|Question||What is required in the tenth commandment?|
|Answer||The tenth commandment requireth full contentment with our own condition,1 with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbour, and all that is his.2|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Have wicked men a civil property in their goods?
Was it not thine own?
Should they therefore be suffered quietly to enjoy them?
David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt,
1 Samuel 24:5
Is the good man’s condition settled by God?
He performeth the thing that is appointed for me,
And is it that which is best for him?
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight,
And infinitely better than he deserves?
For it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,
Should he therefore be contented in it?
I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content,
And is contentment a powerful antidote against covetousness?
Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have,
Should we not seek great things for ourselves?
Seekest thou great things for thyself, seek them not,
Nor grieve at the more prosperous circumstances of others?
Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
But rather rejoice in their prosperity and endeavour to promote it?
Thus Mordecai sought the wealth of his people, and spoke peace to all his seed,
In order to obtain this happy temper of mind, should we resign up our wills to the will of God?
He shall choose our inheritance for us,
And be much in contemplating the vanity of the creature?
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?
And make a due estimate of the blessings which we possess?
For better is the sight of the eye than the wandering of the desire,
And frequently transfer our thoughts to the other world?
We look not at the things that are seen, which are temporal, but at the things which are not seen, which are eternal,
2 Corinthians 4:18
And if after all we find some risings of discontent should we check them in their first appearances?
O my soul, why art thou disquieted within me?
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What are the duties required in the tenth commandment?|
|Answer||The duties required in the tenth commandment are, such a full contentment with our own condition,1 and such a charitable frame of the whole soul toward our neighbor, as that all our inward motions and affections touching him, tend unto, and further all that good which is his.2|