Theodore Beza on Job and the law of nature

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... But peradventure you will say, if he be an upright man who walketh in the right way, and the right way be the Law of the Lord, which was not yet given when these things happened unto Job, how is it that he is called an upright man? Hereunto the Apostle maketh answer in the second to the Romans and the fourteenth verse, that to the Gentiles their conscience was a Law accusing or excusing the deeds of everyone of them. And surely so it is.

For whereas God in the Mount Sinai delivered to his people the ten Commandments contained in two tables, we are not thereof to gather, that then and not before, God prescribed what duties men were to perform to God and their neighbours, but rather, that he then renewed that immutable law of Nature, which was from the beginning written in the hearts of all men, and from whence all good laws have been derived; partly to the end the Israelites might be shut out from all excuse, as who had been twice taught, that is, first of Nature, as all other nations, and then more specially of God him self; and partly because at the same time the true religion of God, intreated of in the first table, was turned into idolatry and worshipping of many Gods: yea the duties of honest behaviour and justice to be observed, kept, and maintained between man and man, which belong to the second table, began to be forgotten and to be quite perverted; as may appear by the laws and customs of divers countries. ...

For more, see Theodore Beza on Job and the law of nature.
 
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