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Beza – Rights of Rulers Over Their Subjects

Concerning the Rights of Rulers Over Their Subjects and the Duty Of Subjects Towards Their Rulers.

By Theodore Beza
1572




Summary: This is a 10 chapter work by Beza (French Reformater) that explores the relationship between the subjects and the ruler of a land from a biblical perspective.

A brief and clear treatise particularly indispensable to either class in these troubled times.

Translation by Henry-Louis Gonin, edited by Patrick S. Poole

Notes from the critical French Edition translated by Patrick S. Poole. This edition and translation © 1995 Patrick S. Poole ([email protected])

To Kings and Princes the Counsel of David: Psalm 2: Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath will soon be kindled.

To the Subjects: I Peter 2:13: Be subjects to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. Continue reading

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Gurnall, W. – The Christian In Complete Armour

The Christian In Complete Armour
By William Gurnall (1657)
Christian In Complete Armour

This is an older work, but none-the-less an excellent work on the subject of Christian warefare. Gurnall has 2 volumes: Vol 1: A Sweet and Powerful Encouragement to the War; Directions for managing this War successfully; the reason why the Christian must be armed, ‘That ye may be able to stand’; the nature of the War, and character of the Assailants; the Assailants described Positively; a Second Exhortation to Arm, and an Argument urging the Exhortation; First Piece—The Christian’s Spiritual Girdle; Sincerity strengthens the Christian’s Spirit; Second Piece—The Christian’s Breastplate; Third Piece—The Christian’s Spiritual Shoe. Vol 2: Fourth Piece—The Christian’s Spiritual Shield; the Saint’s Enemy Described; Fifth Piece—The Christian’s Helmet; Sixth Piece—The Christian’s Sword; the necessary duty of the Christian, as clothed in the Whole Armour of God: or, how the Spiritual Panoply may alone be kept furbished; How to perform the duty commanded—a directory for prayer; the Inward Principle of Prayer; the Duty of every Christian in complete Armour to aid by Prayer. Continue reading

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Allestree, R. – Government of the Tongue

The Government of the Tongue

The Government of the Tongue
by Richard Allestree
(1676)

The rare first edition of Allestree’s guide to ethical speech, Government of the Tongue, a lesson in morality with a severe regard to the faults and follies of others, and therefore, an improvement upon our own disposition. “Hold your tongue when nothing good can come from the words of criticism and condemnation of them.” It is full of moral advice and instruction about correct judgement. Among the many subjects he treats are: the manifold abuse of speech, lying, uncharitable truth, of flattery and boasting and obscene talk. He closes with ten specific “lessons” on how to proceed through one’s life while being able to commit to the positive utilization of the general rules of morality as well as their specific (and numerous) exceptions.

Allestree (1619-1681), a noted tutor, was later professor of Divinity at Oxford and provost of Eton College. As an ardent royalist, he took up arms for the king, and performed all duties of a common soldier. He was frequently seen holding a musket in one hand and a book in the other. He is noted “as a man of extensive learning, of moderate views, generous and charitable, of a solid and masculine kindness, and of a temper hot, but completely under control” (Encyclopedia Britannica, I, p. 694). Continue reading

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