Caryl's work is a monolithic achievement, even by Puritan standards. His exegesis is lengthy, meaty, and timeless. There are many thoughts and applications in Caryl's work that cannot be found elsewhere. In the nineteenth-century, an abridgement of Caryl's work appeared, but how one can skillfully reduce twelve octavo volumes into a single work of nearly 200 pages is something of a mystery. Spurgeon said it best: "We do not believe in an abridgment of a book which is good throughout. Think of twelve large volumes condensed into one small one! An ox in a gallipot [a small jar used to hold medicines] is nothing to it" (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 76). No modern work has ever dealt with Job in similar fashion to Caryl. Literally, he has weaved a whole body of divinity.