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Plain Words

Origen | July 2

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. —Proverbs 2:2, 4-5

If a Greek wished to teach people who under­stood only Egyptian or Syriac, the first thing that he would do is learn their language. He would rather have the Greeks consider him a barbarian by speaking like the Egyptians or Syrians in order to be useful to them, than to remain always Greek and have no means of helping them. In the same way, the Divine nature intended to teach not only those who were learned in the literature of Greece, but also the rest of mankind. Jesus adapt­ed Himself in order to be understood by the sim­ple multitudes whom He addressed. He sought to win their attention by using language familiar to them. This is so that after their first introduction, they might be easily persuaded to strive after an understanding of the deeper truths hidden in Scripture. For even the ordinary reader of Scripture can see that it contains many things too deep to understand at first. But these things are understood by those who devote themselves to carefully studying the divine Word. In proportion to the pains and zeal they spend on its investiga­tion, these things become plain to them.


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