The Reign of Christ. Book Two. Chapter Fifty Seven: The Eleventh Law: the Appointment of Magistrates

However wisely laws are enacted and however fully they are explained, they are of no use to the well-being of the commonwealth unless they are strenuously defended by ordinary magistrates and unless the obedience of all is very strictly exacted; good magistrates are called “living laws.” And so Your Majesty will most earnestly take care that there will never be lacking to his subjects pious, holy, and prudent magistrates who love the commonwealth.

By Martin Bucer

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