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The Works of Hannah More (Volume 17); Including Several Pieces Never Before Published (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 3 ene 2012


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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1815. Excerpt: ... CHAP. VII. SAINT PAUL'S PRUDENCE IN HIS CONDUCT TOWARDS THE JEWS. 'T'HE judgment of Saint Paul is remarkably manifest in the juxta-position of things. In opening his Epistle to his converts at Rome, among whom were many Jews for whose benefit he wrote, he paints the moral character of that Pagan capital in the darkest colours. The fidelity of his gloomy picture is corroborated by an almost contemporary historian *, who, though a Pagan and a countryman, paints it in . still blacker shades, and without the decorum observed by Saint Paul. The representation here made of Roman vice, would be in itself sufficiently * Suetonius. H 5 pleasing pleasing to the Jew; and it would be more so, when we observe, what is most •worthy of observation, the nature of the charges brought against the Romans. As if the wisdom of God had been desirous of vindicating itself by the lips of Paul in the eyes of his own countrymen the Jews, the vices charged upon the Romans are exactly those which stand in opposition to the spirit of some one injunction of the Decalogue. Now, though the heathen writers were unacquainted with this code, yet the spontaneous breach of its statutes proved most clearly these statutes to have been suggested by the most correct foreknowledge of the evil propensities of our common nature. The universal violation of the law, even by those who knew it not, manifested the omniscience of the Lawgiver. And, let it be further remarked in this connection, that no exceptions could be taken taken against the justiceof God, for animadverting on the breach of a law, which was not known; inasmuch as, so faithful was the law of Mount Sinai to the law.of conscience, the revealed to the natural code of morals, that the Romans in offending one had offended both ; in breaking unwittingly the Deca...

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