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On Christian Doctrine In Four Books by St. Augustine

Chapter 17. For what is there that sober ears could wish changed in this speech? Inà

17. For what is there that sober ears could wish changed in this speech? In the first place, the invective itself; with what vehemence it throws itself upon the drowsy senses to startle them into wakefulness: |Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountains of Samaria, who are heads and chiefs of the people, entering with pomp into the house of Israel!| Next, that he may use the favours of God, who has bestowed upon them ample territory, to show their ingratitude in trusting to the mountain of Samaria, where idols were worshipped: |Pass ye unto Calneh,| he says, |and see, and from thence go ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines, and to all the best kingdoms of these: is their border greater than your border?| At the same time also that these things are spoken of, the style is adorned with names of places as with lamps, such as |Zion,| |Samaria,| |Calneh,| |Hamath the great,| and |Gath of the Philistine.| Then the words joined to these places are most appropriately varied: |ye are at ease,| |ye trust,| |pass on,| |go,| |descend.|

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