Thomas Cartwright on the division of the moral law

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Q. So much of the Preface: How are the Commandments divided?

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. Into two Tables: whereof the first contain our duties to God, in the four first Commandments; and the other those to our neighbour, in the six other Commandments.

Q. What are those towards God?

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. Such as concern his worship; and therefore to be preferred before the other towards our neighbour.

Q. How may that be shewed?

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. By the inequality of the persons offended, God, and man; then also by the punishments assigned in the Scripture: for the breaches of the first Table, are to be more severely punished, then the breaches of the second. As he that revileth the Magistrate shall bear his sin, but he that blasphemeth God, shall be stoned to death. Which serveth to discover the crafty practices of the Papists, who would make men believe that the chiefest and most meritorious good Works, of all, required in the Law of God, are the works of the second Table; as Charity, almes-deeds, thereby deceiving the people to enrich themselves.

For the reference, see Thomas Cartwright on the division of the moral law.
 

Taylor

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How are you accessing this work, brother? The only version I can find is the one on Early English Books Online.
 
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