The Covenant-Avenging Sword Brandished
by John Arrowsmith (1602-1659)
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John Arrowsmith (1602-1659) was educated in St. John’s college, Cambridge, and afterwards a chosen fellow of Katharine-hall. He was elected one of the university preachers, was beneficed at Lynn in Norfolk, a preacher at St. Martin’s, Lionmonger’s-lane, London, and chosen one of the Westminster Assembly of divines. He was elected master of St. John’s college, and was chosen master of Trinity college, Cambridge. He was a man of unexceptionable character, and of great learning and piety; an acute disputant, a judicious divine, and an excellent author. He died in February, 1659, aged fifty-seven years, and his remains were interred in Trinity college chapel.
Arrowsmith preached many times before the House of Commons, but this sermon, “The Covenant-Avenging Sword Brandished,” is one of his most popular. Its text is taken from Leviticus 26:25, “I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my Covenant.” He outlines and expounds three main points, namely, 1. War is a judgment of God’s own bringing. “I will bring a sword.” 2. The sword is an instrument of vengeance: “A sword that shall avenge.” And, 3. That which the sword comes to avenge, is some quarrel of God’s Covenant: “Avenge the quarrel of my Covenant.” This is a newly typeset publication, not a facsimile.