Law in the Old Testament, As seen through Aquinas' Treatise of LAw
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Among the most important of these are the seventh, eighth, and ninth commandments, which forbid murder, adultery, and stealing, all of which are intrinsic to the functionality of a just society.
In Treatise of Law, Aquinas relates a quote of Isidore from Etymologies that states that "Laws were established so that fear of them curb human audacity, and that innocence be safe in the midst of the wicked, and that the fear of punishment restrain the ability of the wicked to inflict harm" (Question 95, First Article, p44)...
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Although, here, Aquinas uses the quote to refer to human laws, it is clear that the Ten Commandments serve such purposes in society as well.
Aquinas also provides a quote from Aristotle's Ethics that states that "Laws command courageous and temperate and gentle behavior, and likewise regarding other virtues and vices, commanding the former and forbidding the latter" (Question 95, Third Article, p55)...
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