Homilies on Jeremiah: Homily on 1 Kings 28

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HOMILY 7

Jeremiah 5.18-19

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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1.
Wis 12.10.
2.
The word "consummation" (συντέλεια) discussed here is one of the most complex in all of Origen's complex theology. It is another word in that series of words based on τέλος. Much of Origen's thought is "goal-directed." Each interpretation or reflection is part of a process toward some end. The idea of the consummation is especially intriguing to him because so many biblical texts seem to him to refer to some future afterlife experience. The chief questions are then: When is the consummation? What will happen at the consummation? What does it concern? Whom does it concern? Why is there a consummation? Is it literally an end to something or some event or people, or is it an allegory for some other experience?
3.
"Judging," a correction of Klostermann. S has "punishing."
4.
"Of this" (τούτου), a correction of Huet. S has του + ̑το.
5.
Cf. Lev 26.21.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Homilies on Jeremiah 1
  • Homily 1 3
  • Homily 2 23
  • Homily 3 28
  • Homily 4 30
  • Homily 5 40
  • Homily 6 62
  • Homily 7 68
  • Homily 8 74
  • Homily 9 Jeremiah 11.1-10 85
  • Homily 10 94
  • Homily 11 103
  • Homily 12 110
  • Homily 13 130
  • Homily 14 135
  • Homily 15 157
  • Homily 16 166
  • Homily 17 Jeremiah 17.11-16 180
  • Homily 18 188
  • Homily 19 Jeremiah 20.1-7 207
  • Homily 20 221
  • Homily 27 (50) 245
  • Homily 28 (51) Jeremiah 28.6-9 (51.6-9) 260
  • Fragments on Jeremiah 275
  • Fragments of Homilies 21 and 39 from the Philocalia 277
  • Homily on 1 Kings 28 317
  • Homily on 1 Kings 28 319
  • Indices 335
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