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This understanding, he says, is the standard of right & wrong:
it tells him so and so. All good and wise men understand as
he does: if others men's understandings differ in any point from
his, so much the worse for them: it is a sure sign they are
either defective or corrupt.

4. Another man says, that there is an eternal and
immutable Rule of Right: that that rule of right dictates
so and so: and then he begins giving you his sentiments
upon any thing that comes uppermost: and these sentiments
(you are to take for granted) are so many branches of the eternal
rule of right.

5. Another man, or perhaps the same man (its no matter)
says, that there are certain practices conformable, and
others repugnant, to the of thing; Fitness of Things; and
then he tells you, at his leisure, what practices are conformable
and what repugnant: just as he happens to
like a practice or dislike it.

6. A great multitude of people are continually talking of
the Law of Nature; and then they go on giving you their
sentiments about what is right and what is wrong: and
these sentiments, you are to understand, are so many chapters
and sections of the Law of Nature.

7. Instead of the phrase, Law of Nature, you have sometimes
Law of Reason, Right, Reason, Natural Justice, Natural Equity,
Good Order. Any of them will do equally a well.

8. We have one philosopher, who says, there is no harm in any
thing in the world but in telling a lie: and that if, for example,
you were to murder your own father, this would
only be a particular way of saying, he was not your father.
Of course, when this philosopher sees any thing that he does not
like, he says, it is a particular way of telling a lie. It is
saying, that the act ought to be done, or may be done, when, in
truth, it ought not to be done.

9. The fairest and openest of them all is that sort of man who
speaks out, and says, I am of the number of the Eelect: now God
himself takes care to inform the Elect what is right: and
that with so good effect, that let them strive ever so, they cannot
help not only knowing it but practising it. If therefore
a man wants to know what is right & what is wrong,
he has nothing to do but to come to me. —

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