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1 pref | Preface - Showing that to teach rules for the interpretation 2 pref, 0| earnest students of the word, that they may profit not only 3 pref, 0| Others, again, will think that I have spent my labour to 4 pref, 0| give it as their opinion that it can be of no use to anybody. 5 pref, 0| because they know (or imagine) that they have attained a certain 6 pref, 0| any directions of the kind that I propose to lay down here, 7 pref, 0| down here, will cry out that such rules are not necessary 8 pref, 0| necessary for any one, but that everything rightly done 9 pref, 0| set down, my answer is, that I am not to be blamed for 10 pref, 0| into a passion with me on that account. As for those who, 11 pref, 0| blaming me, and pray instead that God would grant them the 12 pref, 0| power to open men's eyes that they may see either the 13 pref, 0| may see either the fact that I am pointing, or the object 14 pref, 0| Divine Grace, and boast that they understand and can 15 pref, 0| and who think, therefore, that what I have undertaken to 16 pref, 0| themselves so far as to remember that, however justly they may 17 pref, 0| would hardly think it right that they should for that reason 18 pref, 0| right that they should for that reason be held in contempt 19 pref, 0| understanding of them; or by that barbarian slave Christianus, 20 pref, 0| reading simply through prayer that it might be revealed to 21 pref, 0| supplication obtaining his request that he might read through a 22 pref, 0| But if any one thinks that these stories are false, 23 pref, 0| they must surely grant that every one of us learnt his 24 pref, 0| constantly from childhood, and that any other language we have 25 pref, 0| not had a like experience that he need not consider himself 26 pref, 0| or preaching, in the hope that we shall be carried up to 27 pref, 0| rather consider the fact that the Apostle Paul himself, 28 pref, 0| admitted into the Church; and that Cornelius the centurion, 29 pref, 0| an angel announced to him that his prayers were heard and 30 pref, 0| fellow-men. For how could that be true which is written, " 31 pref, 0| communicated everything that He wished to be taught to 32 pref, 0| And we know that the eunuch who was reading 33 pref, 0| entrusted to him? For Moses knew that a wise plan, in whatever 34 pref, 0| place, every one who boasts that he, through divine illumination, 35 pref, 0| believes, and rightly believes, that this power is not his own, 36 pref, 0| send them direct to God, that they too may learn by the 37 pref, 0| exchangers." Seeing, then, that these men teach others, 38 pref, 0| truth." For what have we that we did not receive? And 39 pref, 0| teaches reading, does it that others may be able to read 40 pref, 0| one who teaches reading, that is, shows others how to 41 pref, 0| read for themselves. So that, just as he who knows how 42 pref, 0| course of the work itself that no one can justly object 43 1, arg | sense of Scripture. He shows that to discover the meaning 44 1, arg | the signs of these things, that is, where the knowledge 45 1, arg | sins from enjoying God; and that our sins might be taken 46 1, arg | the author goes on to show that all objects, except God, 47 1, arg | He then goes on to show that love the love of God for 48 1, arg | he shows, in conclusion, that faith, hope, and love are 49 1, 1 | arduous undertaking, and one that, if difficult to carry out, 50 1, 1 | subject, I do not fear but that He will go on to supply 51 1, 1 | then, to those who have; that is to say, if they use freely 52 1, 1 | baskets with the fragments that were left. Now, just as 53 1, 1 | were left. Now, just as that bread increased in the very 54 1, 1 | multiplied by His grace, so that, in this very work of distribution 55 1, 2 | strict sense, to signify that which is never employed 56 1, 2 | cattle, and other things of that kind. Not, however, the 57 1, 2 | things, speak in such a way that even if some of them may 58 1, 2 | may be used as signs also, that will not interfere with 59 1, 2 | must carefully remember that what we have now to consider 60 1, 3 | efforts after happiness, so that we can attain the things 61 1, 3 | we can attain the things that make us happy and rest in 62 1, 3 | even led away from it; so that, getting entangled in the 63 1, 4 | from our fatherland, and that we felt wretched in our 64 1, 4 | home. We find, however, that we must make use of some 65 1, 4 | water, in order to reach that fatherland where our enjoyment 66 1, 4 | thoughts are diverted from that home whose delights would 67 1, 4 | must be used, not enjoyed, that so the invisible things 68 1, 4 | understood by the things that are made, that is, that 69 1, 4 | the things that are made, that is, that by means of what 70 1, 4 | that are made, that is, that by means of what is material 71 1, 4 | temporary we may lay hold upon that which is spiritual and eternal. ~ 72 1, 5 | not easy to find a name that will suitably express so 73 1, 6 | worthy way? Nay, I feel that I have done nothing more 74 1, 6 | this, except from the fact that God is unspeakable? But 75 1, 6 | on this principle it is that He is called Deus (God). 76 1, 6 | Latin tongue are led, when that sound reaches their ears, 77 1, 7 | even by those who believe that there are other gods, and 78 1, 7 | gods, and who call them by that name, and worship them as 79 1, 7 | in bondage to sense think that either the heavens, or what 80 1, 7 | human body, if they think that superior to all others. 81 1, 7 | others. Or if they think that there is no one God supreme 82 1, 7 | supreme above the rest, but that there are many or even innumerable 83 1, 7 | intelligent and spiritual natures that are subject to change. All, 84 1, 7 | one be found to believe that any being to whom there 85 1, 7 | all concur in believing that God is that which excels 86 1, 7 | in believing that God is that which excels in dignity 87 1, 8 | form any conception of Him that is not absurd and unworthy 88 1, 8 | whatever may be the bodily form that has suggested itself to 89 1, 8 | itself to them, recognize that it is by life it lives or 90 1, 8 | is dead; who understand that the living bodily form itself, 91 1, 8 | without sensibility, such as that of plants, they consider 92 1, 8 | to sentient life, such as that of cattle; and above this, 93 1, 8 | intelligent life, such as that of men. And, perceiving 94 1, 8 | of men. And, perceiving that even this is subject to 95 1, 8 | to place above it, again, that unchangeable life, which 96 1, 8 | For a wise intelligence, that is, one that has attained 97 1, 8 | intelligence, that is, one that has attained to wisdom, 98 1, 8 | unchangeably wise to one that is subject to change. This 99 1, 8 | evident, if we consider that the very rule of truth by 100 1, 8 | find nothing in themselves that is not subject to change. ~ 101 1, 9 | unchangeable: wisdom to that which is variable~ 102 1, 9 | to ask, "How do you know that a life of unchangeable wisdom 103 1, 9 | preferable to one of change?" For that very truth about which he 104 1, 9 | whom it profits nothing that the splendour of its light, 105 1, 9 | objects in preference to that which they own to be more 106 1, 10 | the soul must be purified that it may have power to perceive 107 1, 10 | may have power to perceive that light, and to rest in it 108 1, 10 | is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him 109 1, 12 | weak and dim. "For after that, in the wisdom of God, the 110 1, 12 | of preaching to save them that believe." ~ 111 1, 12 | had always been, seeing that "He was in the world, and 112 1, 12 | then did He come, seeing that He was already here, except 113 1, 12 | was already here, except that it pleased God through the 114 1, 12 | of preaching to save them that believe? ~ 115 1, 13 | when we speak, in order that what we leave in our minds 116 1, 13 | nature, yet became flesh, that He might dwell among us. ~ 117 1, 14 | slovenly way, but carefully, that there may be a certain degree 118 1, 14 | both in one. Seeing, then, that man fell through pride, 119 1, 14 | opposite remedies it belongs, that our vices are cured by the 120 1, 15 | terror into the careless, so that they retake themselves to 121 1, 15 | the last, when we consider that for our comfort in this 122 1, 15 | so freely of His Spirit, that in the adversities of this 123 1, 15 | whom as yet we see not; and that He has also given to each 124 1, 15 | building up of His Church, that we may do what He points 125 1, 16 | many wholesome afflictions, that when He has transplanted 126 1, 17 | when we are on the way, and that not a way that lies through 127 1, 17 | way, and that not a way that lies through space, but 128 1, 17 | which we should return, do that would be still gracious 129 1, 17 | remove the stern decrees that barred the door against 130 1, 18 | the keys to His Church, that whatsoever it should bind 131 1, 18 | might be loosed in heaven; that is to say, that whosoever 132 1, 18 | heaven; that is to say, that whosoever in the Church 133 1, 18 | Church should not believe that his sins are remitted, they 134 1, 18 | be remitted to him; but that whosoever should believe, 135 1, 18 | he who does not believe that his sins can be pardoned, 136 1, 19 | we must hope and believe that the body, after that death 137 1, 19 | believe that the body, after that death which we all owe as 138 1, 19 | into a better form; not that flesh and blood shall inherit 139 1, 19 | the kingdom of God (for that is impossible), but that 140 1, 19 | that is impossible), but that this corruptible shall put 141 1, 21 | assurance, and we must believe that it is so in fact, that neither 142 1, 21 | believe that it is so in fact, that neither the human soul nor 143 1, 21 | complete extinction, but that the wicked rise again to 144 1, 22 | unchangeable. The rest are for use, that we may be able to arrive 145 1, 22 | him. It seems to me, then, that he is to be loved for the 146 1, 22 | are entirely fixed upon that. If, however, he loves himself 147 1, 22 | not occupied with anything that is unchangeable. And thus 148 1, 22 | than when he turns from that to enjoy even himself. Wherefore 149 1, 22 | this is the law of love that has been laid down by Divine 150 1, 22 | and with all thy mind:" so that you are to concentrate all 151 1, 22 | from whom you derive all that you bring. For when He says, " 152 1, 22 | all thy mind," He means that no part of our life is to 153 1, 22 | enjoy some other object, but that whatever else may suggest 154 1, 22 | ought to urge upon him that he too should love God with 155 1, 23 | are four kinds of things that are to be loved, first, 156 1, 23 | are to be loved, first, that which is above us; second, 157 1, 23 | second, ourselves; third, that which is on a level with 158 1, 23 | a level with us; fourth, that which is beneath us, no 159 1, 23 | Ruler of all things, does so that it may rule over itself 160 1, 23 | it over its companions, that is, other men. For it is 161 1, 23 | claim as due to itself, that which is properly due to 162 1, 23 | hate. For it is not just that it should desire what is 163 1, 23 | steadfastly to the better part, that is, to the unchangeable 164 1, 23 | are by nature its equals, that is, its fellow-men, this 165 1, 24 | And when some people say that they would rather be without 166 1, 24 | corruptions and its heaviness, that they hate. And so it is 167 1, 24 | uncorrupted and very light body, that they want. But they think 168 1, 24 | But they think a body of that kind would be no body at 169 1, 24 | they think such a thing as that must be a spirit. And as 170 1, 24 | spirit. And as to the fact that they seem in some sort to 171 1, 24 | the right spirit do it not that they may get rid of their 172 1, 24 | get rid of their body, but that they may have it in subjection 173 1, 24 | to root out those lusts that are hurtful to the body, 174 1, 24 | are hurtful to the body, that is, those habits and affections 175 1, 24 | and affections of the soul that lead to the enjoyment of 176 1, 24 | changed for the better, so that its inordinate affections 177 1, 24 | mastery, because it desires that what it loves should be 178 1, 24 | suffering any pain, and that they had as much sight left 179 1, 25 | the due measure of loving, that is, in what measure he may 180 1, 25 | service to himself. For that he does love himself, and 181 1, 25 | For it is equally manifest that he loves his body also, 182 1, 25 | a man may have something that he loves better than the 183 1, 25 | amputations of some of their limbs that they might obtain other 184 1, 25 | buys bread for himself, that is, he gives away money 185 1, 25 | is, he gives away money that he is very fond of and desires 186 1, 26 | Seeing, then, that there is no need of a command 187 1, 26 | is no need of a command that every man should love himself 188 1, 26 | and his own body, seeing, that is, that we love ourselves, 189 1, 26 | own body, seeing, that is, that we love ourselves, and what 190 1, 26 | commandment is love, and that twofold, the love of God 191 1, 26 | yourself in your entirety, that is, soul and body together, 192 1, 26 | and body), you will find that none of the classes of things 193 1, 26 | of the classes of things that are to be loved is overlooked 194 1, 26 | prescribed in such terms that it is evident all other 195 1, 26 | at once becomes evident that our love for ourselves has 196 1, 27 | under strict control, so that he neither loves what he 197 1, 27 | ought to love, nor loves that more which ought to be loved 198 1, 27 | be loved less, nor loves that equally which ought to be 199 1, 27 | less or more, nor loves that less or more which ought 200 1, 27 | soul, and it is by the soul that we enjoy God. ~ 201 1, 28 | connection with you. For, suppose that you had a great deal of 202 1, 28 | somebody who had none, and that it could not be given to 203 1, 29 | to desire and endeavour that all men may love God~ 204 1, 29 | ought to desire, however, that they should all join with 205 1, 29 | and all the assistance that we either give them or accept 206 1, 29 | from them should tend to that one end. For in the theatres, 207 1, 29 | concerning whom we have no fear that any one who comes to know 208 1, 29 | any gain to Himself, but that those who love Him may obtain 209 1, 29 | they love? And hence it is that we love even our enemies. 210 1, 30 | love of angels also. For that He who commanded us to love 211 1, 30 | commandments, and to whom He said that on these hang all the law 212 1, 30 | dead. And He showed him that nobody was neighbour to 213 1, 30 | thou likewise;" teaching us that he is our neighbour whom 214 1, 30 | need. Whence it follows, that he whose duty it would be 215 1, 30 | again, who does not see that no exception is made of 216 1, 30 | enemies, do good to them that hate you." ~ 217 1, 30 | Whoever then supposes that the apostle did not embrace 218 1, 30 | absurd and most pernicious, that the apostle thought it no 219 1, 30 | would say this, it is clear that every man is to be considered 220 1, 30 | neighbour, it is manifest that the command to love our 221 1, 30 | holy angels also, seeing that so great offices of mercy 222 1, 30 | love God is distinct from that to love our neighbour. For 223 1, 30 | another on account of His; that is, He pities us that we 224 1, 30 | His; that is, He pities us that we may fully enjoy Himself; 225 1, 30 | Himself; we pity one another that we may fully enjoy Him. ~ 226 1, 31 | this ground, when we say that we enjoy only that which 227 1, 31 | we say that we enjoy only that which we love for its own 228 1, 31 | love for its own sake, and that nothing is a true object 229 1, 31 | object of enjoyment except that which makes us happy, and 230 1, 31 | which makes us happy, and that all other things are for 231 1, 31 | seems still to be something that requires explanation. For 232 1, 31 | and no sane man will say that; for all the good we enjoy 233 1, 31 | in doubt as to the fact that the light stands in no need 234 1, 32 | sense of the words, "I AM THAT I AM," and "Thou shalt say 235 1, 32 | has sent me unto you;" So that all other things that exist, 236 1, 32 | So that all other things that exist, both owe their existence 237 1, 32 | given it to them to be so. That use, then, which God is 238 1, 32 | this is our highest reward, that we should fully enjoy Him, 239 1, 32 | should fully enjoy Him, and that all who enjoy Him should 240 1, 33 | And again: "Neither is he that planteth anything, neither 241 1, 33 | planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth 242 1, 33 | he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." And 243 1, 33 | is about to worship him, that he should rather worship 244 1, 33 | it is God rather than man that you enjoy. For you enjoy 245 1, 33 | he would have implied that he fixed his hope of happiness 246 1, 33 | delight." For when the thing that we love is near us, it is 247 1, 33 | it is a matter of course that it should bring delight 248 1, 33 | and make it a means to that which you are permanently 249 1, 33 | abuse of language to say that you enjoy it. But if you 250 1, 34 | And mark that even when He who is Himself 251 1, 34 | made, had been made flesh that He might dwell among us, 252 1, 34 | fleshly body. Whence also that expression, "The Lord created 253 1, 34 | the beginning of His way," that is, that those who wished 254 1, 34 | beginning of His way," that is, that those who wished to come 255 1, 34 | the truth, and the life;" that is, by me men come, to me 256 1, 34 | as it were seals us, so that we are able to rest permanently 257 1, 34 | learn how essential it is that nothing should detain us 258 1, 35 | Of all, then, that has been said since we entered 259 1, 35 | things, this is the sum: that we should clearly understand 260 1, 35 | should clearly understand that the fulfilment and the end 261 1, 35 | an object which can enjoy that other in fellowship with 262 1, 35 | is no need of a command that each man should love himself. 263 1, 35 | by the providence of God that we might know this truth 264 1, 35 | it; and we ought to use that dispensation, not with such 265 1, 35 | carriages, or other things that are merely means. Perhaps 266 1, 35 | comparison can be found that will more suitably express 267 1, 35 | suitably express the idea that we are to love the things 268 1, 35 | borne only for the sake of that towards which we are borne. ~ 269 1, 36 | chap. 36. That interpretation of Scripture 270 1, 36 | Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy 271 1, 36 | draws a meaning from them that may be used for the building 272 1, 36 | reads intended to express in that place, his error is not 273 1, 36 | upon, it is quite clear that in any particular case the 274 1, 36 | he who deceives, seeing that it is better to suffer than 275 1, 36 | injustice; and if any man thinks that a lie is ever useful, he 276 1, 36 | ever useful, he must think that injustice is sometimes useful. 277 1, 36 | lies. He wishes, of course, that the man to whom he lies 278 1, 37 | meaning. And if he admits that these statements are true 279 1, 37 | certain, then it follows that the meaning he had put upon 280 1, 37 | one can hardly tell how, that, out of love for his own 281 1, 37 | if he should once permit that evil to creep in, it will 282 1, 37 | morality, he comes to hope also that he shall attain the object 283 1, 38 | shall be swallowed up in that perfect bliss to which we 284 1, 38 | For if we love by faith that which as yet we see not, 285 1, 38 | And if we love by hope that which as yet we have not 286 1, 38 | temporal and things eternal, that a temporal object is valued 287 1, 39 | of these three graces. So that in their case, I think, 288 1, 39 | has been built up in them, that, holding to what is perfect, 289 1, 40 | a man fully understands that "the end of the commandment 290 1, 40 | anything being loved but that which is worthy of love. 291 1, 40 | despairs of ever reaching that which he believes in and 292 1, 40 | able to indulge the hope that our hope shall not be in 293 2, arg | what a sign is, and shows that there are two classes of 294 2, arg | author points out how all that is sound and useful in their 295 2, 1 | themselves, but to the fact that they are signs, that is, 296 2, 1 | fact that they are signs, that is, to what they signify. 297 2, 1 | a footprint, we conclude that an animal whose footprint 298 2, 1 | when we see smoke, we know that there is fire beneath; and 299 2, 1 | trumpet sounds, soldiers know that they are to advance or retreat, 300 2, 1 | intention of making it a sign that it is so, but through attention 301 2, 1 | experience we come to know that fire is beneath, even when 302 2, 3 | sense of sight, some to that of hearing, a very few to 303 2, 3 | visible words. The signs that address themselves to the 304 2, 4 | chief place for himself. And that celebrated tower which was 305 2, 5 | And hence it happened that even Holy Scripture, which 306 2, 6 | darkness. And I do not doubt that all this was divinely arranged 307 2, 6 | difficulty. For why is it, I ask, that if any one says that there 308 2, 6 | ask, that if any one says that there are holy and just 309 2, 6 | a twofold love, a love, that is, of God and their neighbour; 310 2, 6 | neighbour; how is it, I say, that if a man says this, he does 311 2, 6 | draws the same meaning from that passage in Canticles, where 312 2, 6 | are like a flock of sheep that are shorn, which came up 313 2, 6 | greatest pleasure, too, that I recognize them under the 314 2, 6 | under the figure of sheep that have been shorn, laying 315 2, 6 | none among them barren in that holy fruit. ~ 316 2, 6 | with greater delight under that aspect than if no such figure 317 2, 6 | doubt about the facts, both that it is pleasanter in some 318 2, 6 | communicated through figures and that what is attended with difficulty 319 2, 7 | all, then, it is necessary that we should be led by the 320 2, 7 | mortality and of the death that is before us, and crucify 321 2, 7 | rather think and believe that whatever is there written, 322 2, 7 | nothing else in them but that God is to be loved for His 323 2, 7 | neighbour for God's sake; and that God is to be loved with 324 2, 7 | neighbour as one's self that is, in such a way that all 325 2, 7 | self that is, in such a way that all our love for our neighbour, 326 2, 7 | It is necessary, then, that each man should first of 327 2, 7 | all find in the Scriptures that he, through being entangled 328 2, 7 | Scripture enjoins. Then that fear which leads him to 329 2, 7 | the judgment of God, and that piety which gives him no 330 2, 7 | comfort of the Divine help that he may not be overwhelmed 331 2, 7 | comes to the fourth step, that is, strength and resolution, 332 2, 7 | from afar, and has felt that owing to the weakness of 333 2, 7 | his sight he cannot endure that matchless light, then in 334 2, 7 | then in the fifth step that is, in the counsel of compassion 335 2, 7 | Him not. But yet, although that light may begin to appear 336 2, 7 | only through a glass darkly that we are said to see, because 337 2, 7 | as himself. Accordingly, that holy man will be so single 338 2, 7 | single and so pure in heart, that he will not step aside from 339 2, 7 | beginning of wisdom. From that beginning, then, till we 340 2, 8 | mentioned, for it is about it that I have set myself to speak 341 2, 8 | those of them, at least, that are called canonical. For 342 2, 8 | belief of the truth, so that they will not take first 343 2, 8 | standard: to prefer those that are received by all the 344 2, 8 | however, he shall find that some books are held by the 345 2, 8 | thing to happen), I think that in such a case the authority 346 2, 8 | books: Five books of Moses, that is, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 347 2, 8 | the most likely opinion is that they were written by Jesus 348 2, 8 | these forty-four books. That of the New Testament, again, 349 2, 9 | them. Next, those matters that are plainly laid down in 350 2, 9 | become. For among the things that are plainly laid down in 351 2, 9 | to be found all matters that concern faith and the manner 352 2, 10 | say bos, and understand by that syllable the ox, which is 353 2, 10 | is ordinarily called by that name; but then further by 354 2, 10 | name; but then further by that ox understand a preacher 355 2, 10 | shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn." ~ 356 2, 11 | Scripture, Hebrew and Greek, that they may have recourse to 357 2, 11 | the more sacred authority that attaches to it, as for example, 358 2, 11 | languages there are words that cannot be translated into 359 2, 11 | interjections, which are words that express rather an emotion 360 2, 11 | of an angry man, Hosanna that of a joyful man. But the 361 2, 12 | passages; for example, in that passage of the prophet Isaiah, 362 2, 12 | in its literal sense, so that a man may understand that 363 2, 12 | that a man may understand that he is admonished not to 364 2, 12 | words suggests itself, viz., that the command is not to despise 365 2, 12 | s mind. Whence, I think, that expression of the apostle, 366 2, 12 | might save some of them;" that is, that through emulation 367 2, 12 | some of them;" that is, that through emulation of those 368 2, 12 | relationship of blood. Again, that passage from the same prophet 369 2, 12 | the passage a construction that is wholly alien to the sense 370 2, 12 | For the same reason it is, that because the Greek word " 371 2, 12 | some have not understood that "moscheumata" are shoots 372 2, 12 | crept into so many texts, that you can hardly find it written 373 2, 12 | made evident by the words that follow. For "the plantings 374 2, 13 | to a different rule from that which those of our predecessors 375 2, 13 | in a different way from that in which those who spoke 376 2, 13 | beseeching God, in any way at all that he can get the words out, 377 2, 13 | tend to edification, but in that of signs, by which it is 378 2, 13 | to be puffed up, seeing that the knowledge of things 379 2, 13 | And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it 380 2, 13 | and what cities they be that they dwell in. Num. 13:19) 381 2, 13 | am more disposed to think that this is simply the idiom 382 2, 13 | of another language than that any deeper meaning is intended. 383 2, 13 | meaning is intended. Again, that phrase, which we cannot 384 2, 13 | learned man would prefer that this should be corrected, 385 2, 13 | should be corrected, and that we should say, not fliriet, 386 2, 13 | if the meaning might be, that the folly of men or the 387 2, 13 | is wiser or stronger than that of God. But indeed even 388 2, 14 | idioms in our own tongue that we are unacquainted with, 389 2, 14 | hear them. There is nothing that it is better to commit to 390 2, 14 | meaning we do not know, so that where we happen to meet 391 2, 14 | inquire, or with a passage that shows, either by the preceding 392 2, 14 | even in regard to learning, that those who have been in a 393 2, 14 | correction of the texts, so that the uncorrected ones should 394 2, 15 | the more learned churches that the seventy translators 395 2, 15 | their work of translation, that among that number of men 396 2, 15 | translation, that among that number of men there was 397 2, 15 | manuscript of any one of them that was not found in the same 398 2, 15 | together with the result that a unanimous agreement sprang 399 2, 15 | in a different form from that in which these men have 400 2, 15 | these men to bring it about, that books which the Jewish race 401 2, 15 | And thus it is possible that they translated in such 402 2, 15 | Greeks, and especially by that of those who, though they 403 2, 15 | Greek, especially those that are found in the churches 404 2, 16 | evangelist had not interpreted that name, a meaning so important 405 2, 16 | unnoticed. And we cannot doubt that, in the same way, many Hebrew 406 2, 16 | number of men skilled in that language have conferred 407 2, 16 | whatever other names in that language we are not acquainted 408 2, 16 | the serpent, for example, that to protect its head it will 409 2, 16 | meaning of our Lord's command, that we should be wise as serpents; 410 2, 16 | should be wise as serpents; that is to say, that for the 411 2, 16 | serpents; that is to say, that for the sake of our head, 412 2, 16 | Or again, the statement that the serpent gets rid of 413 2, 16 | man, as the apostle says, that we may put on the new; and 414 2, 16 | accustomed to draw from that animal, so ignorance of 415 2, 16 | find it easy to understand that perpetual peace is indicated 416 2, 16 | returned to the ark, is that we know both that the smooth 417 2, 16 | ark, is that we know both that the smooth touch of olive 418 2, 16 | fluid of another kind, and that the tree itself is an evergreen. 419 2, 16 | from understanding things that are set down in Scripture 420 2, 16 | what is meant by the fact that Moses and Elijah, and our 421 2, 16 | knowledge of all things, and that knowledge interwoven with 422 2, 16 | in time, for the sake of that eternity in which we wish 423 2, 16 | mind; and it is very clear that in the body there are four 424 2, 16 | in connection with time, that is, when it is taken four 425 2, 16 | of, any delight in time, that is, to fast for forty days. 426 2, 16 | there is any musical law that compels the psalters of 427 2, 16 | number itself is not on that very account the more to 428 2, 16 | question is raised about that number, we can only refer 429 2, 16 | many heretics to confess that our Lord put on, not a false, 430 2, 17 | in such matters. He says that a certain state (I don't 431 2, 17 | temple of Apollo, intending that whichever of the artists 432 2, 17 | from him. It so happened that these artists executed their 433 2, 17 | works with equal beauty, that all nine pleased the state, 434 2, 17 | nine pleased the state, and that all were bought to be dedicated 435 2, 17 | temple of Apollo; and he says that afterwards Hesiod the poet 436 2, 17 | not Jupiter, therefore, that begat the nine Muses, but 437 2, 17 | presented themselves in that number to the eyes of any 438 2, 17 | it was obvious to remark that all sound, which is the 439 2, 17 | and all other instruments that give their sound when struck. ~ 440 2, 18 | derive anything from it that is of use for the understanding 441 2, 18 | Scripture; nor does it follow that we must busy ourselves with 442 2, 18 | harps and other instruments, that may help us to lay hold 443 2, 18 | letters because they say that Mercury discovered them; 444 2, 18 | the form of stones things that ought to have their place 445 2, 18 | in the heart, ought we on that account to forsake justice 446 2, 18 | true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, 447 2, 19 | whole topic (for it is one that cannot be omitted), there 448 2, 19 | by God. The former kind, that which deals with human institutions, 449 2, 20 | most frivolous practices, that are to be observed if any 450 2, 20 | side. But it is delightful that the boys are sometimes avenged 451 2, 20 | your present loss. Whence that witty saying of Cato, who, 452 2, 20 | consulted by a man who told him that the mice had eaten his boots, 453 2, 20 | eaten his boots, replied, "That is not strange, but it would 454 2, 21 | this kind, he gives money that he may come away the slave 455 2, 21 | wondered at, when we consider that even in times more recent 456 2, 21 | down to distant ages, only that his ancestress Venus had 457 2, 21 | who cares can easily see that the stars spoken of above 458 2, 21 | honour, they seemed to think that in putting their names upon 459 2, 21 | were able to know so much that they could weigh the world, 460 2, 22 | dupes. Now it may happen that, in the case of twins, one 461 2, 22 | out of the womb so closely that there is no interval of 462 2, 22 | interval of time between them that can be apprehended and marked 463 2, 22 | Whence it necessarily follows that twins are in many cases 464 2, 22 | with fates so different that one of them has a most fortunate 465 2, 22 | for example, we are told that Esau and Jacob were born 466 2, 22 | in such close succession, that Jacob, who was born last, 467 2, 22 | not be marked in any way that would not give both the 468 2, 22 | is it to the point to say that the very smallest and briefest 469 2, 22 | briefest moment of time that separates the birth of twins, 470 2, 22 | For, although I may grant that it does produce the greatest 471 2, 22 | is by looking into these that he professes to read the 472 2, 22 | what does it profit him that there is a difference in 473 2, 23 | this way it comes to pass that men who lust after evil 474 2, 23 | delusions and deceptions is, that through these superstitious 475 2, 23 | practices on the ground that those who profess them speak 476 2, 23 | the truth to King Saul, that does not make such sacrilegious 477 2, 23 | spare the evil spirit on that account, but rebuked and 478 2, 23 | to God; and I would not that ye should have fellowship 479 2, 23 | offered in their honour, that we ought to feel in regard 480 2, 23 | fancy, so also from things that are born, or in any other 481 2, 24 | arranged with the devils by that previous understanding in 482 2, 24 | because they had meaning that they were attended to, but 483 2, 24 | attending to and marking them that they came to have meaning. 484 2, 24 | writing to a Greek from that in which he uses it when 485 2, 25 | which are not superstitious, that is, such as are not set 486 2, 25 | another. For all arrangements that are in force among men, 487 2, 25 | agreed among themselves that they should be in force, 488 2, 25 | in their choice of signs, that the signs may as far as 489 2, 25 | from himself than, anything that is false and lying. Among 490 2, 28 | Anything, then, that we learn from history about 491 2, 28 | which our Lord was born, and that in which He suffered, has 492 2, 28 | into the error of supposing that He was forty-six years of 493 2, 28 | of age when He suffered, that being the number of years 494 2, 28 | authority of the evangelist that He was about thirty years 495 2, 28 | we can make it out, yet that no shadow of doubt might 496 2, 28 | still be evident, however, that it was not without a purpose 497 2, 28 | without a purpose it was said that the temple was forty and 498 2, 28 | six years in building; so that, as this cannot be referred 499 2, 28 | dared calumniously to assert that our Lord Jesus Christ learnt 500 2, 28 | urged) it cannot be denied that Plato lived long before


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