Excerpt from The Principles of Peace: Exemplified in the Conduct of the Society of Friends in Ireland During the Rebellion of the Year 1798; With Preliminary and Concluding Observations
The heathen, indeed, saw something of the excellence of this principle, but did not so far anticipate Christianity as to trust their lives and fortunes to its government. Their gods were implored in danger; but idolatry vitiated their sacri fices. They knew nothing of what it was to stand still and see the salvation of God.
The Jews advanced a step further: when the cause was not their own, and their motive was not ambition; or when danger was at hand, and they meekly petitioned for divine aid their enemies were scattered like chaﬂ' before the wind, and they found that one could chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to ﬂight. But the Jews were not practically instructed, and perhaps the spirit of the times did not permit them to be so, in the heart-softening lesson of Christian charity, by meekness to disarm revenge. They do not appear to have considered that one act of retaliation only prepared the way for another.
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