The Ethics of the Old Testament

The Ethics of the Old Testament

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...as breaches of this sixth 1 Cf. Holy Bible, with Commentary by Bishops, etc., on Deut. xxi.; see also Sclmltz, opus cit. vol. ii. p. 50. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT 143 commandment. According to Christ, they contain the essential germ of murder. "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment." It did not escape the keen mind of John, the apostle of love, that unless the first resentful motions within our heart are sternly repressed, they will ultimately issue in the direful deed of blood. For " whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."1 Only a love like God's can enable a man perfectly to keep this commandment. The Seventh Commandment "Thou shalt not commit adultery." After the law that makes life safe comes the law that protects the sanctity of the home. The sixth prohibits injury to the life of the individual; the seventh prohibits injury to the life of the family. Throughout the Mosaic legislation the marriage relationship is mainly regarded from the standpoint of property.2 A man's wife is, next to his own life, his most valued possession. Nothing can be more dear to him than the peace and happiness of his home. The law that protects the sanctity of marriage protects the most precious of his earthly goods. It is not to be wondered at that in Israel the breach of the law of marriage was looked upon as a derogation from a husband's honour, and as a deed of violence which demanded nothing less than the stern punishment of death. Adultery ruined the peace of the home, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236542908
  • 9781236542908