Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, a Redux Memory

As a boy I remember hearing my father preach that great sermon, Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God by Jonathan Edwards; Edwards’ text for this quote was Deuteronomy 32:35. Excepting that he utilized modern English, my father went word for word from this oration by Edwards. Below is just one paragraph of Pastor Edwards’ most well-known work; a powerful anointing rests in its words for it is simply the truth of God’s Word.




“There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God’s enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames. We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that anything hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?”

Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, July 8, 1741

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards



By Steve Williams


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