CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 983/1
TitleSermons on the Ten Commandments
Date18th century
Extent1 volume
DescriptionVolume of sermons or dissertations on the Ten Commandments. Folios 1 - 4 contain a list of contents with texts of 25 sermons, followed by general observations on Jewish 'notions of the Moral and Ceremonial Law'.

Introductory sermon; text: Exod. xx. 1-2. I (pp.1-18, 68-69)

Sermon, 1st commandment; text: Exod. xx. 3 (pp.18-32); 'Thou shalt have no other Gods...'

Sermon, 2nd commandment; text: Exod. xx. 4-6 (pp.32-67); 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image...'

Addition to introductory sermon to be inserted on p.18 (pp.68-69)

Sermon, 3rd commandment; text: Exod. xx. 7 (pp.70-93); 'Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain': reference to 'Dr Clark v[ol] 2, p 60' on p.70.

Sermon, 4th commandment; text: Exod. xx. 8-11 (pp.94-121); 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy...'; [an unnumbered folio of different size has been inserted between pp.94-95 with notes from work by [Benjamin] Kennicott (1718-1783), DD, biblical scholar.[DNB].]

Sermon; text: Heb. x. 25 (pp.122-134); 'Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is' [discusses worship in public as a profession of faith.]

Sermon; text: Ps. cf. 2 (pp.135-156); last clause: 'I will walk within my house with a perfect heart...' [discusses family worship and place of religion in the family.]

Sermon; text: Matt. xxii. 37 (pp.157-171); 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.' [p.172 Blank]

Sermon, 5th commandment; text: Exod. xx. 12 (pp.173-205); 'Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land...'; [discusses duties of children to parents; verso of p.205 is also numbered 205 and is blank.]

Sermon; text: Eph. vi. 4 (pp.206-229); 'And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord'; discusses duties of parents and heads of families to family and household, provision for and education of children; living within one's income according to one's station.

Sermon; text: Levit. xix. 32 (pp.237-248); 'Thou shall rise up before the hoary head and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord'; discusses behaviour of young to aged and elder to younger.

Sermon; text: Col. iii. 22-25 (pp.248-265); 'Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh...'; discusses duty of servants to masters, though they should obey God rather than men; with comment on slavery in apostolic times, servants likened to freedmen.

Sermon; text: Col. iv. 1 (pp.266-291); 'Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven'; discusses duties of masters to servants, with further comment on slavery in other countries in the past and abolition in Britain, payment of wages when due and provision of wholesome food.

Sermon; text: Eph. v 22, 25, 33 (pp.292-325); 'Wives, submit yourselves unto your own Husbands...Husbands, love your wives...let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband'.

Sermon; text: Heb. xiii. 17 (pp.326-357); 'Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account...'; discusses duties of parish minister to his people and of them to him for the salvation of souls.

Sermon; text: Rom. xiii. 1 (pp.357-378); 'Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers, For there is not power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God'; discusses duties of magistrates and subjects.

Sermon; text: Rom. xiii. 7 (pp.379-390); 'Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour'.

Sermon, 6th commandment, divided into two sections at p.424; texts: Exod. xx. 13 (pp.390-434 and 425-430 i.e. 390-(440)); 'Thou shalt not kill', and Matt. v. 21-22, 'Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill...But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause...'; begins with comment on 6-10th commandments on behaviour to mankind in general regarding life, chastity, property, good name of one's fellows, one's neighbour; goes on to discuss 6th commandment in detail with comment on exceptions, capital punishment for certain crimes, killing in war or self defence, by accident, in defence of property at night; condemns suicide and murder and infanticide of bastards; comments on practice of taking offenders before congregations which may lead to more infanticide by guilty parties.

Sermon; text: Matt. v. 44 (pp.430-458 (440)-(468)); 'But I say unto you, Love your enemies' discusses who are our enemies; regards talebearers as 'the pests of society'.

Sermon, 7th commandment; text: Exod. xx. 14 (pp.458-475 (468)-(485)); 'Thou shalt not commit adultery'; such action may exclude one from the kingdom of heaven; also discusses incest and polygamy and gives directions as to conduct.

Sermon, 8th commandment; text: Exod. xx. 15 (pp.475-498 (485)-(508)); 'Thou shalt not steal'; includes discussion of voluntary sharing and communal life of early Christians and possibility that all things might have been held in common if it had not been for the fall of man; comments on different categories of stealing, sacrilege, theft from neighbours or when in position of trust, petty pilfering; condemns extortion, profiteering and exploitation, and sharp practice; duties to others are outlined.

Sermon, 9th commandment; text: Exod. xx. 16 (pp.499-531 (509)-(541)); 'Thou shalt not bear false witness...'; discusses protection of one's own good name as well as that of one's neighbour and categories of perjury, lying, slander, flattery, scoffing, and ridicule.

Sermon, 10th commandment; text: Exod. xx. 17 (pp.532-542 (542)-(557)); 'Thou shalt not covet'; discusses division by the Church of Rome of this commandment into two, making 'a false and foolish' distinction between 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife' and 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, etc.', as this commandment is a 'security to all the former ones by going to the root of every evil'.

Concluding dissertation; text: Rev. xxii. 146 (pp.542-547 (552)-(557)); 'Blessed are they that do his comandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city'.

Blank pages (pp.548-552 (558)-(562))
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