Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quotable Theonomy: Best Governments come nearest to the Commonwealth of Israel (John Gill)

"And they are, certainly, the best constituted and regulated governments that come nearest to the commonwealth of Israel, and the civil laws of it, which are of the kind last described; and where they are acted up unto, there what is said by Wisdom is most truly verified, "By me kings reign, and princes decree judgment;" and if these laws were more strictly attended to, which respect the punishment of offences, especially capital ones, things would be put upon a better footing than they are in some governments; and judges, in passing sentences, would be able to do that part of their office with more certainty and safety, and with a better conscience."

(Here Gill speaks of a certain category of civil laws from Israel. For more on the context, click here.)


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