32. Therefore, although all, or nearly all, the transactions recorded in the
Old Testament are to be taken not literally only, but figuratively as well,
nevertheless even in the case of those which the reader has taken literally,
and which, though the authors of them are praised, are repugnant to the habits
of the good men who since our Lord's advent are the custodians of the divine
commands, let him refer the figure to its interpretation, but let him not
transfer the act to his habits of life. For many things which were done as
duties at that time, cannot now be done except through lust.