On "'And it will happen in those days,' says the Lord your God, 'that I will never smite you until a consummation,'" up to, "'so you will serve as aliens in a land not your own.'"
GOD, WHO JUDGES little by little those punished, gives a chance of repentance,1. and, by not punishing all at once for the sinning, holds off for the sinner the consummation2. of the punishment. Because of this, by judging3. little by little he punishes, and the example of this4. is in Leviticus. For in the curses on those who transgress the Law there is written after the prior punishments: "And it will happen, if after these things you do not return," says the Lord, "I will also bring upon you seven plagues."5. And again he speaks of another punishment: And it will happen, if after these things you do not return but walk contrary to me, I also will walk with you with a con____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Homilies on Jeremiah:Homily on 1 Kings 28. Contributors: John Clark Smith - Translator, Origen - Author. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 68.