- Part of the A Body of Practical Divinity
- Precise explanation of the Ten Commandments from a Puritan perspective
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.
About the Author
Thomas Watson was born in England in 1620. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love's plot to recall Charles II of England. He was released on 30 June 1652, and was formally reinstated as vicar of St. Stephen's Walbrook. He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for nonconformity. Not withstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license to preach at the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret in 1686.
One of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans, and those best acquainted with it prize it most.