Anf-03 v.iv.iii.iv Pg 8 not as if He were ignorant of the good until He saw it; but because it was good, He therefore saw it, and honoured it, and set His seal upon it; and consummated2745
2745 Dispungens, i.e., examinans et probans et ita quasi consummans (Oehler). the goodness of His works by His vouchsafing to them that contemplation. Thus God blessed what He made good, in order that He might commend Himself to you as whole and perfect, good both in word and act.2746
2746 This twofold virtue is very tersely expressed: “Sic et benedicebat quæ benefaciebat.” As yet the Word knew no malediction, because He was a stranger to malefaction.2747
2747 This, the translator fears, is only a clumsy way of representing the terseness of our author’s “maledicere” and “malefacere.” We shall see what reasons required this also of God. Meanwhile the world consisted of all things good, plainly foreshowing how much good was preparing for him for whom all this was provided. Who indeed was so worthy of dwelling amongst the works of God, as he who was His own image and likeness? That image was wrought out by a goodness even more operative than its wont,2748
2748 Bonitas et quidem operantior. with no imperious word, but with friendly hand preceded by an almost affable2749
2749 Blandiente. utterance: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”2750
Anf-03 v.ix.xii Pg 9 and God also said, “Let there be lights (in the firmament); and so God made a greater and a lesser light.”7901
Gen. i. 6, 7.
Anf-03 v.v.xxvi Pg 6 and called the firmament heaven,6370
Gen. i. 7.
Anf-03 v.v.xxxii Pg 17 Now, when we prove that these particular things were created by God, although they are only mentioned in Genesis, without any intimation of their having been made, we shall perhaps receive from the other side the reply, that these were made, it is true,6471
Prov. viii. 28.
6471 Plane. but out of Matter, since the very statement of Moses, “And darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God moved on the face of the waters,”6472
Anf-03 v.ix.vii Pg 16 “by which all things were made,”7837
Anf-02 vi.iii.ii.xiii Pg 25.1
Anf-01 ii.ii.xx Pg 3
Job xxxviii. 11