(from Jerome's Latin translation)
On what was written: "Flee from the midst of Babylon" up to the place where it says: "Her Judgment has reached up to heaven, elevated up to the skies."
JUST AS 0UR B0DY bases itself in some place of the earth, in the same way also the soul according to its condition, is in a comparable place of the earth. What I am saying will become more clear in this way. Our body is in Egypt or in Babylon or in Palestine or in Syria or in some other place. Likewise the soul is in some place with the same name as the earth; one is in Babylon, another in Egypt, another in the region of the Ammanites; and so, according to the meaning of Scriptures, souls are spiritually differentiated with a diversity of places by the nature of their life.
(2) It is in Babylon when it is confounded, when it is disturbed, when devoid of peace it endures the war of the passions, when an uproar of malice rages around it; then, as we say, it is in Babylon, and the prophetic word refers us to that soul when it says, Flee from the midst of Babylon and let every man save his soul.1. For as long as anyone is in Babylon he cannot be saved. Even if he has remembered2. Jerusalem there, he mourns and says, How will we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?3. And because it is impossible, based in Babylon, to praise God with instruments--since the instruments there for the hymns____________________