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NPNF2-03. Theodoret, Jerome, Gennadius, & Rufinus: Historical Writings
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30. It is said then in the Psalms, “I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, because the Lord sustained me.”33643364    Ps. iii. 5 Again, in another place, “Because of the wretchedness of the needy and the groaning of the poor, now will I arise, saith the Lord.”33653365    Ps. xii. 5 And elsewhere, as we have said above, “O Lord, thou hast brought my soul out of hell; Thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.”33663366    Ps. xxx. 3 And in another place, “Because Thou hast turned and quickened me, and brought me out of the deep of the earth again.”33673367    Ps. lxxi. 10 In the 87th Psalm He is most evidently spoken of: “He became as a man without help, free among the dead.”33683368    Ps. lxxxviii. 4, 5 It is not said “a man,” but “as a man.” For in that He descended into hell, He was “as a man:” but He was “free among the dead,” because He could not be detained by death. And therefore in the one nature the power of human weakness, in the other the power of divine majesty is exhibited. The Prophet Hosea also speaks most manifestly of the third day in this wise, “After two days He will heal us; but on the third day we shall rise and shall live in His presence.”33693369    Hosea vi. 2 This he says in the person of those who, rising with Him on the third day, are recalled from death to life. And they are the same persons who say, “On the third day we shall rise again, and shall live in His presence.” But Isaiah says plainly, “Who brought forth from the earth the great Shepherd of the sheep.”33703370    Heb. xiii. 20 Then, that the women were to see His resurrection, while the Scribes and Pharisees and the people disbelieved, this also Isaiah foretold in these words, “Ye women, who come from beholding, come: for it is a people that hath no understanding.”33713371    Isa. xxvii. 11, LXX. But as to the women who are related to have gone to the sepulchre after the resurrection, and to have sought Him without finding, as Mary Magdalene, who is related to have come to the sepulchre before it was light, and not finding Him, to have said, weeping, to the angels who were there, “They have taken away the Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him”33723372    John xx. 13—even this is foretold in the Canticles: “On my bed I sought Him Whom my soul loveth; I sought Him in the night, and found Him not.”33733373    Cant. iii. 1 Of those also who found Him, and held Him by the feet, it is foretold, in the same book, “I will hold Him Whom my soul loveth, and will not let Him go.”33743374    Cant. iii. 4 Take these passages, a few of many; for being intent on brevity we cannot heap together more.


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