Anf-03 v.iv.v.xxiii Pg 23 Christ therefore shares this kindness with the Creator. As indeed for Marcion’s god, who is an enemy to marriage, how can he possibly seem to be a lover of little children, which are simply the issue of marriage? He who hates the seed must needs also detest the fruit. Yea, he ought to be deemed more ruthless than the king of Egypt.4396
Ex. ii. 15–21.
4396 See a like comparison in book i. chap. xxix. p. 294. For whereas Pharaoh forbade infants to be brought up, he will not allow them even to be born, depriving them of their ten months’ existence in the womb. And how much more credible it is, that kindness to little children should be attributed to Him who blessed matrimony for the procreation of mankind, and in such benediction included also the promise of connubial fruit itself, the first of which is that of infancy!4397
4397 Qui de infantia primus est: i.e., cujus qui de infantia, etc. [Elucidation VIII.] The Creator, at the request of Elias, inflicts the blow4398
4398 Repræsentat plagam. of fire from heaven in the case of that false prophet (of Baalzebub).4399
Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge, Chapter 18
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Ex 2:16,21; 3:1; 4:18 Nu 10:29 Jud 4:11