John i. 1.-"In the beginning was the Word."
[1.] On the subject of attention in hearkening it is superfluous to
exhort you any more, so quickly have you shown by your actions the effects
of my advice. For your manner of running together, your attentive postures,
the thrusting one another in your eagerness to get the inner places, where
my voice may more clearly be heard by you, your unwillingness to retire
from the press until this spiritual assembly be dissolved, the clapping
of hands, the murmurs of applause; in a word, all things of this kind may
be considered proofs of the fervor of your souls, and of your desire to
hear. So that on this point it is superfluous to exhort you. One thing,
however, it is necessary for us to bid and entreat, that you continue to
have the same zeal, and manifest it not here only, but that also when you
are at home, you converse man with wife, and father with son, concerning
these matters. And say somewhat of yourselves, and require somewhat in
return from them; and so all contribute to this excellent banquet.1
For let no one tell me that our children ought not to be occupied with
these things; they ought not only to be occupied with them, but to be zealous
about them only. And although on account of your infirmity I do not assert
this, nor take them away from their worldly learning,2 just as I do not
draw you either from your civil business; yet of these seven days I claim
that you dedicate one to the common Lord of us all. For is it not a strange
thing that we should bid our domestics slave for us all their time, and
ourselves apportion not even a little of our leisure to God; and this too
when all our service adds nothing to Him, (for the Godhead is incapable
of want,) but turns out to our own advantage? And yet when you take your
children into the theaters, you allege neither their mathematical lessons,
nor anything of the kind; but if it be required to gain or collect anything
spiritual, you call the matter a waste of time. And how shall you not anger
God, if you find leisure and assign a season for everything else, and yet
think it a troublesome and unseasonable thing for your children to take
in hand what relates to Him?
Do not so, brethren, do not so. It is this very age that most of all
needs the hearing these things; for from its tenderness it readily stores
up what is said; and what children hear is impressed as a seal on the wax
of their minds. Besides, it is then that their life begins to incline to
vice or virtue; and if from the very gates3 and portals one lead them away
from iniquity, and guide them by the hand to the best road, he will fix
them for the time to come in a sort of habit and nature, and they will
not, even if they be willing, easily change for the worse, since this force
of custom draws them to the performance of good actions. So that we shall
see them become more worthy of respect than those who have grown old, and
they will be more useful in civil matters, displaying in youth the qualities
of the aged.
For, as I before said, it cannot be that they who enjoy the hearing
of such things as these, and who are in the company of such an Apostle,
should depart without receiving some great and remarkable advantage, be
it man, woman, or youth, that partakes of this table. If we train by words
the animals which we have, and so tame them, how much more shall we effect
this with men by this spiritual teaching, when there is a wide difference
between the remedy in each case, and the subject healed as well. For neither
is there so much fierceness in us as in the brutes, since theirs is from
nature, ours from choice; nor is the power of the words the same, for the
power of the first is that of the human intellect, the power of the second
is that of the might and grace of the Spirit.4 Let then the man who despairs
of himself consider the tame animals, and he shall no longer be thus affected;
let him come continually to this house of healing, let him hear at all
times the laws of the Spirit, and on retiring home let him write down in
his mind the things which he has heard; so shall his hopes be good and
his confidence great, as he feels his progress by experience. For when
the devil sees the law of God written in the soul, and the heart become
tablets to write it on, he will not approach any more. Since wherever the
king's writing is, not engraved on a pillar of brass, but stamped by the
Holy Ghost on a mind loving God, and bright with abundant grace, that (evil
one) will not be able even to look at it, but from afar will turn his back
upon us. For nothing is so terrible to him and to the thoughts which are
suggested by him as a mind careful about Divine matters, and a soul which
ever hangs over this fountain. Such an one can nothing present annoy, even
though it be displeasing; nothing puff up or make proud, even though it
be favorable; but amidst all this storm and surge it will even enjoy a
[2.] For confusion arises within us, not from, the nature of circumstances,
but from the infirmity of our minds; for if we were thus affected by reason
of what befalls us, then, (as we all sail the same sea, and it is impossible
to escape waves and spray,) all men must needs be troubled; but if there
are some who stand beyond the influence of the storm and the raging sea,
then it is clear that it is not circumstances which make the storm, but
the condition of our own mind. If therefore we so order the mind that it
may bear all things contentedly, we shall have no storm nor even a ripple,
but always a clear calm.
After professing that I should say nothing on these points, I know not
how I have been carried away into such a length of exhortation. Pardon
my prolixity; for I fear, yes, I greatly fear lest this zeal of ours should
ever become weaker. Did I feel confident respecting it, I would not now
have said to you anything on these matters, since it is sufficient to make
all things easy to you. But it is time in what follows to proceed to the
matters proposed for consideration to-day; that you may not come weary
to the contest. For we have contests against the enemies of the truth,
against those who use every artifice to destroy the honor of the Son of
God, or rather their own. This remains for ever as it now is, nothing lessened
by the blaspheming tongue, but they, by seeking eagerly to pull down Him
whom they say they worship, fill their faces with shame and their souls
What then do they say when we assert what we have asserted? "That the
words, `in the beginning was the Word,' do not denote eternity absolutely,
for that this same expression was used also concerning heaven and earth."
What enormous shamelessness and irreverence! I speak to thee concerning
God, and dost thou bring the earth into the argument, and men who are of
the earth? At this rate, since Christ is called Son of God, and God, Man
who is called Son of God must be God also. For, "I have said, Ye are Gods,
and all of you are children of the Most High." (Ps. lxxxii. 6.) Wilt thou
contend with the Only-Begotten concerning Sonship, and assert that in that
respect He enjoys nothing more than thou? "By no means," is the reply.
And yet thou doest this even though thou say not so in words. "How?" Because
thou sayest that thou by grace art partaker of the adoption, and He in
like manner. For by saying that He is not Son by nature, thou only makest
him to be so by grace.
However, let us see the proofs which they produce to us. "In the beginning,"
it is said, "God made the Heaven and the earth, and the earth was invisible
and unformed." (Gen. i. 2.) And, "There `was' a man of Ramathaim Zophim."
(1 Sam. i. 1.) These are what they think strong arguments, and they are
strong; but it is to prove the correctness of the doctrines asserted by
us, while they are utterly powerless to establish their blasphemy. For
tell me, what has the word "was" in common with the word "made"? What hath
God in common with man? Why dost thou mix what may not be mixed? Why confound
things which are distinct, why bring low what is above? In that place it
is not the expression "was" only which denotes eternity, but that One "was
in the beginning." And that other, "The Word was"; for as the word "being,"
when used concerning man, only distinguishes present time, but when concerning
God, denotes eternity,5 so "was," when used respecting our nature, signifies
to us past time, and that too limited, but when respecting God it declares
eternity. It would have been enough then when one had heard the words "earth"
and "man," to imagine nothing more concerning them than what one may fitly
think of a nature that came into being,6 for that which came to be, be
it what it may, hath come to be either in time, or the age before time
was, but the Son of God is above not only times, but all ages which were
before, for He is the Creator and Maker of them, as the Apostle says, "by
whom also He made the ages." Now the Maker necessarily is, before the thing
made. Yet since some are so senseless, as even after this to have higher
notions concerning creatures than is their due, by the expression "He made,"
and by that other, "there was a man," he lays hold beforehand of the mind
of his hearer, and cuts up all shamelessness by the roots. For all that
has been made, both heaven and earth, has been made in time, and has its
beginning in time, and none of them is without beginning, as having been
made: so that when you hear that "he made the earth," and that "there was
a man," you are trifling7 to no purpose, and weaving a tissue of useless
For I can mention even another thing by way of going further. What is
it? It is, that if it had been said of the earth, "In the beginning was
the earth," and of man, "In the beginning was the man," we must not even
then have imagined any greater things concerning them than what we have
now determined.8 For the terms "earth" and "man" as they are presupposed,
whatever may be said concerning them, do not allow the mind to imagine
to itself anything greater concerning them than what we know at present.
Just as "the Word," although but little be said of It, does not allow us
to think (respecting It) anything low or poor. Since in proceeding he says
of the earth, "The earth was invisible and unformed." For having said that
"He made" it, and having settled its proper limit, he afterwards declares
fearlessly what follows, as knowing that there is no one so silly as to
suppose that it is without beginning and uncreated, since the word "earth,"
and that other "made," are enough to convince even a very simple person
that it is not eternal nor increate, but one of those things created in
[3.] Besides, the expression "was," applied to the earth and to man,
is not indicative of absolute existence. But in the case of a man (it denotes)
his being of a certain place, in that of the earth its being in a certain
way. For he has not said absolutely "the earth was," and then held his
peace, but has taught how it was even after its creation, as that it was
"invisible and unformed," as yet covered by the waters and in confusion.
So in the case of Elkanah he does not merely say that "there was a man,"
but adds also whence he was, "of Armathaim Zophim." But in the case of
"the Word," it is not so. I am ashamed to try these cases, one against
the other, for if we find fault with those who do so in the case of men,
when there is a great difference in the virtue of those who are so tried,
though in truth their substance be one; where the difference both of nature
and of everything else is so infinite, is it not the extremest madness
to raise such questions? But may He who is blasphemed by them be merciful
to us. For it was not we who invented the necessity of such discussions,
but they who war against their own salvation laid it on us.
What then do I say? That this first "was," applied to "the Word," is
only indicative of His eternal Being, (for "In the beginning," he saith,
"was the Word,") and that the second "was," ("and the Word was with God,")
denotes His relative Being. For since to be eternal and without beginning
is most peculiar to God, this he puts first; and then, lest any one hearing
that He was "in the beginning," should assert, that He was "unbegotten"
also, he immediately remedies this by saying, before he declares what He
was, that He was "with God." And he has prevented any one from supposing,
that this "Word" is simply such a one as is either uttered9 or conceived,10
by the addition, as I beforesaid, of the article, as well as by this second
expression. For he does not say, was "in God," but was "with God": declaring
to us His eternity as to person.11 Then, as he advances, he has more clearly
revealed it, by adding, that this "Word" also "was God."
"But yet created," it may be said. What then hindered him from saying,
that "In the beginning God made the Word"? at least Moses speaking of the
earth says, not that "in the beginning was the earth," but that "He made
it," and then it was. What now hindered John from saying in like manner,
that "In the beginning God made the Word"? For if Moses feared lest any
one should assert that the earth was uncreated,12 much more ought John
to have feared this respecting the Son, if He was indeed created. The world
being visible, by this very circumstance proclaims its Maker, ("the heavens,"
says the Psalmist, "declare the glory of God"-Ps. xix. 1), but the Son
is invisible, and is greatly, infinitely, higher than all creation. If
now, in the one instance, where we needed neither argument nor teaching
to know that the world is created,13 yet the prophet sets down this fact
clearly and before all others; much more should John have declared the
same concerning the Son, if He had really been created.14
"Yes," it may be said, "but Peter has asserted this clearly and openly."
Where and when? "When speaking to the Jews he said, that `God hath made
Him both Lord and Christ.'" (Acts ii. 36.) Why dost thou not add what follows,
"That same Jesus whom ye have crucified"? or dost thou not know that of
the words, part relate to His unmixed Nature, part to His Incarnation?15
But if this be not the case, and thou wilt absolutely understand all as
referring to the Godhead, then thou wilt make the Godhead capable of suffering;
but if not capable of suffering, then not created. For if blood had flowed
from that divine and ineffable Nature, and if that Nature, and not the
flesh, had been torn and cut by the nails upon the cross, on this supposition
your quibbling would have had reason; but if not even the devil himself
could utter such a blasphemy, why dost thou feign to be ignorant with ignorance
so unpardonable, and such as not the evil spirits themselves could pretend?
Besides the expressions "Lord" and "Christ" belong not to His Essence,
but to His dignity; for the one refers to His Power,16 the other to his
having been anointed. What then wouldest thou say concerning the Son of
God? for if he were even, as you assert, created, this argument could not
have place. For He was not first created and afterwards God chose Him,
nor does He hold a kingdom which could be thrown aside, but one which belongs
by nature to His Essence; since, when asked if He were a King, He answers,
"To this end was I born." (c. xviii. 37.) But Peter speaks as concerning
one chosen, because his argument wholly refers to the Dispensation.
[4.] And why dost thou wonder if Peter says this? for Paul, reasoning
with the Athenians, calls Him "Man" only, saying, "By that Man whom He
hath ordained, whereof He hath given assurance to all men, in that He hath
raised Him from the dead." (Acts xvii. 31.) He speaks nothing concerning
"the form of God" (Phil. ii. 6), nor that He was "equal to Him," nor that
He was the "brightness of His glory." (Heb. i.3.) And with reason. The
time for words like these was not yet come; but it would have contented
him that they should in the meanwhile admit that He was Man, and that He
rose again from the dead. Christ Himself acted in the same manner, from
whom Paul having learned, used this reserve.17 For He did not at once reveal
to us His Divinity, but was at first held to be a Prophet and a good man;18
but afterwards His real nature was shown by His works and words. On this
account Peter too at first used this method, (for this was the first sermon
that he made to the Jews;) and because they were not yet able clearly to
understand anything respecting His Godhead, he dwelt on the arguments relating
to His Incarnation; that their ears being exercised in these, might open
a way to the rest of his teaching. And if any one will go through all the
sermon from the beginning, he will find what I say very observable, for
he (Peter) calls Him "Man," and dwells on the accounts of His Passion,
His Resurrection, and His generation according to the flesh. Paul too when
he says, "Who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom.
i. 3), only teaches us that the word "made"19 is taken with a view20 to
His Incarnation, as we allow. But the son of thunder is now speaking to
us concerning His Ineffable and Eternal21 Existence, and therefore he leaves
the word "made" and puts "was"; yet if He were created, this point he needs
must most especially have determined. For if Paul feared that some foolish
persons might suppose that He shall be greater than the Father, and have
Him who begat Him made subject to Him, (for this is the reason why the
Apostle in sending to the Corinthians writes, "But when He saith, All things
are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted which did put all
things under Him," yet who could possibly imagine that the Father, even
in common with all things, will be subject to the Son?) if, I say, he nevertheless
feared these foolish imaginations, and says, "He is excepted that did put
all things under Him;" much more if the Son of God were indeed created,
ought John to have feared lest any one should suppose Him uncreated, and
to have taught on this point before any other.
But now, since He was Begotten, with good reason neither John nor any
other, whether apostle or prophet, hath asserted that He was created. Neither
had it been so would the Only-Begotten Himself have let it pass unmentioned.
For He who spoke of Himself so humbly from condescension22 would certainly
not have been silent on this matter. And I think it not unreasonable to
suppose, that He would be more likely to have the higher Nature, and say
nothing of it, than not having it to pass by this omission, and fail to
make known that He had it not. For in the first case there was a good excuse
for silence, namely, His desire to teach mankind humility by being silent
as to the greatness of His attributes; but in the second case you can find
no just excuse for silence. For why should He who declined many of His
real attributes have been, if He were created, silent as to His having
been made? He who, in order to teach humility, often uttered expressions
of lowliness, such as did not properly belong to Him, much more if He had
been indeed created, would not have failed to speak of this. Do you not
see Him, in order that none may imagine Him not to have been begotten,23
doing and saying everything to show that He was so, uttering words unworthy
both of His dignity and His essence, and descending to the humble character
of a Prophet? For the expression, "As I hear, I judge" (v. 30); and that
other, "He hath told Me what I should say, and what I should speak" (xii.
49), and the like, belong merely to a prophet. If now, from His desire
to remove this suspicion, He did not disdain to utter words thus lowly,
much more if He were created would He have said many like words, that none
might suppose Him to be uncreated; as, "Think not that I am begotten of
the Father; I am created, not begotten, nor do I share His essence." But
as it is, He does the very contrary, and utters words which compel men,
even against their will and desire, to admit the opposite opinion. As,
"I am in the Father, and the Father in Me" (xiv. 11); and, "Have I been
so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that
hath seen Me, hath seen the Father." (xiv. 9.) And, "That all men should
honor the Son, even as they honor the Father." (v. 23.) "As the Father
raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them, even so the Son quickeneth whom
He will." (v. 21.) "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." (v. 17.) "As
the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father." (x. 15.) "I and My Father
are One." (x. 30.) And everywhere by putting the "as," and the "so," and
the "being with the Father," He declares His undeviating likeness to Him.24
His power in Himself He manifests by these, as well as by many other words;
as when He says, "Peace, be still." (Mark iv. 39.) "I will, be thou clean."
(Matt. viii. 3.) "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of
him." (Mark xix. 25.) And again, "Ye have heard that it was said by them
of old time, Thou shalt not kill; but I say unto you, That whosoever is
angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger." (Matt. v.
21, Matt. v. 22.) And all the other laws which He gave, and wonders which
He worked, are sufficient to show His power, or rather, I should say, a
very small part of them is enough to bring over and convince any, except
the utterly insensate.
[5.] But vainglory25 is a thing powerful to blind even to very evident
truths the minds of those ensnared by it, and to persuade them to dispute
against what is allowed by others; nay, it instigates26 a some who know
and are persuaded of the truth to pretended ignorance and opposition. As
took place in the case of the Jews, for they did not through ignorance
deny the Son of God, but that they might obtain honor from the multitude;
"they believed," says the Evangelist, but were afraid, "lest they should
be put out of the synagogue." (xii. 42.) And so they gave up27 their salvation
to others.28 For it cannot be that he who is so zealous a slave to the
glory of this present world can obtain the glory which is from God. Wherefore
He rebuked them, saying, "How can ye believe, which receive honor of men,
and seek not the honor which cometh from God?" (v. 44.) This passion is
a sort of deep intoxication, and makes him who is subdued by it hard to
recover. And having detached the souls of its captives from heavenly things,
it nails them to earth, and lets them not look up to the true light, but
persuades them ever to wallow in the mire, giving them masters so powerful,
that they have the rule over them without needing to use commands. For
the man who is sick of this disease, does of his own accord, and without
bidding, all that he thinks will be agreeable to his masters. On their
account he clothes himself in rich apparel, and beautifies his face, taking
these pains not for himself but for others; and he leads about a train
of followers through the market-place, that others may admire him, and
all that he does he goes through, merely out of obsequiousness to the rest
of the world. Can any state of mind be more wretched than this? That others
may admire him, he is ever being precipitated29 to ruin.
Would you learn what a tyrannous sway it exercises? Why surely, the
words of Christ are sufficient to show it all. But yet listen to these
further remarks.30 If you will ask any of those men who mingle in state
affairs and incur great expenses, why they lavish so much gold, and what
their so vast expenditure means; you will hear from them, that it is for
nothing else but to gratify the people. If again you ask what the people
may be; they will say, that it is a thing full of confusion and turbulent,
made up for the most part of folly, tossed blindly to and fro like the
waves of the sea, and often composed of varying and adverse opinions. Must
not the man who has such a master be more pitiable than any one? And yet
strange though it be, it is not so strange that worldly men should be eager
about these things; but that those who say that they have started away
from the world should be sick of this same disease, or rather of one more
grievous still, this is the strangest thing of all. For with the first
the loss extends only to money, but in the last case the danger reaches
to the soul. For when men alter a right faith for reputation's sake, and
dishonor God that they may be in high repute themselves, tell me, what
excess of stupidity and madness must there not be in what they do? Other
passions, even if they are very hurtful, at least bring some pleasure with
them, though it be but for a time and fleeting; those who love money, or
wine, or women, have, with their hurt, a pleasure, though a brief one.
But those who are taken captives by this passion, live a life continually
embittered and stripped of enjoyment, for they do not obtain what they
earnestly desire, glory, I mean, from the many. They think they enjoy it,
but do not really, because the thing they aim at is not glory at all. And
therefore their state of mind is not called glory,31 but a something void
of glory, vaingloriousness,32 so have all the ancients named it, and with
good reason; inasmuch as it is quite empty, and contains nothing bright
or glorious within it, but as players' masks seem to be bright and lovely,
but are hollow within, (for which cause, though they be more beautiful
than natural faces, yet they never draw any to love them,) even so, or
rather yet more wretchedly, has the applause of the multitude tricked out
for us this passion, dangerous as an antagonist, and cruel as a master.
Its countenance alone is bright, but within it is no more like the mask's
mere emptiness, but crammed with dishonor, and full of savage tyranny.
Whence then, it may be asked, has this passion, so unreasonable, so devoid
of pleasure, its birth? Whence else but from a low, mean soul? It cannot
be that one who is captivated by love of applause should imagine readily
anything great or noble; he needs must be base, mean, dishonorable, little.
He who does nothing for virtue's sake, but to please men worthy of no consideration,
and who ever makes account of their mistaken and erring opinions, how can
he be worth anything? Consider; if any one should ask him, What do you
think of the many? he clearly would say, "that they are thoughtless, and
not to be regarded." Then if any one again should ask him, "Would you choose
to be like them?" I do not suppose he could possibly desire to be like
them. Must it not then be excessively ridiculous to seek the good opinion
of those whom you never would choose to resemble?
[6.] Do you say that they are many and a sort of collective body? this
is the very reason why you ought most to despise them. If when taken singly
they are contemptible, still more will this be the case when they are many;
for when they are assembled together, their individual folly is increased
by numbers, and becomes greater. So that a man might possibly take a single
one of them and set him right, but could not do so with them when together,
because then their folly becomes intense, and they are led like sheep,
and follow in every direction the opinions of one another. Tell me, will
you seek to obtain this vulgar glory? Do not, I beg and entreat you. It
turns everything upside down; it is the mother of avarice, of slander,
of false witness, of treacheries; it arms and exasperates those who have
received no injury against those who have inflicted none. He who has fallen
into this disease neither knows friendship nor remembers old companionship,
and knows not how to respect any one at all; he has cast away from his
soul all goodness, and is at war with every one, unstable, without natural
Again, the passion of anger, tyrannical though it be and hard to bear,
still is not wont always to disturb, but only when it has persons that
excite it; but that of vainglory is ever active, and there is no time,
as one may say, when it can cease, since reason neither hinders nor restrains
it, but it is always with us not only persuading us to sin, but snatching
from our hands anything which we may chance to do aright, or sometimes
not allowing us to do right at all. If Paul calls covetousness idolatry,
what ought we to name that which is mother, and root, and source of it,
I mean, vainglory? We cannot possibly find any term such as its wickedness
deserves. Beloved, let us now return to our senses; let us put off this
filthy garment, let us rend and cut it off from us, let us at some time
or other become free with true freedom, and be sensible of the nobility33
which has been given to us by God; let us despise vulgar applause. For
nothing is so ridiculous and disgraceful as this passion, nothing so full
of shame and dishonor. One may in many ways see, that to love honor, is
dishonor; and that true honor consists in neglecting honor, in making no
account of it, but in saying and doing everything according to what seems
good to God. In this way we shall be able to receive a reward from Him
who sees exactly all our doings, if we are content to have Him only for
a spectator. What need we other eyes, when He who shall confer the prize
is ever beholding our actions? Is it not a strange thing that, whatever
a servant does, he should do to please his master, should seek nothing
more than his master's observation, desire not to attract other eyes (though
they be great men who are looking on) to his conduct, but aim at one thing
only, that his master may observe him; while we who have a Lord so great,
seek other spectators who can nothing profit, but rather hurt us by their
observation, and make all our labor vain? Not so, I beseech you. Let us
call Him to applaud and view our actions from whom we shall receive our
rewards. Let us have nothing to do with human eyes. For if we should even
desire to attain this honor, we shall then attain to it, when we seek that
which cometh from God alone. For, He saith, "Them that honor Me, I will
honor." (1 Sam. ii. 30.) And even as we are best supplied with riches when
we despise them, and seek only the wealth which cometh from God ("Seek,"
he saith, "the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you"-Matt.
vi. 33); so it is in the case of honor. When the granting either of riches
or honor is no longer attended with danger to us, then God gives them freely;
and it is then unattended with danger, when they have not the rule or power
over us, do not command us as slaves, but belong to us as masters and free
men. For the reason that He wishes us not to love them is, that we may
not be ruled by them; and if we succeed in this respect, He gives us them
with great liberality. Tell me, what is brighter than Paul, when he says,
"We seek not honor of men, neither of you, nor yet of others." (1 Thess.
ii. 6.) What then is richer than him who hath nothing, and yet possesseth
all things? for as I said, when we are not mastered by them, then we shall
master them, then we shall receive them. If then we desire to obtain honor,
let us shun honor, so shall we be enabled after accomplishing the laws
of God to obtain both the good things which are here, and those which are
promised, by the grace of Christ, with whom, to the Father and the Holy
Ghost, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 e@ranon, a feast to which all the guests contributed.
2 al. "study."
3 al. "beginning."
4 i e. Man is more tractable than brutes, the words of
the Spirit more powerful than words of reason.
5 al. "one ever and through all time."
6 ta\ o@nta are opposed to ta\ geno/mena in the Platonic
philosophy. The reading here should be genhth=| for gennhth=|, as in the
ms. Baroc no. 210, in the Bodl. Library. Our Lord is gennhto\j a0genhtw=j.
7 al. "trifle not."
8 al. "is now contained in them."
15 oi0konomi/a signifies all that Christ did and suffered
on earth for the salvation of mankind. Vide Euseb. Hist. Ecc. i. 1, Not.
11, ed. Heinichen.
17 ou#tw ta\ pra/gmata w0|kono/mei.
18 al. "and Christ, simply a Man."
19 "made," E. V.
20 parei/lhtai e0pi\ th=: oi0konomi/aj, "adopted in reference
24 th\n pro\j au0to\n a0parallaci/an.
25 al. "love of rule."
28 i.e. gave up their salvation rather than offend others.
30 al. "but it may be seen from this."
32 kenodoci/a, lit. "empty glory."
33 eu0genei/a, "high birth."