Full text of American theologian Jonathan Edwards’ sermon: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” which was preached on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Massachusetts (now Connecticut).
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(Jonathan Edwards Sermon):
The text is from that great book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 32 and verse 35:
“To Me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.“
In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked, unbelieving Israelites that were God’s visible people, and who lived under means of grace; and that notwithstanding all God’s wonderful works that He had brought towards that people. Yet they remained, as is expressed in verse 28: ‘void of counsel, having no understanding in them. And that under all the cultivations of heaven brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit, as in the two verses next preceding the text.
The expression that I have chosen for my text, “their foot shall slide in due time”, seems to imply the following things relating to the punishment and destruction that these wicked Israelites were exposed to.
Firstly, it implies that they were always exposed to destruction, as one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to fall. This is implied in the manner of their destructions coming upon them, being represented by their foots sliding.
This same thought is expressed in Psalm 73:18: ‘Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places, Thou castedst them down into destruction.’