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  • Of the Parting of Brethren.

    Chapter XXVI.—Of the Parting of Brethren.

    You will not dismiss a brother who has entered your house without prayer.—“Have you seen,” says Scripture, “a brother? you have seen your Lord;”8931

    8931 I have ventured to turn the first part of the sentence into a question. What “scripture” this may be, no one knows. [It seems to me a clear reference to Matt. xxv. 38, amplified by the 45th verse, in a way not unusual with our author.] Perhaps, in addition to the passages in Gen. xviii. and Heb. xiii. 2, to which the editors naturally refer, Tertullian may allude to such passages as Mark. ix. 37; Matt. xxv. 40, 45. [Christo in pauperibus.]

    —especially “a stranger,” lest perhaps he be “an angel.”  But again, when received yourself by brethren, you will not make8932

    8932 I have followed Routh’s conjecture, “feceris” for “fecerit,” which Oehler does not even notice.

    earthly refreshments prior to heavenly, for your faith will forthwith be judged. Or else how will you—according to the precept8933

    8933 Luke x. 5.

    —say, “Peace to this house,” unless you exchange mutual peace with them who are in the house?


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