Discourses against Judaizing Christians

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HOW IS IT THAT we have [883] a larger throng assembled here today? Surely, you have come together to demand that I keep my promise; 1 you are here to receive the silver tried in the fire which I pledged to pay over to you. For as the Psalmist says: "The words of the Lord are pure words: silver tried by the fire, purged from the earth." 2 Blessed be God because he has put in your hearts the yearning to hear words good for your souls.

(2) When wine-tipplers get up each morning, they start their meddlesome probing to discover where they will find the day's drinking-bouts, carousals, parties, revels, and drunken brawls; they busy themselves searching for bottles, mixing bowls, and drinking cups. But when you get up each day, you go around asking where you will find exhortation and counsel, encouragement, and instruction, the kind of discourse which draws you to give glory to Christ.

The promise he will keep is not altogether clear from Discourse IV. "Tomorrow's service" in 4.7.9 may have meant merely "the next service." "Today" need not necessarily mean the day after Disc. IV was delivered. One or more sermons may have been lost (cf. Introd. III 21). If a promise was made in Disc. IV it must have been vague: e.g., in 4.7.1 Chrysostom says: "Let then my battle with the Jews wait awhile. I did fight a skirmish of words with them today, but I said only what was enough to save our brothers from danger. Perhaps I said much more than that." What he had said was by way of condemning the Jews for observing their ritual at the wrong time and place. He will continue this general theme in Discourse V by showing that they will never have the right place because their temple will never be rebuilt, they will never recover their sacrifice, priesthood, or kings. This could be the fulfillment of his promise.
Ps 11 (12).7 (LXX).


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