Discourses on Government, Volume 3

Richard Lee, 1805

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Page 31 - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Page 19 - Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the. sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Page 31 - Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men f.
Page 249 - The whole body, therefore, of a nation cannot be tied to any other obedience than is consistent with the common good, according to their own judgement; and, having never been subdued, or brought to terms of peace with their magistrates, they cannot be said to revolt or rebel against them to whom they owe no more than seems good to themselves, and who are nothing, of or by themselves, more than other men.
Page 256 - The best of their condition is like asses and mastiff-dogs, to work and fight, to be oppressed and killed for him; and those among them, who have any understanding, well know, that their industry, courage, and good success, is not only unprofitable, but destructive to them; and that, by increasing the power of their master, they add weight to their own chains.
Page 309 - It is not so among us ; every county does not make a distinct body, having in itself a sovereign power, but is a member of that great body which comprehends the whole nation...
Page 279 - To his subjects' petitions he responded, memorably but rashly, that whereas his father had chastised them with whips, he would chastise them with scorpions. To this the taxpayers cried out, "What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: To your tents, 0 Israel.
Page 120 - Here is a fit place to examine a question which some have moved : Whether it be a sin for a subject to disobey the king if he command anything contrary to his laws ? For satisfaction in this point we must resolve that not only in human laws, but even in divine, a thing may be commanded contrary to law, and yet obedience to such a command is necessary.
Page 227 - If any man ask how nations come to have the power of doing these things, I answer that liberty being only an exemption from the dominion of another the question ought not to be how a nation can come to be free but how a man comes to have dominion over it; for till the right of dominion be proved and justified, liberty subsists as arising from the nature and being of a man.
Page 296 - ... bail; and an ignorant judge telling him he must apply himself to the king, he replied, that he came thither for that end ; that the king might eat, drink, or sleep where he pleased ; but when he rendered justice, he was always in that place. The king that renders justice is indeed always there ; he never sleeps ; he is subject to no infirmity ; he never dies, unless the nation be extinguished, or so dissipated as to have no government. No nation that has a sovereign power within itself does ever...

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