But this principle is established not by Nature's1
laws alone (that is, by the common rules of equity),
but also by the statutes of particular communities, in
accordance with which in individual states the public
interests are maintained. In all these it is with one
accord ordained that no man shall be allowed for the
sake of his own advantage to injure his neighbour.
For it is to this that the laws have regard; this is
their intent, that the bonds of union between citizens
should not be impaired; and any attempt to destroy
these bonds is repressed by the penalty of death,
exile, imprisonment, or fine.
Again, this principle follows much more effectually2
directly from the Reason which is in Nature, which
is the law of gods and men. If anyone will hearken
to that voice (and all will hearken to it who wish to
live in accord with Nature's laws), he will never be
guilty of coveting anything that is his neighbour's
or of appropriating to himself what he has taken
from his neighbour.