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Chapter XXX.—Peace to the Sons of Peace.

“In like manner, also, during the last period of His teaching, He wages war against the scribes and Pharisees, charging them with evil deeds and unsound doctrine, and with hiding the key of knowledge which they had handed down to them from Moses, by which the gate of the heavenly kingdom might be opened.624624    Matt. xxiii.; Luke xi.  But when our Master sent us forth to preach, He commanded us, that into whatsoever city or house we should enter, we should say, ‘Peace be to this house.’  ‘And if,’ said He, ‘a son of peace be there, your peace shall come upon him; but if there be not, your peace shall return to you.’  Also that, going out from that house or city, we should shake off upon them the very dust which adhered to our feet.  ‘But it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city or house.’625625    Matt. x. 12–15; Luke x. 5, 6.  This indeed He 106commanded to be done at length, if first the word of truth be preached in the city or house, whereby they who receive the faith of the truth may become sons of peace and sons of God; and those who will not receive it may be convicted as enemies of peace and of God.”


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