Johann Gerhard on the magistrate’s duty to uphold both tables of the law

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18 The Office of a Magistrate is seen or considered either in Peace or War.

19 In the time of Peace let him administer Justice and judgment.

20 By Justice we understand external obedience to both Tables of the commandments.

21 For it is the Magistrates charge and care to see that both the Tables of the commandments he kept and observed, as far as it concerns External Discipline.

22 He may and must hinder false and blasphemous opinions from being spread abroad: He may and must punish those which are seducers of Souls, especially such as are seditious: He may and must hinder the profanation of the Sabbath. ...

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