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1 pref | Showing that to teach rules for the interpretation of Scripture 2 pref, 0| There are certain rules for the interpretation of Scripture 3 pref, 0| rules are not necessary for any one, but that everything 4 pref, 0| that I am not to be blamed for their want of understanding. 5 pref, 0| with me on that account. As for those who, even though they 6 pref, 0| Scripture, they may stand for those who, in the case I 7 pref, 0| the sight of their eyes. For though I can move my finger 8 pref, 0| it right that they should for that reason be held in contempt 9 pref, 0| strongly insist on them. For, as I am dealing with Christians 10 pref, 0| such as it is not lawful for man to utter, or see the 11 pref, 0| yet handed over to Peter for instruction, and not only 12 pref, 0| word to their fellow-men. For how could that be true which 13 pref, 0| a man of an alien race, for ruling and administering 14 pref, 0| nation entrusted to him? For Moses knew that a wise plan, 15 pref, 0| but is the gift of God. For so he seeks God's glory, 16 pref, 0| himself undertake to interpret for others? Why does he not 17 pref, 0| interpretation they follow. For no one ought to consider 18 pref, 0| says, "I am the truth." For what have we that we did 19 pref, 0| others may be able to read for themselves. Each, however, 20 pref, 0| man who lays down rules for interpretation is like one 21 pref, 0| shows others how to read for themselves. So that, just 22 1, arg | objects, except God, are for use; for, though some of 23 1, arg | except God, are for use; for, though some of them may 24 1, arg | to God: he uses us, but for our own advantage. He then 25 1, arg | that love the love of God for His own sake and the love 26 1, arg | the love of our neighbour for God's sake is the fulfilment 27 1, arg | graces essentially necessary for him who would understand 28 1, 1 | what He has already given. For a possession which is not 29 1, 2 | a sign of anything else: for example, wood, stone, cattle, 30 1, 2 | offered up instead of his son; for these, though they are things, 31 1, 2 | employed except as signs: for example, words. No one uses 32 1, 2 | every sign is also a thing; for what is not a thing is nothing 33 1, 3 | Chap. 3. Some things are for use, some for enjoyment~ 34 1, 3 | things are for use, some for enjoyment~ 35 1, 4 | For to enjoy a thing is to rest 36 1, 4 | with satisfaction in it for its own sake. To use, on 37 1, 4 | proper object of desire; for an unlawful use ought rather 38 1, 5 | He is the cause of all. For it is not easy to find a 39 1, 6 | to rejoice in His praise. For on this principle it is 40 1, 6 | He is called Deus (God). For the sound of those two syllables 41 1, 7 | For when the one supreme God 42 1, 8 | contrary is wisdom itself. For a wise intelligence, that 43 1, 8 | beyond their own nature; for they find nothing in themselves 44 1, 9 | preferable to one of change?" For that very truth about which 45 1, 10 | unchangeably, and truth for the things which He has 46 1, 10 | voyage to our native land. For it is not by change of place 47 1, 12 | sight is weak and dim. "For after that, in the wisdom 48 1, 12 | said to have come to us. For He came to a place where 49 1, 15 | great buttress of hope. For it clearly shows how freely 50 1, 15 | freely He laid down His life for us when He had it in His 51 1, 15 | suffered so great things for them while they were still 52 1, 15 | unbelief! And when men look for Him to come from heaven 53 1, 15 | learn by holy living to long for His approach, instead of 54 1, 15 | last, when we consider that for our comfort in this earthly 55 1, 15 | confidence in, and love for, Him whom as yet we see 56 1, 15 | given to each gifts suitable for the building up of His Church, 57 1, 16 | For the Church is His body, 58 1, 17 | and by being crucified for us to remove the stern decrees 59 1, 18 | the bosom of the Church. For he who does not believe 60 1, 18 | no greater good remained for him than to be evil, when 61 1, 19 | inherit the kingdom of God (for that is impossible), but 62 1, 20 | not to change his earthly for a heavenly habitation, but 63 1, 22 | unchangeable. The rest are for use, that we may be able 64 1, 22 | things are things ourselves. For a great thing truly is man, 65 1, 22 | themselves, or to do both. For we are commanded to love 66 1, 22 | man is to be loved by man for his own sake, or for the 67 1, 22 | man for his own sake, or for the sake of something else. 68 1, 22 | something else. If it is for his own sake, we enjoy him; 69 1, 22 | we enjoy him; if it is for the sake of something else, 70 1, 22 | that he is to be loved for the sake of something else. 71 1, 22 | sake of something else. For if a thing is to be loved 72 1, 22 | if a thing is to be loved for its own sake, then in the 73 1, 22 | ought to love even himself for his own sake, but for the 74 1, 22 | himself for his own sake, but for the sake of Him who is the 75 1, 22 | true object of enjoyment. For a man is never in so good 76 1, 22 | however, he loves himself for his own sake, he does not 77 1, 22 | not to love even yourself for your own sake, but for His 78 1, 22 | yourself for your own sake, but for His in whom your love finds 79 1, 22 | angry if you love him too for God's sake. For this is 80 1, 22 | him too for God's sake. For this is the law of love 81 1, 22 | derive all that you bring. For when He says, "With all 82 1, 22 | afford room, as it were, for the wish to enjoy some other 83 1, 22 | heart, and soul, and mind. For in this way, loving his 84 1, 22 | current of his love both for himself and his neighbour 85 1, 23 | instrumentality, such as the body. For assuredly the martyrs did 86 1, 23 | second and fourth of these. For, however far a man may fall 87 1, 23 | companions, that is, other men. For it is inherent in the sinful 88 1, 23 | more correctly called hate. For it is not just that it should 89 1, 23 | suffering about the mortal body. For, of course, it must love 90 1, 24 | any man hate his own body. For the apostle says truly, " 91 1, 24 | entirely deceive themselves. For it is not their body, but 92 1, 24 | in subjection and ready for every needful work. For 93 1, 24 | for every needful work. For they strive by a kind of 94 1, 24 | contrary the one to the other." For this is said of the carnal 95 1, 24 | order of nature demands. For as, after the resurrection, 96 1, 24 | the carnal habit changed for the better, so that its 97 1, 24 | struggling, not in hatred, but for the mastery, because it 98 1, 25 | be of service to himself. For that he does love himself, 99 1, 25 | his body, so as to care for it wisely and within due 100 1, 25 | wisely and within due limits. For it is equally manifest that 101 1, 25 | and soundness of his body. For many have been found voluntarily 102 1, 25 | something he desires more. For the miser, though he loves 103 1, 25 | loves money, buys bread for himself, that is, he gives 104 1, 26 | common to us with the beasts (for even the beasts love themselves 105 1, 26 | soul and body together (for man is made up of soul and 106 1, 26 | these two commandments. For though, when the love of 107 1, 26 | the measure of our love for Him is prescribed in such 108 1, 26 | to be said about our love for ourselves; yet when it is 109 1, 26 | becomes evident that our love for ourselves has not been overlooked. ~ 110 1, 27 | is to be loved as a man for God's sake; but God is to 111 1, 27 | but God is to be loved for His own sake. And if God 112 1, 27 | whereas our body cannot; for the body only lives through 113 1, 28 | closer connection with you. For, suppose that you had a 114 1, 28 | since you cannot consult for the good of them all, you 115 1, 28 | take the matter as decided for you by a sort of lot, according 116 1, 28 | according as each man happens for the time being to be more 117 1, 29 | advantage and from whom we look for none. We ought to desire, 118 1, 29 | should tend to that one end. For in the theatres, dens of 119 1, 29 | admiration of his favourite, not for their own sakes, but for 120 1, 29 | for their own sakes, but for the sake of him whom they 121 1, 29 | can to secure new admirers for him, and the more anxious 122 1, 29 | who desires our love, not for any gain to Himself, but 123 1, 29 | we love even our enemies. For we do not fear them, seeing 124 1, 29 | separated from Him whom we love. For if they would turn to Him, 125 1, 30 | a question about angels. For they are happy in the enjoyment 126 1, 30 | more eagerly do we long for its termination. But it 127 1, 30 | the love of angels also. For that He who commanded us 128 1, 30 | and by the Apostle Paul. For when the man to whom our 129 1, 30 | forward to relieve and care for him. And the man who had 130 1, 30 | help us is our neighbour. For the name "neighbour" is 131 1, 30 | Paul teaches when he says: "For this, Thou shalt not commit 132 1, 30 | be called our neighbour. For our Lord Jesus Christ points 133 1, 30 | that to love our neighbour. For He shows us pity on account 134 1, 31 | only that which we love for its own sake, and that nothing 135 1, 31 | that all other things are for use, there seems still to 136 1, 31 | that requires explanation. For God loves us, and Holy Scripture 137 1, 31 | sane man will say that; for all the good we enjoy is 138 1, 31 | the LORD, Thou art my God, for Thou neediest not my goodness." 139 1, 31 | then, but makes use of us. For if He neither enjoys nor 140 1, 32 | after our fashion of using. For when we use objects, we 141 1, 32 | reference to His own goodness. For it is because He is good 142 1, 32 | pity upon a man and care for him, it is for his advantage 143 1, 32 | and care for him, it is for his advantage we do so; 144 1, 32 | of natural consequence, for God does not leave the mercy 145 1, 33 | For if we find our happiness 146 1, 33 | they have received of God for us or for themselves; and 147 1, 33 | received of God for us or for themselves; and then urge 148 1, 33 | find our common happiness. For even the apostle exclaims, " 149 1, 33 | exclaims, "Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized 150 1, 33 | than man that you enjoy. For you enjoy Him by whom you 151 1, 33 | joy of thee in the Lord." For if he had not added "in 152 1, 33 | of to "use with delight." For when the thing that we love 153 1, 34 | henceforth know we Him no more." For Christ, desiring not only 154 1, 34 | to rest in eternal life. For He says: "I am the way, 155 1, 34 | they come, in me they rest. For when we come to Him, we 156 1, 34 | been put on and worn by Him for our salvation, to pass over 157 1, 35 | fellowship with ourselves. For there is no need of a command 158 1, 35 | whole temporal dispensation for our salvation, therefore, 159 1, 35 | which we are borne only for the sake of that towards 160 1, 36 | from them that may be used for the building up of love, 161 1, 36 | the charge of deception. For there is involved in deception 162 1, 36 | injustice is sometimes useful. For no liar keeps faith in the 163 1, 37 | For if he takes up rashly a 164 1, 37 | tell how, that, out of love for his own opinion, he begins 165 1, 37 | will utterly destroy him. "For we walk by faith, not by 166 1, 37 | love itself will grow cold. For if a man has fallen from 167 1, 37 | necessarily also fall from love; for he cannot love what he does 168 1, 38 | when these others fail. For if we love by faith that 169 1, 38 | love it when we reach it! For there is this great difference 170 1, 38 | still an object of desire, for no one in his longing for 171 1, 38 | for no one in his longing for it can set a higher value 172 1, 39 | need the Scriptures except for the purpose of instructing 173 1, 39 | perfect, they do not seek for what is only in part perfect 174 1, 39 | is possible in this life; for, in comparison with the 175 1, 40 | books with an easy mind. For while the apostle says " 176 1, 40 | in reference to hope; for, if a man has the burthen 177 1, 40 | and of faith unfeigned." For if our faith is free from 178 1, 40 | hope shall not be in vain. For these reasons I have been 179 1, 40 | as I thought it necessary for my present purpose; for 180 1, 40 | for my present purpose; for much has already been said 181 2, arg | language being reserved for treatment in the next book. 182 2, 1 | is, to what they signify. For a sign is a thing which, 183 2, 1 | knowledge of something else, as, for example, smoke when it indicates 184 2, 1 | when it indicates fire. For it is not from any intention 185 2, 2 | beings mutually exchange for the purpose of showing, 186 2, 2 | Nor is there any reason for giving a sign except the 187 2, 2 | the desires in their mind. For when the poultry-cock has 188 2, 2 | he signals with his voice for the hen to run to him, and 189 2, 3 | few to the other senses. For, when we nod, we give no 190 2, 3 | said, more numerous, and for the most part consist of 191 2, 3 | most part consist of words. For though the bugle and the 192 2, 3 | number compared with words. For among men words have obtained 193 2, 3 | thoughts consist of words. For I have been able to put 194 2, 4 | to snatch the chief place for himself. And that celebrated 195 2, 5 | Scripture, which brings a remedy for the terrible diseases of 196 2, 5 | became known to the nations for their salvation. And in 197 2, 6 | substituting one meaning for another; and in some places 198 2, 6 | this was divinely arranged for the purpose of subduing 199 2, 6 | discovered without difficulty. For why is it, I ask, that if 200 2, 6 | pleasure in the finding. For those who seek but do not 201 2, 6 | admirable wisdom and care for our welfare, so arranged 202 2, 6 | stimulate our appetite. For almost nothing is dug out 203 2, 7 | now undertaken to treat. For in this every earnest student 204 2, 7 | that God is to be loved for His own sake, and our neighbour 205 2, 7 | sake, and our neighbour for God's sake; and that God 206 2, 7 | a way that all our love for our neighbour, like all 207 2, 7 | neighbour, like all our love for ourselves, should have reference 208 2, 7 | far away from such a love for God and such a love for 209 2, 7 | for God and such a love for his neighbour as Scripture 210 2, 7 | to bewail his condition. For the knowledge of a good 211 2, 7 | thirsts after righteousness. For in this frame of mind he 212 2, 7 | possible die to this world. For men see Him just so far 213 2, 7 | aside from the truth, either for the sake of pleasing men 214 2, 7 | in peace and tranquility. For the fear of God is the beginning 215 2, 8 | third step here mentioned, for it is about it that I have 216 2, 8 | that are called canonical. For he will read the others 217 2, 8 | Songs, and Ecclesiastes. For two books, one called Wisdom 218 2, 9 | his understanding become. For among the things that are 219 2, 9 | this matter memory counts for a great deal; but if the 220 2, 11 | The great remedy for ignorance of proper signs 221 2, 11 | need two other languages for the knowledge of Scripture, 222 2, 11 | untranslated in the books, as for example, Amen, Hallelujah, 223 2, 11 | that attaches to it, as for example, Amen and Hallelujah. 224 2, 11 | mentioned are examples. For in some languages there 225 2, 11 | languages is necessary, not for the sake of a few words 226 2, 11 | diversities among translators. For the translations of the 227 2, 11 | translators are out of all number. For in the early days of the 228 2, 12 | readers were not careless. For the examination of a number 229 2, 12 | the more obscure passages; for example, in that passage 230 2, 12 | turn confirms the other. For the one is explained by 231 2, 12 | is to be found in each. For it is difficult for interpreters 232 2, 12 | each. For it is difficult for interpreters to differ so 233 2, 12 | cradles of temporal things (for now we walk by faith, not 234 2, 12 | by holding to the truth; for these reasons one says, " 235 2, 12 | sense of the writer. As for example, some texts read: " 236 2, 12 | are sharp to shed blood;" for the word "oxus" among the 237 2, 12 | between the two things. For we must learn not to interpret, 238 2, 12 | correct texts of this sort. For the same reason it is, that 239 2, 12 | the meaning is very clear; for it is made evident by the 240 2, 12 | by the words that follow. For "the plantings of an adulterer 241 2, 13 | quite as much as the words. For not only single words, but 242 2, 13 | kept in their own purity. For what is called a solecism 243 2, 13 | any authority followed. For whether we say inter homines ( 244 2, 13 | before us pronounced it? For whether the word ignoscere ( 245 2, 13 | the yoke of our Master. For how does it prevent our 246 2, 13 | false construction upon it. For not only is such a form 247 2, 13 | it be free from solecism. For whether "hominibus" is put 248 2, 14 | concerned, there are two kinds. For either a word or an idiom, 249 2, 14 | positive error must be removed. For those who are anxious to 250 2, 15 | preferred to the others, for it keeps closer to the words 251 2, 15 | Testament is concerned; for it is reported through all 252 2, 15 | not be right or becoming for any one man, whatever his 253 2, 15 | voice, thought most suitable for the Gentiles. But nevertheless, 254 2, 16 | language and things is helpful for the understanding of figurative 255 2, 16 | things. The pool of Siloam, for example, where the man whose 256 2, 16 | known about the serpent, for example, that to protect 257 2, 16 | serpents; that is to say, that for the sake of our head, which 258 2, 16 | knowledge of the carbuncle, for instance, which shines in 259 2, 16 | cannot but be anxious, for example, to ascertain what 260 2, 16 | Lord Himself, all fasted for forty days. And except by 261 2, 16 | action cannot be got over. For the number contains ten 262 2, 16 | knowledge interwoven with time. For both the diurnal and the 263 2, 16 | fast from all joy in time, for the sake of that eternity 264 2, 16 | Creator and the creature, for there is a trinity in the 265 2, 16 | of the life and the body. For the life consists of three 266 2, 16 | in time, that is, to fast for forty days. Of this we are 267 2, 16 | ignorance of music. One man, for example, has not unskilfully 268 2, 16 | which it is not out of place for learned men to discuss, 269 2, 17 | For we must not listen to the 270 2, 17 | originally given the order for three, not because it had 271 2, 17 | by nature of three kinds. For it is either produced by 272 2, 18 | anything from it that is of use for the understanding of Holy 273 2, 18 | hold upon spiritual things. For we ought not to refuse to 274 2, 19 | fully this whole topic (for it is one that cannot be 275 2, 20 | leagues with devils, such, for example, as are employed 276 2, 20 | sometimes avenged by the dogs; for frequently men are so superstitious 277 2, 20 | not with impunity however, for instead of a superstitious 278 2, 20 | assailant run in hot haste for a real surgeon. To this 279 2, 21 | commonly called mathematici. For these, too, although they 280 2, 21 | they may seek with pains for the true position of the 281 2, 21 | into a miserable bondage. For when any freeman goes to 282 2, 21 | sought to possess, in life. For where a place was vacant, 283 2, 21 | such cases was carried out. For example, we have changed 284 2, 21 | Holy Writ in these terms: "For if they were able to know 285 2, 22 | beyond the reach of doubt. For the observation is of the 286 2, 22 | a most unfortunate. As, for example, we are told that 287 2, 22 | of the heavenly bodies. For, although I may grant that 288 2, 23 | For in this way it comes to 289 2, 23 | reward of their evil desires. For they are deluded and imposed 290 2, 23 | hearken not unto them." For though the ghost of the 291 2, 23 | charms and other observances; for these are not appointed 292 2, 24 | anxiety, and deadly slavery. For it was not because they 293 2, 24 | they are made different for different people, according 294 2, 24 | notions and prejudices. For those spirits which are 295 2, 24 | deceiving, take care to provide for each person the same sort 296 2, 24 | already entangled him in. For, to take an illustration, 297 2, 24 | the rites of the augurs; for they, both before they observe 298 2, 25 | association with one another. For all arrangements that are 299 2, 25 | convenience and necessity. For if those signs which the 300 2, 25 | in regard to any of them, for what reason, where, when, 301 2, 25 | bodily dress and ornament for the purpose of distinguishing 302 2, 25 | which are of convenience for the necessary intercourse 303 2, 26 | For certain institutions of 304 2, 26 | letters which are necessary for reading, and the various 305 2, 28 | of childish instruction. For we frequently seek information 306 2, 28 | formation of the body which, for our sakes, the only begotten 307 2, 28 | Ambrose has set at rest! For, when the readers and admirers 308 2, 28 | which are so justly praised? For not even Pythagoras himself, 309 2, 28 | the author and governor. For it is one thing to tell 310 2, 29 | instruments of superstition; for that kind of knowledge I 311 2, 29 | free kind now spoken of. For it is one thing to say: 312 2, 29 | heavenly bodies themselves. For, as the man who computes 313 2, 30 | result of his work, as, for example, a house, a bench, 314 2, 30 | the future from the past. For no man who is skilled in 315 2, 31 | entrapping an adversary. For there are many of what are 316 2, 31 | are not on their guard. For example, one man lays before 317 2, 31 | not." The other assents, for the proposition is in part 318 2, 31 | opinions which he condemns. For example, the apostle did 319 2, 31 | which are all utterly false; for Christ has risen, the preaching 320 2, 32 | able to learn and teach it; for it exists eternally in the 321 2, 32 | has its origin with God. For as the man who narrates 322 2, 32 | the Apostle Paul proceeds. For the antecedent is, "There 323 2, 32 | this consequence is false, for Christ has risen; therefore 324 2, 33 | where the opinions are true. For example, suppose that a 325 2, 33 | the inference is unsound. For it is not true that, as 326 2, 33 | the consequent is false. For the statement is true, " 327 2, 34 | have an unfounded contempt for themselves, because they 328 2, 35 | from the reason of things. For although poets have applied 329 2, 35 | why it should be false, for example, that neither in 330 2, 35 | or divided are not true. For even falsehood itself is 331 2, 35 | possible they might be, true. For example, the man who says 332 2, 36 | There are also certain rules for a more copious kind of argument, 333 2, 36 | true that they can be used for persuading men of what is 334 2, 37 | is not to be used so much for ascertaining the meaning 335 2, 37 | ascertaining the meaning as for setting forth the meaning 336 2, 37 | in attaining the object for the sake of which these 337 2, 37 | man wishing to give rules for walking should warn you 338 2, 37 | of the joints and knees. For what he says is true, and 339 2, 37 | he apprehends the rules for it. A dull man, on the other 340 2, 38 | discovered by investigation. For, though Virgil could at 341 2, 38 | that it too is changeable (for it is sometimes instructed, 342 2, 39 | fear God and are seeking for happiness of life, not to 343 2, 39 | as if these could secure for them the happiness they 344 2, 39 | unnecessary and luxurious. But for the sake of the necessities 345 2, 39 | require a knowledge of history for their solution; what, I 346 2, 39 | kind, making it unnecessary for the Christian to spend his 347 2, 39 | strength on many subjects for the sake of a few items 348 2, 39 | to undertake the labour for the advantage of his brethren. 349 2, 40 | from it, but to claim it for our own use from those who 350 2, 40 | unlawful possession of it. For, as the Egyptians had not 351 2, 40 | themselves, designing them for a better use, not doing 352 2, 40 | had done the same thing; for of him it is written that 353 2, 40 | to the service of Christ. For what was done at the time 354 2, 41 | kind of spirit is required for the study of Holy Scripture~ 355 2, 41 | but charity edifieth." For so he will feel that, whatever 356 2, 41 | our Passover sacrificed for us, and there is nothing 357 2, 41 | upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: 358 2, 41 | find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my 359 2, 41 | constancy to Him, to hope for heaven, and not to desecrate 360 2, 42 | knowledge of Holy Scripture. For whatever man may have learnt 361 3, arg | goes on to lay down rules for the interpretation of expressions 362 3, 1 | diligently in Holy Scripture for a knowledge of His will. 363 3, 2 | chap. 2. Rule for removing ambiguity by attending 364 3, 2 | themselves, it pronounces for and permits to be dovetailed 365 3, 2 | shall choose I wot not: for I am in a strait betwixt 366 3, 2 | the flesh is more needful for you." Now it is uncertain 367 3, 2 | habens " [having a desire for two things], or "compellor 368 3, 2 | multo enim magis optimum" [for it is far better], it is 369 3, 2 | he says he has a desire for that which is better; so 370 3, 2 | two, yet he has a desire for one and sees a necessity 371 3, 2 | one and sees a necessity for the other; a desire, viz., 372 3, 2 | which is translated denim [for]; and the translators who 373 3, 2 | but also to have a desire for two. We must therefore punctuate 374 3, 2 | shall choose I wot not: for I am in a strait betwixt 375 3, 2 | asked why he has a desire for this in preference to the 376 3, 2 | multo enim magis optimum" [for it is far better]. Why, 377 3, 2 | Because there is a need for his remaining, which he 378 3, 2 | the flesh is more needful for you]. ~ 379 3, 3 | doubtful pronunciations. For these too, unless the fault 380 3, 3 | way he may pronounce them. For example, if our faith that 381 3, 3 | also maketh intercession for us?" the answer "No" being 382 3, 3 | relation to pronunciation. For example, in the passage, " 383 3, 3 | into the original tongue, for in the Greek we find not " 384 3, 3 | but "osteon" [bone]. And for this reason the vulgar idiom 385 3, 3 | speech of the educated. For I would rather have the 386 3, 3 | to the same sentence. As, for example, that saying of 387 3, 3 | should be pronounced long; for he does not say, sicut praedicavi, 388 3, 4 | examined in the same way. For example, that one in the 389 3, 4 | our Lord, I die daily." For one translator has it, " 390 3, 5 | figurative expression literally. For the saying of the apostle 391 3, 5 | the spirit giveth life." For when what is said figuratively 392 3, 5 | adherence to the letter. For he who follows the letter 393 3, 5 | he hears of the Sabbath, for example, thinks of nothing 394 3, 5 | of the soul to take signs for things, and to be unable 395 3, 6 | neglect of them when the time for their revelation had come. 396 3, 6 | that signs, which had been for a season imposed on the 397 3, 6 | near to spiritual things (for even in the temporal and 398 3, 6 | this, because men who had for their gods idols made with 399 3, 7 | difference does it make to me, for instance, that the image 400 3, 7 | and yet it is not food for men, but for swine. He who 401 3, 7 | is not food for men, but for swine. He who knows the 402 3, 7 | that I worship neither? For any statue you like to take 403 3, 7 | which has been established for a useful end instead of 404 3, 7 | represent useless things for the things themselves! For 405 3, 7 | for the things themselves! For even if you go back to the 406 3, 9 | in the observance; such, for example, as the Sacrament 407 3, 9 | letter, and to take signs for the things that are signified 408 3, 10 | at the enjoyment of God for His own sake, and the enjoyment 409 3, 10 | But the vices come first; for when these have exhausted 410 3, 11 | chap. 11. Rule for interpreting phrases which 411 3, 11 | spoken figuratively. Take, for example, that saying of 412 3, 11 | continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality, 413 3, 11 | are used figuratively, as for example, "the wrath of God" 414 3, 12 | chap. 12. Rule for interpreting those sayings 415 3, 12 | to be picked out as food for the nourishment of charity. 416 3, 12 | sober senses would believe, for example, that when our Lord' 417 3, 12 | precious ointment, it was for the same purpose for which 418 3, 12 | was for the same purpose for which luxurious and profligate 419 3, 12 | banquets which we abhor. For the sweet odour means the 420 3, 12 | Keeping company with a harlot, for example, is one thing when 421 3, 12 | rashly charge men with sins. For it is possible that a wise 422 3, 12 | while a fool will crave for the vilest food with a most 423 3, 12 | after the manner of oxen. For there are several beasts 424 3, 12 | more temperate than we are. For in all matters of this kind 425 3, 12 | things we use, but our reason for using them, and our manner 426 3, 12 | account of the necessity for a numerous offspring, the 427 3, 12 | that time blameless: and for the same reason it was not 428 3, 12 | reason it was not proper for one woman to have several 429 3, 12 | our neighbour, or both. For as it was disgraceful among 430 3, 12 | but now it is disgraceful for men honorably born not to 431 3, 12 | mix with our use of them; for lust not only abuses to 432 3, 14 | nation took its own custom for right; and that, since every 433 3, 14 | puts an end to all crimes. For no one is willing to defile 434 3, 15 | chap. 15. Rule for interpreting figurative 435 3, 15 | just laws of love to God for His own sake, and love to 436 3, 15 | self and one's neighbour for God's sake. Accordingly, 437 3, 16 | chap. 16. Rule for interpreting commands and 438 3, 16 | was wounded and crucified for us. Scripture says: "If 439 3, 16 | kindness. But in what follows, "for in so doing thou shalt heap 440 3, 16 | is a man's duty to care for his life, but that He says 441 3, 16 | seems to forbid benevolence; for it says, "help not a sinner." 442 3, 16 | sinner" is put figuratively for sin, so that it is his sin 443 3, 17 | lower grades are figurative; for example, if he has embraced 444 3, 17 | and made himself a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven's 445 3, 17 | Accordingly, another of our rules for understanding the Scriptures 446 3, 17 | weakness of each member. For that which cannot be raised 447 3, 17 | higher state must be cared for in its own state. ~ 448 3, 18 | Testament, making allowance for the condition of those times, 449 3, 18 | time as a habit of life. For no one will do this except 450 3, 18 | endeavours to find support for itself in the very Scriptures 451 3, 18 | For, if it was possible for 452 3, 18 | For, if it was possible for one man to use many wives 453 3, 18 | chastity, it is possible for another to use one wife 454 3, 18 | fruitfulness of many wives for the sake of an ulterior 455 3, 18 | enjoys the body of one wife for its own sake. For in the 456 3, 18 | one wife for its own sake. For in the former case the man 457 3, 18 | uses food and drink only for the sake of bodily health, 458 3, 18 | health, used marriage only for the sake of offspring. And, 459 3, 18 | made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's 460 3, 18 | kingdom of heaven's sake. For there is no difficulty in 461 3, 18 | was married to his wife. For he says: "Blessed art Thou, 462 3, 18 | Thy holy and glorious name for ever; let the heavens bless 463 3, 18 | gavest him Eve his wife for an helper and stay. ... 464 3, 18 | take not this my sister for lust, but uprightly: therefore 465 3, 19 | exceed the measure necessary for the procreation of children, 466 3, 19 | becoming the more eager for the emptiest sort of distinction 467 3, 19 | trying and difficult it is for themselves to escape either 468 3, 20 | wanting to those great men. For they were both cried up 469 3, 20 | For if they had been under the 470 3, 21 | his son that moved him. For it was on this account he 471 3, 21 | parricide had been hurried. For prior to this, in the case 472 3, 21 | was dreadfully afflicted for him while he was sick, yet 473 3, 21 | forced to punish himself for transgressing in regard 474 3, 21 | accusing prophet, a guest. For he did not say that he took 475 3, 21 | ewe-lamb to make a feast for his king, but for his guest. 476 3, 21 | feast for his king, but for his guest. In the case of 477 3, 21 | lover of strange women; for in the beginning of his 478 3, 21 | was inflamed with a desire for wisdom, but after he had 479 3, 22 | act to his habits of life. For many things which were done 480 3, 23 | that are to be wept over. For the sins of these men were 481 3, 23 | take heed lest he fall." For there is hardly a page of 482 3, 24 | is literal or figurative. For when it is ascertained to 483 3, 25 | signify in all other places. For our Lord used leaven both 484 3, 25 | variation has two forms. For things that signify now 485 3, 25 | They signify contraries, for example, when they are used 486 3, 25 | same is that a lion stands for Christ in the place where 487 3, 25 | prevailed;" and again, stands for the devil where it is written, " 488 3, 25 | they ought to be taken, as for example, "In the hand of 489 3, 25 | remaining among the Jews, for "the dregs hereof is not 490 3, 25 | also the Holy Spirit, as for example, "Out of his belly 491 3, 26 | understood in obscure passages. For example, there is no better 492 3, 26 | and buckler and stand up for mine help," than by referring 493 3, 26 | nothing but the favour of God. For we hear also of the shield 494 3, 26 | faith to the shield only; for we read in another place 495 3, 27 | other passage of Scripture. For the author perhaps saw that 496 3, 27 | too is founded on truth. For what more liberal and more 497 3, 28 | from Scripture, it remains for us to make it clear by the 498 3, 28 | is a dangerous practice. For it is far safer to walk 499 3, 29 | knowledge of languages. For the written characters from 500 3, 29 | its name (the Greek name for letters being "grammata")


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