Jeremiah 27.23-29 (50.23-29)
(from Jerome's Latin translation)
On what was written, "How was the hammer of the whole earth broken and crushed? How was Babylon brought to destruction?" up to the place where it says: "Render to her according to her works; and do to her all that she has done, for she has stood up against the Lord God the Holy One of Israel."
NOW, HE SAYS, was the hammer of the whole earth broken and crushed? How was Babylon brought to destruction?1. One needs to inquire here who is the hammer of all the earth or in what way its brokenness is prophesied, since it was broken before it was crushed, so that after bringing together what has been written elsewhere about the hammer, when we find its name, we will also investigate the meaning of the name from these examples that we have brought forth.2.
(2) At one time there was constructed a house of God, according to the third book of Kings,3. and it was Solomon who built and erected it; and it was said here, as if in praise, about the house of God, that hammer and axe were not heard in the house of God.4. Therefore as the hammer is not heard in the house of God, since the house of God is the Church, so the hammer is not heard in the Church. Who is this hammer who wants to obstruct, insofar as he can, the stones for building the Temple, so that, broken, they are not suited for its foundations. See with me if the Devil is not the hammer of the whole earth.____________________