Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death…
James II, on his death bed, thus addressed his son, "There is no slavery like sin and no liberty like God's service." Was not the dethroned monarch right? What think you of the fetters of bad habits? What think you of the chains of indulged lust? The drunkard who cannot resist the craving for the wine — know you a more thorough captive? The covetous man who toils night and day for wealth — what is he but a slave? The sensual man, the ambitious man, the worldly man, those who, in spite of the remonstrances of conscience, cannot break away from enthralment — what are they, if not the subjects of a tyranny than which there is none sterner, and none more degrading?
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?