Chapter LI.—Let the partakers in
strife acknowledge their sins.
Let us therefore implore forgiveness for all
those transgressions which through any [suggestion] of the adversary we
have committed. And those who have been the leaders of sedition and
disagreement ought to have respect228228 to the common
hope. For such as live in fear and love would rather that they themselves
than their neighbours should be involved in suffering. And they prefer to
bear blame themselves, rather than that the concord which has been well
and piously229229 handed down to us should suffer.
For it is better that a man should acknowledge his transgressions than
that he should harden his heart, as the hearts of those were hardened who
stirred up sedition against Moses the servant of God, and whose
condemnation was made manifest [unto all]. For they went down alive into
Hades, and death swallowed them up.230230 Pharaoh with
his army and all the princes of Egypt, and the chariots with their
riders, were sunk in the depths of the Red Sea, and perished,231231 for no other reason than that their foolish
hearts were hardened, after so many signs and wonders had been wrought in
the land of Egypt by Moses the servant of God.