positive law aims at defending society, and tries to attain its end by punishing transgressions.
The first is the positive law, and deals with sins of commission.
Thus the act of bloody sacrifice can only be accounted for as in its origin a directly divine institution, a positive law of God.
It is so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it but positive law.
The obligations of the depositary are morally the same as those found in positive law.
The Chinese, in like manner, have no positive law against infanticide.
No, sir, it is not a matter of discretion with us; we are bound by a positive law of Congress.
That is quite enough to show why in positive law motives are noticed indirectly or not at all.
The principle in question is, in a certain sense, a negative rather than a positive law.
When a civil government has been instituted, positive law becomes the rule of right.