On "The Lord who made the earth in his strength," up to, "every man who was made foolish by his knowledge."
THE PROPHET, when he reports three so-called virtues of God--his strength and his wisdom and his prudence--assigns1. to each of them a certain work of their own: to his strength earth, and to his wisdom the inhabited world, and to his prudence heaven.2. For hear the text which says: The Lord who made the earth in his strength, who set right the inhabited world in his wisdom, and in his prudence he stretched forth the heaven.3. And we need the strength of the Lord with respect to our earth (for it is written regarding Adam, You are earth),4. for without the power of God we are unable to accomplish what does not concern the mind of flesh.5.Putting to death the members which are on the earth6. will be what concerns the will of the spirit, since,7. according to the Apostle, the practices of the flesh are killed by the spirit.8. Thus we read, the Lord who made the earth in his strength.9. But if you also come over this earth, if you can see what was written in Job--as we find it in the most accurate copies--that he stood it upon nothing,10. you will see that it rested by the strength of God perfectly in the middle.____________________