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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. IV:
Writings in Connection with the Manichæan Controversy.: Chapter 32

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Chapter 32.—From God Also is the Very Power to Be Hurtful.

Likewise because the power even of those that are hurtful is from God alone, thus it stands written, Wisdom speaking:  "Through me kings reign and tyrants hold the land through me." 1116   The apostle also says:  "For there is no power but of God." 1117   But that it is worthily done is written in the book of Job:  "Who maketh to reign a man that is a hypocrite, on account of the perversity of the people." 1118   And concerning the people of Israel God says:  "I gave them a king in my wrath." 1119   For it is not unrighteous, that the wicked receiving the power of being hurtful, both the patience of the good should be proved and the iniquity of the evil punished.  For through power given to the Devil both Job was proved so that he might appear righteous, 1120 and Peter was tempted lest he should be presumptuous, 1121 and Paul was buffeted lest he should be exalted, 1122 and Judas was damned so that he should hang himself. 1123   When, therefore, through the power which He has given the Devil, God Himself shall have done all things righteously, nevertheless punishment shall at last be rendered to the Devil not for these things justly done, but for the unrighteous willing to be hurtful, which belonged to himself, when it shall be said to the impious who persevered in consenting to his wickedness, "Go ye into everlasting fire which my God has prepared for the Devil and his angels."  1124


Footnotes

358:1116

Prov. viii. 15.

358:1117

Rom. xiii. 1.

358:1118

Job xxxiv. 30.  Compare the Revised English Version.  The sense seems to be completely missed in Augustin’s text.—A.H.N.

358:1119

Hos. xiii. 11.

358:1120

Job 1:0, Job 2:0.

358:1121

Matt. 26:31, 69.

358:1122

2 Cor. xii. 7.

358:1123

Matt. xxvii. 5.

358:1124

Matt. xxv. 41.


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