The Ten Commandments by Thomas Watson
2. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
2.1 The First Commandment
'Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' Exod xx 3.
Why is the commandment in the second person singular, Thou? Why
does not God say, You shall have no other gods?
Because the commandment concerns every one, and God would have
each one take it as spoken to him by name. Though we are forward to
take privileges to ourselves, yet we are apt to shift off duties
from ourselves to others; therefore the commandment is in the second
person, Thou and Thou, that every one may know that it is spoken to
him, as it were, by name. We come now to the commandment, 'Thou
shalt have no other gods before me.' This may well lead the van, and
be set in the front of all the commandments, because it is the
foundation of all true religion. The sum of this commandment is,
that we should sanctify God in our hearts, and give him a precedence
above all created beings. There are two branches of this
commandment 1. That we must have one God. 2. That we must have but
one. Or thus, 1. That we must have God for our God. 2. That we must
have no other.
1. That we must have God for our God. It is manifest that we
must have a God, and 'who is God save the Lord?' 2 Sam xxii 32. The
Lord Jehovah (one God in three persons) is the true, living, eternal
God; and him we must have for our God.
 To have God to be a God to us, is to acknowledge him for a
God. The gods of the heathen are idols. Psa xcvi 5. And 'we know that
an idol is nothing' (1 Cor viii 4); that is, it has nothing of Deity
in it. If we cry, 'Help, O Idol,' an idol cannot help; the idols
themselves were carried into captivity, so that an idol is nothing.
Isa xlvi 2. Vanity is ascribed to it, we do not therefore acknowledge
it to be a god. Jer xiv 22. But we have this God to be a God to us,
when, ex animo [from the heart], we acknowledge him to be God. All
the people fell on their faces and said, 'The Lord he is the God!
the Lord he is the God!' 1 Kings xviii 39. Yea, we acknowledge him to
be the only God. 'O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the
cherubim, thou art the God, even thou alone.' 2 Kings xix 15. Deity
is a jewel that belongs only to his crown. Further, we acknowledge
there is no God like him. 'And Solomon stood before the altar of the
Lord; and he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee.' I
Kings viii xxii2, 23. 'For who in the heaven can be compared unto the
Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the
Lord?' Psa lxxxix 6. In the Chaldee it is, 'Who among the angels?' None
can do as God; he brought the world out of nothing; 'And hangeth the
earth upon nothing.' Job xxvi 7. It makes God to be a God to us, when
we are persuaded in our hearts, and confess with our tongues, and
subscribe with our hands, that he is the only true God, and that
there is none comparable to him.
 To have God to be a God to us is to choose him. 'Choose you
this day whom ye will serve but as for me and my house we will
serve the Lord' that is, we will choose the Lord to be our God.
Josh xxiv 15. It is one thing for the judgement to approve of God,
and another for the will to choose him. Religion is not a matter of
chance, but choice.
Before choosing God for our God, there must be knowledge. We
must know him before we can choose him. Before any one choose the
person he will marry, he must have some knowledge of that person; so
we must know God before we can choose him for our God. 'Know thou
the God of thy father.' I Chron xxviii 9. We must know God in his
attributes, as glorious in holiness, rich in mercy, and faithful in
promises. We must know him in his Son. As the face is represented in
a glass, so in Christ, as in a transparent glass, we see God's
beauty and love shine forth. This knowledge must go before choosing
God. Lactantius said, all the learning of the philosophers was
without a head, because it wanted the knowledge of God. This
choosing is an act of mature deliberation. The Christian having
viewed the superlative excellences in God, and being stricken with a
holy admiration of his perfections, singles him out from all other
objects to set his heart upon, and says as Jacob, 'The Lord shall be
my God.' Gen xxviii 21. He that chooses God, devotes himself to God.
'Thy servant who is devoted to thy fear.' Psa cxix 38. As the
vessels of the sanctuary were consecrated and set apart from common
to holy uses, so he who has chosen God to be his God, has dedicated
himself to God, and will no more be devoted to profane uses.
 To have God to be a God to us, is to enter into solemn
covenant with him, that he shall be our God. After choice the
marriage-covenant follows. As God makes a covenant with us, 'I will
make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of
David' (Isa lv 3); so we make a covenant with him, 'They entered
into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers.' 2 Chron xv
12. 'One shall say, I am the Lord's and another shall subscribe
with his hand unto the Lord;' like soldiers that subscribe their
names in the muster roll. Isa xlv 5. This covenant, 'That God shall
be our God,' we have often renewed in the Lord's Supper; which, like
a seal to a bond, binds us fast to God, and so keeps us that we do
not depart from him.
 To have God to be a God to us, is to give him adoration
which consists in reverencing him 'God is to be had in reverence of
all them that are about him.' Psa lxxxix 7. The seraphim, who stood
about God's throne, covered their faces (Isa vii), and Elijah wrapped
himself in a mantle when the Lord passed by, in token of reverence.
This reverence shows the high esteem we have of God's sacred
majesty. Adoration consists in bowing to him, or worshipping him.
'Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.' Psa xxix 2. 'They bowed
their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the
ground.' Neh viii 6. Divine worship is the peculiar honour belonging
to the Godhead; which God is jealous of, and will have no creature
share in. 'My glory will I not give to another.' Isa xlii 8.
Magistrates may have a civil respect or veneration, but God only
should have a religious adoration.
 To have God to be a God to us, is to fear him. 'That thou
mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord thy God.' Deut
xxviii 58. This fearing God is (1) To have him always in our eye, 'I
have set the Lord always before me.' Psa xvii 8. 'Mine eyes are ever
towards the Lord.' Psa 25 15. He who fears God imagines that
whatever he is doing, God looks on, and as a judge, weighs all his
actions. (2) To fear God is to have such a holy awe of God upon our
hearts, that we dare not sin. 'Stand in awe and sin not.' Psa iv 4.
The wicked sin and fear not; the godly fear and sin not. 'How then
can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?' Gen xxxix 9. Bid
me sin, and you bid me drink poison. It is a saying of Anselm, 'If
hell were on one side, and sin on the other, I would rather leap
into hell, than willingly sin against my God.' He who fears God will
not sin, though it be ever so secret. 'Thou shalt not curse the
deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind, but shalt fear thy
God.' Lev xix 14. Suppose you should curse a deaf man, he could not
hear you; or you were to lay a block in a blind man's way, and cause
him to fall, he could not see you do it; but the fear of God will
make you forsake sins which can neither be heard nor seen by men.
The fear of God destroys the fear of man. The three children feared
God, therefore they feared not the king's wrath. Dan 3 16. The
greater noise drowns the less; the noise of thunder drowns the noise
of a river; so, when the fear of God is supreme in the soul, it
drowns all other carnal fear. It makes God to be God to us when we
have a holy filial fear of him.
 To have God to be a God to us, is to trust in him. 'Mine
eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord in thee is my trust.' Psa cxli
8. 'The God of my rock, in him will I trust.' 2 Sam xxii 3. There is
none in whom we can trust but God. All creatures are a refuge of
lies; they are like the Egyptian reed, too weak to support us, but
strong enough to wound us. 2 Kings xviii 21. Omnis motus fit super
immobili [The immovable is undisturbed by any commotion]. God only
is a sufficient foundation to build our trust upon. When we trust
him, we make him a God to us; when we do not trust him, we make him
an idol. Trusting in God is to rely on his power as a Creator, and
on his love as a Father. Trusting in God is to commit our chief
treasure, our soul, to him. 'Into thy hands I commit my spirit.' Psa
xxxi 5. As the orphan trusts his estate with his guardian, so we
trust our souls with God. Then he becomes a God to us.
But how shall we know that we trust in God aright? If we trust
in God aright, we shall trust him at one time as well as another.
'Trust in him at all times.' Psa lxii 8. Can we trust him in our
straits? When the fig-tree does not flourish, when our earthly
crutches are broken, can we lean upon God's promise? When the pipes
are cut off that used to bring us comfort, can we live upon God, in
whom are all our fresh springs? When we have no bread to eat but the
bread of carefulness (Ezek xii 19), when we have no water to drink
but tears, as in Psa lxxx 5 'Thou givest them tears to drink in
great measure;' can we then trust in God's providence to supply us?
A good Christian believes, that if God feeds the ravens, he will
feed his children, he lives upon God's all-sufficiency, not only for
grace, but for food. He believes if God gives him heaven, he will
give daily bread; he trusts his bond 'Verily thou shalt be fed.'
Psa xxxvii 3. Can we trust God in our fears? When adversaries grow high
can we display the banner of faith? 'What time I am afraid, I will
trust in thee.' Psa lvii 3. Faith cures the trembling in heart; it
gets above fear, as oil swims above the water. To trust in God,
makes him to be a God to us.
 To have God to be a God to us, is to love him. In the godly
fear and love kiss each other.
 To have him to be a God to us, is to obey him. Upon this I
shall speak more at large in the second commandment.
Why must use cleave to the Lord as our God?
(1) Because of its equity. It is but just that we should cleave
to him from whom we receive our being. Who can have a better right
to us than he that gives us our breath? For 'it is he that made us,
and not we ourselves.' Psa c 3. It is unjust, yea, ungrateful, to
give away our love or worship to any but God.
(2) Because of its utility. If we cleave to the Lord as our
God, then he will bless us 'God, even our own God, shall bless us.'
Psa lxvii 6. He will bless us in our estate. 'Blessed shall be the
fruit of thy ground blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.'
Deut xxviii 4, 5. We shall not only have our sacks full of corn, but
money in the mouth of the sack. He will bless us with peace. 'The
Lord will bless his people with peace.' Psa xxix 11. With outward
peace, which is the nurse of plenty. 'He maketh peace in thy
borders.' Psa cxlvii 14. With inward peace, a smiling conscience,
which is sweeter than the dropping of honey. God will turn all evils
to our good. Rom viii 28. He will make a treacle of poison. Joseph's
imprisonment was a means for his advancement. Gen l 20. Out of the
bitterest drug he will distil his glory and our salvation. In short,
he will be our guide to death, our comfort in death, and our reward
after death. The utility of it, therefore, may make us cleave to the
Lord as our God. 'Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.' Psa
(3) Because of its necessity. If God be not our God, he will
curse our blessings; and God's curse blasts wherever it comes. Mal
ii 2. If God be not our God, we have none to help us in misery. Will
he help his enemies? Will he assist those who disclaim him? If we do
not make God to be our God, he will make himself to be our judge;
and if he condemns, there is no appealing to a higher court. There
is a necessity, therefore, for having God for our God, unless we
intend to be eternally espoused to misery.
If we must have the Lord Jehovah for our one God, it
condemns the Atheists who have no God. 'The fool has said in his
heart, There is no God.' Psa xv 1. There is no God he believes in,
or worships. Such Atheists were Diagoras and Theodorus. When Seneca
reproved Nero for his impieties, Nero said, 'Dost thou think I
believe there is any God, when I do such things?' The duke of
Silesia was so infatuated, that he affirmed, Neque inferos, neque
superos esse; that there was neither God nor devil. We may see God
in the works of his fingers. The creation is a great volume in which
we may read a Godhead, and he must needs put out his own eyes that
denies a God. Aristotle, though a heathen, not only acknowledged
God, when he cried out, 'Thou Being of beings, have mercy on me,'
but he thought he that did not confess a Deity was not worthy to
live. They who will not believe a God, shall feel him. 'It is a
fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.' Heb x 31.
Christians are condemned who profess to own God for
their God and yet do not live as if he were their God. (1) They do
not believe in him as a God. When they look upon their sins, they
are apt to say, Can God pardon? When they look upon their wants,
they say, Can God provide, can he prepare a table in the wilderness?
(2) They do not love him as a God. They do not give him the cream of
their love, but are prone to love other things more than God; they
say they love God, but will part with nothing for him. (3) They do
not worship him as God. They do not give him that reverence, nor
pray with that devotion, as if they were praying to a God. How dead
are their hearts! If not dead in sin, they are dead to duty. They
pray as to a god that has eyes and sees not, ears and hears not. In
hearing the Word, how much distraction, and what regardless hearts
have many! They are thinking of their shops and drugs. Would a king
take it well at our hands, if, when speaking to us, we should be
playing with a feather? When God is speaking to us in his Word, and
our hearts are taken up with thoughts about the world, is not this
playing with a feather? Oh, how should this humble most of us, that
we do not make God to be a God to us! We do not believe in him, love
him, worship him as God. Many heathens have worshipped their false
gods with more seriousness and devotion than some Christians do the
true God. O let us chide ourselves; did I say chide? Let us abhor
ourselves for our deadness and formality in religion; how we have
professed God, and yet have not worshipped him as God.
II. That we must have no other god. 'Thou shalt have no other
gods before me.
What is meant by the words, Before me?
It means before my face; in conspectu meo, in my sight. 'Cursed
be the man that maketh any graven image, and putteth it in a secret
place.' Deut xxvii 15. Some would not bow to the idol in the sight of
others, but they would secretly bow to it; but though this was out
of man's sight, it was not out of God's sight. 'Cursed, therefore,'
says God, 'be he that puts the image in a secret place.' 'Thou shalt
have no other gods.' 1. There is really no other god. 2. We must
have no other.
 There is really no other god. The Valentinians held there
were two gods; the Polytheists, that there were many; the Persian
worshipped the sun; the Egyptians, the ox and elephant; the
Grecians, Jupiter; but there is no other than the true God. 'Know,
therefore, this day, and consider it in thy heart, that the Lord he
is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is none
else.' Deut iv 39. For, (1) There is but one First Cause, that has
its being of itself, and on which all other beings depend. As in the
heavens the Primum Mobile moves all the other orbs, so God is the
Great Mover, he gives life and motion to everything that exists.
(2) There is but one Omnipotent Power. If there be two
omnipotent, we must always suppose a contest between the two that
which one would do, the other, being equal, would oppose; and so all
things would be brought into confusion. If a ship should have two
pilots of equal power, one would be ever crossing the other; when
one would sail the other would cast anchor; there would be
confusion, and the ship would perish. The order and harmony in the
world, the constant and uniform government of all things, is a clear
argument that there is but one Omnipotent, one God that rules all.
'I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God.'
Isa xliv 6.
 We must have no other god. 'Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.' This commandment forbids (1) Serving a false god, and
not the true God. 'Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a
stone, Thou hast brought me forth.' Jer ii 27. (2) Joining a false
god with a true. 'They feared the Lord, and served their own gods.'
2 Kings xvii 33. These are forbidden in the commandment; we must
adhere to the true God, and no other. 'God is a jealous God,' and he
will endure no rival. A wife cannot lawfully have two husbands at
once; nor may we have two gods. Thou shalt worship no other god, for
the Lord is a jealous God.' Exod. xxxiv 14. 'Their sorrows shall be
multiplied that hasten after another god.' Psa xvii 4. The Lord
interprets it a 'forsaking of him' to espouse any other god. 'They
forsook the Lord, and followed other gods.' Judges ii 12. God would
not have his people so much as make mention of idol gods. 'Make no
mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of
thy mouth.' Exod xxiii 13. 'God looks upon it as breaking the
marriage-covenant, to go after other gods. Therefore, when Israel
committed idolatry with the golden calf, God disclaimed his interest
in them. 'Thy people have corrupted themselves.' Exod xxxii 7. Before,
God called Israel his people; but when they went after other gods,
'Now,' saith the Lord to Moses, 'they are no more my people but thy
people.' 'Plead with your mother, plead; for she is not my wife.'
Hos ii 2. She does not keep faith with me, she has stained herself
with idols, therefore I will divorce her, 'she is not my wife.' To
go after other gods, is what God cannot bear; it makes the fury rise
up in his face. 'If thy brother, or thy son, or the wife of thy
bosom or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee
secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, thou shalt not
consent unto him, neither shall thine eye pity him; but thou shalt
surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to
death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.' Deut xiii 6, 8, 9.
What is it to have other gods besides the true God? I fear upon
search, we have more idolaters among us than we are aware of.
(1) To trust in any thing more than God, is to make it a god.
If we trust in our riches, we make riches our god. We may take
comfort, but not put confidence in them. It is a foolish thing to
trust in them. They are deceitful riches, and it is foolish to trust
to that which will deceive us. Matt xiii 22. They have no solid
consistency, they are like landscapes or golden dreams, which leave
the soul empty when it awakes or comes to itself. They are not what
they promise; they promise to satisfy our desires, and they increase
them; they promise to stay with us, and they take wings. They are
hurtful. 'Riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.' Eccl v
13. It is foolish to trust to that which will hurt one. Who would
take hold of the edge of a razor to help him? They are often fuel
for pride and lust. Ezek xxviii 5. Jer v 7. It is folly to trust in
our riches; but how many do, and make money their god! 'The rich
man's wealth is his strong city.' Prov 10 15. He makes the wedge of
gold his hope. Job xxxi 24. God made man of the dust of the earth,
and man makes a god of the dust of the earth. Money is his creator,
redeemer, comforter his creator, for if he has money, he thinks he
is made; his redeemer, for if he be in danger, he trusts to his
money to redeem him; his comforter, for if he be sad, money is the
golden harp to drive away the evil spirit. Thus by trusting to
money, we make it a god.
If we trust in the arm of flesh, we make it a god. 'Cursed be
the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.' Jer xvii 5.
The Syrians trusted in their army, which was so numerous that it
filled the country; but this arm of flesh withered. 1 Kings xx 27,
29. What we make our trust, God makes our shame. The sheep run to
the hedges for shelter, and they lose their wool; so we have run to
second causes to help us, and have lost much of our golden fleece;
they have not only been reeds to fail us, but thorns to prick us. We
have broken our parliament-crutches, by leaning too hard upon them.
If we trust in our wisdom, we make it a god. 'Let not the wise
man glory in his wisdom.' Jer ix 23. Glorying is the height of
confidence. Many a man makes an idol of his wit and parts; he
deifies himself, but how often does God take the wise in their own
craftiness! Job v 13. Ahithophel had a great wit, his counsel was
as the oracle of God; but his wit brought him to the halter. 2 Sam
If we trust in our civility, we make it a god. Many trust to
this, that none can charge them with gross sin. Civility is but
nature refined and cultivated; a man may be washed, and not changed;
his life may be civil, and yet there may be some reigning sin in his
heart. The Pharisee could say, 'I am no adulterer' (Luke xviii 11);
but he could not say, 'I am not proud.' To trust to civility, is to
trust to a spider's web.
If we trust to our duties to save us, we make them a god. 'Our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags;' they are fly-blown with sin.
Isa 64 6. Put gold in the fire, and much dross comes out so our
most golden duties are mixed with infirmity. We are apt either to
neglect duty, or idolise it. Use duty, but do not trust to it; for
then you make it a god. Trust not to your praying and hearing; they
are means of salvation, but they are not saviours. If you make
duties bladders to trust to, you may sink with them to hell.
If we trust in our grace, we make a god of it. Grace is but a
creature; if we trust to it we make it an idol. Grace is imperfect,
and we must not trust to that which is imperfect to save us. 'I have
walked in my integrity I have trusted also in the Lord.' Psa xxvi 1
David walked in his integrity; but did not trust in his integrity.
'I have trusted in the Lord.' If we trust in our graces, we make a
Christ of them. They are good graces, but bad Christs.
(2) To love any thing more than God, is to make it a god. If we
love our estate more than God, we make it a god. The young man in
the gospel loved his gold better than his Saviour; the world lay
nearer his heart than Christ. Matt xix 22. Fulgens hoc aurum
praestringit oculos [This gold with its glitter blinds the eyes].
Varius. The covetous man is called an idolater. Eph v 5. Why so?
Because he loves his estate more than God, and so makes it his god.
Though he does not bow down to an idol, if he worships the graven
image in his coins, he is an idolater. That which has most of the
heart, we make a god of.
If we love our pleasure more than God, we make a god of it.
'Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.' 2 Tim iii 4. Many let
loose the reins, and give themselves up to all manner of sensual
delights; they idolise pleasure. 'They take the timbrel, and the
harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. They spend their days
in mirth.' Job xxi 12, 13, (mg). I have read of a place in Africa,
where the people spend all their time in dancing and making merry;
and have not we many who make a god of pleasure, who spend their
time in going to plays and visiting ball-rooms, as if God had made
them like the leviathan, to play in the water? Psa civ 26. In the
country of Sardinia there is a herb like balm, that if any one eats
too much of it, he will die laughing such a herb is pleasure, if
any one feeds immoderately on it, he will go laughing to hell. Let
such as make a god of pleasure read but these two Scriptures. 'The
heart of fools is in the house of mirth.' Eccl vii 4. 'How much she
has lived deliciously, so much torment give her.' Rev xviii 7. Sugar
laid in a damp place turns to water; so all the sugared joys and
pleasures of sinners will turn to the water of tears at last.
If we love our belly more than God, we make a god of it. 'Whose
god is their belly.' Phil iii 19. Clemens Alexandrinus writes of a
fish that had its heart in its belly; an emblem of epicures, whose
heart is in their belly; they seek sacrificare lari, their belly is
their god, and to this god they pour drink offerings. The Lord
allows what is fitting for the recruiting of nature. 'I will send
grass, that thou mayest eat and be full.' Deut xi 15. But to mind
nothing but the indulging of the appetite, is idolatry. 'Whose god
is their belly.' What pity is it, that the soul, that princely part,
which sways the sceptre of reason and is akin to angels, should be
enslaved to the brutish part!
If we love a child more than God, we make a god of it. How many
are guilty in this kind? They think of their children, and delight
more in them than in God; they grieve more for the loss of their
first-born, than for the loss of their first love. This is to make
an idol of a child, and to set it in God's room. Thus God is often
provoked to take away our children. If we love the jewel more than
him that gave it, God will take away the jewel, that our love may
return to him again.
It reproves such as have other gods, and so renounce
the true God. (1) Such as set up idols. 'According to the number of
thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.' Jer ii 28. 'Their altars are as
heaps in the furrows of the field.' Hos xii 11. (2) Such as seek to
familiar spirits. This is a sin condemned by the law of God. 'There
shall not be found among you a consulted with familiar spirits.'
Deut xviii 11. Ordinarily, if people have lost any of their goods,
they send to wizards and soothsayers, to know how they may come by
them again. What is this but to make a god of the devil, by
consulting with him, and putting their trust in him? What! because
you have lost your goods will you lose your souls too? 2 Kings i 6.
Is it not because you think there is not a God in heaven, that you
ask counsel of the devil? If any be guilty, be humbled.
It sounds a retreat in our ears. Let it call us off
from idolising any creature, and lead us to renounce other gods, and
cleave to the true God and his service. If we go away from God, we
know not where to mend ourselves.
(1) It is honourable to serve the true God. Servire Deo est
regnare [To serve God is to reign]. It is more honour to serve God,
than to have kings serve us. (2) Serving the true God is delightful.
'I will make them joyful in my house of prayer.' Isa lvii 7. God
often displays the banner of his love in an ordinance, and pours the
oil of gladness into the heart. All God's ways are pleasantness, his
paths are strewed with roses. Prov iii 17. (3) Serving the true God
is beneficial. Men have great gain here, the hidden manna, inward
peace, and a great reward to come. They that serve God shall have a
kingdom when they die, and shall wear a crown made of the flowers of
paradise. Luke xii 32; 1 Pet v 4. To serve the true God is our true
interest. God has twisted his glory and our salvation together. He
bids us believe; and why? That we may be saved. Therefore,
renouncing all others, let us cleave to the true God. (4) You have
covenanted to serve the true JEHOVAH, renouncing all others. When
one has entered into covenant with his master, and the indentures
are drawn and sealed, he cannot go back, but must serve out his
time. We have covenanted in baptism, to take the Lord for our God,
renouncing all others; and renewed this covenant in the Lord's
Supper, and shall we not keep our solemn vow and covenant? We cannot
go away from God without the highest perjury. 'If any man draw back
[as a soldier that steals away from his colours] my soul shall have
no pleasure in him.' Heb x 38. 'I will pour vials of wrath on him,
and make mine arrows drunk with blood.' (5) None ever had cause to
repent of cleaving to God and his service. Some have repented that
they had made a god of the world. Cardinal Wolsey said, 'Oh, if I
had served my God as I have served my king, he would never have left
me thus!' None ever complained of serving God it was their comfort
and their crown on their death-bed.