Homilies on Jeremiah: Homily on 1 Kings 28

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FRAGMENTS OF HOMILIES 21 AND 39 FROM THE PHILOCALIA

I: Fragments from the Philocalia, Chapter 1

AND AS ALL OF THE GIFTS of God are far greater than the mortal being, so too the Word--who is precise about the wisdom of all these things since he is with the God1. who arranges to write them, if the Father of the Word wishes--may arise in the soul which is utterly purifed with all respect and with awareness of the human weakness about the basis of wisdom. But if a person dedicates himself rashly, without comprehending what is esoteric of the wisdom of God and of the Word who is in the beginning with God2. and who is himself God, and that it is by means of the Word and God and by means of the wisdom with him that one must examine and discover these things, it must happen that he, by falling into myths and nonsense and fictions, submits himself to the danger which surrounds impiety. For that reason one needs to remember also the commandment from Solomon in Ecclesiastes concerning such things, which says, Do not hasten to express a word before the face of God. For God is in the heaven above, and you are on the earth below. Therefore let your words be few.3.

(2) And it is fitting that one believe that the holy Scriptures do not have one dot empty of the wisdom of God. For if he will enjoin a man like me saying, Do not appear before me empty,4. how much more will he himself say nothing empty. For the Prophets speak having received from his fullness.5.

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1.
Cf John 1.1.
2.
Cf John 1.1.
3.
Eccles 5.1.
4.
Exod 34.20.
5.
Cf. John 1.16.

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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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