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Chapter III.—Examples of youthful devotedness.

Moreover, the wise Daniel, while he was a young man, passed judgment on certain vigorous old men,13651365    The ancient Latin version translates ὠμογέροντας “cruel old men,” which perhaps suits the reference better. showing them that they were abandoned wretches, and not [worthy to be reckoned] elders, and that, though Jews by extraction, they were Canaanites in practice. And Jeremiah, when on account of his youth he declined the office of a prophet entrusted to him by God, was addressed in these words: “Say not, I am a youth; for thou shalt go to all those to whom I send thee, and thou shalt speak according to all that I command thee; because I am with thee.”13661366    Jer. i. 7. And the wise Solomon, when only in the twelfth year of his age,13671367    Comp. for similar statements to those here made, Epistle to the Magnesians (longer), chap. iii. had wisdom to decide the important question concerning the children of the two women,13681368    Literally, “understood the great question of the ignorance of the women respecting their children.” when it was unknown to whom these respectively belonged; so that the whole people were astonished at such wisdom in a child, and venerated him as being not a mere youth, but a full-grown man. And he solved the hard questions of the queen of the Ethiopians, which had profit in them as the streams of the Nile [have fertility], in such a manner that that woman, 121 though herself so wise, was beyond measure astonished.13691369    Literally, “out of herself.”


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