An example of a precept is a commandment found in the Ten Commandments.
The earliest instance of an ecclesiastical precept on the subject occurs in can.
It is nothing else than the preaching and precept of Christ.
He might not lie nor take an oath, for the precept "Swear not at all" was, like the rest of the gospel, taken seriously.
To the ordinary good citizen of antiquity, whose religion was the consecration of family ties, such a precept was no less scandalous than it is to a Chinaman or Hindu of to-day.
The use of excommunication as a form of Christian discipline is based on the precept of Christ and on apostolic practice.