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Moses commanded, “And he that curses his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death” (Exo. 21:17).  This command the Scribes and Pharisees had set aside, probably under the pretense of it being a cruel law; but, for so doing, the Redeemer calls them hypocrites, and blind leaders of the blind.  Matt. 15:1-9, 14;  Mark 7:6-13.  Do you pretend to be more compassionate than the Son of God?  Do you understand, better than he, what crime deserves, and the manner in which it should be punished?
Covenanter (Philadelphia, Jan. 1847), 164-5, at http://reformedcovenanter.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/the-philadelphia-covenanter-and-the-law-of-retaliation-and-incorrigible-delinquents/?mid=52.