And in Jeremiah He thus declares His death and descent into hell, saying: And the Lord the Holy One of Israel, remembered his dead, which aforetime fell asleep in the dust of the earth; and he went down unto them, to bring the tidings of his salvation, to deliver them. In this place He also renders the cause of His death: for His descent into hell was the salvation of them that had passed away.
And, again, concerning His cross Isaiah says thus:
I have stretched out my hands all the day long to a disobedient and gainsaying people.
For this is an indication of the cross. And yet more manifestly David says:
Hunting-dogs encompassed me: the assembly of evil-doers came about me. They pierced my hands and my feet. And again he says:
My heart became even as wax melting in the midst of my body; and they put asunder my bones, and again he says:
Spare my soul from the sword and nail my flesh: for the assembly of evil-doers hath risen up against me. (Ps. cxix 120; xxii.16.) In these words with manifest clearness he signifies that He should be crucified. And Moses says this same thing to the people, thus:
And thy life shall be hanged up before thine eyes, and thou shalt fear by day and by night, and thou shalt not believe in thy life.