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50 Mark xiii. 23.

51 Ecclus. xxviii. 24, Vulg.

52 1 Cor. xv. 33.

53 Matt. xv. 14.

54 According to some, "does not deign," or "disdains to know."

55 Mark vii. 9.

56 Some read, "As it is written, And the Lord stirred up the adversary (Satan) against Solomon; and therefore in the Apocalypse the Lord solemnly warns John."

57 Apoc. iii. 11.

58 Matt. x. 22.

59 Luke xii. 48.

60 Luke xviii. 14.

61 Rom. iii. 3.

62 2 Thess. iii. 6.

63 Eph. v. 6.

64 "is one".

65 Ps. xxxiv. 12, 13.

66 John xiv. 27.

67 Matt. v. 9.

68 Acts iv. 32.. [Bernard., Epist. ccxxxviii., Opp. i. 502.]

69 Acts i. 14.

70 Some interpolate "because."

71 Luke xviii. 8.

72 Some read, "in your hands,"

73 Luke xii. 35.

1 The deacon Pontius, in hie life of Cyprian, in few words comprises the argument of the following treatise. "Who," says he, "would restrain virgins into a fitting discipline of modesty, and a dress meet for holiness, as if with a bridle of the Lord's lessons?"

2 After this he teaches from the Apostle, and from the third chapter of' Isaiah also, that distinctions of dress and ornaments are more suited to prostitutes than to virgins; and he infers that, while so many things are offensive to God, more especially are the sumptuous ornanients of women; and therefore making a transition from superfluous ornament to the different kinds of dyes and paints, he forbids such things, not only to virgins, but absolutely also to married women, who assuredly cannot with impunity strive to improve, to transfigure, and to adulterate God's work.

3 [Written, A.D. 248. Compare Tertullian, vol. iv. p. 14.]

4 Ps. ii. 12.

5 Ps. l. 17.

6 Wisd. iii. 11.

7 Prov. iii. 11.

8 Jer. iii. 15.

9 1 Cor. vi. 14.

10 John v. 14.

11 One codex adds here: "since it is written, `He who perseveres unto the end, the same shall be saved. 0'"

12 Otherwise, "These are the flowers of the ecclesiastical seed."

13 Matt. xix. 11.

14 Apoc. xiv. 4.

15 Ps. liii. 5.

16 Gal. i. 10.

17 1 Cor. vii. 14.

18 Gal. vi. 14.

19 Gal. v. 24.

20 Isa. xl. 6.

21 1 John ii. 15-17.

22 John vi. 38.

23 1 John ii. 6.

24 1 Tim. ii. 9, 10.

25 1 Pet. iii. 3, 4.

26 1 Cor. x. 23.

27 Wisd. v. 8.

28 1 Cor. vii. 30, 31.

29 The meaning is,-gifts to the poor will induce them to pray for the virgin, and in answer to their prayers, God will grant her the glory of virginity. Luke xvi. 9..]

30 Perhaps this sentence would be more literally translated, "and the dress of no women is, generally speaking, more expensive than the dress of those whose modesty is cheap; " i.e., who have no modesty at all, or very little.

31 Apoc. xvii. 1.

32 Isa. iii. 16.

33 Gen. i. 26.

34 1 Cor. v. 7.

35 Matt. v. 36.

36 Apoc. i. 14.

37 [The utterly intolerable paganism here exposed, and fully sustained by Martial and other Latin poets, accounts for much of the discipline of the early Church, and its excessive laudations of virginity.]

38 Otherwise read, "among you;" or possibly, "whose bathing is modest towards you."


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