Homilies on Jeremiah: Homily on 1 Kings 28

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HOMILY 17
Jeremiah 17.11-16

On "The partridge cried out," up to, "And the day of man I have not desired, you know it."

WE HAVE COME to the famous question to see what is the partridge, about which the Scripture now tells: The partridge cried out; she has gathered what she did not lay, making her riches not with judgment. In the midst of her days, they will leave her behind; at her end she will be a fool.1. Out of what exists on the nature of animals it is necessary2. to extract what may be recorded about the partridge, so that, by knowing something concerning the animal, we may know whether,3. in order to classify now what is said about the partridge, it is in a better or worse category.4. It is said that the animal is most malicious and wily and unscrupulous, and wants to deceive hunters. Often it rolls around at the feet of the hunter so that it might distract him as the animal who is near in order that he might not reach the nest. And if at that time it believes it has distracted the hunter and the little ones have fled the nest, then it also flies away. And the animal is exceedingly indecent so that the males fight with one another for intercourse, and males mount males. If then this animal is malicious, if also indecent, if also unscrupulous, if

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1.
Jer 17.11.
2.
"It is necessary," an addition of Blass and Klostermann.
3.
"We may know whether" (εἰδω + ̑μεν πότερον), a correction of Klostermann from Jerome. S has μὲν πρότερον.
4.
For what follows, cf. Aristotle, Historia animalium 9.8

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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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