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12你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人,这是律法和先知的总纲。
12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
12 Verse 12. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men].

This is a most sublime precept, and highly worthy of the grandeur

and beneficence of the just God who gave it. The general meaning

of it is this: "Guided by justice and mercy, do unto all men as

you would have them to do to you, were your circumstances and

theirs reversed." Yet this saying may be misunderstood. "If the

prisoner should ask the judge, 'whether he would be content to be

hanged, were he in his case,' he would answer, 'No.' Then, says

the prisoner, do as you would be done to.-Neither of them must do

as private men; but the judge must do by him as they have publicly

agreed: that is, both judge and prisoner have consented to a law,

that if either of them steal he shall be hanged."-Selden. None

but he whose heart is filled with love to God and all mankind can

keep this precept, either in its spirit or letter. Self-love will

feel itself sadly cramped when brought within the limits of this

precept; but God hath spoken it: it is the spirit and design of

the law and the prophets; the sum of all that is laid down in the

Sacred Writings, relative to men's conduct toward each other. It

seems as if God had written it upon the hearts of all men, for

sayings of this kind may be found among all nations, Jewish,

Christian, and Heathen. See many examples in Wetstein's notes.