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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 tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"God has no need of men."
St Philip Neri

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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