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Birth must be less than God's designation to a crown, for Adonijah was older than Solomon [1Ki. 1], yet God appointed Solomon to be king. So those court prophets are wrong, who will have birth, without the people's election, to make a king, and the people's voices but a ceremony.
- Samuel Rutherford, Lex, Rex, Question 4 (1644), at http://www.constitution.org/sr/q04.txt.