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ANF05. Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix
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113. That the widow and orphans ought to be protected.

In Solomon: “Be merciful to the orphans as a father, and as a husband to their mother; and thou shalt be the son of the Highest if thou shalt obey.”46184618    Ecclus. iv. 10. Also in Exodus: “Ye shall not afflict any widow and orphan. But if ye afflict them, and they cry out and call unto me, I will hear their cryings, and will be angry in mind against you; and I will destroy you with the sword, and your wives shall be widows, and your children orphans.”46194619    Ex. xxii. 22–24.  Also in Isaiah: “Judge for the fatherless, and justify the widow; and come let us reason, saith the Lord.”46204620    Isa. i. 17, 18. Also in Job: “I have preserved the poor man from the hand of the mighty, and I have helped the fatherless who had no helper: the mouth of the widow hath blessed me.”46214621    Job xxix. 12, 13. Also in the sixty-seventh Psalm: “The Father of the orphans, and the Judge of the widows.”46224622    Ps. lxviii. 5.


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