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“To-morrow?” said Isabel; “Oh, that is sudden: spare him, spare him; he is not prepared for death. Even for our kitchens we kill the fowl in season; shall we serve Heaven with less respect than we minister to our gross selves? Good, good, my lord, bethink you, none have died for my brother’s offence, though many have committed it. So you would be the first that gives this sentence, and he the first that suffers it.

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles Lamb by Charles Lamb

I'm puzzled. What does the execution of death penalty have to do with serving Heaven?

Please help. Thank you.
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Heaven is a euphemism for God. Isabel thinks of the death sentence on her brother as a case where earthly authorities carry out God's judgement.

    See for example 1 Peter 2:13, 14:
    Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
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