Homilies on Luke: Fragments on Luke

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HOMILY 35 Luke 12.57-59

On the passage from, "When you go with your adversary, "up to the point where it says, "And you will repay the last farthing."

UNLESS WE WERE by nature suited to judge what is just, the Savior would never have said, "But why do you not judge for yourselves what is just?"1. We should not digress too long on the examination of this sentence, since much more difficult verses follow in this chapter. Let it suffice to have said this much about it. We should rather spread out the sails of our souls to God and pray for the coming of his Word.2. Then God's Word could interpret the parable in Scripture which reads, "When you go on your way to a ruler with your adversary, make an effort to be freed from him, lest perhaps he should hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the debt collector, and you be sent to prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not get out of there until you pay back the last farthing."3. I see four persons mentioned here: the adversary, the ruler, the judge, and the debt collector. The evangelist Matthew seems to have said something similar when he wrote, "Be gracious to your adversary while you are on your way with him."4. Hence, I ask whether this passage has the same sense as Luke's or whether there is merely some similarity. In Matthew's version, one person is omitted and another is changed.

2. The "ruler" is omitted. For the "debt collector," Matthew has "servant." Both Matthew and Luke include the "adversary"

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1.
Lk 12.57.
2.
Origen also asks for prayers to understand the Scripture elsewhere, for example in Homilies on Ezekiel 4.3 and 11.2.
3.
Lk 12.58-59.
4.
Mt 5.25-26.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Title Page vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Select Bibliography xi
  • Introduction xv
  • Homilies on Luke 1
  • Preface of Jerome the Presbyter 3
  • Homily 1 Luke 1.1-4 5
  • Homily 2 Luke 1.6 10
  • Homily 3 Luke 1.11 14
  • Homily 4 Luke 1.13-17 17
  • Homily 5 Luke 1.22 20
  • Homily 6 Luke 1.24-32 23
  • Homily 7 Luke 1.39-45 28
  • Homily 8 Luke 1.46-51 33
  • Homily 9 Luke 1.56-64 37
  • Homily 10 Luke 1.67-76 40
  • Homily 11 Luke 1.80-2.2 44
  • Homily 12 Luke 2.8-11 48
  • Homily 13 Luke 2.13-16 52
  • Homily 14 Luke 2.21-24 56
  • Homily 15 Luke 2.25-29 62
  • Homily 16 Luke 2.33-34 65
  • Homily 17 Luke 2.33-38 70
  • Homily 18 Luke 2.40-49 76
  • Homily 19 Luke 2.40.4-6 80
  • Homily 20 Luke 2.49-51 84
  • Homily 21 Luke 3.1-4 88
  • Homily 22 Luke 3.5-8 92
  • Homily 23 Luke 3.9-12 97
  • Homily 24 Luke 3.15-16 103
  • Homily 25 Luke 3.15 105
  • Homily 26 Luke 3. 16-17 109
  • Homily 27 Luke 3.18-22 112
  • Homily 28 Luke 3.23-38 115
  • Homily 29 Luke 4.1-4 119
  • Homily 30 Luke 4.5-8 123
  • Homily 31 Luke 4.9-12 125
  • Homily 32 Luke 4.14-20 130
  • Homily 33 Luke 4.23-27 134
  • Homily 34 Luke 10.25-37 137
  • Homily 35 Luke 12.57-59 142
  • Homily 36 Luke 17.20-21, 33 151
  • Homily 37 Luke 19.29-40 153
  • Homily 38 Luke 19.41-45 156
  • Homily 39 Luke 20.21-40 159
  • Fragments on Luke 163
  • Indices 229
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