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Chapter II.—God Himself an Example of Patience.

To us90209020    i.e. us Christians. no human affectation of canine90219021    i.e. cynical = κυνικός = doglike. But Tertullian appears to use “caninæ” purposely, and I have therefore retained it rather than substitute (as Mr. Dodgson does) “cynical.” equanimity, modelled90229022    i.e. the affectation is modelled by insensibility. by insensibility, furnishes the warrant for exercising patience; but the divine arrangement of a living and celestial discipline, holding up before us God 708Himself in the very first place as an example of patience; who scatters equally over just and unjust the bloom of this light; who suffers the good offices of the seasons, the services of the elements, the tributes of entire nature, to accrue at once to worthy and unworthy; bearing with the most ungrateful nations, adoring as they do the toys of the arts and the works of their own hands, persecuting His Name together with His family; bearing with luxury, avarice, iniquity, malignity, waxing insolent daily:90239023    See Ps. lxxiv. 23 in A.V. It is Ps. lxxiii. in the LXX. so that by His own patience He disparages Himself; for the cause why many believe not in the Lord is that they are so long without knowing90249024    Because they see no visible proof of it. that He is wroth with the world.90259025    Sæculo.

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