He speaks moreover concerning our ears, how He hath circumcised both them and our heart. The Lord saith in the prophet, “In the hearing of the ear they obeyed me.” 1548 And again He saith, “By hearing, those shall hear who are afar off; they shall know what I have done.” 1549 And, “Be ye circumcised in your hearts, saith the Lord.” 1550 And again He says, “Hear, O Israel, for these things saith the Lord thy God.” 1551 And once more the Spirit of the Lord proclaims, “Who is he that wishes to live for ever? By hearing let him hear the voice of my servant.” 1552 And again He saith, “Hear, O heaven, and give ear, O earth, for God 1553 hath spoken.” 1554 These are in proof. 1555 And again He saith, “Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of this people.” 1556 And again He saith, “Hear, ye children, the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” 1557 Therefore He hath circumcised our ears, that we might hear His word and believe, for the circumcision in which they trusted is abolished. 1558 For He declared that circumcision was not of the flesh, but they transgressed because an evil angel deluded them. 1559 He saith to them, “These things saith the Lord your God”—(here 1560 I find a new 1561 commandment)—“Sow not among thorns, but circumcise yourselves to the Lord.” 1562 And why speaks He thus: “Circumcise the stubbornness of your heart, and harden not your neck?” 1563 And again: “Behold, saith the Lord, all the nations are uncircumcised 1564 in the flesh, but this people are uncircumcised in heart.” 1565 But thou wilt say, “Yea, verily the people are circumcised for a seal.” But so also is every Syrian and Arab, and all the priests of idols: are these then also within the bond of His covenant? 1566 Yea, the Egyptians also practise circumcision. Learn then, my children, concerning all things richly, 1567 that Abraham, the first who enjoined circumcision, looking forward in spirit to Jesus, practised that rite, having received the mysteries 1568 of the three letters. For [the Scripture] saith, “And Abraham circumcised p. 143 ten, and eight, and three hundred men of his household.” 1569 What, then, was the knowledge given to him in this? Learn the eighteen first, and then the three hundred. 1570 The ten and the eight are thus denoted—Ten by Ι, and Eight by Η. 1571 You have [the initials of the, name of] Jesus. And because 1572 the cross was to express the grace [of our redemption] by the letter Τ, he says also, “Three Hundred.” He signifies, therefore, Jesus by two letters, and the cross by one. He knows this, who has put within us the engrafted 1573 gift of His doctrine. No one has been admitted by me to a more excellent piece of knowledge 1574 than this, but I know that ye are worthy.
Ps. xxxiv. 11-13. The first clause of this sentence is wanting in Cod. Sin.142:1553 142:1554 142:1555 142:1556 142:1557 142:1558 142:1559 142:1560 142:1561 142:1562
Jer. iv. 3. Cod. Sin. has “God” instead of “Lord.”142:1563 142:1564 142:1565 142:1566 142:1567 142:1568 143:1569 143:1570 143:1571 143:1572 143:1573 143:1574
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