Sermons on the Commandments

Sermons on the Commandments

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...thy father and thy mother, that "thy days may be long upon the land, which "the Lord thy God giveth thee." St. Paul seems to have thought, that the promise of long life was not done away by the Gospel. "Honour thy father and thy mother," says the apostle, in the Epistle to the Ephesians, "that it may be well with thee, and that "thou mayest live long on the earth." Many of the rewards offered to the Israelites were temporal and local, but we may see, from this passage, that even under the Christian dispensation, the promise of long life is attendant still upon filial obedience. And experience will shew the general completion of the promise. There is, as before remarked, such a connection between this and other virtues, as must preserve from those scenes and dangers, to which vice so often exposes men. Cursed with this crime, the heart becomes barren and fruitless. No virtue, public or private, can take root and flourish. A child begins by disobeying and dishonouring his parents and instructors. He gives himself up to vicious courses and bad company; he loses his peace of mind, he ruins his health, his character and his property; at full liberty, as he thinks, to indulge every passion and satisfy all his follies, death overtakes him unawares. The disease of intemperance preys upon his strength; the pangs of conscience, and the miseries of want goad him to despair. He is tempted to crimes, which he expiates with his life, on the public scaffold. How many a criminal has confessed, in his last moments, that disobedience to parents was the origin of that depraved and desperate wickedness, which led him to sin, to infamy, and death. Duel ling and suicide often terminate a wicked liifspent life. How...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880811
  • 9781236880819