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LEVITICAL LAW, ETC.

CHAPTER VIII.

The Levitical law a natural law.—Classification of the Statutes.—Marshall's objection.—His singular mistake.—Proofs of its being a natural law.—How made known.—Opinion of Jurists.—Summary of its prohibitions.—Chancellor Kent's definition.—The Puritan's objections answered.

In the preceding discussion it has been proved, that this law is neither ceremonial, nor civil or judicial, but ecclesiastical and moral; moral, because it forbids lewd acts of an incestuous character, and because it prescribes the limits of marriage.

These statutes constitute one law. The number of the prohibitions does not affect the unity of the law. The Decalogue has ten precepts; but they are one moral law. The human body has many members; yet they constitute one body.

So these statutes form but one law of incest.