Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:
The great God has put his own name upon magistrates: Psalm 82:6, “I said that you are gods.” Yet it must be granted that you are gods in a smaller letter: mortal gods—gods that must die like men. Magistrates must do justice impartially; for as they are called gods, so in this they must be like God, who is no respecter of persons, Deut. 1:17; Lev. 19:15. He accepts not of the rich man because of his robes, neither does he reject the poor man because of his rags. The magistrates’ eyes are to be always upon causes, and not upon persons. Both the statues of the Theban judges and the statues of the Egyptian judges were made without hands and without eyes—to intimate to us that, as judges should have no hands to receive bribes, so they should have no eyes to see a friend from a foe, or a brother from a stranger, in judgment.