Magistrates must punish murderers (Thomas Cartwright)

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Magistrates, that should punish murderers, if they spare them, their lives are in danger to go for the offenders: as Achabs did for Benadads; Dauid also was exceedingly punished for sparing blood-thirsty men (such as was his son Absolon) and not punishing them.

Thomas Cartwright, A treatise of Christian religion. Or, the whole body and substance of divinity (2nd edn, London: Thomas Man, 1616), p. 139.
 
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