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Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. III:
Life and Works of Rufinus with Jerome's Apology Against Rufinus.: Section 30

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30. It is said then in the Psalms, “I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, because the Lord sustained me.” 3364 Again, in another place, “Because of the wretchedness of the needy and the groaning of the poor, now will I arise, saith the Lord.” 3365 And elsewhere, as we have said above, “O Lord, thou hast brought my soul out of hell; Thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.” 3366 And in another place, “Because Thou hast turned and quickened me, and brought me out of the deep of the earth again.” 3367 In the 87th Psalm He is most evidently spoken of: “He became as a man without help, free among the dead.” 3368 It is not said “a man,” but “as a man.” For in that He descended into hell, He was “as a man:” but He was “free among the dead,” because He could not be detained by p. 555 death. And therefore in the one nature the power of human weakness, in the other the power of divine majesty is exhibited. The Prophet Hosea also speaks most manifestly of the third day in this wise, “After two days He will heal us; but on the third day we shall rise and shall live in His presence.” 3369 This he says in the person of those who, rising with Him on the third day, are recalled from death to life. And they are the same persons who say, “On the third day we shall rise again, and shall live in His presence.” But Isaiah says plainly, “Who brought forth from the earth the great Shepherd of the sheep.” 3370 Then, that the women were to see His resurrection, while the Scribes and Pharisees and the people disbelieved, this also Isaiah foretold in these words, “Ye women, who come from beholding, come: for it is a people that hath no understanding.” 3371 But as to the women who are related to have gone to the sepulchre after the resurrection, and to have sought Him without finding, as Mary Magdalene, who is related to have come to the sepulchre before it was light, and not finding Him, to have said, weeping, to the angels who were there, “They have taken away the Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him” 3372 —even this is foretold in the Canticles: “On my bed I sought Him Whom my soul loveth; I sought Him in the night, and found Him not.” 3373 Of those also who found Him, and held Him by the feet, it is foretold, in the same book, “I will hold Him Whom my soul loveth, and will not let Him go.” 3374 Take these passages, a few of many; for being intent on brevity we cannot heap together more.



Ps. iii. 5


Ps. xii. 5


Ps. xxx. 3


Ps. lxxi. 10


Ps. 88:4, 5


Hosea vi. 2


Heb. xiii. 20


Isa. xxvii. 11, LXX.


John xx. 13


Cant. iii. 1


Cant. iii. 4

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