Chap. XXIV.—Of the Divine Vengeance Inflicted on the Torturers of the Christians.
Whatever, therefore, wicked princes plan against us, God Himself permits to be done. And yet most unjust persecutors, to whom
the name of God was a subject of reproach and mockery, must not think that they will escape with impunity, because they have
been, as it were, the ministers of His indignation against us. For they will be punished with the judgment of God, who, having
received power, have abused it to an inhuman degree, and have even insulted God in their arrogance, and placed His eternal
name beneath their feet, to be impiously and wickedly trampled upon. On this account He promises that He will quickly take
vengeance upon them, and exterminate the evil monsters10751075
from the earth. But He also, although He is accustomed to avenge the persecutions10761076
of His people even in the present world, commands us, however, to await patiently that day of heavenly judgment, in which
He Himself will honour or punish every man according to his deserts. Therefore let not the souls of the sacrilegious expect
that those whom they thus trample upon will be despised and unavenged. Those ravenous and voracious wolves who have tormented
just and innocent souls, without the commission of any crimes, will surely meet with their reward. Only let us labour, that
nothing else in us may be punished by men but righteousness alone: let us strive with all our power that we may at once deserve
at the hands of God the avenging of our suffering and a reward.