Chapter IX.—The Prophets Inspired by the Holy Ghost.
But men of God carrying
in them a holy spirit565565 and becoming prophets,
being inspired and made wise by God, became God-taught, and holy,
and righteous. Wherefore they were also deemed worthy of receiving this
reward, that they should become instruments of God, and contain the wisdom
that is from Him, through which wisdom they uttered both what regarded
the creation of the world and all other things. For they predicted also
pestilences, and famines, and wars. And there was not one or two, but
many, at various times and seasons among the Hebrews; and also among the
Greeks there was the Sibyl; and they all have spoken things consistent
and harmonious with each other, both what happened before them and what
happened in their own time, and what things are now being fulfilled in
our own day: wherefore we are persuaded also concerning the future things
that they will fall out, as also the first have been accomplished.