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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol IX:
The Epistles of Clement.: Chapter XXXI

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Chapter XXXI.—Let Us See by What Means We May Obtain the Divine Blessing.

Let us cleave then to His blessing, and consider what are the means 4149 of possessing it.  Let us think 4150 over the things which have taken place from the beginning.  For what reason was our father Abraham blessed?  Was it not because he wrought righteousness and truth through faith?  Isaac, 4151 with perfect confidence, as if knowing what was to happen, 4152 cheerfully yielded himself as a sacrifice. 4153   Jacob, through reason 4154 of his brother, went forth with humility from his own land, and came to Laban and served him; and there was given to him the sceptre of the twelve tribes of Israel.


Footnotes

238:4149

Literally, “what are the ways of His blessing.”

238:4150

Literally, “unroll.”

238:4151

Comp. James ii. 21.

238:4152

Some translate, “knowing what was to come.”

238:4153

Gen. xxii. 6-10.

238:4154

So Jacobson:  Wotton reads, “fleeing from his brother.”


Next: Chapter XXXII

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