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| Chapter LV.—Trypho asks that Christ be proved God, but without metaphor. Justin promises to do so. |
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Chapter LV.—Trypho asks that Christ
be proved God, but without metaphor. Justin promises to do so.
And Trypho answered, “We shall remember this your
exposition, if you strengthen [your solution of] this difficulty by other
arguments: but now resume the discourse, and show us that the Spirit of
prophecy admits another God besides the Maker of all things, taking care
not to speak of the sun and moon, which, it is written,2119
God has given to
the nations to worship as gods; and oftentimes the prophets,
this manner of speech, say that
‘thy God is a God of gods, and a Lord of lords,’ adding
frequently, ‘the great and strong and terrible [God].’ For
such expressions are used, not as if they really were gods, but because
the Scripture is teaching us that the true God, who made all things, is
Lord alone of those who are reputed gods and lords. And in order that the
Holy Spirit may convince [us] of this, He said by the holy David,
‘The gods of the nations, reputed gods, are idols of demons, and
and He denounces a curse on
those who worship them.”
And I replied, “I would not bring forward these
proofs, Trypho, by which I am aware those who worship these [idols] and
such like are condemned, but such [proofs] as no one could find any
objection to. They will appear strange to you, although you read them
every day; so that even from this fact we2122
understand that, because of your wickedness, God has withheld
from you the ability to discern the wisdom of His Scriptures; yet [there
are] some exceptions, to whom, according to the grace of His
long-suffering, as Isaiah said, He has left a seed of2123
| 2122 Com. reading, “you;” evidently wrong.
salvation, lest your race be utterly destroyed, like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Pay attention, therefore, to what I shall record out of the holy
do not need to be expounded, but only listened to.
| 2124 Two
constructions, “which” referring either to Scriptures as
whole, or to what he records from them. Last more probable. |
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