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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. III:
Life and Works of Rufinus with Jerome's Apology Against Rufinus.: Section 28

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28. That He descended into hell is also evidently foretold in the Psalms, where it is said, “Thou hast brought Me also into the dust of the death.” 3350 And again, “What profit is there in my blood, when I shall have descended into corruption?” 3351 p. 554 And again, “I descended into the deep mire, where there is no bottom.” 3352 Moreover, John says, “Art Thou He that shall come (into hell, without doubt), or do we look for another?” 3353 Whence also Peter says that “Christ being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the Spirit which dwells in Him, descended to the spirits who were shut up in prison, who in the days of Noah believed not, to preach unto them;” 3354 where also what He did in hell is declared. Moreover, the Lord says by the Prophet, as though speaking of the future, “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.” 3355 Which again, in prophetic language he speaks of as actually fulfilled, “O Lord, Thou hast brought my soul out of hell: Thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.” 3356 There follows next,—



Ps. xxii. 15


Ps. xxx. 9


Ps. lxix. 2


Luke vii. 20


1 Pet. iii. 10-20


Ps. xvi. 10


Ps. xxx. 3

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