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105. Reasons for the Judicial Precepts

1. The form of government established by divine law forthe Chosen People was partly monarchy, partly aristocracy, andpartly democracy. Moses and his successors governed as kings; therewere seventy elders to assist in the rule; these elders were raisedto their aristocratic status from the ranks of the people and bythe votes of the people.

2. The judicial precepts of the Old Law were admirablysuited to the people; they regulated acts and holdings in a justand effective way; they guarded the rights of individuals and ofsociety.

3. The judicial precepts of the Old Law made kind and justprovision for foreigners passing through the country or coming todwell in it. As regards hostile foreigners, the precepts requiredthat war be undertaken only after offers of peace and efforts tomaintain it; that once in war the people should persevere bravely,trusting in God; that after victory the people should be moderatein conduct, not vengeful or destructive.

4. As for home life, the precepts of the Old Law gavefitting directions to husband and wife, to parents and children, tomasters and servants, and to young couples about to marry.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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