On "You have deceived me, Lord, and I have been deceived" (in another sense again) up to "understanding minds and hearts."1.
EVERYTHING RECORDED about God, even if it may be immediately unsuitable, must be understood worthy of a good God. For who will not say that what is brought up regarding God, that he has anger, that he uses wrath, that he regrets, and that he even now sleeps, does not seem unsuitable?2. But each of these qualities, with the knowledge to hear dark words,3. will be found worthy of God. For his anger is not fruitless, but just as his word instructs, so his anger instructs. He instructs with anger those who were not instructed by the word, and it is necessary that God use what is called anger as he uses what is named word. For his word is not such as the word of all others. For of no one else is the word a living being,4. of no one else is the word God, for of no one else was the word in the beginning with5. that one of whom it was the word, even if it was6. only7. . . . from a certain____________________