Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:
It is but an abuse of the word commonwealth, where the public good is not consulted by an impartial justice and equity; it is but a confused heap of men. Injustice and oppression makes the multitude tumultuous, and fills the people’s heads with dangerous designs, as you may see by comparing these scriptures together; [1 Kings 12; 1 Sam. 8:3.] and partly because it lays a nation open and obnoxious to the wrath and vengeance of God, as might easily be made good by scores of scriptures. Impartial justice is the best establishment of kingdoms and commonwealths. “The king by judgment establishes the land,” Proverbs 29:4: see Num. 25:11; 2 Sam. 21:14. Justice is the best security against desolating judgments. “Run through the streets of Jerusalem, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, and I will pardon it,” Jer. 5:1.