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Punishment is lame, but it comes.

The certainty of punishment, even more than its severity, is the preventive of crime.

The existence of future punishment and everlasting destruction is an evidence of the goodness, the justice, and the wisdom of God: of goodness, in that it is a motive to prevent sin and turn men from evil; of justice, in that it is the righteous doom of irreclaimable sinners; and of wisdom, in that God can thus make the penalty of sin a motive to deter from sin.

The exposition of future punishment in God's word is not to be regarded as a threat, but as a merciful declaration. - If in the ocean of life, over which we are bound to eternity, there are these rocks and shoals, it is no cruelty to chart them down; it is an eminent and prominent mercy.

The object of punishment is three­fold: for just retribution; for the protection of society; for the reformation of the offender.

The object of punishment is, prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.

The seeds of our punishment are sown at the same time we commit the sin.

The very worst use to which you can put a man, says Wilkes, is to hang him; but the hanging is not to make the man useful, but to punish his crime and protect society.

The whole of life and experience goes to show, that right or wrong doing, whether as to the physical or the spiritual nature, is sure in the end to meet its appropriate reward or punishment. - Penalties may be delayed, but they are sure to come.

The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable.

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions that every man might be put in a method how to live, and so be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

There is no future pang can deal that justice on the self-condemned, that he deals on his own soul.

There is no greater punishment than that of being abandoned to one's self.

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary; they must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

We do not aim to correct the man we hang; we correct and warn others by him.

We will not punish a man because he hath offended, but that he may offend no more; nor does punishment ever look to the past, but to the future; for it is not the result of passion, but that the same thing may be guarded against in time to come.

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.

Wickedness, when properly punished, is disgraceful only to the offender; unpunished, it is disgraceful to the whole community.


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