See, I answer him that asketh, “What did God before He made heaven and earth?” I answer not as one is said to have done merrily
(eluding the pressure of the question), “He was preparing hell (saith he) for pryers into mysteries.” It is one thing to answer
enquiries, another to make sport of enquirers. So I answer not; for rather had I answer, “I know not,” what I know not, than
so as to raise a laugh at him who asketh deep things and gain praise for one who answereth false things.
But I say that Thou, our God, art the Creator of every creature: and if by the name “heaven and earth,” every creature
be understood; I boldly say, “that before God made heaven and earth, He did not make any thing.” For if He made, what did
He make but a creature? And would I knew whatsoever I desire to know to my profit, as I know, that no creature was made, before
there was made any creature.