Homilies on Genesis and Exodus

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HOMILY III
On that which is written: "I am feeble in speech and slow
in tongue."1

WHILE MOSES WAS IN EGYPT and "was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians," he was not "feeble in speech" nor "slow in tongue" nor did he profess to be ineloquent.2 For, so far as concerned the Egyptians, his speech was sonorous and his eloquence incomparable. But when he began to hear the voice of God and recognize divine communications, then he perceived his own voice to be meager and feeble and he understands his own tongue to be slow and impeded. When he began to recognize that true Word which "was in the beginning with God,"3 then he announces that he is mute. But let us use an analogy that what we are saying may be more easily understood. If a rational man be compared to the dumb animals, although he may be ignorant and unlearned, he will appear eloquent in comparison to those who are devoid of both reason and speech. But if he be compared to learned and eloquent men who are most excellent in all wisdom, he will appear ineloquent and dumb. But if someone should contemplate the divine Word himself and look at the divine wisdom itself, however learned and wise he be, he will confess that he is a dumb animal in comparison with God to a much greater extent than the cattle are in comparison with us. The blessed David was doubtless contemplating this and weighing himself in the balance of the divine wisdom when he said, "I became like a beast of burden before you."4 It is in this sense,

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1
Ex 4.10.
2
Cf. Acts 7.22; Ex 4. 10.
3
Jn 1.1. Philo, Mos. 1.83, says that Moses declared that he was feeble in speech and slow in tongue, "especially after he heard God speaking, for he considered human eloquence in comparison with God's to be dumbness."
4
Ps 72.22.

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