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The Ten Commandments

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This classic exposition on the Ten Commandments by Thomas Watson was first published as part of his work entitled, A Body of Practical Divinity, in 1692. This may be the most readable and important exposition of the Ten Commandments ever written, bringing out the meaning and application of each commandment with great depth and insight.

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“[3] To have God to be a God to us, is to enter into solemn covenant with him, that he shall be our God.” (Page 50)

“To obey the law in a legal sense—to do all the law requires—no man can. Sin has cut the lock of original righteousness, where our strength lay; but, in a true gospel-sense, we may so obey the moral law as to find acceptance. This gospel obedience consists in a real endeavour to observe the whole moral law. ‘I have done thy commandments’ (Psalm 119:166); not, I have done all I should do, but I have done all I am able to do; and wherein my obedience comes short, I look up to the perfect righteousness and obedience of Christ, and hope for pardon through his blood. This is to obey the moral law evangelically; which, though it be not to satisfaction, yet it is to acceptation.” (Page 16)

“This commandment requires that we should also endeavour to preserve our own souls.” (Page 150)

“[5] To have God to be a God to us, is to fear him.” (Page 51)

“The moral law is unalterable; it remains still in force. Though the ceremonial and judicial laws are abrogated, the moral law delivered by God’s own mouth is of perpetual use in the church. It was written in tables of stone, to show its perpetuity.” (Pages 12–13)

  • Title: The Ten Commandments
  • Author: Thomas Watson
  • Publisher: Wordsearch
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subject: Christian living
  • Resource ID: LLS:WS_5902EE5EFD79468790B975DD4201876E
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-09-29T22:19:01Z

Thomas Watson (ca. 1620-1686), an English Nonconformist Puritan preacher and author. Watson was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook.

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  1. RJ Tabaco

    RJ Tabaco


  2. Jimmy Wren

    Jimmy Wren


    This author has much to say about using the name of God in vain but he fails to tell us what God's name is! He writes under the assumption that God has no name other than what we call Him - God. Very disappointing.
  3. David Swinney

    David Swinney



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