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Chapter XL.

But since, after Celsus had spoken to the above effect of the different kinds of laws, he adds the following remark, “Pindar appears to me to be correct in saying that law is king of all things,” let us proceed to discuss this assertion.  What law do you mean to say, good sir, is “king of all things?”  If you mean those which exist in the various cities, then such an assertion is not true.  For all men are not governed by the same law.  You ought to have said that “laws are kings of all men,” for in every nation some law is king of all.  But if you mean that which is law in the proper sense, then it is this which is by nature “king of all things;” although there are some individuals who, having like robbers abandoned the law, deny its validity, and live lives of violence and injustice.  We Christians, then, who have come to the knowledge of the law which is by nature “king of all things,” and which is the same with the law of God, endeavour to regulate our lives by its prescriptions, having bidden a long farewell to those of an unholy kind.

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