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divine law


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divine law a law that is believed to come directly from God
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  • Joyce Carol Oates
    Joyce Carol Oates
    “Nothing is accidental in the universe -- this is one of my Laws of Physics -- except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.”


In literature:

This conception of Divine justice, not as a sentence of a judge, but as the action of an eternal law, is identical with Spinoza's.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
It is still the idea of the commonwealth, the religion of morality, the submission to a law recognized as divine.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Can any law, human or divine, bind me to her now?
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
Not even the higher divinities of the greater faiths are exempt from the universal law.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Will the law of human growth and divine decay stop here?
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Labor is the divine law of our existence; repose is desertion and suicide.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
All divine and human laws will be trampled under foot.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
So the jurists declare it to be a divine law that no one should break a man's last will.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
But from those very failures, those dissatisfactions, the ideal of the Fourth Age is born, and the law of a greater progress divined.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
TO enter into the reasons upon which this prerogative is founded is matter rather of divinity than of law.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
It is a divine and immutable law that if we sow the wind we will reap the whirlwind.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
They teach law, divinity, medicine, mining, or engineering.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
In history, in morals, in law, in physic, and in divinity, be careful of equivocal terms.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
We would speak of the truth as it presents itself in the Divine Law.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
The historian here began to prevail over the divine, and to judge Church matters by a law which was not given from the altar.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
He opens his mouth to speak, and the divine precepts of unchanging justice and Scots law flow from his tongue.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
No, he left that to lower law divines.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
Defiance of laws, human and divine, was impossible to Honor who had been reared to respect both from her cradle.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
Questions the wisdom of diviner law.
"Days and Dreams" by Madison J. Cawein
But I do believe in the laws of retribution, whether you call them human or Divine.
"The Missioner" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

There one by one his spirit saw
Of things divine the shadows bright,
The pageant of God's perfect law;
Yet felt not full delight.
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
That God, which ever lives and loves,
One God, one law, one element,
And one far-off divine event,
To which the whole creation moves.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
These slaves I now possess are mine,
Sanction'd by laws of earth and Heaven.
We thank Thee, gracious power divine,
That unto us this boon is given.
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
WHAT bliss for her who lives her little day,
In blest obedience, like to those divine,
Who to her loved, her earthly lord can say,
'God is thy law,' most just, 'and thou art mine.'
"The Obedient Love Of Woman Her Highest Bliss" by Maria Gowen Brooks
And with divine triumphant awe
My spirit moved within me saw,
With burning passion of stretched eyes,
Clear as the light's own firstborn law,
In windless wastes of skies
Time's deep dawn rise.
"On The Downs" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But when I falter Beltran's name,
``Ha?'' quoth the father; ``much I blame
``The sin; yet wherefore idly grieve?
``Despair not—-strenuously retrieve!
``Nay, I will turn this love of thine
``To lawful love, almost divine;
"The Confessional" by Robert Browning

In news:

Thomas and Chesterton on law, human and divine.
S upreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says her colleague Antonin Scalia deserves a lot of credit for getting the high court to divine what laws mean by focusing on the words Congress used.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says her colleague Antonin Scalia deserves a lot of credit for getting the high court to divine what laws mean by focusing on the words Congress used.