Obadiah Sedgwick, The Shepherd of Israel, or God's Pastoral Care over His People. Delivered in Divers Sermons on the Whole Twenty-Third Psalm (1658), p. 200 (re Ps. 23.4):
As God is a Kind friend, fo he is a Faithful friend; a friend loves at all times, faid Solomon: God is fuch a friend who loves not by fits and ftarts, but fincerely an ftedfaftly; and therefore though Davids friends fall off, and parents forfook him, yet God did not, he took him up, Pfal. 27.10. And though when Paul was brought before Nero, all men forfook him, yet the Lord ftood with him and ftrengthened him, 2 Tim. 4.16, 17.