Homilies on Jeremiah: Homily on 1 Kings 28

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HOMILY 10

Jeremiah 11.18-12.9

On "Make it known to me, Lord, and I will know," up to, "Gather together all the beasts of the field, and let them come to devour her."

OF THE ORACLES OF GOD are in Law and Prophets, in Gospels and Apostles, it will be necessary that the one who is instructed in the oracles of God assign God as teacher. For, the one who teaches men knowledge is God, as is written also in the Psalms,1. and the Savior testifies also that you do not need to be assigned a certain teacher on earth when he says: And do not call anyone a teacher on the earth. For there is one who is your teacher, the Father who is in heaven.2. And the "Father who is in heaven"3. teaches either by himself or through Christ or in the Holy Spirit or through Paul, or for that matter, through Peter or through one of the other saints, provided only that the Spirit of God and the Word of God dwell and teach.

(2) For what purpose are these matters discussed by me? Because the Prophet said: Make it known to me, Lord, and I will know.4. For I will not know unless you make it known to me, but if, when you make it known to me, I know, then I will see their

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1.
Ps 93(94).10.
2.
Matt 23.8-9. Origen has substantially manipulated our currently accepted text. It reads: "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father who is in heaven." There are other, less attested, readings which Origen may have followed here.
3.
"The . . . heaven," an addition of Klostermann from Jerome.
4.
Jer 11.18.

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