|Sermons on the Heidelberg
By Rev. G. Van
Psalter No.89 st. 1, 2.
Read James 3.
Psalter No. 24 st. 1,2.
Psalter No.231 st. 1, 3.
Psalter No.10 st. 2, 3.
XLIII. LORD'S DAY.
One of the precious gifts
which the Lord gave to man is the ability to see.
It has pleased the dear Lord
to place a pair of wonderful little windows in our head by
which we can see each other and can see so much and so far.
What a blessing that is, is best understood by those who
lack these windows, and by those whose windows are closed,
by those who are blind. What those blind people lack is so
much and so grievous, that it breaks our heart. The author
experienced this recently when a dear friend and colleague
visited him, one to whom he was bound with close ties, but
who now was blind.*
Another of those precious
gifts is the ability to walk, that we can stand and walk on
two legs wherever we please. What a loss it is when we lack
that ability, when with Jacob one thigh is out of joint. But
then if we are lame on both our feet, as Mephibosheth, and
confined to our chair, it is much worse. How much trouble
and misery that man experienced because of it, and lameness
was one reason why the impotent man lay thirty-eight years
And then, what a wonderful and
unusual gift is the ability to speak! Animals also can see
and can walk, but speech is a gift the Lord gave to the
children of men only. Truly it can never be fully
appreciated. For speech is the conveyer of our thoughts, the
means by which men commune with each other, the means by
which we can tell each other what we feel and what we see,
what we hope and what we fear, what we hate and what we
By the use of speech we can
hear what we have become through sin, but also who God in
Christ will be for malefactors and hell-worthy
And what a glorious privilege
it is to talk together, to pray and give thanks together, to
sing together of the praises of God, etc.
Yet this gift, because of sin,
often changes into a curse. Does not the Apostle James says:
"The tongue, hence speech, is a fire, a world of iniquity?"
He says, "The tongue is a member that defileth the whole
body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is
set on fire of hell." He says that our tongue "is an unruly
evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even
the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made in
the similitude of God." Our tongue needs a bridle, and God
gave us one, of which we must now speak.
You will find our text in
Exodus 20:16: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
Upon these words our
Catechetical Instruction is based as you will find recorded
in the Heidelberg Catechism:
XLIII. LORD'S DAY.
Q. 112. What is required in the
A. That I bear false witness
against no man, nor falsify any man's words; that I be no
backbiter, nor slanderer; that I do not judge, nor join In
condemning any man rashly, or unheard; but that I avoid all
sorts of lies and deceit, as the proper works of the devil,
unless I would bring down upon me the heavy wrath of God;
likewise, that in judgment and all other dealings I love the
truth, speak it uprightly and confess it; also that I defend
and promote, as much as I am able, the honor and good
character of my neighbor.
The previous Lord's Day we
considered in accordance with the eighth commandment, the
faithfulness and gracious care which the Lord has and shows
concerning that which He has sovereignly given men.
We showed you the high
necessity of this commandment, which was evident from man's
thievish nature, and from the extent and the
unreasonableness of this sin.
And now if only we could say
in truth: Gehazi, Achan and others of that type are thieves,
but we are free from such sins, — but none of us can
say that in truth. On the contrary, he who has learned to
know himself by the light of the Spirit, knows that not all
thieves are in prisons. God's child often is amazed that he
is not imprisoned. He does not ascribe that to his honest
character, but rather to God's restraining grace which
prevented him from enriching himself unlawfully with his
neighbor's goods. For the fact that he is still at liberty,
he gives the glory to God!
In the sight of the Lord we
are all thieves. In His sight there are no degrees of
thievery; before Him all are alike. And should we, who
already in Adam have stolen from God, and who daily rob God
of His honor, think ourselves too good to stretch out our
rapacious hands to the property of our neighbor?
Happy is the man who is
prevented from committing the act. And blessed is the man,
who apprehended by the Law is brought as a thief and robber
before the Highest Judge. Certainly, such a man is most
afraid! He expects nothing else but to be eternally east
with all the spiritual and material robbers and thieves into
the prison of hell by that all-knowing and incorruptibly
just Judge. That is what he expects, that he would deem
just, such a one acknowledges the right of God to punish him
eternally; such a one accepts the punishment of his
iniquity. However, such a one is not punished, but receives
pardon, for the sake of Him who restored that which He took
Now in connection with the
ninth commandment we must speak of the dreadful sin of
bearing false witness, and that in accordance with Question
"Thou shalt not bear false
witness against thy neighbor," thus reads the ninth
commandment, and more learned men than we agree this
commandment is not hard to understand.
Yet we would like in the first
place to elucidate it with a few words.
When in this commandment we
read of our neighbors, the term includes all people, none
excluded, not even our enemies. Since God has made of one
blood all nations, of men we are all each others' neighbors.
Of all these we must suppose that they are on the earth
according to God's will and law as one community, with
mutual interests and giving mutual help. But then it is most
essential that each one practices truth and justice.
Therefore the Highest Lawgiver
calls to them with a loud voice from Mount Sinai, "Thou
shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
A false witness is a witness
or testimony in which the words do not agree with the facts,
nor with the intention of the speaker. For example, when the
Pharisees in Matt 12:24 say of the Lord Jesus, "This fellow
doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub, the prince of
the devils," they gave false witness, not only because it
was untrue, but also because they knew better. When in Gen.
42:38 Jacob says that his son Joseph is dead, he spoke an
untruth, but gave no false witness, because he truly
believed an evil beast had rent him in pieces and devoured
Bearing witness is permitted,
yea, one is obligated to do so, as we see in Deut. 19:15.
But to give false witness is utterly despicable. It is so
for every one, but especially for God's covenant people.
A good name is one's best
possession here on earth. In Prov. 22:1 Solomon says, "A
good name is rather to be chosen than great riches," and in
Eccl. 7:1 "A good name is better than precious ointment."
The heathens also considered a good name to be sufficient
By giving false witness we
often cause our neighbor to lose his good name, we rob him
of that which is his dearest possession, after God and
grace. And not only that, but we make it impossible for him
to live with honorable people, for no one wants to
communicate with one who has a bad name.
And yet this is a very
extensive sin. Notice what the catechism answers to the
question: "What is required in the ninth commandment?" Our
Instructor explains the commandment in two respects, namely,
what is forbidden and what is commanded in this
(a) What is forbidden?
In this commandment God forbids the giving of false
witness generally. This can be done inwardly, by our
thoughts, by suspecting our neighbor. How prone man is to
suspect his neighbor of this or that sin! We are reminded
of the old Eli who suspected the imploring and pleading
Hannah of drunkenness when she was pouring out her
troubled heart before the Lord (1 Sam. 1:18). Thus the
Jews also spoke of the Apostles in their blessed state on
Pentecost, "These men are full of new wine. And alas it
is still so. When God's people are in a blissfully happy
state, the world, especially the pious world, says, "They
are out of their mind."
The barbarians thought Paul
was a murderer whom vengeance suffered not to live, because
an adder clung to his hand. (Acts 28:1-4).
Neither are we free from that
sin. How far we are from that love which thinks no evil.
Dear hearers, let none of you imagine evil in your hearts
against his neighbor!
But this transgression is also
committed outwardly, by shooting out the lip and shaking the
head, as they did with the Lord Jesus. He complained in Ps.
22, "The lip they curl, the head they shake." And especially
is it done by that little member, the tongue, particularly
by bearing false witness. The people of Israel were often
called upon to bear witness, for the Lord had said, "At the
mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses,
shall the matter be established."
And no one might give untrue
testimony, for God's Word teaches us: "A false witness shall
And what God forbade in
Israel, He also forbids us. We, too, are forbidden to bear
And yet how often this
commandment formerly was and still is transgressed
Notice what happens in the
courts of judgment, there where justice should be upheld,
where men should love the right and righteousness. Oh, how
the ninth commandment is transgressed there by judges who
pronounce rash sentences without having heard both sides
sufficiently, or without giving the matter sufficient
consideration, hence, without sufficient evidence,
condemning the just, and justifying, that is acquitting the
wicked. Nicodemus would say, "Doth our law judge any man,
before it hear him and know what he doeth?" John 7:51.
It is transgressed by judges
who pronounce unjust sentences because of preference,
prejudice or for profit. This grievous sin is forbidden in
Deut. 16:19, "Thou shalt not wrest judgment, thou shalt not
respect persons, neither take a gift." For this reason
justice is symbolized by a blind-folded woman, holding a
pair of balances. King Jehoshaphat did well when he
impressed the judges in his kingdom with the importance of
their office, saying, "Take heed, what you do; for ye judge
not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in judgment.
Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take
heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our
God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts." (2 Chron.
But this commandment is also
transgressed terribly by accusers who rashly accuse someone
without cause. Thus Doeg, the Edomite, accused David before
Saul, thereby causing the death of eighty-five innocent
priests of the Lord. The Lord Jesus, also, who did no sin,
neither was guile found in His mouth, was nevertheless
accused falsely before the Jewish council.
No less is this commandment
transgressed by the defendants who deny their guilt,
sometimes even with an oath and by swearing, and even before
the Highest Judge. Think of Cain who brazenly dared to
answer the Lord, "Am I my brother's keeper? I do not know
where he is." Yet he knew very well where his brother was,
for he had killed him.
This sin is also committed by
witnesses who are false and therefore bear false witness. I
need but remind you of those sons of Belial who said of
Naboth that he had blasphemed God and the King, and only to
rob him of his father's inheritance and enrich the wicked
Ahab thereby, Also against the Lord Jesus in the hall of
Caiaphas did false witnesses arise.
Lawyers and attorneys also
often transgress the ninth commandment. They usually think
they must make bad matters good and good matters bad. But
this is contrary to God's commandment. The Lord pronounces
woe upon them. (Isaiah 5:20) "Woe unto them that call evil
good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light
for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for
bitter!" Lawyers who manage to gain an acquittal for
malefactors may be much honored and sought after here below,
but they shall not enter heaven, except they repent of their
sins and be converted to God.
But also outside of the
courts, in everyday life among men people transgress the
ninth commandment terribly.
It is done by falsifying men's
words giving them a different meaning than the speaker or
writer intended. Take for example what Jesus said concerning
the temple of His body and how the Jews falsified that
statement. The meaning can be entirely changed by misplacing
the emphasis or by omitting a part of a sentence. Thus I can
say that David is an atheist because he said, "There is no
God." Did David say that? Certainly, but something preceded
those words. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no
God." That is the way David said it. Do you see that a
half-truth can be a dreadful lie? And yet it happens so
often that men's words are falsified and given another
The Instructor also mentions
backbiting. There are almost no more dangerous persons than
backbiters and whisperers. They are called thus because they
are too good (?) to tell one's faults to his face and
therefore do it in his absence, behind his back! And then
they would not speak about it aloud, and therefore they
whisper it. Hence they are called backbiters and whisperers.
David calls such backbiters evil speakers, who shall not be
established in the earth. (Ps. 140:11) The Jews called them
"people who talk with a third tongue" and the Apostle lists
this sin among the sins of heathens. Rom 1:30.
The Instructor also speaks of
slanderers. A slanderer is one who wilfully spreads an
untruth and scatters lies to the detriment of his neighbor.
The world is filled with such people. They are more
dangerous than thieves and murderers, for one can, in a
measure guard against thieves and murderers, but no locks or
bars are effective against slander. Such slanderers were
Shimei who slandered David, and Ziba who slandered the lame
Mephibosheth. It was too bad that David on that occasion
acted like a credulous person with whom slanderers find an
The ninth commandment is
also transgressed by "all sorts of lies." This is done when
we say with words what we do not think or mean, hence
against light and better knowledge.
The Instructor speaks of "all
sorts" of lies and deceit. And indeed, there are lies of
There are lies spoken for
pleasure, without harming or helping anyone, just for a
jest. These lies are also contrary to the ninth commandment,
and hence sin, for thereby we deny the truth and make a
sport of sin. Let us never forget that in the day of days we
shall give account of every idle word spoken. Therefore Paul
writes to the Ephesians, and hence also to us, "Neither
filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not
convenient let them not be once named among you, but rather
giving of thanks." "Charity rejoices in the truth," we read,
but not in lies. The fact that we amuse ourselves with lies
indicates our decadence.
There are lies told for
the sake of politeness. When, in order to keep ourselves
humble, we minimize the gifts and graces we have received
from God, we are unjust. to ourselves and unthankful to the
Giver. Intelligent people soon observe that we do not mean
what we say and that we are abasing ourselves only to be the
There are also lies told for
the sake of politeness about others, often to flatter
others, to exalt him more than he himself knows he deserves.
When the people said of Herod's oration, "It is the voice of
a god, and not of a man," that was flattery. And because
that worm of the dust did not reprove the flattering tongue,
he died in a terrible, painful and horrible manner. This
type of lying is often found in the courts of kings and
among other great men. There it is customary to exalt one
another. King David did not want it. He says, (Ps. 12:2,3)
"They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with
flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The
Lord shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that
speaketh proud things." If more of the rulers spoke thus,
they would not ask with Pilate, "What is truth?" Then the
truth would be told them more often.
Then there are also
shameful lies, lies spoken to deceive and injure our
neighbor, either personally or in their good name or
business. Such lies are an abomination to the Lord. Such
liars shall surely be punished. (Prov. 19:5) "A false
witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies
shall not escape."
And the Jesuits speak of
"White lies" as though they are not sin. They are abominable
sins, told for the purpose of deception by ambiguous words
which may convey a different meaning than the obvious
Men also speak of little lies
of convenience to help one out of an emergency. Thus Abraham
said Sarah was his sister, so they would not think she was
his wife. Such also were the lies of the midwives of Egypt,
and of Jacob, who lied to his old father, saying he was
Esau. My hearers, the world is full of lies, also of these
"lies of convenience." But God does not need our lies to
help us out of our difficulties. Wrong never becomes right,
no matter what the circumstances are.
He who lies and deceives, who
slanders and back-bites his neighbor invokes the terrible
wrath of God.
And that is no wonder when we
consider the origin of this sin. This sin comes from hell.
Lying and slandering are the work of the devil. He is the
father of lies. His name "devil" means slanderer. The false
tongue is according to James "set on fire of hell."
Lying and deceiving come forth
from the corrupt spring of our being. We are born as liars
and slanderers, and therefore we are a web of lies and
Ah, my hearers, it is because
of our enmity against God and our neighbors that we lie and
slander each other.
Would not God's anger burn
over such a sin?
Oh, that wicked heart, and
that tongue set on fire of hell, that unruly evil, how much
misery it has caused, what a world of troubles that little
member has wrought! Its slain are many, they cannot be
numbered. By lying and deceiving it has caused thrones to
waver, it has destroyed kingdoms, it has filled the battle
fields with maimed bodies, the nation with disturbances,
church with schisms and the abyss with lost ones.
How many hearts are
permanently estranged from each other by the sin of slander!
How many families has it disrupted and filled with strife
and discord. Entire generations are as it were unraveled by
lies and slander. How many people are murdered by it. It
cost Naboth his life and it hanged our Lord upon the cross.
Moreover, by lying and slandering we violate God's
perfections. By bearing false witness we deny God's truth
and omniscience. Would the Holy One then not punish that
sin? Shall not His soul be avenged on such a nation as
Observe then how He
punishes these sins:
(a) In the conscience of the
slanderer. Oh, that conscience! How it can torment the
sinner and poison his pleasure! They have enjoyed robbing
their neighbor of his honor, and marring his good name. But
now comes the tormenter within, the hammer of God begins to
pound terribly; their lying and slandering has come to an
end; now the slanderer is afraid of the effects, of death
and of judgment. How many slanderers feel here already the
sparks of hell, and start to gnaw their wicked tongues for
sorrow of heart. That is the avenging hand of God, that is a
foretaste of that which shall be the slanderer's portion for
(b) The slanderers lose their
respect. They are considered dishonorable. When they say or
affirm anything, people do not believe them. "It is a
slanderer who says it, so it is not true." Thus people speak
of them. They are not trusted, even in small matters. The
Jews placed slanderers on a par with slaves, neither of whom
were considered worthy to be called as witnesses.
(c) Their mischief returns
upon their own head. It is with the slanderer as with one
who throws out ashes against the wind, it comes back in his
face and on his clothes.
(d) And his deathbed is
terrible! He must appear before God. Now he must justify his
lies and slanderings! That will be terrible! Then he will be
eternally cast into hell, with all the thieves, murderers,
adulterers, covetous and liars, in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone.
Or do you think we are drawing
too dark a picture? Notice then the dreadful retribution of
God in the examples which are recorded for us. Ahab met
Elijah on the field of Naboth, the wicked Jezebel was eaten
by the dogs. What happened to the lying Gehazi? The leprosy
of Naaman cleaved unto him. Think also of Haman and his
false accusation. He himself was hanged on the gallows
intended for Mordecai. Notice the brothers of Joseph. For
twenty years the lie they told their father concerning
Joseph burned in their hearts, for twenty years they had to
silence their conscience. Hear them speaking to each other
in Joseph's palace, (Gen. 42:21,22). "We are verily guilty
concerning our brother in that we saw the anguish of his
Yea, would you know how God
punishes this sin? Then observe the sinner convicted of sin
by the Spirit of God, seeing and accusing himself as a liar
and slanderer, and as a deceiver before God. See him tremble
as he stands condemned by both his conscience and the law.
Hear him sigh and groan as he sees God demanding His just
due, while he has not a penny with which to pay. Yea, see
him seeking and working to find truth within him, to improve
himself; hear him complain that he finds in himself only
deceit, lies and unrighteousness. Thus he becomes hopeless
and looks for comforters, but finds none. He pleads for
grace, but must acknowledge that he has forfeited grace,
yea, that he deserves to suffer the severe wrath of God.
Such a soul agrees that it is
impossible to judge too harshly of the sin of lying, or of
the punishment with which God visits that sin.
If you are still not
convinced of the severity of God's great anger, see that
anger presented objectively in the suffering Savior and
Come let us sing, with an eye
upon the slain Lamb of God: Psalter No.231 st. 1 and
Oh, indeed, it was the
Fathers' good pleasure to take to heaven and to press to His
heart sinners who, by their sin and falling away from God,
had blasphemed Him and had made Him, the God of truth, a
But God could not overlook
that sin; His righteousness and truth had to be exalted;
another had to satisfy God's avenging justice for them and
in their stead; in short, Christ, their Redeemer and
Mediator had to stand in their place and be apprehended,
accused, condemned and put to death as a blasphemer.
And now see our dear Lord
Jesus as He walked upon this earth. Everywhere He walks in
perfect innocence and holiness, never did deceit or lies
pass over His lips. Always His mouth overflowed with truth.
Yet He was always abused and slandered. They called Him
everything mean, they even called Him Beelzebub, the prince
of devils. And although God's Holy Child Jesus never
blasphemed, He was taken and sentenced to death as a
blasphemer. You hear it in the hall of Caiaphas, "Now ye
have heard his blasphemy," says that high priest, "What
think ye?" "He is guilty of death," say the judges. And you
hear it again before Pilate, "Crucify him, crucify him,
because he made himself the Son of God!"
And Jesus? He held His peace.
Was He then conscious of guilt? To that question I must
answer no and yes. Jesus was perfectly conscious of His own
innocence. But He also knew that all the lying and
slandering and blaspheming of that innumerable multitude of
His people was laid to His charge. Oh, dear people of God,
matters stood thus: Jesus had to hold His peace, He had to
permit Himself to be hanged as a slanderer and liar upon the
cursed cross and die as a blasphemer, or, you and I must be
condemned eternally as liars and blasphemers. But our dear
Jesus did not want the latter, so He freely chose the
former. Therefore He kept silence, permitted Himself to be
condemned and crucified, and in the midst of taunting
blasphemers He willingly gave up the ghost.
Now see Jesus, dripping with
blood, hanging on the cross of Calvary as a maimed corpse, a
spectacle for angels and men. And that is our work. That is
the fruit of our lying and blaspheming, but it is also the
fruit of the Father's good pleasure and of the Son's
marvelous grace which in this manner cast away the guilt of
His people into the sea of eternal forgetfulness.
May I ask you: What is your
status in regard to the ninth commandment? Do you too belong
to those who occupy themselves with lying and
Oh, I know, we are all guilty,
terribly guilty in this matter. As I said before, we are
born as liars and slanderers and therefore we commit that
sin. But there is still a difference in sinning. If you
belong to those who make their work of that sin, then in the
name of the Lord I admonish you to desist, and to refrain
from that devilish work. Have you not sown enough misery,
quarrels and divisions with your lying and slander?
Remember, God will require it. He will reprove you and set
your sins in order before your eyes. We have already
sketched for you what the portion of the slanderer is, both
in this life and in the life hereafter.
You can not set right what
your slandering has perverted. I am thinking of a minister
whose life had been embittered by lies and slander. But when
that man lay on his deathbed, the slanderers became so
alarmed that they came with words of regret and asked him
how they could make amends. Without many words he gave his
slanderers a pillow and said, "Take this pillow and standing
upon the tower, shake the feathers out of it. Then pick up
the feathers again, put them in the pillow and place it
under my head. Then you will have made amends for your evil
"But, sir," they said, "we
shall not be able to do that! The wind shall scatter the
feathers everywhere. We shall not be able to gather half of
"Thus," said the dying servant
of God, "you cannot make amends, for your slander has also
spread far and near. Ask forgiveness of God, seek
reconciliation with the Father, in the atonement of the Son,
by the work of the Holy Spirit."
That is the advice I give to
all my fellow sinners with the sincere wish that the Lord
grant you grace and power from above to follow that
Are you slandered?
People of God, you cannot stop
it, any more than you can prevent it. Endure it quietly. Do
not requite slander with abuse, but commit yourself to Him
Who knows you better, judges you more righteously and treats
you more gently than anyone else.
And, oh, that everyone of us
may receive grace, so that as the Instructor says, we may
"in judgment and other dealings love the truth, speak it
uprightly and confess it." Through the common grace of God
there still is among men some sense of truth. Man has become
an image-bearer of Satan, and often does the work of Satan
but has not become a total lie as Satan has. But loving the
truth for God's sake, because God is a God of truth, that
can be done only by special grace. For that we need
regeneration. The upright desire to be true, everywhere and
always. But we need not therefore say everything we know.
Matthew, Mark and Luke did write that one of the disciples
cut off the ear of Malchus, but they did not put their dear
brother in prison. Only John wrote who had done it, but then
they could not harm him anymore, for then Peter was in
heaven. Nevertheless, the Lord says, "Everyone that is of
the truth heareth My voice," and Peter says, "Charity shall
cover the multitude of sins."
If we may experience the
renewal of our heart, then we shall also strive by grace "to
defend and promote, as much as we are able, the honor and
good character of our neighbor."
We have shown you before that
our good name is very important in this life. And now it is
our duty to promote the honor and good character of our
neighbor. Consider what grief it causes you when men attack
your honor and good character. Then do not sin thus against
your neighbor, lest he grieve because of you.
Truly here we must pray, "O
let Thy Spirit be my constant aid, that all my ways may ever
be directed to keep Thy statutes." Else we would rather
sacrifice the honor of our neighbor, yea of God Himself to
our supposed honor and good name. Without that Spirit we
cannot rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, when He
permits the slanderer to grieve us for awhile. But, people
of God, if you would see peace and good days, keep your lips
from speaking guile and —
"Love the truth and
*The Rev. H. A. Minderman
ministers have written sermons on the fifty-two Lord's Days
as we find them in our Heidelberg Catechism. One of these
ministers and servants of the Most High, is the late Rev. G.
Van Reenen, of the Netherlands. Wen he was not able to
preach any more because of a throat ailment, God inclined
his heart to write sermons, and work while it was day. This
work he continued until the day of his death in the year
Rev. Van Reenen has written
these sermons for the common people. In all these sermons he
breathes the spirit of humility and self-denial. Throughout
all these sermons he indicates the necessity of knowing by
experience these three important parts, misery, redemption,
and gratitude, as he himself was not a stranger
Van Reenen does not know that his Catechism sermons and
others have been translated into the English language. He
confessed in his life not to be worthy of any honor or
praise; that we may then by grace give all honor and praise
to Israel's God and King, saying with the Psalmist, "Not
unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory,
for Thy mercy and for Thy truth's sake." Psalm
115:1. (Pastor J. Van Zweden)
Reprinted and Translated from the
Holland by the Netherlands Reformed congregations in America
(1955). This series on the Ten Commandments was taken from
the W. B. Eerdmans' December, 1979 edition of the book,
The Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. G. Van
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