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ANF05. Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix
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VIII.

And what am I to say with respect to men,19011901    περὶ ἀνθρώπων, which is the reading of Codex B, instead of ἀπὸ ἀνθρώπων. when the very elements themselves will disown their order? There will be earthquakes in every city, and plagues in every country; and monstrous19021902    ἄμετροι, the reading of Codex B instead of ἄνεμοι. thunderings and frightful lightnings will burn up both houses and fields. Storms of winds will disturb both sea and land excessively; and there will be unfruitfulness on the earth, and a roaring in the sea, and an intolerable agitation on account of souls and the destruction of men.19031903    The text is, ἀπὸ ψυχῶν καὶ ἀπωλείας ἀνθρώπων. We may suggest some such correction as ἀποψυχόντων κατ᾽ ἀπωλείας ἀνθρωπων ="men’s hearts failing them concerning the destruction.” There will be signs in the sun, and signs in the moon, deflections in the stars, distresses of nations, intemperateness in the atmosphere, discharges of hail upon the face of the earth, winters of excessive severity, different19041904    διάφοροι.  Better with B, ἀδιάφοροι = promiscuous, without distinction, and so perhaps continuous or unseasonable. frosts, inexorable scorching winds, unexpected thunderings, unlooked-for conflagrations; and in general, lamentation and mourning in the whole earth, without consolation. For, “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”19051905    Matt. xxiv. 12. By reason of the agitation and confusion of all these, the Lord of the universe cries in the Gospel, saying, “Take heed that ye be not deceived; for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet by and by.”19061906    Luke xxi. 8, 9. Let us observe the word of the Saviour, how He always admonished us with a view to our security:  “Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ.”


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