Take heed, he is one of the flatterers; remember what it hath cost us
once already for our hearkening to such kind of fellows. What! no Mount Zion?
Did we not see, from the Delectable Mountains the gate of the city? Also, are
we not now to walk by faith? Let us go on, said Hopeful, lest the man with the
whip overtake us again. [2 Cor. 5:7] You should have taught me that lesson,
which I will round you in the ears withal: "Cease, my son, to hear the
instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge." [Prov. 19:27] I
say, my brother, cease to hear him, and let us "believe to the saving of the
soul". [Heb. 10:39]

{335} CHR. My brother, I did not put the question to thee for that I doubted
of the truth of our belief myself, but to prove thee, and to fetch from thee a
fruit of the honesty of thy heart. As for this man, I know that he is blinded
by the god of this world. Let thee and I go on, knowing that we have belief of
the truth, "and no lie is of the truth". [1 John 2:21]

HOPE. Now do I rejoice in hope of the glory of God. So they turned away from
the man; and he, laughing at them, went his way.

{336} I saw then in my dream, that they went till they came into a certain
country, whose air naturally tended to make one drowsy, if he came a stranger
into it. And here Hopeful began to be very dull and heavy of sleep; wherefore
he said unto Christian, I do now begin to grow so drowsy that I can scarcely
hold up mine eyes, let us lie down here and take one nap.

CHR. By no means, said the other, lest sleeping, we never awake more.

HOPE. Why, my brother? Sleep is sweet to the labouring man; we may be
refreshed if we take a nap.

CHR. Do you not remember that one of the Shepherds bid us beware of the
Enchanted Ground? He meant by that that we should beware of sleeping;
"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober." [1
Thess. 5:6]

{337} HOPE. I acknowledge myself in a fault, and had I been here alone I had
by sleeping run the danger of death. I see it is true that the wise man saith,
Two are better than one. Hitherto hath thy company been my mercy, and thou
shalt have a good reward for thy labour. [Eccl. 9:9]

CHR. Now then, said Christian, to prevent drowsiness in this place, let us
fall into good discourse.

HOPE. With all my heart, said the other.

CHR. Where shall we begin?

HOPE. Where God began with us. But do you begin, if you please.

CHR. I will sing you first this song: --

When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together:
Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,
Thus to keep ope their drowsy slumb'ring eyes.
Saints' fellowship, if it be managed well,
Keeps them awake, and that in spite of hell.

{338} CHR. Then Christian began and said, I will ask you a question. How came
you to think at first of so doing as you do now?

HOPE. Do you mean, how came I at first to look after the good of my soul?

CHR. Yes, that is my meaning.

HOPE. I continued a great while in the delight of those things which were seen
and sold at our fair; things which, I believe now, would have, had I continued
in them, still drowned me in perdition and destruction.

CHR. What things are they?

Hopeful's life before conversion

HOPE. All the treasures and riches of the world. Also, I delighted much in
rioting, revelling, drinking, swearing, lying, uncleanness, Sabbath-breaking,
and what not, that tended to destroy the soul. But I found at last, by hearing
and considering of things that are divine, which indeed I heard of you, as
also of beloved Faithful that was put to death for his faith and good living
in Vanity Fair, that "the end of these things is death". [Rom.6:21-23] And
that for these things' sake "cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
disobedience". [Eph.5:6]

CHR. And did you presently fall under the power of this conviction?

{339} HOPE. No, I was not willing presently to know the evil of sin, nor the
damnation that follows upon the commission of it; but endeavoured, when my
mind at first began to be shaken with the Word, to shut mine eyes against the
light thereof.

CHR. But what was the cause of your carrying of it thus to the first workings
of God's blessed Spirit upon you?

{340} HOPE. The causes were, 1. I was ignorant that this was the work of God
upon me. I never thought that, by awakenings for sin, God at first begins the
conversion of a sinner. 2. Sin was yet very sweet to my flesh, and I was loath
to leave it. 3. I could not tell how to part with mine old companions, their
presence and actions were so desirable unto me. 4. The hours in which
convictions were upon me were such troublesome and such heart-affrighting
hours that I could not bear, no not so much as the remembrance of them, upon
my heart.

CHR. Then, as it seems, sometimes you got rid of your trouble.

HOPE. Yes, verily, but it would come into my mind again, and then I should be
as bad, nay, worse, than I was before.

CHR. Why, what was it that brought your sins to mind again?

{341} HOPE. Many things; as,

1. If I did but meet a good man in the streets; or,

2. If I have heard any read in the Bible; or,

3. If mine head did begin to ache; or,

4. If I were told that some of my neighbours were sick; or,

5. If I heard the bell toll for some that were dead; or,

6. If I thought of dying myself; or,

7. If I heard that sudden death happened to others;

8. But especially, when I thought of myself, that I must quickly come to

{342} CHR. And could you at any time, with ease, get off the guilt of sin,
when by any of these ways it came upon you?

HOPE. No, not I, for then they got faster hold of my conscience; and then, if
I did but think of going back to sin, (though my mind was turned against it),
it would be double torment to me.

CHR. And how did you do then?

HOPE. I thought I must endeavour to mend my life; for else, thought I, I am
sure to be damned.

{343} CHR. And did you endeavour to mend?

HOPE. Yes; and fled from not only my sins, but sinful company too; and betook
me to religious duties, as prayer, reading, weeping for sin, speaking truth to
my neighbours, &c. These things did I, with many others, too much here to

CHR. And did you think yourself well then?

HOPE. Yes, for a while; but at the last, my trouble came tumbling upon me
again, and that over the neck of all my reformations.

{344} CHR. How came that about, since you were now reformed?

HOPE. There were several things brought it upon me, especially such sayings as
these: "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." [Isa. 64:6] "By the works
of the law shall no flesh be justified." [Gal. 2:16] "When ye shall have done
all those things, say, We are unprofitable", [Luke 17:10] with many more such
like. From whence I began to reason with myself thus: If ALL my
righteousnesses are filthy rags; if, by the deeds of the law, NO man can be
justified; and if, when we have done ALL, we are yet unprofitable, then it is
but a folly to think of heaven by the law. I further thought thus: If a man
runs a hundred pounds into the shopkeeper's debt, and after that shall pay for
all that he shall fetch; yet, if this old debt stands still in the book
uncrossed, for that the shopkeeper may sue him, and cast him into prison till
he shall pay the debt.

CHR. Well, and how did you apply this to yourself?

HOPE. Why; I thought thus with myself. I have, by my sins, run a great way
into God's book, and that my now reforming will not pay off that score;
therefore I should think still, under all my present amendments, But how shall
I be freed from that damnation that I have brought myself in danger of by my
former transgressions?

{345} CHR. A very good application: but, pray, go on.

HOPE. Another thing that hath troubled me, even since my late amendments, is,
that if I look narrowly into the best of what I do now, I still see sin, new
sin, mixing itself with the best of that I do; so that now I am forced to
conclude, that notwithstanding my former fond conceits of myself and duties, I
have committed sin enough in one duty to send me to hell, though my former
life had been faultless.

CHR. And what did you do then?

{346} HOPE. Do! I could not tell what to do, until I brake my mind to
Faithful, for he and I were well acquainted. And he told me, that unless I
could obtain the righteousness of a man that never had sinned, neither mine
own, nor all the righteousness of the world could save me.

CHR. And did you think he spake true?

HOPE. Had he told me so when I was pleased and satisfied with mine own
amendment, I had called him fool for his pains; but now, since I see mine own
infirmity, and the sin that cleaves to my best performance, I have been forced
to be of his opinion.

{347} CHR. But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you, that there
was such a man to be found, of whom it might justly be said that he never
committed sin?

HOPE. I must confess the words at first sounded strangely, but after a little
more talk and company with him, I had full conviction about it.

CHR. And did you ask him what man this was, and how you must be justified by

HOPE. Yes, and he told me it was the Lord Jesus, that dwelleth on the right
hand of the Most High. And thus, said he, you must be justified by him, even
by trusting to what he hath done by himself, in the days of his flesh, and
suffered when he did hang on the tree. I asked him further, how that man's
righteousness could be of that efficacy to justify another before God? And he
told me he was the mighty God, and did what he did, and died the death also,
not for himself, but for me; to whom his doings, and the worthiness of them,
should be imputed, if I believed on him. [Heb. 10, Rom. 6, Col. 1, 1 Pet. 1]

{348} CHR. And what did you do then?

HOPE. I made my objections against my believing, for that I thought he was not
willing to save me.

CHR. And what said Faithful to you then?

HOPE. He bid me go to him and see. Then I said it was presumption; but he
said, No, for I was invited to come. [Matt. 11:28] Then he gave me a book of
Jesus, his inditing, to encourage me the more freely to come; and he said,
concerning that book, that every jot and tittle thereof stood firmer than
heaven and earth. [Matt. 24:35] Then I asked him, What I must do when I came;
and he told me, I must entreat upon my knees, with all my heart and soul, the
Father to reveal him to me. [Ps. 95:6, Dan. 6:10, Jer. 29:12,13] Then I asked
him further, how I must make my supplication to him? And he said, Go, and thou
shalt find him upon a mercy-seat, where he sits all the year long, to give
pardon and forgiveness to them that come. I told him that I knew not what to
say when I came. And he bid me say to this effect: God be merciful to me a
sinner, and make me to know and believe in Jesus Christ; for I see, that if
his righteousness had not been, or I have not faith in that righteousness, I
am utterly cast away. Lord, I have heard that thou art a merciful God, and
hast ordained that thy Son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of the world;
and moreover, that thou art willing to bestow him upon such a poor sinner as I
am, (and I am a sinner indeed); Lord, take therefore this opportunity and
magnify thy grace in the salvation of my soul, through thy Son Jesus Christ.
Amen. [Exo. 25:22, Lev. 16:2, Num. 7:89, Heb. 4:16]

{349} CHR. And did you do as you were bidden?

HOPE. Yes; over, and over, and over.

CHR. And did the Father reveal his Son to you?

HOPE. Not at the first, nor second, nor third, nor fourth, nor fifth; no, nor
at the sixth time neither.

CHR. What did you do then?

HOPE. What! why I could not tell what to do.

CHR. Had you not thoughts of leaving off praying?

HOPE. Yes; an hundred times twice told.

CHR. And what was the reason you did not?

HOPE. I believed that that was true which had been told me, to wit, that
without the righteousness of this Christ, all the world could not save me; and
therefore, thought I with myself, if I leave off I die, and I can but die at
the throne of grace. And withal, this came into my mind, "Though it tarry,
wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." [Heb. 2:3] So I
continued praying until the Father showed me his Son.

{350} CHR. And how was he revealed unto you?

HOPE. I did not see him with my bodily eyes, but with the eyes of my
understanding; [Eph. 1:18,19] and thus it was: One day I was very sad, I think
sadder than at any one time in my life, and this sadness was through a fresh
sight of the greatness and vileness of my sins. And as I was then looking for
nothing but hell, and the everlasting damnation of my soul, suddenly, as I
thought, I saw the Lord Jesus Christ look down from heaven upon me, and
saying, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." [Acts

{351} But I replied, Lord, I am a great, a very great sinner. And he answered,
"My grace is sufficient for thee." [2 Cor.12:9] Then I said, But, Lord, what
is believing? And then I saw from that saying, "He that cometh to me shall
never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst", that believing
and coming was all one; and that he that came, that is, ran out in his heart
and affections after salvation by Christ, he indeed believed in Christ. [John
6:35] Then the water stood in mine eyes, and I asked further. But, Lord, may
such a great sinner as I am be indeed accepted of thee, and be saved by thee?
And I heard him say, "And him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out."
[John 6:37] Then I said, But how, Lord, must I consider of thee in my coming
to thee, that my faith may be placed aright upon thee? Then he said, "Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners." [1 Tim. 1:15] "He is the end of
the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." [Rom. 10:4] "He died
for our sins, and rose again for our justification." [Rom. 4:25] "He loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own blood." [Rev. 1:5] "He is mediator
betwixt God and us." [1 Tim. 2:5] "He ever liveth to make intercession for
us." [Heb. 7:24,25] From all which I gathered, that I must look for
righteousness in his person, and for satisfaction for my sins by his blood;
that what he did in obedience to his Father's law, and in submitting to the
penalty thereof, was not for himself, but for him that will accept it for his
salvation, and be thankful. And now was my heart full of joy, mine eyes full
of tears, and mine affections running over with love to the name, people, and
ways of Jesus Christ.

{352} CHR. This was a revelation of Christ to your soul indeed; but tell me
particularly what effect this had upon your spirit.

HOPE. It made me see that all the world, notwithstanding all the righteousness
thereof, is in a state of condemnation. It made me see that God the Father,
though he be just, can justly justify the coming sinner. It made me greatly
ashamed of the vileness of my former life, and confounded me with the sense of
mine own ignorance; for there never came thought into my heart before now that
showed me so the beauty of Jesus Christ. It made me love a holy life, and long
to do something for the honour and glory of the name of the Lord Jesus; yea, I
thought that had I now a thousand gallons of blood in my body, I could spill
it all for the sake of the Lord Jesus.

{353} I saw then in my dream that Hopeful looked back and saw Ignorance, whom
they had left behind, coming after. Look, said he to Christian, how far yonder
youngster loitereth behind.

CHR. Ay, ay, I see him; he careth not for our company.

HOPE. But I trow it would not have hurt him had he kept pace with us hitherto.

CHR. That is true; but I warrant you he thinketh otherwise.

HOPE. That, I think, he doth; but, however, let us tarry for him. So they did.

{354} Then Christian said to him, Come away, man, why do you stay so behind?

IGNOR. I take my pleasure in walking alone, even more a great deal than in
company, unless I like it the better.

Then said Christian to Hopeful, (but softly), Did I not tell you he cared not
for our company? But, however, said he, come up, and let us talk away the time
in this solitary place. Then directing his speech to Ignorance, he said, Come,
how do you? How stands it between God and your soul now?

{355} Ignorance's hope, and the ground of it

IGNOR. I hope well; for I am always full of good motions, that come into my
mind, to comfort me as I walk.

CHR. What good motions? pray, tell us.

IGNOR. Why, I think of God and heaven.

CHR. So do the devils and damned souls.

IGNOR. But I think of them and desire them.

CHR. So do many that are never like to come there. "The soul of the sluggard
desireth, and hath nothing." [Prov. 13:4]

IGNOR. But I think of them, and leave all for them.

CHR. That I doubt; for leaving all is a hard matter: yea, a harder matter than
many are aware of. But why, or by what, art thou persuaded that thou hast left
all for God and heaven.

{356} IGNOR. My heart tells me so.

CHR. The wise man says, "He that trusts his own heart is a fool." [Prov.

IGNOR. This is spoken of an evil heart, but mine is a good one.

CHR. But how dost thou prove that?

IGNOR. It comforts me in hopes of heaven.

CHR. That may be through its deceitfulness; for a man's heart may minister
comfort to him in the hopes of that thing for which he yet has no ground to

IGNOR. But my heart and life agree together, and therefore my hope is well

CHR. Who told thee that thy heart and life agree together?

IGNOR. My heart tells me so.

CHR. Ask my fellow if I be a thief! Thy heart tells thee so! Except the Word
of God beareth witness in this matter, other testimony is of no value.

{357} IGNOR. But is it not a good heart that hath good thoughts? and is not
that a good life that is according to God's commandments?

CHR. Yes, that is a good heart that hath good thoughts, and that is a good
life that is according to God's commandments; but it is one thing, indeed, to
have these, and another thing only to think so.

IGNOR. Pray, what count you good thoughts, and a life according to God's

CHR. There are good thoughts of divers kinds; some respecting ourselves, some
God, some Christ, and some other things.

IGNOR. What be good thoughts respecting ourselves?

CHR. Such as agree with the Word of God.

{358} IGNOR. When do our thoughts of ourselves agree with the Word of God?

CHR. When we pass the same judgment upon ourselves which the Word passes. To
explain myself -- the Word of God saith of persons in a natural condition,
"There is none righteous, there is none that doeth good." [Rom. 3] It saith
also, that "every imagination of the heart of man is only evil, and that
continually." [Gen. 6:5] And again, "The imagination of man's heart is evil
from his youth." [Rom. 8:21] Now then, when we think thus of ourselves, having
sense thereof, then are our thoughts good ones, because according to the Word
of God.

IGNOR. I will never believe that my heart is thus bad.

CHR. Therefore thou never hadst one good thought concerning thyself in thy
life. But let me go on. As the Word passeth a judgment upon our heart, so it
passeth a judgment upon our ways; and when OUR thoughts of our hearts and ways
agree with the judgment which the Word giveth of both, then are both good,
because agreeing thereto.

{359} IGNOR. Make out your meaning.

CHR. Why, the Word of God saith that man's ways are crooked ways; not good,
but perverse. [Ps. 125:5, Prov. 2:15] It saith they are naturally out of the
good way, that they have not known it. [Rom. 3] Now, when a man thus thinketh
of his ways, -- I say, when he doth sensibly, and with heart-humiliation, thus
think, then hath he good thoughts of his own ways, because his thoughts now
agree with the judgment of the Word of God.

{360} IGNOR. What are good thoughts concerning God?

CHR. Even as I have said concerning ourselves, when our thoughts of God do
agree with what the Word saith of him; and that is, when we think of his being
and attributes as the Word hath taught, of which I cannot now discourse at
large; but to speak of him with reference to us: Then we have right thoughts
of God, when we think that he knows us better than we know ourselves, and can
see sin in us when and where we can see none in ourselves; when we think he
knows our inmost thoughts, and that our heart, with all its depths, is always
open unto his eyes; also, when we think that all our righteousness stinks in
his nostrils, and that, therefore, he cannot abide to see us stand before him
in any confidence, even in all our best performances.

{361} IGNOR. Do you think that I am such a fool as to think God can see no
further than I? or, that I would come to God in the best of my performances?

CHR. Why, how dost thou think in this matter?

IGNOR. Why, to be short, I think I must believe in Christ for justification.

CHR. How! think thou must believe in Christ, when thou seest not thy need of
him! Thou neither seest thy original nor actual infirmities; but hast such an
opinion of thyself, and of what thou dost, as plainly renders thee to be one
that did never see a necessity of Christ's personal righteousness to justify
thee before God. How, then, dost thou say, I believe in Christ?

{362} IGNOR. I believe well enough for all that.

CHR. How dost thou believe?

IGNOR. I believe that Christ died for sinners, and that I shall be justified
before God from the curse, through his gracious acceptance of my obedience to
his law. Or thus, Christ makes my duties, that are religious, acceptable to
his Father, by virtue of his merits; and so shall I be justified.

{363} CHR. Let me give an answer to this confession of thy faith: --

1. Thou believest with a fantastical faith; for this faith is nowhere
described in the Word.

2. Thou believest with a false faith; because it taketh justification from the
personal righteousness of Christ, and applies it to thy own.

3. This faith maketh not Christ a justifier of thy person, but of thy actions;
and of thy person for thy actions' sake, which is false.

4. Therefore, this faith is deceitful, even such as will leave thee under
wrath, in the day of God Almighty; for true justifying faith puts the soul, as
sensible of its condition by the law, upon flying for refuge unto Christ's
righteousness, which righteousness of his is not an act of grace, by which he
maketh for justification, thy obedience accepted with God; but his personal
obedience to the law, in doing and suffering for us what that required at our
hands; this righteousness, I say, true faith accepteth; under the skirt of
which, the soul being shrouded, and by it presented as spotless before God, it
is accepted, and acquit from condemnation.

{364} IGNOR. What! would you have us trust to what Christ, in his own person,
has done without us? This conceit would loosen the reins of our lust, and
tolerate us to live as we list; for what matter how we live, if we may be
justified by Christ's personal righteousness from all, when we believe it?

CHR. Ignorance is thy name, and as thy name is, so art thou; even this thy
answer demonstrateth what I say. Ignorant thou art of what justifying
righteousness is, and as ignorant how to secure thy soul, through the faith of
it, from the heavy wrath of God. Yea, thou also art ignorant of the true
effects of saving faith in this righteousness of Christ, which is, to bow and
win over the heart to God in Christ, to love his name, his word, ways, and
people, and not as thou ignorantly imaginest.

HOPE. Ask him if ever he had Christ revealed to him from heaven.

{365} IGNOR. What! you are a man for revelations! I believe that what both
you, and all the rest of you, say about that matter, is but the fruit of
distracted brains.

HOPE. Why, man! Christ is so hid in God from the natural apprehensions of the
flesh, that he cannot by any man be savingly known, unless God the Father
reveals him to them.

{366} IGNOR. That is your faith, but not mine; yet mine, I doubt not, is as
good as yours, though I have not in my head so many whimsies as you.

CHR. Give me leave to put in a word. You ought not so slightly to speak of
this matter; for this I will boldly affirm, even as my good companion hath
done, that no man can know Jesus Christ but by the revelation of the Father;
[Matt. 11:27] yea, and faith too, by which the soul layeth hold upon Christ,
if it be right, must be wrought by the exceeding greatness of his mighty
power; the working of which faith, I perceive, poor Ignorance, thou art
ignorant of. [1 Cor. 12:3, Eph. 1:18,19] Be awakened, then, see thine own
wretchedness, and fly to the Lord Jesus; and by his righteousness, which is
the righteousness of God, for he himself is God, thou shalt be delivered from

{367} IGNOR. You go so fast, I cannot keep pace with you. Do you go on before;
I must stay a while behind.

Then they said --

Well, Ignorance, wilt thou yet foolish be,
To slight good counsel, ten times given thee?
And if thou yet refuse it, thou shalt know,
Ere long, the evil of thy doing so.
Remember, man, in time, stoop, do not fear;
Good counsel taken well, saves: therefore hear.
But if thou yet shalt slight it, thou wilt be
The loser, (Ignorance), I'll warrant thee.

Then Christian addressed thus himself to his fellow: --

CHR. Well, come, my good Hopeful, I perceive that thou and I must walk by
ourselves again.

{368} So I saw in my dream that they went on apace before, and Ignorance he
came hobbling after. Then said Christian to his companion, It pities me much
for this poor man, it will certainly go ill with him at last.

HOPE. Alas! there are abundance in our town in his condition, whole families,
yea, whole streets, and that of pilgrims too; and if there be so many in our
parts, how many, think you, must there be in the place where he was born?

CHR. Indeed the Word saith, "He hath blinded their eyes, lest they should
see", &c. But now we are by ourselves, what do you think of such men? Have
they at no time, think you, convictions of sin, and so consequently fears that
their state is dangerous?

HOPE. Nay, do you answer that question yourself, for you are the elder man.

CHR. Then I say, sometimes (as I think) they may; but they being naturally
ignorant, understand not that such convictions tend to their good; and
therefore they do desperately seek to stifle them, and presumptuously continue
to flatter themselves in the way of their own hearts.

{369} HOPE. I do believe, as you say, that fear tends much to men's good, and
to make them right, at their beginning to go on pilgrimage.

CHR. Without all doubt it doth, if it be right; for so says the Word, "The
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." [Prov. 1:7, 9:10, Job 28:28, Ps.

{370} HOPE. How will you describe right fear?

CHR. True or right fear is discovered by three things: --

1. By its rise; it is caused by saving convictions for sin.

2. It driveth the soul to lay fast hold of Christ for salvation.

3. It begetteth and continueth in the soul a great reverence of God, his Word,
and ways, keeping it tender, and making it afraid to turn from them, to the
right hand or to the left, to anything that may dishonour God, break its
peace, grieve the Spirit, or cause the enemy to speak reproachfully.

HOPE. Well said; I believe you have said the truth. Are we now almost got past
the Enchanted Ground?

CHR. Why, art thou weary of this discourse?

HOPE. No, verily, but that I would know where we are.

{371} CHR. We have not now above two miles further to go thereon. But let us
return to our matter. Now the ignorant know not that such convictions as tend
to put them in fear are for their good, and therefore they seek to stifle

HOPE. How do they seek to stifle them?

{372} CHR. 1. They think that those fears are wrought by the devil, (though
indeed they are wrought of God); and, thinking so, they resist them as things
that directly tend to their overthrow.

2. They also think that these fears tend to the spoiling of their faith, when,
alas, for them, poor men that they are, they have none at all! and therefore
they harden their hearts against them.

3. They presume they ought not to fear; and, therefore, in despite of them,
wax presumptuously confident.

4. They see that those fears tend to take away from them their pitiful old
self-holiness, and therefore they resist them with all their might.

{373} HOPE. I know something of this myself; for, before I knew myself, it was
so with me.

CHR. Well, we will leave, at this time, our neighbour Ignorance by himself,
and fall upon another profitable question.

HOPE. With all my heart, but you shall still begin.

CHR. Well then, did you not know, about ten years ago, one Temporary in your
parts, who was a forward man in religion then?

HOPE. Know him! yes, he dwelt in Graceless, a town about two miles off of
Honesty, and he dwelt next door to one Turnback.

{374} CHR. Right, he dwelt under the same roof with him. Well, that man was
much awakened once; I believe that then he had some sight of his sins, and of
the wages that were due thereto.

HOPE. I am of your mind, for, my house not being above three miles from him,
he would ofttimes come to me, and that with many tears. Truly I pitied the
man, and was not altogether without hope of him; but one may see, it is not
every one that cries, Lord, Lord.

CHR. He told me once that he was resolved to go on pilgrimage, as we do now;
but all of a sudden he grew acquainted with one Save-self, and then he became
a stranger to me.

{375} HOPE. Now, since we are talking about him, let us a little inquire into
the reason of the sudden backsliding of him and such others.

CHR. It may be very profitable, but do you begin.

HOPE. Well, then, there are in my judgment four reasons for it: --

{376} 1. Though the consciences of such men are awakened, yet their minds are
not changed; therefore, when the power of guilt weareth away, that which
provoked them to be religious ceaseth, wherefore they naturally turn to their
own course again, even as we see the dog that is sick of what he has eaten, so
long as his sickness prevails he vomits and casts up all; not that he doth
this of a free mind (if we may say a dog has a mind), but because it troubleth
his stomach; but now, when his sickness is over, and so his stomach eased, his
desire being not at all alienate from his vomit, he turns him about and licks
up all, and so it is true which is written, "The dog is turned to his own
vomit again." [2 Pet. 2:22] Thus I say, being hot for heaven, by virtue only
of the sense and fear of the torments of hell, as their sense of hell and the
fears of damnation chills and cools, so their desires for heaven and salvation
cool also. So then it comes to pass, that when their guilt and fear is gone,
their desires for heaven and happiness die, and they return to their course

{377} 2. Another reason is, they have slavish fears that do overmaster them; I
speak now of the fears that they have of men, for "the fear of man bringeth a
snare". [Prov. 29:25] So then, though they seem to be hot for heaven, so long
as the flames of hell are about their ears, yet when that terror is a little
over, they betake themselves to second thoughts; namely, that it is good to be
wise, and not to run (for they know not what) the hazard of losing all, or, at
least, of bringing themselves into unavoidable and unnecessary troubles, and
so they fall in with the world again.

{378} 3. The shame that attends religion lies also as a block in their way;
they are proud and haughty; and religion in their eye is low and contemptible,
therefore, when they have lost their sense of hell and wrath to come, they
return again to their former course.

{379} 4. Guilt, and to meditate terror, are grievous to them. They like not to
see their misery before they come into it; though perhaps the sight of it
first, if they loved that sight, might make them fly whither the righteous fly
and are safe. But because they do, as I hinted before, even shun the thoughts
of guilt and terror, therefore, when once they are rid of their awakenings
about the terrors and wrath of God, they harden their hearts gladly, and
choose such ways as will harden them more and more.

{380} CHR. You are pretty near the business, for the bottom of all is for want
of a change in their mind and will. And therefore they are but like the felon
that standeth before the judge, he quakes and trembles, and seems to repent
most heartily, but the bottom of all is the fear of the halter; not that he
hath any detestation of the offence, as is evident, because, let but this man
have his liberty, and he will be a thief, and so a rogue still, whereas, if
his mind was changed, he would be otherwise.

{381} HOPE. Now I have showed you the reasons of their going back, do you show
me the manner thereof.

CHR. So I will willingly.

1. They draw off their thoughts, all that they may, from the remembrance of
God, death, and judgment to come.

2. Then they cast off by degrees private duties, as closet prayer, curbing
their lusts, watching, sorrow for sin, and the like.

3. Then they shun the company of lively and warm Christians.

4. After that they grow cold to public duty, as hearing, reading, godly
conference, and the like.

5. Then they begin to pick holes, as we say, in the coats of some of the
godly; and that devilishly, that they may have a seeming colour to throw
religion (for the sake of some infirmity they have espied in them) behind
their backs.

6. Then they begin to adhere to, and associate themselves with, carnal, loose,
and wanton men.

7. Then they give way to carnal and wanton discourses in secret; and glad are
they if they can see such things in any that are counted honest, that they may
the more boldly do it through their example.

8. After this they begin to play with little sins openly.

9. And then, being hardened, they show themselves as they are. Thus, being
launched again into the gulf of misery, unless a miracle of grace prevent it,
they everlastingly perish in their own deceivings.

{382} Now I saw in my dream, that by this time the Pilgrims were got over the
Enchanted Ground, and entering into the country of Beulah, whose air was very
sweet and pleasant, the way lying directly through it, they solaced themselves
there for a season. Yea, here they heard continually the singing of birds, and
saw every day the flowers appear on the earth, and heard the voice of the
turtle in the land. [Isa. 62:4, Song of Solomon 2:10-12] In this country the
sun shineth night and day; wherefore this was beyond the Valley of the Shadow
of Death, and also out of the reach of Giant Despair, neither could they from
this place so much as see Doubting Castle. Here they were within sight of the
city they were going to, also here met them some of the inhabitants thereof;
for in this land the Shining Ones commonly walked, because it was upon the
borders of heaven. In this land also, the contract between the bride and the
bridegroom was renewed; yea, here, "As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the
bride, so did their God rejoice over them." [Isa. 62:5] Here they had no want
of corn and wine; for in this place they met with abundance of what they had
sought for in all their pilgrimage. [Isa. 62:8] Here they heard voices from
out of the city, loud voices, saying, "`Say ye to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, thy salvation cometh! Behold, his reward is with him!' Here all the
inhabitants of the country called them, `The holy people, The redeemed of the
Lord, Sought out'", etc. [Isa. 62:11,12]

{383} Now as they walked in this land, they had more rejoicing than in parts
more remote from the kingdom to which they were bound; and drawing near to the
city, they had yet a more perfect view thereof. It was builded of pearls and
precious stones, also the street thereof was paved with gold; so that by
reason of the natural glory of the city, and the reflection of the sunbeams
upon it, Christian with desire fell sick; Hopeful also had a fit or two of the
same disease. Wherefore, here they lay by it a while, crying out, because of
their pangs, If ye find my beloved, tell him that I am sick of love.

{384} But, being a little strengthened, and better able to bear their
sickness, they walked on their way, and came yet nearer and nearer, where were
orchards, vineyards, and gardens, and their gates opened into the highway.
Now, as they came up to these places, behold the gardener stood in the way, to
whom the Pilgrims said, Whose goodly vineyards and gardens are these? He
answered, They are the King's, and are planted here for his own delight, and
also for the solace of pilgrims. So the gardener had them into the vineyards,
and bid them refresh themselves with the dainties. [Deut. 23:24] He also
showed them there the King's walks, and the arbours where he delighted to be;
and here they tarried and slept.

{385} Now I beheld in my dream that they talked more in their sleep at this
time than ever they did in all their journey; and being in a muse thereabout,
the gardener said even to me, Wherefore musest thou at the matter? It is the
nature of the fruit of the grapes of these vineyards to go down so sweetly as
to cause the lips of them that are asleep to speak.

{386} So I saw that when they awoke, they addressed themselves to go up to the
city; but, as I said, the reflection of the sun upon the city (for the city
was pure gold) was so extremely glorious that they could not, as yet, with
open face behold it, but through an instrument made for that purpose. So I
saw, that as I went on, there met them two men, in raiment that shone like
gold; also their faces shone as the light. [Rev. 21:18, 2 Cor. 3:18]

{387} These men asked the Pilgrims whence they came; and they told them. They
also asked them where they had lodged, what difficulties and dangers, what
comforts and pleasures they had met in the way; and they told them. Then said
the men that met them, You have but two difficulties more to meet with, and
then you are in the city.

{388} Christian then, and his companion, asked the men to go along with them;
so they told them they would. But, said they, you must obtain it by your own
faith. So I saw in my dream that they went on together, until they came in
sight of the gate.

{389} Now, I further saw, that betwixt them and the gate was a river, but
there was no bridge to go over: the river was very deep. At the sight,
therefore, of this river, the Pilgrims were much stunned; but the men that
went in with them said, You must go through, or you cannot come at the gate.

{390} The Pilgrims then began to inquire if there was no other way to the
gate; to which they answered, Yes; but there hath not any, save two, to wit,
Enoch and Elijah, been permitted to tread that path since the foundation of
the world, nor shall, until the last trumpet shall sound. [1 Cor. 15:51,52]
The Pilgrims then, especially Christian, began to despond in their minds, and
looked this way and that, but no way could be found by them by which they
might escape the river. Then they asked the men if the waters were all of a
depth. They said: No; yet they could not help them in that case; for, said
they, you shall find it deeper or shallower as you believe in the King of the

*In the Resurrection of the Righteous. [Rev. 20:4-6]

{391} They then addressed themselves to the water and, entering, Christian
began to sink, and crying out to his good friend Hopeful, he said, I sink in
deep waters; the billows go over my head, all his waves go over me! Selah.

{392} Christian's conflict at the hour of death

Then said the other, Be of good cheer, my brother, I feel the bottom, and it
is good. Then said Christian, Ah! my friend, the sorrows of death hath
compassed me about; I shall not see the land that flows with milk and honey;
and with that a great darkness and horror fell upon Christian, so that he
could not see before him. Also here he in great measure lost his senses, so
that he could neither remember nor orderly talk of any of those sweet
refreshments that he had met with in the way of his pilgrimage. But all the
words that he spake still tended to discover that he had horror of mind, and
heart fears that he should die in that river, and never obtain entrance in at
the gate. Here also, as they that stood by perceived, he was much in the
troublesome thoughts of the sins that he had committed, both since and before
he began to be a pilgrim. It was also observed that he was troubled with
apparitions of hobgoblins and evil spirits, for ever and anon he would
intimate so much by words. Hopeful, therefore, here had much ado to keep his
brother's head above water; yea, sometimes he would be quite gone down, and
then, ere a while, he would rise up again half dead. Hopeful also would
endeavour to comfort him, saying, Brother, I see the gate, and men standing by
to receive us: but Christian would answer, It is you, it is you they wait for;
you have been Hopeful ever since I knew you. And so have you, said he to
Christian. Ah! brother! said he, surely if I was right he would now arise to
help me; but for my sins he hath brought me into the snare, and hath left me.
Then said Hopeful, My brother, you have quite forgot the text, where it is
said of the wicked, "There are no bands in their death, but their strength is
firm. They are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued like
other men. [Ps. 73:4,5] These troubles and distresses that you go through in
these waters are no sign that God hath forsaken you; but are sent to try you,
whether you will call to mind that which heretofore you have received of his
goodness, and live upon him in your distresses.

{393} Then I saw in my dream, that Christian was as in a muse a while. To whom
also Hopeful added this word, Be of good cheer, Jesus Christ maketh thee
whole; and with that Christian brake out with a loud voice, Oh, I see him
again! and he tells me, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with
thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee." [Isa. 43:2] Then
they both took courage, and the enemy was after that as still as a stone,
until they were gone over. Christian therefore presently found ground to stand
upon, and so it followed that the rest of the river was but shallow. Thus they
got over. Now, upon the bank of the river, on the other side, they saw the two
shining men again, who there waited for them; wherefore, being come out of the
river, they saluted them, saying, We are ministering spirits, sent forth to
minister for those that shall be heirs of salvation. Thus they went along
towards the gate.

{394} Now you must note that the city stood upon a mighty hill, but the
Pilgrims went up that hill with ease, because they had these two men to lead
them up by the arms; also, they had left their mortal garments behind them in
the river, for though they went in with them, they came out without them.
They, therefore, went up here with much agility and speed, though the
foundation upon which the city was framed was higher than the clouds. They
therefore went up through the regions of the air, sweetly talking as they
went, being comforted, because they safely got over the river, and had such
glorious companions to attend them.

Now, now, look how the holy pilgrims ride, Clouds are their chariots, angels
are their guide: Who would not here for him all hazards run, That thus
provides for his when this world's done?

{395} The talk they had with the Shining Ones was about the glory of the
place; who told them that the beauty and glory of it was inexpressible. There,
said they, is the Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the innumerable company
of angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect. [Heb. 12:22-24] You are
going now, said they, to the paradise of God, wherein you shall see the tree
of life, and eat of the never-fading fruits thereof; and when you come there,
you shall have white robes given you, and your walk and talk shall be every
day with the King, even all the days of eternity. [Rev. 2:7, 3:4, 21:4,5]
There you shall not see again such things as you saw when you were in the
lower region upon the earth, to wit, sorrow, sickness, affliction, and death,
for the former things are passed away. You are now going to Abraham, to Isaac,
and Jacob, and to the prophets -- men that God hath taken away from the evil
to come, and that are now resting upon their beds, each one walking in his
righteousness. [Isa. 57:1,2, 65:17] The men then asked, What must we do in the
holy place? To whom it was answered, You must there receive the comforts of
all your toil, and have joy for all your sorrow; you must reap what you have
sown, even the fruit of all your prayers, and tears, and sufferings for the
King by the way. [Gal. 6:7] In that place you must wear crowns of gold, and
enjoy the perpetual sight and vision of the Holy One, for there you shall see
him as he is. [1 John 3:2] There also you shall serve him continually with
praise, with shouting, and thanksgiving, whom you desired to serve in the
world, though with much difficulty, because of the infirmity of your flesh.
There your eyes shall be delighted with seeing, and your ears with hearing the
pleasant voice of the Mighty One. There you shall enjoy your friends again
that are gone thither before you; and there you shall with joy receive, even
every one that follows into the holy place after you. There also shall you be
clothed with glory and majesty, and put into an equipage fit to ride out with
the King of Glory. When he shall come with sound of trumpet in the clouds, as
upon the wings of the wind, you shall come with him; and when he shall sit
upon the throne of judgment; you shall sit by him; yea, and when he shall pass
sentence upon all the workers of iniquity, let them be angels or men, you also
shall have a voice in that judgment, because they were his and your enemies.
[1 Thes. 4:13-16, Jude 1:14, Dan. 7:9,10, 1 Cor. 6:2,3] Also, when he shall
again return to the city, you shall go too, with sound of trumpet, and be ever
with him.

{396} Now while they were thus drawing towards the gate, behold a company of
the heavenly host came out to meet them; to whom it was said, by the other two
Shining Ones, These are the men that have loved our Lord when they were in the
world, and that have left all for his holy name; and he hath sent us to fetch
them, and we have brought them thus far on their desired journey, that they
may go in and look their Redeemer in the face with joy. Then the heavenly host
gave a great shout, saying, "Blessed are they which are called unto the
marriage supper of the Lamb." [Rev. 19:9] There came out also at this time to
meet them, several of the King's trumpeters, clothed in white and shining
raiment, who, with melodious noises, and loud, made even the heavens to echo
with their sound. These trumpeters saluted Christian and his fellow with ten
thousand welcomes from the world; and this they did with shouting, and sound
of trumpet.

{397} This done, they compassed them round on every side; some went before,
some behind, and some on the right hand, some on the left, (as it were to
guard them through the upper regions), continually sounding as they went, with
melodious noise, in notes on high: so that the very sight was, to them that
could behold it, as if heaven itself was come down to meet them. Thus,
therefore, they walked on together; and as they walked, ever and anon these
trumpeters, even with joyful sound, would, by mixing their music with looks
and gestures, still signify to Christian and his brother, how welcome they
were into their company, and with what gladness they came to meet them; and
now were these two men, as it were, in heaven, before they came at it, being
swallowed up with the sight of angels, and with hearing of their melodious
notes. Here also they had the city itself in view, and they thought they heard
all the bells therein to ring, to welcome them thereto. But above all, the
warm and joyful thoughts that they had about their own dwelling there, with
such company, and that for ever and ever. Oh, by what tongue or pen can their
glorious joy be expressed! And thus they came up to the gate.

{398} Now, when they were come up to the gate, there was written over it in
letters of gold, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may
have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the
city." [Rev. 22:14]

{399} Then I saw in my dream that the Shining Men bid them call at the gate;
the which, when they did, some looked from above over the gate, to wit, Enoch,
Moses, and Elijah, &c., to whom it was said, These pilgrims are come from the
City of Destruction, for the love that they bear to the King of this place;
and then the Pilgrims gave in unto them each man his certificate, which they
had received in the beginning; those, therefore, were carried in to the King,
who, when he had read them, said, Where are the men? To whom it was answered,
They are standing without the gate. The King then commanded to open the gate,
"That the righteous nation," said he, "which keepeth the truth, may enter in."
[Isa. 26:2]

{400} Now I saw in my dream that these two men went in at the gate: and lo, as
they entered, they were transfigured, and they had raiment put on that shone
like gold. There was also that met them with harps and crowns, and gave them
to them -- the harps to praise withal, and the crowns in token of honour. Then
I heard in my dream that all the bells in the city rang again for joy, and
that it was said unto them, "ENTER YE INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD." I also heard
the men themselves, that they sang with a loud voice, saying, "BLESSING AND

{401} Now, just as the gates were opened to let in the men, I looked in after
them, and, behold, the City shone like the sun; the streets also were paved
with gold, and in them walked many men, with crowns on their heads, palms in
their hands, and golden harps to sing praises withal.

{402} There were also of them that had wings, and they answered one another
without intermission, saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord." [Rev. 4:8] And
after that they shut up the gates; which, when I had seen, I wished myself
among them.

{403} Now while I was gazing upon all these things, I turned my head to look
back, and saw Ignorance come up to the river side; but he soon got over, and
that without half that difficulty which the other two men met with. For it
happened that there was then in that place, one Vain-hope, a ferryman, that
with his boat helped him over; so he, as the other I saw, did ascend the hill,
to come up to the gate, only he came alone; neither did any man meet him with
the least encouragement. When he was come up to the gate, he looked up to the
writing that was above, and then began to knock, supposing that entrance
should have been quickly administered to him; but he was asked by the men that
looked over the top of the gate, Whence came you, and what would you have? He
answered, I have eat and drank in the presence of the King, and he has taught
in our streets. Then they asked him for his certificate, that they might go in
and show it to the King; so he fumbled in his bosom for one, and found none.
Then said they, Have you none? But the man answered never a word. So they told
the King, but he would not come down to see him, but commanded the two Shining
Ones that conducted Christian and Hopeful to the City, to go out and take
Ignorance, and bind him hand and foot, and have him away. Then they took him
up, and carried him through the air to the door that I saw in the side of the
hill, and put him in there. Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from
the gates of heaven, as well as from the City of Destruction. So I awoke, and
behold it was a dream.

{404} The Conclusion.

Men Never Learn From History!

It is a heart problem!

 Men refuse to learn the lessons afforded by the light of HISTORY:

 the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!

Two Basic Reasons For Our Failing Our History Lesson!

The Removing Of The Anchoring Landmarks
We have steadily almost imperceptibly at times removed one by one the great principles that were part of the formulation of the United States of America.

We have been busy for generations removing the anchoring landmarks that came as a result of the revivals God blessed this country with in its early years by the preaching of the word of GOD.

We have disobeyed the commandment in Proverbs 22:28- Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.

The Departure from the BIBLE
What was the catalyst or reason for this downward spiral? Are you ready! The eyes of men everywhere had been clouded over with cataracts because of our apostasy or departure from the BIBLE … God’s word (and more exactly including the multiplicity of translations and corruption's to God's written word).
This apostasy began in America in the BIBLE SCHOOLS early in the last century (1901) when Philip Schaff (with other rank liberals who had rot-gut unbelief in God's word within their hearts) colluded with the English RV committee of 1885 (Westcott and Hort) to produce the American Standard Version (ASV), also known as the Rock of Bible Honesty by the scholars, or more accurately, by Bible believers, as a prime example of a new age version of a corrupted bible.

Baptist Heritage

It is to the Baptists ... that we owe primarily ... our religious freedom, and it is Roger Williams [of Rhode Island] in particular, that is the most important contributor of our religious freedom we enjoy in the United States of America.
The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience is the primary document, which provided the underlying principles for religious freedom, which in turn gave rise to the then future documents of The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution and The Bill Of Rights.