Where, in all the boasted moral systems of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Epictetus, Seneca, or the rest of the Greek and Roman philosophers, shall be found anything comparable to the purity and beauty of the virtues enjoined by Paul in the closing chapters of this epistle?  Even modern writers on ethics, when departing from the only pure standard of virtue, discover the grossest ignorance and inconsistency.  But Paul, writing without any of the aids of human wisdom, draws his precepts from the fountain of heavenly truth and inculcates on the disciples of Jesus a code of duties which, if habitually practiced by mankind, would change the world from what it is – a scene of strife, jealousy, and division – and make it what it was before the entrance of sin – a paradise fit for the Lord to visit and for man to dwell in. – Robert Haldane (1764-1842), from the introduction to his commentary on Romans (1836)

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