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  • PARALLEL HISTORY BIBLE - Proverbs 12:5


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    The thoughts of the just are judgments: and the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

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    The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

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    The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

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    Proverbs 12:5

    Early Christian Commentary - (A.D. 100 - A.D. 325)

    Anf-02 vi.iv.iii Pg 112.1


    Anf-01 ii.ii.viii Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16–20.

    Desiring, therefore, that all His beloved should be partakers of repentance, He has, by His almighty will, established [these declarations].


    Anf-01 viii.ii.xliv Pg 3
    Isa. i. 16, etc.

    And that expression, “The sword shall devour you,” does not mean that the disobedient shall be slain by the sword, but the sword of God is fire, of which they who choose to do wickedly become the fuel. Wherefore He says, “The sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” And if He had spoken concerning a sword that cuts and at once despatches, He would not have said, shall devour. <index subject1="Plato" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p3.2"/>And so, too, Plato, when he says, “The blame is his who chooses, and God is blameless,”1858

    1858 Plato, Rep. x. [On this remarkable passage refer to Biog. Note above. See, also, brilliant note of the sophist De Maistre, Œuvres, ii. p. 105. Ed. Paris, 1853.]

    took this from the prophet Moses and uttered it. For Moses is more ancient than all the Greek writers. <index subject1="Philosophers" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.1"/>And whatever both philosophers and poets have said concerning the immortality of the soul, or punishments after death, or contemplation of things heavenly, or doctrines of the like kind, they have received such suggestions from the prophets as have enabled them to understand and interpret these things. And hence there seem to be seeds of truth among all men; but they are charged with not accurately understanding [the truth] when they assert contradictories. <index subject1="Fate" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.2"/>So that what we say about future events being foretold, we do not say it as if they came about by a fatal necessity; but God foreknowing all that shall be done by all men, and it being His decree that the future actions of men shall all be recompensed according to their several value, He foretells by the Spirit of prophecy that He will bestow meet rewards according to the merit of the actions done, always urging the human race to effort and recollection, showing that He cares and provides for men. But by the agency of the devils death has been decreed against those who read the books of Hystaspes, or of the Sibyl,1859

    1859 [On the Orphica and Sibyllina, see Bull, Works, vol. vi. pp. 291–298.]

    or of the prophets, that through fear they may prevent men who read them from receiving the knowledge of the good, and may retain them in slavery to themselves; which, however, they could not always effect. For not only do we fearlessly read them, but, as you see, bring them for your inspection, knowing that their contents will be pleasing to all. And if we persuade even a few, our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandmen, we shall receive the reward from the Master.


    Anf-01 ix.vi.xlii Pg 15
    Isa. i. 16.

    Thus, no doubt, since they had transgressed and sinned in the same manner, so did they receive the same reproof as did the Sodomites. But when they should be converted and come to repentance, and cease from evil, they should have power to become the sons of God, and to receive the inheritance of immortality which is given by Him. <index subject1="Devil" subject2="the sons of the" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.2"/><index subject1="Sons of the devil" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.3"/>For this reason, therefore, He has termed those “angels of the devil,” and “children of the wicked one,”4448

    4448


    Anf-01 viii.ii.lxi Pg 4
    Isa. i. 16–20.


    Anf-02 vi.iii.iii.xii Pg 21.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.v.xiv Pg 116.1


    Anf-02 iv.ii.iii.xii Pg 2.1


    Anf-03 v.iv.iii.xix Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16, 17.

    be fond of the divine expostulations:2926

    2926


    Anf-01 ii.ii.viii Pg 4
    Comp. Isa. i. 18.

    than scarlet, and blacker than sackcloth, yet if ye turn to Me with your whole heart, and say, Father! I will listen to you, as to a holy41

    41 These words are not found in Scripture, though they are quoted again by Clem. Alex. (Pædag., i. 10) as from Ezekiel.

    people.” And in another place He speaks thus: “Wash you, and become clean; put away the wickedness of your souls from before mine eyes; cease from your evil ways, and learn to do well; seek out judgment, deliver the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and see that justice is done to the widow; and come, and let us reason together. He declares, Though your sins be like crimson, I will make them white as snow; though they be like scarlet, I will whiten them like wool. And if ye be willing and obey Me, ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye refuse, and will not hearken unto Me, the sword shall devour you, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken these things.”42

    42


    Anf-02 vi.iii.iii.xii Pg 21.1


    Anf-02 vi.v Pg 131.1


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xiv Pg 23
    Isa. i. 17, 18.

    To him, for whom in every stage of lowliness there is provided so much of the Creator’s compassionate regard, shall be given that kingdom also which is promised by Christ, to whose merciful compassion belong, and for a great while have belonged,3955

    3955 Jamdudum pertinent.

    those to whom the promise is made. For even if you suppose that the promises of the Creator were earthly, but that Christ’s are heavenly, it is quite clear that heaven has been as yet the property of no other God whatever, than Him who owns the earth also; quite clear that the Creator has given even the lesser promises (of earthly blessing), in order that I may more readily believe Him concerning His greater promises (of heavenly blessings) also, than (Marcion’s god), who has never given proof of his liberality by any preceding bestowal of minor blessings. “Blessed are they that hunger, for they shall be filled.”3956

    3956


    Anf-03 v.iv.iii.xix Pg 7
    Quæstiones, alluding to Isa. i. 18: δεῦτε καὶ διαλεχθῶμεν, λέγει Κύριος.

    avoid contact with the wicked:2927

    2927


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.x Pg 9
    Isa. i. 18.

    In the scarlet colour He indicates the blood of the prophets; in the crimson, that of the Lord, as the brighter. Concerning the forgiveness of sins, Micah also says: “Who is a God like unto Thee? pardoning iniquity, and passing by the transgressions of the remnant of Thine heritage. He retaineth not His anger as a testimony against them, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, and will have compassion upon us; He wipeth away our iniquities, and casteth our sins into the depths of the sea.”3768

    3768


    Anf-03 v.x.xii Pg 13
    Isa. i. 18.

    When great Babylon likewise is represented as drunk with the blood of the saints,8304

    8304


    Anf-03 vi.iii.xx Pg 4
    Perhaps Tertullian is referring to Prov. xxviii. 13. If we confess now, we shall be forgiven, and not put to shame at the judgment day.

    for we do at the same time both make satisfaction8746

    8746 See de Orat. c. xxiii. ad fin., and the note there.

    for our former sins, by mortification of our flesh and spirit, and lay beforehand the foundation of defences against the temptations which will closely follow. “Watch and pray,” saith (the Lord), “lest ye fall into temptation.”8747

    8747


    Anf-02 iv.ii.ii.xxxviii Pg 13.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.vi.xv Pg 6.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.ii.ix Pg 11.2


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xxxi Pg 28
    Deut. xxxii. 20, 21.

    —even with us, whose hope the Jews still entertain.4752

    4752 Gerunt: although vainly at present (“jam vana in Judæis”—Oehler); Semler conjectures “gemunt, bewail.”

    But this hope the Lord says they should not realize;4753

    4753 Gustaturos.

    Sion being left as a cottage4754

    4754 Specula, “a look-out;” σκηνή is the word in LXX.

    in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,”4755

    4755


    Anf-03 iv.iv.xx Pg 8
    Because Scripture calls idolsvanities” and “vain things.” See 2 Kings xvii. 15, Ps. xxiv. 4, Isa. lix. 4, Deut. xxxii. 21, etc.

    Whoever, therefore, honours an idol with the name of God, has fallen into idolatry.  But if I speak of them as gods, something must be added to make it appear that I do not call them gods. For even the Scripture names “gods,” but adds “their,” viz. “of the nations:” just as David does when he had named “gods,” where he says, “But the gods of the nations are demons.”328

    328


    Anf-01 viii.ii.ix Pg 2
    [Isa. xliv. 9–20; Jer. x. 3.]

    carving and cutting, casting and hammering, fashion the materials? And often out of vessels of dishonour, by merely changing the form, and making an image of the requisite shape, they make what they call a god; which we consider not only senseless, but to be even insulting to God, who, having ineffable glory and form, thus gets His name attached to things that are corruptible, and require constant service. And that the artificers of these are both intemperate, and, not to enter into particulars, are practised in every vice, you very well know; even their own girls who work along with them they corrupt. What infatuation! that dissolute men should be said to fashion and make gods for your worship, and that you should appoint such men the guardians of the temples where they are enshrined; not recognising that it is unlawful even to think or say that men are the guardians of gods.


    Anf-03 v.viii.iii Pg 4
    Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines,1082

    1082


    Anf-01 ix.iv.xviii Pg 13
    Isa. v. 6.

    but that the dew, which is the Spirit of God, who descended upon the Lord, should be diffused throughout all the earth, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of God.”3624

    3624


    Anf-01 vi.ii.xvi Pg 7
    Comp. Isa. v., Jer. xxv.; but the words do not occur in Scripture.

    And it so happened as the Lord had spoken. <index subject1="Temple" subject2="the true" title="147" id="vi.ii.xvi-p7.3"/>Let us inquire, then, if there still is a temple of God. There is—where He himself declared He would make and finish it. For it is written, “And it shall come to pass, when the week is completed, the temple of God shall be built in glory in the name of the Lord.”1678

    1678


    Anf-03 iv.ix.xiii Pg 59
    Comp. Isa. v. 6, 7, with Matt. xxvii. 20–25, Mark xv. 8–15, Luke xxiii. 13–25, John xix. 12–16.

    And thus, the former gifts of grace being withdrawn, “the law and the prophets were until John,”1436

    1436


    Anf-03 v.iv.iv.xxiii Pg 5
    Isa. v. 6, 7.

    And so in this manner the law and the prophets were until John, but the dews of divine grace were withdrawn from the nation. After his time their madness still continued, and the name of the Lord was blasphemed by them, as saith the Scripture: “Because of you my name is continually blasphemed amongst the nations3419

    3419


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xxix Pg 55
    Tertullian calls by a proper name the vineyard which Isaiah (in his chap. v.) designates “the vineyard of the Lord of hosts,” and interprets to be “the house of Israel” (ver. 7). The designation comes from ver. 2, where the original clause ירשֹ והע[טָיִּוַ is translated in the Septuagint, Καὶ ἐφύτευσα ἄμπελον Σωρήκ. Tertullian is most frequently in close agreement with the LXX.

    that when “He looked for righteousness therefrom, there was only a cry4704

    4704


    Anf-03 vi.iv.iii Pg 10
    Isa. xxx. 18.

    that we may obey this precept, too, in “praying for all,”8781

    8781


    Anf-01 viii.iv.lxxxii Pg 2
    Ezek. iii. 17, 18, 19.

    And on this account we are, through fear, very earnest in desiring to converse [with men] according to the Scriptures, but not from love of money, or of glory, or of pleasure. For no man can convict us of any of these [vices]. No more do we wish to live like the rulers of your people, whom God reproaches when He says, ‘Your rulers are companions of thieves, lovers of bribes, followers of the rewards.’2275

    2275


    Anf-01 vi.ii.vi Pg 26
    Ezek. xi. 19, Ezek. xxxvi. 26.

    because He1518

    1518


    Anf-01 ii.ii.viii Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16–20.

    Desiring, therefore, that all His beloved should be partakers of repentance, He has, by His almighty will, established [these declarations].


    Anf-01 viii.ii.xliv Pg 3
    Isa. i. 16, etc.

    And that expression, “The sword shall devour you,” does not mean that the disobedient shall be slain by the sword, but the sword of God is fire, of which they who choose to do wickedly become the fuel. Wherefore He says, “The sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” And if He had spoken concerning a sword that cuts and at once despatches, He would not have said, shall devour. <index subject1="Plato" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p3.2"/>And so, too, Plato, when he says, “The blame is his who chooses, and God is blameless,”1858

    1858 Plato, Rep. x. [On this remarkable passage refer to Biog. Note above. See, also, brilliant note of the sophist De Maistre, Œuvres, ii. p. 105. Ed. Paris, 1853.]

    took this from the prophet Moses and uttered it. For Moses is more ancient than all the Greek writers. <index subject1="Philosophers" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.1"/>And whatever both philosophers and poets have said concerning the immortality of the soul, or punishments after death, or contemplation of things heavenly, or doctrines of the like kind, they have received such suggestions from the prophets as have enabled them to understand and interpret these things. And hence there seem to be seeds of truth among all men; but they are charged with not accurately understanding [the truth] when they assert contradictories. <index subject1="Fate" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.2"/>So that what we say about future events being foretold, we do not say it as if they came about by a fatal necessity; but God foreknowing all that shall be done by all men, and it being His decree that the future actions of men shall all be recompensed according to their several value, He foretells by the Spirit of prophecy that He will bestow meet rewards according to the merit of the actions done, always urging the human race to effort and recollection, showing that He cares and provides for men. But by the agency of the devils death has been decreed against those who read the books of Hystaspes, or of the Sibyl,1859

    1859 [On the Orphica and Sibyllina, see Bull, Works, vol. vi. pp. 291–298.]

    or of the prophets, that through fear they may prevent men who read them from receiving the knowledge of the good, and may retain them in slavery to themselves; which, however, they could not always effect. For not only do we fearlessly read them, but, as you see, bring them for your inspection, knowing that their contents will be pleasing to all. And if we persuade even a few, our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandmen, we shall receive the reward from the Master.


    Anf-01 ix.vi.xlii Pg 15
    Isa. i. 16.

    Thus, no doubt, since they had transgressed and sinned in the same manner, so did they receive the same reproof as did the Sodomites. But when they should be converted and come to repentance, and cease from evil, they should have power to become the sons of God, and to receive the inheritance of immortality which is given by Him. <index subject1="Devil" subject2="the sons of the" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.2"/><index subject1="Sons of the devil" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.3"/>For this reason, therefore, He has termed those “angels of the devil,” and “children of the wicked one,”4448

    4448


    Anf-01 viii.ii.lxi Pg 4
    Isa. i. 16–20.


    Anf-02 vi.iii.iii.xii Pg 21.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.v.xiv Pg 116.1


    Anf-02 iv.ii.iii.xii Pg 2.1


    Anf-03 v.iv.iii.xix Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16, 17.

    be fond of the divine expostulations:2926

    2926


    Anf-01 ix.vi.xxxvii Pg 6
    Jer. vii. 3; Zech. vii. 9, 10, Zech. viii. 17; Isa. i. 17–19.

    And again: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips that they speak no guile; depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”4359

    4359


    Anf-01 v.xvi.i Pg 5
    Isa. i. 19.

    And again, “Ye shall eat flesh even as herbs.”1270

    1270


    Anf-02 vi.ii.x Pg 14.1
    1588 Cod. Sin. here has the singular, “one who ruminates.”

    upon the word of the Lord. <index subject1="Animals" subject2="cloven-footed" title="144" id="vi.ii.x-p15.1"/>But what means the cloven-footed? That the righteous man also walks in this world, yet looks forward to the holy state1589

    1589 Literally, “holy age.”

    [to come]. Behold how well Moses legislated. But how was it possible for them to understand or comprehend these things? We then, rightly understanding his commandments,1590

    1590 Cod. Sin. inserts again, “rightly.”

    explain them as the Lord intended. For this purpose He circumcised our ears and our hearts, that we might understand these things.


    Anf-02 vi.iv.i.xviii Pg 8.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.vi.vi Pg 28.1


    Anf-03 v.viii.xxvi Pg 8
    Isa. i. 19.

    the expression means the blessings which await the flesh when in the kingdom of God it shall be renewed, and made like the angels, and waiting to obtain the things “which neither eye hath seen, nor ear heard, and which have not entered into the heart of man.”7467

    7467


    Anf-02 vi.iv.ii.xxii Pg 7.1


    Anf-03 iv.ix.xiii Pg 63
    See Isa. lv. 6, 7.

    in “the time of their visitation,”1440

    1440


    Anf-03 iv.xi.xv Pg 7
    Ps. cxxxix. 23.

    “Why think ye evil in your hearts?”1588

    1588


    Anf-01 ii.ii.viii Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16–20.

    Desiring, therefore, that all His beloved should be partakers of repentance, He has, by His almighty will, established [these declarations].


    Anf-01 viii.ii.xliv Pg 3
    Isa. i. 16, etc.

    And that expression, “The sword shall devour you,” does not mean that the disobedient shall be slain by the sword, but the sword of God is fire, of which they who choose to do wickedly become the fuel. Wherefore He says, “The sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” And if He had spoken concerning a sword that cuts and at once despatches, He would not have said, shall devour. <index subject1="Plato" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p3.2"/>And so, too, Plato, when he says, “The blame is his who chooses, and God is blameless,”1858

    1858 Plato, Rep. x. [On this remarkable passage refer to Biog. Note above. See, also, brilliant note of the sophist De Maistre, Œuvres, ii. p. 105. Ed. Paris, 1853.]

    took this from the prophet Moses and uttered it. For Moses is more ancient than all the Greek writers. <index subject1="Philosophers" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.1"/>And whatever both philosophers and poets have said concerning the immortality of the soul, or punishments after death, or contemplation of things heavenly, or doctrines of the like kind, they have received such suggestions from the prophets as have enabled them to understand and interpret these things. And hence there seem to be seeds of truth among all men; but they are charged with not accurately understanding [the truth] when they assert contradictories. <index subject1="Fate" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.2"/>So that what we say about future events being foretold, we do not say it as if they came about by a fatal necessity; but God foreknowing all that shall be done by all men, and it being His decree that the future actions of men shall all be recompensed according to their several value, He foretells by the Spirit of prophecy that He will bestow meet rewards according to the merit of the actions done, always urging the human race to effort and recollection, showing that He cares and provides for men. But by the agency of the devils death has been decreed against those who read the books of Hystaspes, or of the Sibyl,1859

    1859 [On the Orphica and Sibyllina, see Bull, Works, vol. vi. pp. 291–298.]

    or of the prophets, that through fear they may prevent men who read them from receiving the knowledge of the good, and may retain them in slavery to themselves; which, however, they could not always effect. For not only do we fearlessly read them, but, as you see, bring them for your inspection, knowing that their contents will be pleasing to all. And if we persuade even a few, our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandmen, we shall receive the reward from the Master.


    Anf-01 ix.vi.xlii Pg 15
    Isa. i. 16.

    Thus, no doubt, since they had transgressed and sinned in the same manner, so did they receive the same reproof as did the Sodomites. But when they should be converted and come to repentance, and cease from evil, they should have power to become the sons of God, and to receive the inheritance of immortality which is given by Him. <index subject1="Devil" subject2="the sons of the" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.2"/><index subject1="Sons of the devil" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.3"/>For this reason, therefore, He has termed those “angels of the devil,” and “children of the wicked one,”4448

    4448


    Anf-01 viii.ii.lxi Pg 4
    Isa. i. 16–20.


    Anf-02 vi.iii.iii.xii Pg 21.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.v.xiv Pg 116.1


    Anf-02 iv.ii.iii.xii Pg 2.1


    Anf-03 v.iv.iii.xix Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16, 17.

    be fond of the divine expostulations:2926

    2926


    Anf-01 ii.ii.viii Pg 4
    Comp. Isa. i. 18.

    than scarlet, and blacker than sackcloth, yet if ye turn to Me with your whole heart, and say, Father! I will listen to you, as to a holy41

    41 These words are not found in Scripture, though they are quoted again by Clem. Alex. (Pædag., i. 10) as from Ezekiel.

    people.” And in another place He speaks thus: “Wash you, and become clean; put away the wickedness of your souls from before mine eyes; cease from your evil ways, and learn to do well; seek out judgment, deliver the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and see that justice is done to the widow; and come, and let us reason together. He declares, Though your sins be like crimson, I will make them white as snow; though they be like scarlet, I will whiten them like wool. And if ye be willing and obey Me, ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye refuse, and will not hearken unto Me, the sword shall devour you, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken these things.”42

    42


    Anf-02 vi.iii.iii.xii Pg 21.1


    Anf-02 vi.v Pg 131.1


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xiv Pg 23
    Isa. i. 17, 18.

    To him, for whom in every stage of lowliness there is provided so much of the Creator’s compassionate regard, shall be given that kingdom also which is promised by Christ, to whose merciful compassion belong, and for a great while have belonged,3955

    3955 Jamdudum pertinent.

    those to whom the promise is made. For even if you suppose that the promises of the Creator were earthly, but that Christ’s are heavenly, it is quite clear that heaven has been as yet the property of no other God whatever, than Him who owns the earth also; quite clear that the Creator has given even the lesser promises (of earthly blessing), in order that I may more readily believe Him concerning His greater promises (of heavenly blessings) also, than (Marcion’s god), who has never given proof of his liberality by any preceding bestowal of minor blessings. “Blessed are they that hunger, for they shall be filled.”3956

    3956


    Anf-03 v.iv.iii.xix Pg 7
    Quæstiones, alluding to Isa. i. 18: δεῦτε καὶ διαλεχθῶμεν, λέγει Κύριος.

    avoid contact with the wicked:2927

    2927


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.x Pg 9
    Isa. i. 18.

    In the scarlet colour He indicates the blood of the prophets; in the crimson, that of the Lord, as the brighter. Concerning the forgiveness of sins, Micah also says: “Who is a God like unto Thee? pardoning iniquity, and passing by the transgressions of the remnant of Thine heritage. He retaineth not His anger as a testimony against them, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, and will have compassion upon us; He wipeth away our iniquities, and casteth our sins into the depths of the sea.”3768

    3768


    Anf-03 v.x.xii Pg 13
    Isa. i. 18.

    When great Babylon likewise is represented as drunk with the blood of the saints,8304

    8304


    Anf-03 vi.iii.xx Pg 4
    Perhaps Tertullian is referring to Prov. xxviii. 13. If we confess now, we shall be forgiven, and not put to shame at the judgment day.

    for we do at the same time both make satisfaction8746

    8746 See de Orat. c. xxiii. ad fin., and the note there.

    for our former sins, by mortification of our flesh and spirit, and lay beforehand the foundation of defences against the temptations which will closely follow. “Watch and pray,” saith (the Lord), “lest ye fall into temptation.”8747

    8747


    Anf-02 iv.ii.ii.xxxviii Pg 13.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.vi.xv Pg 6.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.ii.ix Pg 11.2


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xxxi Pg 28
    Deut. xxxii. 20, 21.

    —even with us, whose hope the Jews still entertain.4752

    4752 Gerunt: although vainly at present (“jam vana in Judæis”—Oehler); Semler conjectures “gemunt, bewail.”

    But this hope the Lord says they should not realize;4753

    4753 Gustaturos.

    Sion being left as a cottage4754

    4754 Specula, “a look-out;” σκηνή is the word in LXX.

    in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,”4755

    4755


    Anf-03 iv.iv.xx Pg 8
    Because Scripture calls idolsvanities” and “vain things.” See 2 Kings xvii. 15, Ps. xxiv. 4, Isa. lix. 4, Deut. xxxii. 21, etc.

    Whoever, therefore, honours an idol with the name of God, has fallen into idolatry.  But if I speak of them as gods, something must be added to make it appear that I do not call them gods. For even the Scripture names “gods,” but adds “their,” viz. “of the nations:” just as David does when he had named “gods,” where he says, “But the gods of the nations are demons.”328

    328


    Anf-01 viii.ii.ix Pg 2
    [Isa. xliv. 9–20; Jer. x. 3.]

    carving and cutting, casting and hammering, fashion the materials? And often out of vessels of dishonour, by merely changing the form, and making an image of the requisite shape, they make what they call a god; which we consider not only senseless, but to be even insulting to God, who, having ineffable glory and form, thus gets His name attached to things that are corruptible, and require constant service. And that the artificers of these are both intemperate, and, not to enter into particulars, are practised in every vice, you very well know; even their own girls who work along with them they corrupt. What infatuation! that dissolute men should be said to fashion and make gods for your worship, and that you should appoint such men the guardians of the temples where they are enshrined; not recognising that it is unlawful even to think or say that men are the guardians of gods.


    Anf-03 v.viii.iii Pg 4
    Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines,1082

    1082


    Anf-01 ix.iv.xviii Pg 13
    Isa. v. 6.

    but that the dew, which is the Spirit of God, who descended upon the Lord, should be diffused throughout all the earth, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of God.”3624

    3624


    Anf-01 vi.ii.xvi Pg 7
    Comp. Isa. v., Jer. xxv.; but the words do not occur in Scripture.

    And it so happened as the Lord had spoken. <index subject1="Temple" subject2="the true" title="147" id="vi.ii.xvi-p7.3"/>Let us inquire, then, if there still is a temple of God. There is—where He himself declared He would make and finish it. For it is written, “And it shall come to pass, when the week is completed, the temple of God shall be built in glory in the name of the Lord.”1678

    1678


    Anf-03 iv.ix.xiii Pg 59
    Comp. Isa. v. 6, 7, with Matt. xxvii. 20–25, Mark xv. 8–15, Luke xxiii. 13–25, John xix. 12–16.

    And thus, the former gifts of grace being withdrawn, “the law and the prophets were until John,”1436

    1436


    Anf-03 v.iv.iv.xxiii Pg 5
    Isa. v. 6, 7.

    And so in this manner the law and the prophets were until John, but the dews of divine grace were withdrawn from the nation. After his time their madness still continued, and the name of the Lord was blasphemed by them, as saith the Scripture: “Because of you my name is continually blasphemed amongst the nations3419

    3419


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xxix Pg 55
    Tertullian calls by a proper name the vineyard which Isaiah (in his chap. v.) designates “the vineyard of the Lord of hosts,” and interprets to be “the house of Israel” (ver. 7). The designation comes from ver. 2, where the original clause ירשֹ והע[טָיִּוַ is translated in the Septuagint, Καὶ ἐφύτευσα ἄμπελον Σωρήκ. Tertullian is most frequently in close agreement with the LXX.

    that when “He looked for righteousness therefrom, there was only a cry4704

    4704


    Anf-03 vi.iv.iii Pg 10
    Isa. xxx. 18.

    that we may obey this precept, too, in “praying for all,”8781

    8781


    Anf-01 viii.iv.lxxxii Pg 2
    Ezek. iii. 17, 18, 19.

    And on this account we are, through fear, very earnest in desiring to converse [with men] according to the Scriptures, but not from love of money, or of glory, or of pleasure. For no man can convict us of any of these [vices]. No more do we wish to live like the rulers of your people, whom God reproaches when He says, ‘Your rulers are companions of thieves, lovers of bribes, followers of the rewards.’2275

    2275


    Anf-01 vi.ii.vi Pg 26
    Ezek. xi. 19, Ezek. xxxvi. 26.

    because He1518

    1518


    Anf-01 ii.ii.viii Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16–20.

    Desiring, therefore, that all His beloved should be partakers of repentance, He has, by His almighty will, established [these declarations].


    Anf-01 viii.ii.xliv Pg 3
    Isa. i. 16, etc.

    And that expression, “The sword shall devour you,” does not mean that the disobedient shall be slain by the sword, but the sword of God is fire, of which they who choose to do wickedly become the fuel. Wherefore He says, “The sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” And if He had spoken concerning a sword that cuts and at once despatches, He would not have said, shall devour. <index subject1="Plato" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p3.2"/>And so, too, Plato, when he says, “The blame is his who chooses, and God is blameless,”1858

    1858 Plato, Rep. x. [On this remarkable passage refer to Biog. Note above. See, also, brilliant note of the sophist De Maistre, Œuvres, ii. p. 105. Ed. Paris, 1853.]

    took this from the prophet Moses and uttered it. For Moses is more ancient than all the Greek writers. <index subject1="Philosophers" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.1"/>And whatever both philosophers and poets have said concerning the immortality of the soul, or punishments after death, or contemplation of things heavenly, or doctrines of the like kind, they have received such suggestions from the prophets as have enabled them to understand and interpret these things. And hence there seem to be seeds of truth among all men; but they are charged with not accurately understanding [the truth] when they assert contradictories. <index subject1="Fate" title="177" id="viii.ii.xliv-p4.2"/>So that what we say about future events being foretold, we do not say it as if they came about by a fatal necessity; but God foreknowing all that shall be done by all men, and it being His decree that the future actions of men shall all be recompensed according to their several value, He foretells by the Spirit of prophecy that He will bestow meet rewards according to the merit of the actions done, always urging the human race to effort and recollection, showing that He cares and provides for men. But by the agency of the devils death has been decreed against those who read the books of Hystaspes, or of the Sibyl,1859

    1859 [On the Orphica and Sibyllina, see Bull, Works, vol. vi. pp. 291–298.]

    or of the prophets, that through fear they may prevent men who read them from receiving the knowledge of the good, and may retain them in slavery to themselves; which, however, they could not always effect. For not only do we fearlessly read them, but, as you see, bring them for your inspection, knowing that their contents will be pleasing to all. And if we persuade even a few, our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandmen, we shall receive the reward from the Master.


    Anf-01 ix.vi.xlii Pg 15
    Isa. i. 16.

    Thus, no doubt, since they had transgressed and sinned in the same manner, so did they receive the same reproof as did the Sodomites. But when they should be converted and come to repentance, and cease from evil, they should have power to become the sons of God, and to receive the inheritance of immortality which is given by Him. <index subject1="Devil" subject2="the sons of the" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.2"/><index subject1="Sons of the devil" title="525" id="ix.vi.xlii-p15.3"/>For this reason, therefore, He has termed those “angels of the devil,” and “children of the wicked one,”4448

    4448


    Anf-01 viii.ii.lxi Pg 4
    Isa. i. 16–20.


    Anf-02 vi.iii.iii.xii Pg 21.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.v.xiv Pg 116.1


    Anf-02 iv.ii.iii.xii Pg 2.1


    Anf-03 v.iv.iii.xix Pg 6
    Isa. i. 16, 17.

    be fond of the divine expostulations:2926

    2926


    Anf-01 ix.vi.xxxvii Pg 6
    Jer. vii. 3; Zech. vii. 9, 10, Zech. viii. 17; Isa. i. 17–19.

    And again: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips that they speak no guile; depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”4359

    4359


    Anf-01 v.xvi.i Pg 5
    Isa. i. 19.

    And again, “Ye shall eat flesh even as herbs.”1270

    1270


    Anf-02 vi.ii.x Pg 14.1
    1588 Cod. Sin. here has the singular, “one who ruminates.”

    upon the word of the Lord. <index subject1="Animals" subject2="cloven-footed" title="144" id="vi.ii.x-p15.1"/>But what means the cloven-footed? That the righteous man also walks in this world, yet looks forward to the holy state1589

    1589 Literally, “holy age.”

    [to come]. Behold how well Moses legislated. But how was it possible for them to understand or comprehend these things? We then, rightly understanding his commandments,1590

    1590 Cod. Sin. inserts again, “rightly.”

    explain them as the Lord intended. For this purpose He circumcised our ears and our hearts, that we might understand these things.


    Anf-02 vi.iv.i.xviii Pg 8.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.vi.vi Pg 28.1


    Anf-03 v.viii.xxvi Pg 8
    Isa. i. 19.

    the expression means the blessings which await the flesh when in the kingdom of God it shall be renewed, and made like the angels, and waiting to obtain the things “which neither eye hath seen, nor ear heard, and which have not entered into the heart of man.”7467

    7467


    Anf-02 vi.iv.ii.xxii Pg 7.1


    Anf-03 iv.ix.xiii Pg 63
    See Isa. lv. 6, 7.

    in “the time of their visitation,”1440

    1440


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