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Jewish capital Offences.
ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. 32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest. 33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. 34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.
Dt. 19:18 And behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; 19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother.
25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked. 2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number. 3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed : lest if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
Pr. 20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
Ac. 25:10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cesar's judgmentseat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. 11 For if I be an offender or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Cesar.
Rom. 13:4 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.
297. Capital crimes under the Jewish code.
1. Murder.-Num. 35: 16 The murderer shall surely be pu to death.
Opposition to Government.
2. Blasphemy.-Lev. 24: 16 He that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death.
3. Manstealing.-Ex. 21:16 He that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. 1 Tim. 1:9.
4. Idolatry. Ex. 22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed. Dt. 17:2.
5. Enticement to Idolatry.-Dt. 13:6 If thy brother-entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods: 9 Thou shalt surely kill him.
6. Adultery.-Lev. 20: 10 The adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
7. Sodomy and Uncleanness.-Lev. 20: 13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. 17-20.
8. Incest.-Lev. 20:14 If a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire. V. 21.
9. Beastiality.-Lev. 20: 15 If a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death. 16.
10. Witchcraft.-Ex. 22: 18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
11. Smiting Parents.-Ex. 21:15 He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
12. Cursing Parents.-Ex. 21:17 He that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death. Lev. 20:9.
13. Disobeying Parents.-Dt. 21:20 This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.
14. Sabbath Profanation.-Ex. 35:2 Whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. Num. 15: 32.
15. Endangering human Life.-Ex. 21:29 If the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
298. Opposition to the restraints of government, and its consequences.
Num. 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against
Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? 4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: 5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even tomorrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. 6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; 7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to-morrow and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy; ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. 32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Dt. 17:12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.
Hos. 7:7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.
2 Pet. 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed; they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
Jude 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
299. Wicked rulers injurious.
1 K. 14: 16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
2 Ch. 33:9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the
LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. 10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. 11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
Ps. 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? 21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
Pr. 28: 15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. 16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. 4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
300. Disobeying wicked commands of rulers.
Ex. 1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive. 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives.
1 S. 14:44 And Saul answered, God do so, and more also: for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan. 45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
Dan. 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, re
gardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Ac. 4: 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto ycu more than unto God, judge ye.
5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you, that ye should not teach in this name? and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
301. Gratitude exemplified.
1 S. 15:6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
2 S. 9:6 And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! 7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father: and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.
19:32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim: for he was a very great man. 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
Mat. 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me I was in prison, and ye came unto me.